Big screen pot-stirrer helps NDP MP - "Eye On The Hill"

By Laura Payton - February 1st, 2011

NDP MP Niki Ashton could be getting some high-profile visibility soon over the closure of a Vale smelter and refinery in her Churchill, Man., riding.

Filmmaker Michael Moore has agreed to feature on his website a youtube video and some blog posts by Ashton on the subject.

Ashton’s already easy to pick out of the House of Commons since she’s the youngest woman MP. Being featured on Moore’s site is bound to drive more traffic to her video.

A news release from the NDP says Brazilian company Vale bought the Inco smelter and refinery as part of a 2007 foreign takeover. It announced the mine’s closure after getting a $1 billion loan from the federal government, the party says in its release. They say Moore noted the parallels between Thompson, Man., and Flint, Michigan, a town Moore made famous in his documentary Roger and Me.

Ashton says Thompson is fighting back.

“Our goal was to get our message spread globally … We are happy to have Michael Moore help us get our message to the world,” she said in the news release.