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February 9th, 2017

ASHTON CONTINUES TO CALL FOR ACTION ON PRECARIOUS

The loss of good jobs and the rise of precarious work has been the result of successive Liberal and Conservative Governments that have pushed the politics of privatization, outsourcing and austerity. The result of trade agreements that have sold us out, of foreign take overs and growing corporate concentration.

February 9th, 2017

ASHTON CONTINUES TO CALL FOR ACTION ON PRECARIOUS

The loss of good jobs and the rise of precarious work has been the result of successive Liberal and Conservative Governments that have pushed the politics of privatization, outsourcing and austerity. The result of trade agreements that have sold us out, of foreign take overs and growing corporate concentration.

February 7th, 2017

MP ASHTON CALLS ON TRUDEAU TO STOP BLAMING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR JOB INSECURITY

February 1st, 2017

ASHTON CONDEMNS TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION AND REGUEE BAN

We may be in dark times but hope was in the gallery of the House of Commons and among all those watching last night.

December 13th, 2016

MP Ashton Asks the Government to Show Leadership for Churchill Workers

December 9th, 2016

4 PART-TIME JOBS

Just this week, Statistics Canada released a report on the declining job quality of young people - being driven by the rise of low-waged, part-time, precarious work. In fact, there are fewer young Canadians, who are not full-time students, are employed full-time today than in 1976.

December 8th, 2016

5 TIMES MORE DEBT

There is a lot of political energy spent talking about governments’ debt, however not nearly enough attention is put on the levels of debt that Canadians are taking on to make ends meet. “Canada’s household debt is bigger than its GDP, for the first time in history.”

December 7th, 2016

Ashton calls on the Prime Minister to fire himself as Minister of Youth

December 7th, 2016

Ashton calls for the end to the Liberal corporate agenda

December 7th, 2016

6 CONTRACTS PER YEAR

Working contract to contract has a significant impact on young people’s ability to save money, plan for the future, or be independent. Over 40% of people in their 20’s are not still living at home because they want a “free ride”. They are at home to make ends meet.

December 6th, 2016

7 MEALS FROM FOOD BANKS

Food Banks Canada’s HungerCount2016 report last month was chilling. In March of this year, we saw 863,492 people Canadians rely on food banks – a 28% rise since the height of the great recession. Both working and unemployed Canadians are having to rely on food banks – “1 in 6 working Canadian households require assistance from a food bank to make ends meet.” Addressing low-paying, precarious work with inadequate benefits is crucial to reducing the need for food banks.

December 5th, 2016

$8000 YEARLY IN TUITION FEES

If we are going to get serious about ensuring all Canadians have access to the skills training and retraining they need to participate in today’s economy, we have to get serious about dealing with the high cost of education. Education isn’t a luxury, it is a necessity, and should be ensured as a right.

December 5th, 2016

$900 MONTHLY IN CHILDCARE COSTS

For all parents, and especially women, childcare costs can be such a burden, that they end up preventing them from re-entering the workplace. The consequences on their careers and on their savings plan for retirement or homeownership can be devastating. In addition, without universal childcare, Millennials have to ask themselves if they can even afford to have a family.

December 5th, 2016

10 YEARS OF RENTING

Homeownership was the symbol of the thriving middle class, when the path to prosperity was said to be open for those who worked hard. For most people entering the workforce today, it is a farsighted dream which is more than ever difficult to make a reality.

December 5th, 2016

11 JOBS BY 30

This holiday season, let’s talk about the economy. Precarious jobs are all that’s left on the market for many Millennials, and we’re not going to accept it. With the high costs of tuition and of training, it’s unreasonable to ask Canadian workers to prepare for seven different careers, as our Prime Minister wants us to do.

December 5th, 2016

12 MONTHS NO PAY

As we head into the holidays, I want to share two things I heard during my #GenYAsksY national tour on Millennials' relationship to precarious work.

November 23rd, 2016

Ashton Calls for Federal Action to Save the Port of Churchill

November 22nd, 2016

Ashton holds Liberals accountable on the privatization of Canada's strategic infrastructure

October 27th, 2016

Watch the Forum

Opening Remarks: Niki Ashton, MP Churchill - Keewatinook Aski, NDP Critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development, and host of The Precarious Generation: Millennials Fight Back.

October 25th, 2016

Ashton calls on Liberals to take action on precarious work for Millennials

October 24th, 2016

Ashton calls on Liberal government to take action on increasing job precarity

October 5th, 2016

Ashton calls on Liberals to end opposition to lawsuit against mothers denied sickness benefits

October 5th, 2016

Federal Corporate Tax Breaks Continue

Despite the change in government, Ottawa has continued with the same failed trickle-down economic policies of the past.

October 3rd, 2016

Ashton calls on Liberals to end migrant worker exploitation

September 30th, 2016

ASHTON: TIME TO NATIONALIZE PORT OF CHURCHILL

Thompson - In response to the Federal announcement of economic development dollars for Churchill and the surrounding area, MP Niki Ashton indicated that while federal action is long overdue, nationalization is key to the long term viability of the port and railway.

September 22nd, 2016

Fighting for working families in Parliament

After a summer spent listening to Canadians our NDP team is back in Ottawa this week. We’re ready to ensure the priorities of working families are heard—loud and clear in Parliament and across the country.

September 20th, 2016

Niki Ashton calls on Liberal government to save the Port of Churchill

September 19th, 2016

NDP CALLS FOR FEDERAL LEADERSHIP ON MIGRANT WORKERS

OTTAWA – Today in response to the report on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, NDP Employment Critic Niki Ashton (Churchill – Keewatinook Aski) is calling on the government to show leadership on the rights of migrant workers and all workers in Canada. New democrats provided a dissenting report included in the final report.

September 15th, 2016

Fighting to save public health care

Public health care is a key part of who we are and what we are as Canadians.

September 7th, 2016

Labour Day 2016. Fighting for our jobs.

This has been a tough summer for our region and our country.

In our region we have seen the announced shut down of the Port of Churchill and the Tolko mill in The Pas. Across the country our economy shrank with the loss of even more jobs.

September 2nd, 2016

NORTHERNERS NOT GIVING UP ON TOLKO MILL

Amanda Lathlin, the NDP MLA for The Pas, and Niki Ashton, the NDP MP for Churchill Keewatinook Aski, are jointly calling on the federal and provincial governments to support efforts to save the forestry industry and hundreds of jobs in northern Manitoba.

August 26th, 2016

ASHTON CALLS ON MINISTER MCKENNA TO CONTINUE SUPPORT OF EAST SIDE ROAD

Thompson – Niki Ashton, MP Churchill – Keewatinook Aski, is calling on Minister McKenna to support the East Side Road by acting on the indeterminate pause on the East Side Road project. Ashton has written to Minister McKenna to request a meeting to resolve this issue immediately.

August 25th, 2016

LIBERAL GOVERNMENT MUST END USE OF UNPAID INTERNSHIPS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE

OTTAWA – The NDP Critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development, Niki Ashton (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski), is calling on the federal government to put an end to the use of unpaid internships within the federal public service and to develop a comprehensive strategy that will end the practice of unpaid internships.

August 22nd, 2016

ASHTON CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION TO SAVE NORTHERN JOBS

The Pas - The announcement of the closure of the mill in The Pas has prompted Niki Ashton MP (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski) to call for immediate action from federal and provincial governments.

July 28th, 2016

ASHTON LAUNCHES PETITION TO SAVE PORT OF CHURCHILL

Ottawa - Niki Ashton MP has launched a national petition calling on the federal government to show leadership in the wake of a devastating announcement of layoffs and the closure of the Port of Churchill.

June 16th, 2016

MP Niki Ashton calls on Minister Bennett to resolve 16 year old Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan land claim

Niki Ashton, MP Churchill - Keewatinook Aski, calls on Minister Bennett to resolve a sixteen year old land claim with First Nations in Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

May 26th, 2016

Ashton joins Northern Manitobans in campaign to Save East Side Road

St. Theresa Point - Today Niki Ashton Member of Parliament (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski) joined with people living on the East Side of Lake Winnipeg to launch a campaign calling on the federal government to live up to its commitment to help fund the East Side road.

May 17th, 2016

NDP MP Niki Ashton Calls on Gov't to Address Injustice of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Temporary foreign workers come to Canada to pick our food, take care of our kids, serve in our restaurants, and run our economy. They are exploited because of the system that we created.

May 10th, 2016

NDP MP Niki Ashton continues to fight for Norway House fishers on unacceptable EI situation

MP Niki Ashton, NDP EI critic, continued to fight for the fishers of Norway House who have faced an unnecessary aggressive approach by Employment Insurance and have wrongfully been cut off from crucial benefits. They feel intimidated, interrogated and they have not even been given the opportunity, individually or collectively, to plead their case. No one should be treated the way the fishers of Norway House are being treated. The Minister must work with Norway House to find a resolution to this completely unacceptable situation.

May 9th, 2016

NDP MP Niki Ashton calls on Liberal government to immediately decriminalize marijuana

Thousands of Canadians will have criminal records because the Liberal government has stubbornly refused to immediately decriminalize marijuana. NDP MP Niki Ashton calls on the Liberals to change their harmful position and ensure that no Canadian has a criminal record for simple marijuana possession.

May 9th, 2016

NDP MP Niki Ashton continues call for Liberals to split their omnibus budget bill

During the debate on bill C-15, the Liberals defeated the NDP’s attempt to split the government’s omnibus budget bill, which is over 100 pages and amends over 35 bills. Today in Question Period, NDP MP Niki Ashton continued to fight for proper scrutiny by Parliament so changes to EI, veterans benefits, seniors support and banking regulations all get the proper study they deserve.

May 6th, 2016

NDP MP Niki Ashton calls on Liberals to keep promise and close CEO stock option loophole

NDP MP Niki Ashton called on the Liberal government to keep their promise and close the CEO stock option loophole which benefits the wealthiest of CEOs. Talking about reducing inequality isn’t good enough. Canadians need concrete action to deal with this growing crisis.

May 5th, 2016

Liberals vote down an NDP motion to split the omnibus budget bill

Today the NDP proposed a motion to split the budget bill in order to give full scrutiny that is required by parliamentarians on behalf of Canadians. Unfortunately the Liberals chose not to support this motion. Disappointing as this is, the NDP will continue to fight against growing inequality in our country.

May 5th, 2016

Niki Ashton stands up for Manitoba jobs and consumers on MTS takeover

Manitoba MP Niki Ashton calls on the Liberals to commit to a public study of the potential takeover of MTS by Bell rather than rubber stamp the deal and stand with well-connected business interests instead of standing up for Manitoba jobs and Manitoba consumers.

March 15th, 2016

NDP LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO TACKLE PRECARIOUS WORK IN MILLENIAL GENERATION

New Democrats are launching a campaign to address the rising challenge of precarious work among millennials, which leaves many young Canadians with little job security, no benefits, and no ability to plan for the future.

March 9th, 2016

MP Niki Ashtons asks why the Liberals voted against lowering the EI qualifying threshold

Women are fair more likely to be engaged in precarious work, making it harder to qualify for programs like EI . Niki Ashton, NDP Critic for EI, asked why the Liberals let down Canadian women by voting against an NDP motion to reduce the qualifying threshold for EI to 360 hours. Canadians deserve answers and action.

March 7th, 2016

Niki Ashton calls on Liberal government to take immediate action to address suicide crisis in Pimicikamak Cree Nation

Pimicikamak Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba is suffering a suicide epidemic. Five people have committed suicide and there have been as many as eighteen suicide attempts in less than three months. This is what crushing poverty and growing inequality look like in Canada. First Nations people are calling for federal funding for education and recreation. The Liberal government must take action immediately.

February 26th, 2016

MP Niki Ashton speaks in favour of NDP`s Opposition Day motion to Fix EI

Yesterday the NDP put forward a proposal to fix EI. The Liberals have declared their intention to vote against it. People from coast to coast to coast are struggling to access EI, a service that is supposed to be there for them when they need it. We need to take action now.

February 24th, 2016

MP Niki Ashton calls on the Prime Minister to keep his commitment and partner on the East Side road

February 19th, 2016

MP Niki Ashton calls for immediate action on Norway House fishers' EI claims

February 19th, 2016

MP Niki Ashton calls on need for Nation-to-Nation relationship with the Métis Nation

February 17th, 2016

MP Niki Ashton speaks in support of Bill C-4

February 11th, 2016

NDP CALLS ON LIBERALS TO STOP EXPLOITATION OF UNPAID INTERNS

Ottawa - Today, NDP Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development Critic Niki Ashton (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski) wrote to Minister Mihychuk calling on her to drop efforts to implement Conservative measures that would leave interns open to abuse. Ashton is instead asking the government to adopt NDP proposals to provide real protections to interns.

February 8th, 2016

Manitoba women led the way

On January 28, 1916, Manitoba women became the first in Canada to win the right to vote and the right to hold provincial office. A historic achievement, the result of decades of struggle led by women like M J Benedictssen, and later on Nellie McClung. Unfortunately, First Nations women fought much longer to receive the right to vote in our province and country.

February 2nd, 2016

Niki Ashton asks if Liberal government will reverse Conservative cuts to Social Security Tribunal

February 2nd, 2016

Niki Ashton calls on Liberal government retore 360 hour threshold to qualify for EI

January 28th, 2016

Niki Ashton makes a statement on the 100th anniversary of women achieving the right to vote in MB

January 28th, 2016

Statement on the 100th Anniversary of Women Achieving the Right to Vote in Manitoba

On January 28, 1916, Manitoba women became the first in Canada to win the right to vote and the right to hold provincial office. A historic achievement, the result of decades of struggle led by women like M J Benedictssen, and later on Nellie McClung. Unfortunately, First Nations women fought much longer to receive the right to vote in our province and country.

January 27th, 2016

Ashton calls on Government to Improve EI Access

Ottawa - Today in the House of Commons MP Niki Ashton called on the Government to expand EI immediately.

January 26th, 2016

SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION MUST END IN CANADA

(Ottawa) Today the Human Rights Tribunal ruled that the federal government discriminates against First Nation children on reserves by failing to provide the same level of child welfare services that exist elsewhere.

January 21st, 2016

Federal government must support Manitoba's Northern transport initiatives

Manitoba is making historic investments in roads, airports and ferry service in Northern Manitoba. It is time for the federal government to do the same.

December 16th, 2015

Setting Priorities

‎It is all about priorities.

In my first questions in the new Parliament last week I talked about how important it is to ‎address the challenges facing Canadians.

December 16th, 2015

Time for Urgent Action on Social Housing

In only a few days, several agreements between the federal government and social and cooperative housing providers will expire. New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to honour its commitment to renew the agreements.

December 14th, 2015

NDP STATEMENT ON COP21 AGREEMENT // DÉCLARATION DU NPD SUR L’ACCORD CONCLU À LA COP21

At COP21, the task at hand was nothing short of ensuring the long-term survival of humanity and our planet. The agreement reached in Paris is a good first step towards combatting climate change. There is still a lot of work ahead to do in Canada to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we have now the opportunity to build a greener economy.

December 9th, 2015

NDP RE-INTRODUCES TRANS RIGHTS BILL

Canada’s new parliament will once again have the opportunity to add gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.

December 7th, 2015

LIBERAL TAX CUT LEAVES MOST CANADIANS BEHIND

OTTAWA — The Liberal government’s tax plan most benefits the wealthiest and leaves the majority behind. Canada’s progressive opposition has proposed an adjustment to improve the policy and extend the benefits to all middle class and working families.

December 6th, 2015

NDP STATEMENT ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

NDP STATEMENT ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

“December 6th marks the 26th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre, the dark day in our nation’s history when 14 women were murdered and others injured simply because they were women.

November 20th, 2015

Liberals must keep their promises

Liberals’ Economic Update projects a significantly deteriorated fiscal situation, setting up the table for breaking their promises to Canadians.

November 20th, 2015

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance honours those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community.

November 12th, 2015

ASHTON TAKES ON HIGH PROFILE ECONOMIC CRITIC AREA

THOMPSON – NDP MP Niki Ashton (Churchill-Keewatinook Aski) says she's proud to have been appointed to the high-profile economic critic area of Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development. Ashton, who was critic for Aboriginal and Northern Affairs in the last Parliament, indicated that this critic area is of great importance to her riding and across Canada.

July 31st, 2015

CANADA POST THREAT TO REDUCE HOURS IN LYNN LAKE AND LEAF RAPIDS UNACCEPTABLE

Thompson - Canada Post sent letters at the end of July to Lynn Lake and Leaf Rapids outlining its interest in reducing the hours of operation in both communities.

July 21st, 2015

Cancel plans to eliminate Home Delivery in the North

Message to Stephen Harper: Cancel plans to eliminate Home Delivery in the North

Thompson - Following Canada Post's announcement that Flin Flon and Thompson would lose home delivery in 2016, Niki Ashton MP called on them to refrain from taking such action.

June 26th, 2015

Tom Mulcair supports Housing Cooperatives

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair visited two of Canada’s largest housing cooperatives in Montreal to present the NDP’s affordable housing plan.

June 21st, 2015

National Aboriginal Day // La Journée nationale des Autochtones

National Aboriginal Day is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the rich history, accomplishments and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The First Peoples of this land are a vital part of Canada’s past, present and future - and we celebrate with them from coast to coast to coast.

June 19th, 2015

Statement on RCMP Report Update on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Today's report indicates that the national tragedy that is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women continues. Indigenous women still face higher rates of violence than non-Indigenous women – and are still four times more represented in terms of female homicides. The report repeated that this is a “societal concern”, and that all levels of Government need to show leadership and take action.

June 10th, 2015

LIBERAL AND CONSERVATIVE MPS PASS BILL C-51

Despite overwhelming opposition from Canadians and evidence from experts that C-51 is dangerous and fails to make Canadians any safer, the un-accountable and un-elected Senate passed the bill earlier this week without a second thought.

June 4th, 2015

NDP DELIVERS A PLAN TO FIX NUTRITION NORTH

OTTAWA – On the heels of a successful Respect the North campaign, the NDP has presented a motion aimed at fixing Nutrition North. The motion calls for the immediate inclusion of the fifty communities being left out of Nutrition North, as well as renewed efforts to improve the well-being of Canadians living in isolated communities in Northern Canada.

June 3rd, 2015

NDP STATEMENT ON THE FINDINGS OF THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair issued the following statement regarding the release of the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

May 28th, 2015

CONSERVATIVES VOTE AGAINST ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

OTTAWA – Tonight, Conservatives voted down M-444, A National Action Plan to End Violence against Women. The bill’s sponsor, NDP Critic for Aboriginal Affairs Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement:

May 21st, 2015

The NDP Will Reinstate Door-to-Door Mail Delivery

An NDP Government will cancel Canada Post’s plan to eliminate door-to-door mail delivery and will reinstate delivery in all communities affected by cuts announced in December 2013.

May 20th, 2015

HARPER GOVERNMENT PUTTING CHURCHILL AT RISK

The Port of Churchill and the Hudson Bay Rail line are important assets for our region and for Canada.

May 12th, 2015

NDP SECURES A VICTORY FOR VETERANS // LE NPD DÉCROCHE UNE VICTOIRE POUR NOS ANCIENS COMBATTANTS

New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) made the following statement on the adoption of the NDP motion to ensure federal covenant with veterans is honoured.

May 11th, 2015

NDP SECURES A VICTORY FOR WOMEN // LE NPD DÉCROCHE UNE VICTOIRE POUR LES FEMMES

Conservatives agree to remove unfair tax on feminine hygiene products

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) and NDP Status of Women critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel) made the following statement on the support of their motion to remove the federal tax from feminine hygiene products:

May 7th, 2015

LIBERAL MPs CHOSE FEAR AND CYNICISM OVER CIVIL RIGHTS // LES DÉPUTÉS LIBÉRAUX CHOISISSENT LA PEUR ET LE CYNISME PLUTÔT QUE LES DROITS CIVILS

OTTAWA – New Democrats strongly condemn Liberal MP Kevin Lamoureux’s decision to vote for the over-reaching Conservative surveillance bill, C-51.

April 30th, 2015

TIME TO RENEW CANADA’S COMMITMENT TO ELIMINATE CHILD POVERTY

OTTAWA –Speaking to a packed house at the Broadbent Institute Progress Summit, Official Opposition leader Tom Mulcair announced that an NDP government will commit to reducing income inequality and will renew Canada’s commitment to eliminate child poverty.

April 21st, 2015

Conservative budget stubbornly spends billions on wealthiest few

Canadians have been waiting for a Budget from Ottawa that’s focused on their priorities and the needs of the middle class – not just the wealthiest among us. After ten years of Conservative deficits and mismanagement, Canada’s middle class families are working harder and falling further behind.

April 2nd, 2015

Justice for all #MMIWG2S

Today, across Canada, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples are coming together to call for justice for Cindy Gladue. By doing so, they are calling for justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

March 26th, 2015

ASHTON DEMANDS TRUTHFUL INFORMATION ON MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN

OTTAWA – It was revealed today that the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs claims to have unreleased data from the RCMP stating that Indigenous men are mostly responsible for the murders of Indigenous women. The information shared by the Conservative Minister is not backed up in any report by the RCMP.

March 17th, 2015

SCRAP INCOME SPLITTING

OTTAWA – In reaction to the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report today, New Democrats reiterated their call for canceling the Conservatives’ wasteful and ineffective income splitting scheme.

March 11th, 2015

Government leaves $70 million unspent for Western Economic Diversification

OTTAWA – The Federal government has repeatedly failed to spend millions of dollars allocated for economic diversification. From 2010 to 2014, the Government left $70 million unspent for Western Economic Diversification (WED).

March 11th, 2015

NDP DEMANDS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACCEPT RECOMMENDATIONS FROM UN REPORT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 10, 2015

OTTAWA – Today in the House of Commons, NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) once again held the Conservatives to account on what has been called a “grave rights violation” by a UN report on Canada’s failure to effectively address the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

March 10th, 2015

NDP CALLS ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RESOLVE SPECIFIC LAND CLAIMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 11, 2015

OTTAWA – Yesterday in the House of Commons, NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) expressed concerns that the Government of Canada’s Specific Claims Action Plan has failed to deliver results.

March 10th, 2015

BUDGET MUST MAKE GOOD JOBS THE FIRST PRIORITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 10, 2015

OTTAWA –With the CIBC reporting that job quality at its lowest level in 20 years, and that low-paying jobs are becoming the norm, the NDP’s opposition day motion calls on the Conservatives to make investing in good, middle class jobs the first priority of Budget 2015.

March 9th, 2015

NDP Statement on UN Report calling for a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Official Opposition critic for Aboriginal affairs Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement today on the release of a report by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW):

March 8th, 2015

Statement by the leader of the Official Opposition on Women’s Day

NDP and Official Opposition leader, Tom Mulcair, made this statement in honour of International Women’s Day:

February 27th, 2015

STATEMENT BY NDP ON THE FEDERAL ROUNDTABLE ON MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGINOUS WOMEN

“It is unacceptable to ignore the systemic injustices that have led to the national epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. This federal government is misleading the Canadian public on this serious issue. Violence against Indigenous women is a systemic issue and a Human Rights issue that requires comprehensive action.

February 18th, 2015

PROTECTING CANADIANS MUST INCLUDE PROTECTING FREEDOMS

OTTAWA– After a careful analysis of Bill C-51, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has announced that New Democrats will oppose it.

February 16th, 2015

STATEMENT BY THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON LOUIS RIEL DAY

“Today, the NDP joins all Manitobans in celebrating Louis Riel Day. We celebrate Riel’s legacy as a founder of the Province of Manitoba, a father of confederation and a champion of the rights of Metis people.”

February 4th, 2015

NDP MOTION TO END CHILD POVERTY A VICTORY FOR ALL CANADIANS

NDP MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough – Rouge River) applauds the passing of her motion, M-534, to create a national poverty elimination strategy:

February 2nd, 2015

ASHTON CALLS FOR FEDERAL LEADERSHIP ON FIRST NATIONS POVERTY

Ottawa - Today in the House of Commons NDP Aboriginal Affairs Critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) asked the Federal Government respond to recent news that internal AANDC reports demonstrate that Manitoba First Nations face the greatest challenges in terms of living conditions.

January 30th, 2015

SUPREME COURT RULING A VICTORY FOR WORKERS

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that a Saskatchewan law preventing public sector employees from striking is unconstitutional is a victory for all workers.

January 29th, 2015

NIKI ASHTON CALLS ON MINISTER TO ADDRESS FIRST NATIONS POVERTY

OTTAWA – NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) has called on the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs to respond to recent reports showing the severe poverty in First Nation communities.

January 28th, 2015

NIKI ASHTON DEMANDS ACCOUNTABILITY FOR CHANGES TO DISASTER ASSISTANCE FORMULA

OTTAWA – New Democrats are demanding answers from the Harper government, after it quietly changed the formula for determining financial assistance to provinces in the event of a disaster.

January 23rd, 2015

FIRST NATIONS LEFT OUT OF UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES

OTTAWA – NDP Aboriginal Affairs critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) is calling renewed attention to the fact that the Conservatives have not been collecting employment data on First Nations members living on reserve.

January 23rd, 2015

NIKI ASHTON NAMED CRITIC FOR ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS

OTTAWA – Today, NDP MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) was appointed today by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair to serve as the Official Opposition critic for Aboriginal Affairs.

January 22nd, 2015

NDP TO RESTORE CBC FUNDING

MONTREAL – If elected to government, the NDP would cancel the Conservatives’ $115 million cut to CBC/Radio-Canada.

January 12th, 2015

CANADA MUST HELP STOP BOKO HARAM

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement in reaction to the latest attacks by Boko Haram:

January 12th, 2015

Statement from the NDP on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights report on missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia

The Official opposition critic for aboriginal affairs, Jean Crowder (Nanaimo—Cowichan) made the following statement:

December 19th, 2014

Ashton Calls for Immediate Action on Fire Protection for First Nations

OTTAWA - Years after the preventable deaths of four people from house fires in St Theresa Point and God’s Lake Narrows, the federal government has yet to correct the funding disparity facing First Nations firefighting services. Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) called on the federal government to take immediate action to improve fire protection on First Nations.

December 15th, 2014

FEDS MUST START WORKING WITH PROVINCES ON ECONOMIC CHALLENGES

OTTAWA – As finance ministers gather today to address Canada’s urgent economic challenges, New Democrats call on the Conservatives to stop refusing to work with the provinces and end their downloading and cuts to transfers.

December 10th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES REJECT BILL THAT COULD HAVE SAVED THE LIVES OF PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLISTS

OTTAWA – In voting against Bill C-603, the Conservative government has thrown out a simple measure that could have gone a long way to bolstering the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in Canada, and save lives.

December 8th, 2014

JOB GROWTH STAGGERS UNDER CONSERVATIVE POLICIES

OTTAWA –Job growth in recent months came to a sudden halt in November, as Statistics Canada reported the loss of 10,700 jobs today.

December 5th, 2014

Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the tragedy of École Polytechnique

On December 6th Canada commemorates the tragedy of École Polytechnique, “The Montreal Massacre”, when 14 women were killed in an act of misogyny. This is a National day of mourning for all gender based violence, as well as a call to action: Violence against women must end!

December 2nd, 2014

THE NDP WANTS TO IMPLEMENT A MIXED PROPORTIONAL SYSTEM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – The NDP will use its time in the House of Commons Wednesday to turn the government’s attention to the need to implement a mixed proportional electoral system, in order to ensure that 2015 will be the last in the era of unfair elections.

December 1st, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION ON WORLD AIDS DAY

“This year, we are celebrating the 25th annual World AIDS Day. Today, we offer our encouragement to everyone battling the HIV/AIDS virus, and remember those we have lost to the disease, along with their loved ones.

November 28th, 2014

ASHTON DEMANDS APOLOGY FOR INSULT TO INDIGENOUS LEADER

OTTAWA – Niki Ashton (MP-Churchill) and her colleagues stood up in the House of Commons today, demanding answers from Minister Aglukkaq about the failings of the Nutrition North Canada program and her dismissal of reports of people eating out of the landfill in Rankin Inlet: “Mr. Speaker, what is truly shameful is that people in my part of the country continue to go hungry because Nutrition North is not working for them, the way it is not working for northern people across our country. As for Rankin Inlet, they deserve more than intimidation and empty rhetoric from the current government. We should be doing everything we can to ensure that nobody in the North has to go to the dump to get food. We need to get to the bottom of the demand that the minister made to Rankin Inlet officials. When did she ask their office for an apology? Was this a directive from the PMO? Do they truly believe this is how northern people deserve to be treated?”

November 27th, 2014

NEW DEMOCRATS PLEASED WITH GOVERNMENT SUPPORT OF OUR OPPOSITION DAY MOTION FOR THALIDOMIDE VICTIMS

OTTAWA – The NDP welcomes the confirmation that the Conservative government intends to support our Opposition Day motion to compensate Canadian Thalidomide survivors, who have been fighting to get the care they need for more than five decades.

November 27th, 2014

THE NUTRITION NORTH PROGRAM YET ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE FAILURE

OTTAWA – Yesterday, the Auditor General confirmed what northerners have known for quite some time: the Nutrition North program, designed to fight the high cost of food in northern areas, has failed. Conservative mismanagement was cited in the report for having seriously compromised the program.

November 27th, 2014

THE NUTRITION NORTH PROGRAM YET ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE FAILURE

OTTAWA – Yesterday, the Auditor General confirmed what northerners have known for quite some time: the Nutrition North program, designed to fight the high cost of food in northern areas, has failed. Conservative mismanagement was cited in the report for having seriously compromised the program.

November 25th, 2014

OFFICIAL OPPOSITION STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Official Opposition for the Status of Women critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement on International Day to End Violence Against Women :

November 24th, 2014

NO CHILD SHOULD LIVE IN POVERTY

NO CHILD SHOULD LIVE IN POVERTY

OTTAWA – Twenty-five years after the unanimous adoption of former NDP leader Ed Broadbent’s motion to end child poverty the NDP is tabling a motion urging MPs to recommit to that goal.

November 24th, 2014

NDP URGES COMPENSATION FOR THALIDOMIDE SURVIVORS

NDP URGES COMPENSATION FOR THALIDOMIDE SURVIVORS

OTTAWA - The NDP is urging the government to provide fair compensation to survivors of the Thalidomide tragedy – victims who have struggled for decades with the tragic consequences of using this drug, which had been approved by the Canadian government as a safe drug for use by pregnant women to deal with morning sickness.

November 18th, 2014

NDP CALLS FOR ACTION TO STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

OTTAWA – As the Conservatives continue to ignore the systemic problem of violence against Indigenous women, NDP MP and Status of Women critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) asked the following question in the House of Commons today:

November 15th, 2014

Candidacy Nomination Meetings across Churchill Keewatin-Aski.

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November 12th, 2014

BUDGET SURPLUS IS THE RESULT OF CONSERTAVIVES’ CUTS

TORONTO – The NDP will fight the ill-advised approach of the conservatives who chose to gut the fiscal capacity of the government to help people and to create and maintain good jobs in Canada.

November 10th, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE NDP ON VETERANS’ WEEK

New Democratic Party Veterans critic Peter Stoffer (Sackville—Eastern Shore) made the following statement on Veterans’ Week:

November 5th, 2014

Howard Hampton Appointed NDP Special Advisor for the Ring of Fire

Howard Hampton Appointed NDP Special Advisor for the Ring of Fire

OTTAWA – After years of inaction by the federal and provincial governments, New Democrats are reinforcing their commitment to the Ring of Fire with the appointment of Howard Hampton who will act as the NDP’s Special Advisor to the project.

November 4th, 2014

RECORD NUMBERS RELYING ON FOOD BANKS UNDER CONSERVATIVES

OTTAWA – Shocking new numbers on Food Bank use shows the real price Canadians are paying for Conservative economic mismanagement and their failure to act on issues like childcare and affordable housing.

October 29th, 2014

NDP INTRODUCES LANDMARK ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS BILL

NDP INTRODUCES LANDMARK ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS BILL

OTTAWA – NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is proud to second groundbreaking legislation introduced by Linda Duncan (Edmonton-Strathcona), an Environmental Bill of Rights to legally enshrine environmental rights for Canadians and the duty of the federal government to take action to protect the environment.

October 28th, 2014

Live online Q & A with Niki Ashton, Official Opposition Critic for Status of Women

As part of the digital presence of Women’s Forum des femmes 2014, Niki Ashton will be participating in a live Q & A hosted by Rabble.ca. It will be part of Rabble.ca’s live blog coverage of WFDF14!

October 21st, 2014

Sharing Our Stories

Hello,

I would love to invite you to be a part of an exciting new digital platform designed to share stories of feminist activism from coast to coast to coast.

October 21st, 2014

The fight to keep home mail delivery is far from over

Maintaining home mail delivery remains one of the NDP’s main priorities as it intensifies its campaign to save the services Canadians rely on and deserve.

October 21st, 2014

WFDF14: Marcelle Perron, vice-président du Comité des femmes de la Fédération des travailleurs du Québe

Heureux d'entendre de Marcelle Perron vice-président du Comité des femmes de la Fédération des travailleurs du Québec pendant forum des Femmes panneau!

October 17th, 2014

BIRD WATCHERS ARE NOT CRIMINALS

OTTAWA – The NDP is concerned that instead of going after tax cheats, the Conservatives are using Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) resources to intimidate a law-abiding nature group.

October 17th, 2014

Flin Flon "Save Canada Post" Meeting

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October 17th, 2014

Visiting the Riding

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October 14th, 2014

Announcement: Speaker List for WFDF14

Niki Ashton, Official Opposition Critic for Status of Women is very excited to announce that this year's Women's Forum des femmes will feature four powerful speakers from across Canada.

October 7th, 2014

Canadian Parents Deserve Affordable Childcare

There is an urgent need for affordable childcare and the NDP has heard that call loud and clear.

October 7th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES WILL MISS THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENTAL TARGETS

OTTAWA – The Environment Commissioner today confirmed what New Democrats have been warning for years: the Conservative government has failed to tackle climate change.

October 1st, 2014

STATEMENT BY THE NDP TO MARK WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Official Opposition Women’s critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) made the following statement to mark Women’s History Month:

October 1st, 2014

Women's Forum des femmes

This year marks the third annual Women’s Forum des femmes. The past two years have set the foundation, leading us collectively to begin planning “The Feminist Agenda”. This year’s Forum theme is about fighting for a feminist vision of our lives, our communities and our world. It is about coming together to understand the challenges currently faced by Canadians. This panel will explore diverse experiences of gender inequality and provide ideas on how to move forward. Please join us October 30th in Ottawa or online and let’s set the agenda

September 25th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES OPPOSE ACTION ON CONFLICT MINERALS

NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) issued the following statement following the defeat of his private member’s bill on conflict minerals:

September 22nd, 2014

NDP Fights for a Vote on Hate Crimes Protection Based on Gender Identity

OTTAWA – The NDP is calling on the Speaker of the House of Commons to allow a vote on adding gender identity to the hate crimes section of the Criminal Code.

September 19th, 2014

NDP Forces Emergency Debate on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

New Democrats were successful in forcing a debate on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in the House today. My colleague, Romeo Saganash, MP ( Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou) stood up to move that the house debate the shameful and systemic injustice of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The debate, while short, was enlightening as to the opinion of the Government to Indigenous Peoples concerns. The debate will resume as per the direction of the Government House Leader.

September 15th, 2014

NDP DEMANDS ACTON FROM CONSERVATIVES ON MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN

** Watch Niki holding the Government to account on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Question Period by clicking here. **

August 29th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES IGNORE WIDESPEAD CALLS FOR ACTION ON RETIREMENT SECURITY

OTTAWA – Despite widespread calls for action on retirement security, and growing concern amongst Canadians, Conservatives continue to mismanage one of the most pressing economic issues facing Canada today.

August 27th, 2014

NDP WILL LAUNCH A COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN ITS FIRST 100 DAYS IN POWER

OTTAWA – An NDP government would launch a national inquiry into the cases of the 1,200 Indigenous women that have been killed or gone missing over the last 30 years in its first 100 days in power.

August 25th, 2014

NDP STATEMENT ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WAR MEASURES

Official Opposition Foreign Affairs critic Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) made the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the War Measures Act internment of Canadians from Ukraine and Eastern Europe:

August 19th, 2014

Ashton Repeats Call for National Inquiry in Light of Tina Fontaine's Murder

Ottawa - Following the discovery of 15 year old Tina Fontaine's body in the Red River, Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) repeated the urgent call for a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

August 7th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES MUST respond now to mount polley Tailings Pond Disaster

OTTAWA – New Democrats are urging the Conservative government to respond immediately to the devastating breach of the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond where billions of litres of toxic water and sands have been released into the surrounding lakes and rivers.

July 17th, 2014

MINISTER OF HEALTH MUST ACT TO PROTECT WOMEN’S RIGHTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JULY 17, 2014

OTTAWA – With the Morgentaler Clinic closing tomorrow, New Democrats urge the Minister of Health to work directly with her provincial counterparts in New Brunswick to ensure that safe access to abortion services is publicly available.

July 16th, 2014

CONSERVATIVES DISREGARD SUPREME COURT’S BEDFORD DECISION

Official Opposition Justice Critic Françoise Boivin (Gatineau) made the following statement today as the Conservatives rammed bill C-36 through committee:

July 11th, 2014

21,000 PRIVATE-SECTOR + 11,900 PUBLIC-SECTOR JOBS LOST = STEPHEN HARPER’S ACTION PLAN

OTTAWA – When it comes to job creation, the Conservatives have completely lost their way. Statistics Canada’s most recent report revealed that 9,400 net jobs were lost in June alone—and unemployment continues to rise.

July 2nd, 2014

Canada Day!

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June 29th, 2014

PRIDE NORTH OF 55!

I have always been proud to be from Thompson. Today I am doubly proud.

June 20th, 2014

NDP calls on federal government to save First Nations maternal health program

New Democrats are calling on the Conservative government to reverse its decision to end the Strengthening Families – Maternal Child Health (SF-MCH) program for First Nations in Manitoba.

June 20th, 2014

Events in June

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June 19th, 2014

NEW DEMOCRATS RELEASE GAY AGENDA FOR PRIDE SEASON // LE NPD PRÉSENTE DES MESURES CONCRÈTES AFIN DE SOULIGNER LE DÉBUT DE LA SAISON DE LA FIERTÉ GAIE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 18, 2014

NEW DEMOCRATS RELEASE GAY AGENDA FOR PRIDE SEASON

OTTAWA - Members of the NDP LGBTQ Caucus presented a package of initiatives today to help bring about full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Canadians.

June 16th, 2014

Legislation that Affects Women // Des lois qui Concernent les Femmes

Friends,

I would like to share an update regarding the fight for women’s rights in Parliament and across Canada. The Conservative government has been pushing hard against women’s equality in the House of Commons these past months. Several pieces of regressive Conservative legislation have been presented that would effectively turn the clock back on the status of women in our country.

May 30th, 2014

NDP CONDEMNS CUTTING OF MATERNAL HEALTH PROGRAM FOR FIRST NATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 30, 2014

OTTAWA – As Stephen Harper proclaims that Canada is a world leader on the issue of maternal and newborn health, the federal government is eliminating a vital First Nations program: Strengthening Families – Maternal Child Health (SF – MCH).

May 29th, 2014

Attacking our institutions and services

It is increasingly clear that the Federal government is attacking many of the institutions ‎and services Canadians rely on.

May 27th, 2014

ASHTON WELCOMES MANITOBAN ANTI-BULLYING CHAMPIONS TO PARLIAMENT HILL

OTTAWA - Today NDP MP Niki Ashton welcomed to Parliament Hill Manitoba champions in the struggle against bullying, Krystal Kane and her son Jaren from Brandon, Manitoba.

May 24th, 2014

Save Canada Post!

May 24th, 2014

Grand Opening of the University College of the North Thompson Campus!

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May 22nd, 2014

In the Riding: May 2014

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May 21st, 2014

Education has to be a top priority

This week is an important week in the North with the opening of the new UCN campus in Thompson.

May 16th, 2014

RCMP REPORT SHOWS NEED FOR IMMEDIATE FEDERAL ACTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 16, 2014

OTTAWA - The RCMP publically released today their findings which confirm that Indigenous women are three to four times more likely to go missing or be murdered. 1181 Indigenous women went missing or were murdered in the last thirty three years - almost thirty 36 women and girls a year who never came home to their friends and families.

May 14th, 2014

Unfair Elections Act‎ Passes

In a mockery of Canada’s democracy government MPs voted unanimously to pass bill C-23, which they call the "Fair Elections Act".

May 13th, 2014

Chief Kennedy Appears Before Status of Women Committee

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May 8th, 2014

Open Letter to Minister Kellie Leitch

Minister Kellie Leitch

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6

Dear Minister Kellie Leitch,

The Native Women's Association of Canada has done critical work with and on behalf of Indigenous women in Canada for years. I am deeply concerned by their current loss of capacity given the realities that Indigenous women face in our country.

May 6th, 2014

Meeting with ED of National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence

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May 1st, 2014

May Day

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May 1st, 2014

FEDERAL ACTION NEEDED IN PEGUIS FLOODING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 30, 2014

FEDERAL ACTION NEEDED IN PEGUIS FLOODING

OTTAWA – Once again, flooding in Manitoba has hit First Nations communities the hardest. New Democrats say the disproportionate difficulties faced by people in these areas are a direct result of the federal government failing to live up to its obligations.

April 26th, 2014

In Solidarity with the New Brunswick Pro Choice National Day of Action

Today I shared this message with the rallies happening across the country in solidarity with New Brunswick Pro-Choice advocates.

April 25th, 2014

NIKI ASHTON NOMINATED FOR YWCA WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 25, 2014

NIKI ASHTON NOMINATED FOR YWCA WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARD

OTTAWA – NDP MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) has been nominated for a 2014 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in recognition of her commitment to leading positive change in Northern Manitoba.

April 25th, 2014

NDP DEMAND INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF CANADA’S BROKEN TEMPORARY FOREIGN WORKER PROGRAM

OTTAWA – While the NDP welcomes a moratorium on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program in the food service industry as a positive step, it will mean nothing without a full, independent and transparent review of this defective program.

April 24th, 2014

Have your Say!

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April 24th, 2014

Ashton Invites Canadians to Build Opposition to Elections Act

Thompson - Today, Niki Ashton NDP MP (Churchill) invited people to share their messages of opposition to the Unfair Elections Act online. Ashton launched the "Take a Stand Against the Unfair Elections Act" Facebook page.

April 23rd, 2014

Visiting in Fox Lake and Gillam

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April 16th, 2014

Community Initiative: OCN

April 15th, 2014

M 444 Consultation in Victoria and Vancouver

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April 14th, 2014

What You Can Do to Fight For the Morgentaler Clinic

After 20 years of providing uncompromised abortion services to women in New Brunswick, and from PEI, the Morgentaler Clinic is being forced to close its doors due to funding shortfalls.

April 10th, 2014

An Open Letter to the Minister of Health // Lettre ouverte à la ministre de la Santé

It is with great concern that New Democrats received the news that the Morgantaler Clinic in New Brunswick will close at the end of July. As the only abortion clinic servicing two provinces, this clinic is essential for providing safe access to health services to thousands of women throughout the Atlantic region.

April 10th, 2014

Concerns on First Nations Education Act Must Be Heard

I am very concerned that the Minister didn’t use this opportunity to bring First Nations into the drafting of this legislation.

April 7th, 2014

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

Congratulations to Mr. Putko, from Flin Flon - a great Northern Manitoban who this morning received the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Mr. Putko has made a tremendous commitment to seniors in his community and to building a better region for all.

April 1st, 2014

CONSERVATIVES CONTINUE TO FAIL ON RAIL SAFETY

OTTAWA – NDP Transport critic Hoang Mai (Brossard – La Prairie) is concerned that the Conservatives are giving themselves more control over critical elements of rail safety while failing to address basic safety issues.

March 31st, 2014

Don’t Stamp Out Our Mail

My Ottawa office has received 200+ reply cards & CUPW petitions from people in the Churchill riding asking for the Conservative Government to keep mail services. Canadians want door to door! Add your voice by the signing the petition here.

March 19th, 2014

Winter Roads: Visiting Northern Communities in the Churchill Riding

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March 18th, 2014

NDP launches campaign to support Elections Canada’s youth outreach‎

New Democrats are inviting students and teachers to voice their concerns about the Harper government's move to end programs that encourage young people to vote. The Conservatives’ Unfair Elections Act, C-23, prohibits Elections Canada from supporting youth outreach and education initiatives like Student Vote—a non-partisan school program that encourages young people to participate in the electoral system.

March 13th, 2014

Mulcair announces pan-Canadian consultations on Unfair Elections Act

New Democrats will be moving forward with pan-Canadian consultations on the Conservatives’ Unfair Elections Act, Bill C-23, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair announced today.

March 10th, 2014

International Women's Day

International Women's Day celebrates the strength and courage of gender rights activists worldwide. We take this day to recognize the injustices and the inequality lived by many, and to look with hope towards the work being done to make the world a better place. Equality and empowerment for women means stronger, healthier communities for all.

February 22nd, 2014

The NDP Nation Wide Affordability Tour: A Gendered Perspective

Forty two per cent of us are living paycheque-to-paycheque and family budgets are stretched to the breaking point. Conservative initiatives like Income Tax Splitting and the Child Tax Benefit make it even harder for women to be able to make ends meet and provide for their families.

February 21st, 2014

Conflict Minerals Campaign

The war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has claimed more than five million lives. It’s a shocking fact – but we have the power to do something about it. This devastating war is financed with profits from illegal mines. The minerals are sold onto the international market, and eventually end up in products you and I purchase. If we stopped conflict minerals from entering the products we consume, we can dry up the financial support for the war and take the first steps in peace building. That is why I’ve proposed Bill C-486, the Conflict Minerals Act. It will make sure that Canadians can choose products that don’t fund armed conflict. The Just Minerals Campaign is a national grassroots campaign in support of our bill. Together, we are building a movement that really can change the world.

February 20th, 2014

Help ACI Manitoba learn more about Manitoba Indigenous artists!

From ACI Manitoba:

In order to better plan our arts education programming, WE NEED YOU, Manitoba Indigenous artists (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) to click on the link here and take our survey:

February 20th, 2014

Stand up for Canadian democracy

New Conservative election laws will make it tougher for Canadians to vote – but easier for well-connected insiders to play money politics.

February 20th, 2014

Support M444

The federal government is in a unique position to show leadership and effect change. By tabling Private Member`s Motion M-444, Niki Ashton MP is calling upon the government to urgently establish a National Action Plan to address Violence against Women.

February 19th, 2014

It’s time for quality child care that’s affordable for families

For too long, Conservatives and Liberals have squandered billions on tax giveaways to well-connected industries instead of helping families. Their broken promises have resulted in too many parents having to make difficult choices between working and staying at home.

February 19th, 2014

Stop the cuts to our postal service

Canadians deserve better. Our postal service helps connect us. And these cuts will unfairly impact the most vulnerable—including seniors and people with disabilities.

February 19th, 2014

Stand up for First Nations children

First Nations schools are chronically underfunded. As a result, they face serious health concerns such as high carbon dioxide levels, black mould contamination, rodent infestations, sewage fumes and unheated classrooms.

February 17th, 2014

Louis Riel's Legacy

Each year, Manitobans celebrate Louis Riel Day to remember the important role Riel played in defending Métis rights and in Manitoba’s entry into the Canadian federation.

February 13th, 2014

NDP WORKS TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST ABORIGINAL WOMEN

OTTAWA – The NDP is joining forces with the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) to urge the Conservative government to finally take action to end violence against Aboriginal women.

February 13th, 2014

A Federal Do-nothing Budget on Northern issues

The Federal government has brought in its budget and it is clear that this is a do-nothing budget.

February 11th, 2014

Conservative do-nothing budget fails to meet the needs of Canadian families

Instead of taking action now to create good middle class jobs and help Canadians who are struggling to make ends meet, Conservatives are once again putting their own interests first and delaying real help until 2015, when it serves their political ends best.

January 31st, 2014

NDP LAUNCHES PETITION CAMPAIGN FOR QUALITY, AFFORDABLE CHILDCARE

OTTAWA – New Democrats have launched a petition calling on the Conservative government to work with the provinces and territories to increase the number of quality and affordable child care spaces available in Canada.

January 28th, 2014

NDP FIGHTING TO KEEP DOOR-TO-DOOR MAIL DELIVERY

In the wake of the Conservatives’ irresponsible decision to end door-to-door mail delivery, the NDP has introduced a motion in the House of Commons supporting the maintenance of this valuable service. It will be debated today in the House of Commons.

January 15th, 2014

NDP REALITY CHECK: Ad spending

Another day, another broken promise from the Conservative government.

Just a few years ago Stephen Harper’s Conservatives were campaigning on a promise to clean up Liberal corruption in Ottawa, focusing on the Liberal Sponsorship scandal to show how Ottawa was broken.

January 8th, 2014

Time to Move Forward on Pension Reform

It is time to reform Canada's pension system.

In 2013 there was significant discussion about the inadaqucies of our pension system in Canada.

January 1st, 2014

Indigenous rights: Time for action

Underfunded schools. Inadequate housing. Glacial progress on settling land claims and respecting constitutional and treaty rights.

December 22nd, 2013

Thompson Youth Build in their Community

Inspired by the youth involved in Youth Build at the Boys and Girls Club who are giving food, neckwarmers and mitts to homeless people in Thompson. All this in -30C. We need to continue to support the youth at Youth Build and people that are on the street seeking help.

December 17th, 2013

Stop the cuts to our postal service

But that’s exactly what Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have planned for Canada Post. While they can find millions for their well-connected friends, they can’t seem to find a way to keep the mail coming to your door.

December 6th, 2013

Commemorating December 6th

Today we commemorate the lives of the 14 young women who were massacred on December 6th 1989. They were killed because they were women and as engineering students they occupied public space in non-traditional roles. Every year we call for action, because explicit misogyny, insidious discrimination and gender based violence continue to provoke fear in the lives of women in Canada and in the lives of our sisters across the globe.

November 26th, 2013

AG REPORT REVEALS MORE CONSERVATIVE MISMANAGEMENT

OTTAWA – Today’s report from the Auditor General showed once again how Conservative mismanagement has led to a serious deterioration of the systems Canadians rely on to keep us safe.

October 31st, 2013

New Democrats launch national tour to stop violence against women

Niki Ashton announced a national tour to consult with communities across Canada on how to implement legislation to stop violence against women.

October 18th, 2013

Person’s Day

Person’s Day commemorates the victory of five women who fought for gender equality in Canada. We honour this important day and the 1929 landmark decision in the Persons Case that defined women as persons under the law –paving the way for women’s participation in all aspects of Canadian society.

October 11th, 2013

Statement from the Official Opposition for the International Day of the Girl Child

The NDP’s Critic for the Status of Women, Niki Ashton (Churchill), and the NDP Critic for International Development, Hélène Laverdière (Laurier – Sainte-Marie), made the following statement for the International Day of the Girl Child.

October 7th, 2013

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763

Today New Democrats mark an extraordinary milestone—not just for Canada’s Indigenous peoples, but for all Canadians.

October 7th, 2013

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair on the 250th Anniversary of the Royal Proclamation of 1763

Today New Democrats mark an extraordinary milestone—not just for Canada’s Indigenous peoples, but for all Canadians.

October 4th, 2013

Urgent action needed to end violence against women

OTTAWA – Official Oppostion Status of Women critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) is launching a petition urging prompt action from the Harper government on a national plan to address violence against women, and an independent inquiry into the deaths and disappearances of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women.

October 2nd, 2013

Our Northern Vision

I was pleased to visit Churchill once again this past week.

While I was in Churchill I took the opportunity to meet with community leaders and to visit throughout the community.

October 1st, 2013

Marking Women's History Month

Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month – an opportunity to reflect on the status women have achieved. Through persistence, organization and solidarity the reach for gender equality has advanced from a time when women struggled to get the vote until today, when women have gained reproductive rights, and are accessing education at higher rates than ever before.

October 1st, 2013

Marking Women's History Month

Today marks the beginning of Women’s History Month – an opportunity to reflect on the status women have achieved. Through persistence, organization and solidarity the reach for gender equality has advanced from a time when women struggled to get the vote until today, when women have gained reproductive rights, and are accessing education at higher rates than ever before.

September 23rd, 2013

HARPER MUST HELP SECURE RELEASE OF CANADIANS IN EGYPT

OTTAWA – Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper today demanding he take swift action to secure the freedom of two Canadians imprisoned in Egypt.

September 19th, 2013

MP Niki Ashton Blasts Canada’s UN Envoy for Not Taking the Matter of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Seriously

OTTAWA – New Democrats are condemning the Conservatives for claiming to take violence against Aboriginal women seriously while repeatedly rejecting UN recommendations for a comprehensive national review on the issue.

September 16th, 2013

Remarks on the 6Th Anniversary of the Adoption of the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Today I celebrate alongside the Indigenous Peoples in Canada on the 6th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The passage of the UNDRIP was an important and historic victory.

September 13th, 2013

Harper, Stop Talking and Start Doing Something About Human Trafficking

Like many, I was horrified when the CBC reported that Christy Stark, a University of Minnesota researcher, found that First Nations women are being trafficked for sexual exploitation.

September 4th, 2013

Paying tribute to Canada's working people

I was pleased to once again join with the Steelworkers in Thompson to celebrate Labour Day.

September 4th, 2013

MPS MUST ACT ON NDP’S TRANSPARENCY MOTION

OTTAWA – It’s time to move forward with making the House of Commons finances more open and transparent, so the NDP is forcing MPs back to work.

September 2nd, 2013

Happy Labour Day

Thank a union today for their role in advancing the struggle to acheive equal pay for equal work!

August 30th, 2013

NDP REALITY CHECK:

NDP REALITY CHECK: Stephen Harper’s patronage appointments; the failed candidate edition

It should come as no surprise that Stephen Harper and the Conservatives reward their donors, failed candidates and insider friends with appointments to high places.

August 26th, 2013

Fraser Institute undervalues Canadian families by inaccurately assessing true costs

Seventy three per cent of mothers in Canada with children under the age of 16 are working mothers, and women still earn on average 30 cents less to the dollar than their male counterparts. The need for economic supports for Canadian families, like access to affordable universal childcare has never been greater. Yet in The Cost of Raising Children released August 2013 by the Fraser Institute, economist Christopher Sarlo claimed that childcare, along with other frivolities such as housing, are not costs to be considered when assessing the totality of costs associated with raising children.

August 9th, 2013

Statement from Jean Crowder on International Day of the World’s Indigenous People

To celebrate this 19th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, on behalf of New Democrats I encourage all Canadians to reflect on the commitments made that helped create the modern country where we all share the land.

August 1st, 2013

Women's Forum / Forum Des Femmes

Join Us! The Women's Forum is the first gathering of its kind bringing women, activists and organizations together.

August 1st, 2013

AUDITOR GENERAL AGREES TO PERFORMANCE AUDIT ON NUTRITION NORTH PROGRAM

OTTAWA – Canada’s Auditor General has agreed to conduct a Performance Audit on the controversial Nutrition North Program, according to a letter written by the AG to six NDP Members of Parliament. The MPs had written the Auditor General in June formally requesting this action.

July 30th, 2013

More Summer Visiting

This week I have once again been visiting throughout the Churchill riding.

I have visited The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Wanless, Cormorant, Moose Lake, Easterville, Grand Rapids and Norway House. I also traveled to Sapotaweyak for the Swampy Cree Tribal Council Assembly.

July 25th, 2013

CONSERVATIVES’ DENIAL OF JUSTICE UNACCEPTABLE | LES CONSERVATEURS REFUSENT DE RENDRE JUSTICE AUX FEMMES AUTOCHTONES

OTTAWA – New Democrats are condemning Stephen Harper’s Conservatives today for their callous rejection of provincial and territorial leaders’ calls for a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

July 25th, 2013

CONSERVATIVES’ DENIAL OF JUSTICE UNACCEPTABLE: NDP

OTTAWA – New Democrats are condemning Stephen Harper’s Conservatives today for their callous rejection of provincial and territorial leaders’ calls for a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

July 25th, 2013

Message on Day of Action to #HonourTheApology

As the MP for Churchill, I stand with you and with people across the North and across Canada to Honour the Apology. Today we call on the Federal Government to listen to the voices of First Nations, Metis and Inuit and all Canadians, and Honour the Apology.

July 19th, 2013

Federal Government Must Act on Reports of Intentional Malnourishment and Testing of First Nations

Thompson - Reports of intentional malnourishment of First Nations children and subsequent testing by the Government of Canada have been met with shock and disgust by Canadians. Niki Ashton, MP for Churchill, has called on the Federal Government to listen to First Nations and take action.

July 4th, 2013

Conservatives Fail to Meet GHG Deadline - Again

OTTAWA – New Democrats are decrying yet another Conservative failure to establish limits for greenhouse gas emission in Canada’s oil and gas sector.

June 25th, 2013

More Action Needed to Stop Violence Against Women

OTTAWA – In response to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report which identifies violence against women as a global health epidemic, the NDP is urging Conservatives to show a stronger commitment to eliminating violence against women in Canada and around the world.

June 25th, 2013

Open Letter to IWFA Committee Chair Stella Ambler, MP Regarding Concerns Held by New Democratic Committee Members

Being from Northern Manitoba and having the honour of representing our home, there is no doubt that one of the most difficult issues raised is that of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women. First Nations and Métis people, along with allies in Manitoba, have fought for justice and an end to the violence for years. Many people in our region and across the country have called for a national inquiry and for national action, a position supported by the NDP. I have proudly stood with Aboriginal women in calling for an inquiry and for urgent action to end violence against Aboriginal women.

June 24th, 2013

Transparent and Accountable: My Expenses

Expenditures are available for all MPs on the Parliament of Canada website. My expenses for 2012/2013 are posted as a PDF below.

June 20th, 2013

Have your say: Share your priorities for Budget 2014

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance recently launched its annual pre-budget consultation process, which will result in a report being tabled in the House of Commons in December 2013.

June 12th, 2013

CONSERVATIVES MUST NOT UNDERMINE INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS TO COMBAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

OTTAWA - In a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Opposition Foreign Affairs critic, Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre) and Status of Women critic Niki Ashton (Churchill) cautioned the Conservatives against playing a spoiler role on this important issue at the 23rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

June 12th, 2013

NDP CALLING FOR THE MINISTER OF HEALTH TO TAKE ACTION TO REASSURE USERS OF YAZ AND YASMIN

OTTAWA – In light of recent media reports linking the death of 23 Canadian women to Yaz and Yasmin brands of birth control pills, New Democrats are asking the Minister of Health to implement better drug safety measures in Canada.

June 12th, 2013

STATEMENT BY JEAN CROWDER ON THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS APOLOGY

STATEMENT BY JEAN CROWDER ON THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS APOLOGY

Five years ago today, I was honoured to be one of the MPs in attendance when the Residential Schools Apology was made in the House of Commons.

June 10th, 2013

Niki Ashton rises in the house to speak to Bill S-2

Mr. Speaker, I am very honoured to rise in the House to speak on behalf of so many of my constituents and first nations people across Canada who have vehemently opposed Bill S-2.

June 4th, 2013

NDP TABLES BILL TO PROTECT SASKATCHEWAN LAKES

OTTAWA – In a move designed to reverse the Conservatives’ reckless changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, New Democrat MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) introduced a bill in the House of Commons to restore protection to over a dozen of Saskatchewan’s lakes.

June 1st, 2013

STATEMENT BY STATUS OF WOMEN CRITIC NIKI ASHTON AND JUSTICE CRITIC FRANÇOISE BOIVIN ON THE DEATH OF HENRY MORGENTALER

Today, we lost a great man, Doctor Henry Morgentaler. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.

May 30th, 2013

CANADIAN STANDARDS MUST BE UPHELD IN NORTHERN GREECE MINE: NDP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 30, 2013

OTTAWA – Standing up in the House of Commons, NDP MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) demanded the Conservatives uphold Canadian labour and corporate standards at a Canadian-owned mine in Northern Greece.

May 22nd, 2013

Once again, asking the Conservative government to step up and act to end violence against women

Mr. Speaker, as the status of women critic for the NDP, I am here to ask the Conservative government to step up and act to end violence against women.

May 21st, 2013

Statement of Tribute to Elijah Harper

On behalf of my constituents, and all New Democrats I would like to stand in this House and pay tribute to Elijah Harper.

May 1st, 2013

Congratulations to my colleague Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe on her election of Chair of Status of Women

LYSANE BLANCHETTE-LAMOTHE ELECTED CHAIR OF STATUS OF WOMEN COMMITTEE

OTTAWA –Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds—Dollard) was elected new Chair of the Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women.

April 10th, 2013

Birth control recall: Government took too long

OTTAWA – New Democrats say the Conservative government took too long to issue an urgent recall for Alysena-28 birth control pills, putting women’s health at risk and increasing the risk of unplanned pregnancy.

April 8th, 2013

STATEMENT BY NIKI ASHTON CALLING ON SUPPORTERS TO JOIN IN RAY OF HOPE CANDLELIGHT VIGILS, APRIL 8, 2013

The NDP is urging supporters across the country to attend the Ray of Hope candlelight vigils taking place in cities across Canada this evening to show support and solidarity, standing united with Aboriginal peoples.

March 26th, 2013

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT MUST STEP UP ON FLOOD MITIGATION ON FIRST NATIONS

Ottawa - The 2013 flood forecast reveals another year of flooding with an expected disproportionate impact on First Nations.

March 25th, 2013

MESSAGE TO HARPER: TIME TO LISTEN TO INDIGENOUS YOUTH

Ottawa - Today hundreds of young Indigenous walkers came to Parliament Hill with a message of reconciliation, building on the Idle No More movement.

March 22nd, 2013

HARPER BUDGET FAILS NORTHERN MANITOBA

MANITOBA - The Conservative budget doesn't deliver results for Northern Manitoba, says NDP MP Niki Ashton (Churchill).

March 21st, 2013

CONSERVATIVES CONTINUE AUSTERITY CUTS, INTRODUCE NO NEW MEASURES TO CREATE JOBS/ LE NPD DÉNONCE LE BUDGET CONSERVATEUR QUI NE FAIT RIEN POUR L’EMPLOI ET LES PREMIÈRES NATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 21, 2013

CONSERVATIVES CONTINUE AUSTERITY CUTS, INTRODUCE NO NEW MEASURES TO CREATE JOBS

OTTAWA —Stephen Harper promised to focus on jobs, but instead he's ploughing ahead with job-killing austerity cuts and playing a shell game with skills training money.

March 21st, 2013

CONSERVATIVES CONTINUE AUSTERITY CUTS, INTRODUCE NO NEW MEASURES TO CREATE JOBS

CONSERVATIVES CONTINUE AUSTERITY CUTS, INTRODUCE NO NEW MEASURES TO CREATE JOBS

OTTAWA —Stephen Harper promised to focus on jobs, but instead he's ploughing ahead with job-killing austerity cuts and playing a shell game with skills training money.

March 8th, 2013

Statement by NDP Status of Women critic Niki Ashton on International Women’s Day, Friday, March 8, 2013

On International Women’s Day people all over the world reflect on and celebrate the political, social and economic progress women have made. We acknowledge with gratitude the trailblazing women who paved the way and salute advocates who provided support.

February 20th, 2013

Truth and Reconcillation Commission Garden Hill Hearing

This afternoon I am attending the Truth and Reconcillation Commission Garden Hill Hearings. You can live stream it below, or find archived video of previous hearings here.

February 19th, 2013

Statement by Niki Ashton and Pat Martin on Louis Riel Day

On the third Monday of every February, Manitobans commemorate the life of Louis Riel.

Louis Riel is most renowned for his unwavering defence of Métis rights and culture, and for being instrumental in Manitoba becoming a part of Canada. Louis Riel was also a Member of Parliament, who although elected to the Canadian Parliament three times, was never allowed to take his seat.

February 14th, 2013

NATIONAL INQUIRY FOR MISSING ABORIGINAL WOMEN NEEDED IMMEDIATELY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 14, 2013

OTTAWA – The NDP is standing with aboriginal leaders, civil society, and Human Rights Watch to demand a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada.

February 6th, 2013

Tell Your Friends To Pull Offensive CWB Ad: Ashton Calls On Ritz To Act

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February 6th, 2013

OTTAWA – Today in question period, MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) called on Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz to pull an offensive Canadian Wheat Board ad.

February 6th, 2013

January 31, 2013 - Standing with First Nations

Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to follow my colleague, the newly elected member for Victoria, who I know has a proud history of work with aboriginal people. It is certainly a pleasure to work with him in the House.

February 1st, 2013

Conservatives Show Toxic Agenda on Choice Again

Ottawa - Canadian women and men have expressed outrage at the letter written by three Conservative Members of Parliament to the RCMP Commissioner, equating abortion to murder.

January 30th, 2013

Defending Womens Right to Choose - January 28, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c19NL5WCl1A

January 30th, 2013

Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Morgentaler Decision

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBfg0_tPBjk&list=UUGYbcfN6MvcoBtxLu3iRn2g&index=1

January 28th, 2013

NDP urges PM to respect principles of UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

It is time for the Conservative government to establish a nation-to-nation relationship with indigenous peoples in the wake of recent events and it’s with this in mind that New Democrat deputy critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs, Romeo Saganash, urged Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take concrete action.

January 28th, 2013

NDP: a woman’s right to choose must be protected

On the 25th anniversary of the landmark R. v. Morgentaler Supreme Court decision, New Democrats are reaffirming a deep commitment to protect women’s right to choose.

January 22nd, 2013

Join Us!

January 28th marks the 25th anniversary of the Morgentaler decision which enshrined Canadian women’s right to choose. To commemorate this milestone, Niki Ashton, MP and NDP Critic for the Status of Women in partnership with Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD), would like to invite you to participate in a discussion on reproductive rights.

December 30th, 2012

Hunger Strikers Make Urgent Appeal: Ashton asks Harper to meet First Nations activists

For Immediate Release

Hunger Strikers Make Urgent Appeal: Ashton asks Harper to meet First Nations activists

December 21st, 2012

Ashton In Solidarity with First Nations calling on Harper Government to Act #IdleNoMore

For Immediate Release

Ashton In Solidarity with First Nations calling on Harper Government to Act #IdleNoMore

Thompson - Today, First Nations people are gathering across the country as part of the #IdleNoMore movement. Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) has expressed solidarity with this grassroots movement opposing the Harper Government's attack on Treaty and Aboriginal Rights.

December 19th, 2012

Where are the net benefits from foreign takeovers?

"Where are the net benefits from foreign takeovers?"

As Canadians have watched the Federal government again approve foreign takeovers in the resource sector the issue of net benefits is again front and centre.

December 6th, 2012

Niki Ashton`s statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

It is with deep sorrow that we mark the 23rd anniversary of the Montreal Massacre at the École polytechnique. On December 6, 1989, one man killed 14 women simply because of their gender – Annie St-Arneault, Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard, Annie Turcotte and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz.

November 19th, 2012

Open letter to Canada Post re: Pay Equity

Deeprak Chopra

President and Chief Executive Officer Canada Post Corporation

2701 Riverside Drive

Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0B1

Cc: Denis Lamelin

President, Canadian Union of Postal Workers

November 14th, 2012

MP Report: Canadians Honour Our Veterans

On November 11 Canadians from coast to coast to coast honoured our veterans and those that are serving our country today.

October 31st, 2012

New Omnibus Budget Bill Unacceptable

Here we go again.

The Federal government has introduced a400 plus page budget bill that contains numerous negative provisions that gofar beyond the budget itself.

October 22nd, 2012

Fairness for Residential School Survivors

In recent years there have been a number of significant steps taken to recognize the impact of residential schools.

October 12th, 2012

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October 10th, 2012

MP Report: Food Safety Must be a Priority

"Food safety must be a priority"

Canadians expect food safety to be a top priority.

In recent weeks Canadians have seen that we can't take food safety for granted. Serious questions have been raised

October 5th, 2012

Statement by Status of Women critic Niki Ashton on Women’s History Month

Today, we mark the beginning of Women’s History Month. Each fall, Canadians are invited to acknowledge the essential contribution of women to our country. We take the time to celebrate the trailblazing women that came before us.

September 27th, 2012

MP Report: We Need Action on the Economy

Our caucus has called for concrete action on the economy.

As Parliament sits this fall it is clear that the economy will be a major focus.

September 26th, 2012

STATEMENT BY NDP CAUCUS ON REJECTION OF MOTION M-312

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 26, 2012

STATEMENT BY NDP CAUCUS ON REJECTION OF MOTION M-312

Today, New Democrats led the way as Parliament chose to uphold women’s rights by voting against the Conservative motion to reopen the abortion debate.

September 25th, 2012

NDP DEFENDS WOMEN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE

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September 25,2012

NDP DEFENDS WOMEN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE

The party urges all parliamentarians to reject Conservative motion to reopen abortion debate

September 21st, 2012

Statement on Take Back the Night in Canada

As the Status of Women critic for the New Democratic Party of Canada, I would like to stand with Canadians participating in Take Back the Night marches all across the country to fight violence against women.

September 19th, 2012

Ashton Calls on Conservative Government to Stop Silencing Aboriginal Organizations

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September 19, 2012

Ashton Calls on Conservative Government to Stop Silencing Aboriginal Organizations

Ottawa - Today in question period, MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) called on the Government to re-instate funding to Aboriginal organizations that speak out on behalf of Aboriginal people.

September 12th, 2012

MP Report: Federal Government is Trying To Silence Its Critics

A consistent pattern has become clear when it comes to the Conservative government.

If you advocate and work for change in a way that goes against the government's agenda you will pay the price.

September 5th, 2012

Labour Day More Than A Holiday

This past Monday Canadians across the country celebrated Labour Day.

Labour Day is more than a holiday.

As we mark Labour Day, we remember the working women and men who built Canada and we honour the important contributions of the labour movement to Canadian society.

August 29th, 2012

MP Report: Canada needs a true Northern Vision

As MP for Churchill I am always pleased to see any of my colleagues from the House of Commons visit the Churchill constituency.

July 27th, 2012

Youth Call out to Harper. Watch and Share the Video. Tell the PM to bring back CCAY.

For Immediate Release

July 27, 2012

"Ashton Supports Call to Save Youth Programming"

Thompson - Young Manitobans are calling on Prime Minister Harper to reinstate Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth (CCAY), a key youth program run through Friendship Centres across Canada. They relay their message through a youtube video, called "Youth Call Out to Harper: Save CCAY".

July 6th, 2012

Petition For Maintaining Employment Insurance for Seasonal Workers

Please print out the petition (link below), collect signatures and then mail back your pages to the Ottawa office postage-free:

July 6th, 2012

NDP Launching Campaign to Oppose EI Cuts for Nothern Seasonal Workers

For Immediate ReleaseJuly 6, 2012

NDP LAUNCHING CAMPAIGN TO OPPOSE EI CUTS FOR NORTHERN SEASONAL WORKERS

MANITOBA/SASKATCHEWAN – Canada’s NDP, supported by northern MLAs, have launched a petition to urge the Conservative government to scrap their reckless cuts to employment insurance (EI).

June 29th, 2012

Government Must Address Tragedy of Missing Aboriginal Women:NDP / Les Conservateurs Doivent Agir Dans Le Dossier Des Meurtres Et Des Disparitions Des Femmes Autochtones Au Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 29 2012

Niki Ashton calls on Conservatives to launch a national inquiry

WINNIPEG - The NDP critic for the Status of Women, Niki Ashton has called for a national inquiry into the disappearance and murder of Aboriginal women in Canada. Ashton made the statement in the wake of the discovery of three murdered Aboriginal women in Winnipeg that are linked to one potential suspect.

June 21st, 2012

Ashton wants Federal government to be accountable to First Nations and Canadians

OTTAWA - Niki Ashton, NDP MP (Churchill) has called on the Federal government to be more accountable to First Nations and Canadians. Ashton was speaking in the House of Commons on Bill C-27 on First Nations accountability.

June 13th, 2012

Conservative Legacy means Cutting Francophonie Out West / Des compressions à la francophonie dans l’Ouest, voilà l’héritage des conservateurs

Conservative Legacy means Cutting Francophonie Out West

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 13th, 2012

OTTAWA - Today Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) rose in the House demanding that the Conservative Government reverse its cuts to the francophone community in Manitoba.

June 13th, 2012

MP Report: Canadians Reject Federal Government's Arrogance on the Budget

This week the House of Commons sat around the clock to debate and vote on the Federal Budget.

June 6th, 2012

Ashton: A Woman's Right to Choose is Not Up for Negotiation / Ashton : La liberté de choix d’une femme n’est pas négociable

Ashton: A Woman's Right to Choose is Not Up for Negotiation

OTTAWA - It has been announced that the Conservative Motion 312, a motion that seeks to re-open the abortion debate, has been delayed to the fall.

June 1st, 2012

ASHTON CHALLENGES GOVERNMENT ON EXPERIMENTAL LAKES AREA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 1st, 2012

OTTAWA - Today in Question Period, Niki Ashton (Churchill) asked the Government to reinstate funding for the Experimental Lakes Area research program.

May 30th, 2012

Ashton Calls on Government to Withdraw EI Cuts Targeting Northern Seasonal Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMAY 30, 2012

Ashton Calls on Government to Withdraw EI Cuts Targeting Northern Seasonal Workers

OTTAWA - Today in the House of Commons, Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) demanded the withdrawal of EI changes targeting seasonal workers in Northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan and pointed to the complete lack of understanding on the part of the Government of the economic reality in the North.

May 25th, 2012

CHANGES TO EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WILL IMPACT NORTH: "A Nail in the Coffin for Seasonal Industry"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SNOW LAKE, MANITOBA - Recent federal changes to EI are set to have a disproportionate impact on Northern seasonal workers and Northern communities.

May 18th, 2012

Petition against Motion 312 / Pétition contre la motion 312

Please print out the petition (link below), collect signatures and then mail back your pages to the Ottawa office:

May 17th, 2012

ASHTON ASKS HEALTH MINISTER TO APOLOGIZE AND ACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) stood in the House of Commons today to ask the Minister of Health to apologize for her Government's attack on the UN Rapporteur's preliminary report on Food Insecurity in Canada. Ashton also asked the Government to act on ending food insecurity faced by Aboriginal Canadians.

May 16th, 2012

MP Report: Listening to Canadians on the Federal Budget

The Federal government needs to listen to Canadians on the Federal budget.

That has been our message to the government in the House of Commons.

Unfortunately the Federal government has not been listening.

May 10th, 2012

ASHTON CALLING ON CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT TO ACT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ASHTON CALLING ON CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT TO ACT

Calling for an end to unacceptable living conditions

OTTAWA – On the eve of a visit to Northern Manitoba from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) is bringing attention to the unacceptable living conditions on First Nations in Manitoba.

May 2nd, 2012

The Federal Budget and Women - from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

by Angella MacEwen May 2nd, 2012 The only mention of either men or women in the 400-odd page 2012 Budget Implementation Bill is with regards to the appropriate use of donated sperm and ova.

May 2nd, 2012

MP Report- National Day of Mourning

Last week Canadians commemorated the National Day of Mourning.

Every year we remember workers killed or injured at work.

This day reminds us that much work remains to be done to prevent workplace accidents. Despite progress made in occupational health and safety in recent years it is essential to continue our efforts and ensure that resources are available for continued progress.

April 13th, 2012

Agencies fearful of feds' takeover: Ottawa to control settlement services

By: Carol Sanders

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 13, 2012 A4

Non-profit agencies helping newcomers settle in Manitoba are wondering how the federal government plans to take over settlement services.

April 12th, 2012

CUTS TO CIC SERVICES IN MANITOBA “WRECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Manitoba NDP MPs Pat Martin and Niki Ashton condemn Harper government for pulling out of shared settlement services for immigrants

March 30th, 2012

CONSERVATIVE BUDGET BLINDSIDES PRAIRIE FARMERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARCH 30, 2012

CONSERVATIVE BUDGET BLINDSIDES PRAIRIE FARMERS

Harper endangers Canadian Grain Commission only months after gutting the Wheat Board

March 30th, 2012

Budget cuts pensions, erodes Medicare and ignores our region: Ashton

OTTAWA -Niki Ashton, NDP MP for Churchill, has criticized the Federal Budget as being an attack on pensions and health care as well as more evidence of how the Conservatives are ignoring our region.

March 7th, 2012

MP Report – March 7th, 2012

We must continue to be vigilant on trade deals.

Canadians have every right to be concerned about the proposed free trade agreement with the European Union.

January 11th, 2012

MP Report: Federal Government Must Commit to Medicare

Medicare is at the heart of who we are and what we are as Canadians.

January 4th, 2012

MP Report: 2011 Was an Eventful Year

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy new year.

December 14th, 2011

MP Report: Government Limiting Debate Without Reason

The Conservative government is undermining democracy by limiting debate on key bills before Parliament in an unprecedented way. Our caucus has tabled a motion to prevent Conservatives from continuing to limit debate on bills and fast-tracking the legislative process.

December 7th, 2011

Agriculture Minister breached Wheat Board Act, judge rules (from Globe and Mail)

Paul Waldie

WINNIPEG— Globe and Mail Update

Last updated Wednesday, Dec. 07, 2011 2:30PM EST

A federal court judge has dealt a blow to the federal government's plan to end the Canadian Wheat Board's monopoly over the sale of wheat grown in Western Canada.

November 30th, 2011

MP Report: Killing the Wheat Board a Betrayal of Our Region - November 30 2011

The Conservative government has rammed legislation through the House of Commons that will kill the Canadian Wheat Board. This is nothing less than a betrayal of our region.

November 29th, 2011

November 29 2011 Speech in Response to Allegations Made by Chief Government Whip

Canadians today are witnessing the anti-democratic, ideological agenda of the Conservative Government in full force.

November 23rd, 2011

MP Report: Fighting for Running Water

The fight continues for running water in the Island Lake communities in Northern Manitoba and many other communities throughout Canada.

November 16th, 2011

MP Report: Northerners Mark Remembrance Day

I was honoured again on November 11 to represent Canada at the Remembrance Day service in Thompson.

November 1st, 2011

Conservatives Ignore Regions on Gun Registry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - Churchill MP Niki Ashton has criticized the Federal Conservatives for bringing in legislation on the gun registry that ignores the different views on the gun registry in different regions in Canada.

October 26th, 2011

Ashton In Question Period Standing Up for Churchill on the Wheat Board

"Mr. Speaker,

The Government’s proposed dismantling of the Wheat Board is already having an impact on Churchill.

October 25th, 2011

Ashton Puts Forward Motion Asking for Farmer Vote on the Wheat Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - Today, Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) put forward an Opposition Motion asking for the Government to put the future of the Wheat Board to a vote by Farmers.

October 21st, 2011

Canadian Wheat Board rally in Brandon, Manitoba on Saturday, October 22 2011

Press Release

Westman United For The Wheat Board (rally in support of the Wheat Board)

Supporters

Westman farmers, members of the National Farmers Union, Friends Of The Canadian Wheat Board, local and provincial politicians, the Brandon District Labour Council and a diverse group of local and regional Wheat Board supporters come together to condemn the Harper government's attack on the Wheat Board.

October 20th, 2011

ASHTON: ON TOMMY DOUGLAS' BIRTHDAY, HARPER BRINGS RURAL AND WESTERN CANADA DOWN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - Today, MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) spoke of the irony that on the birthday of Tommy Douglas, the Harper Government has sped up its steadfast agenda to dismantle the Canadian Wheat Board.

October 18th, 2011

CONSERVATIVES PUTTING PRAIRIE FAMILIES AT RISK : TURMEL // NYCOLE TURMEL REPROCHE AUX CONSERVATEURS DE METTRE LE BIEN-ÊTRE DES FAMILLES DES PRAIRIES EN DANGER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOCTOBER 18,2011

CONSERVATIVES PUTTING PRAIRIE FAMILIES AT RISK : TURMEL

Ignoring farmers’ wishes, government barrels ahead with anti-Wheat Board legislation

October 17th, 2011

ASHTON: CONSERVATIVES SHOW ARROGANCE ON WHEAT BOARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA - Despite a clear message from Western Canadian farmers to keep the Canadian Wheat Board, the Harper Conservatives continue their steadfast commitment to dismantle the single-desk.

October 17th, 2011

Ashton's Question on the Canadian Wheat Board - Monday October 17, 2011

"Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives are at it again.

The agriculture minister has talked about blowing the candles out on the Wheat Board. The Prime Minister has talked about a train barrelling down on the Wheat Board.

September 26th, 2011

Ashton's Questions on Aboriginal Youth Suicide - September 26, 2011

Mme Niki Ashton (Churchill, NPD): Monsieur le Président, alors que le taux de suicide au Canada a diminué au cours des dernières années, celui des Autochtones demeure tragiquement élevé. La statistique la plus alarmante est le taux de suicide parmi les jeunes Autochtones qui est de cinq à six fois plus haut que pour les autres Canadiens. Ils sont sans récréation, sans centre de jeunesse, sans programme parascolaire et sans espoir.

September 14th, 2011

MP Report: Government Should Respect Vote

Farmers have spoken. They want the Conservative Government to back off and not dismantle the Wheat Board.

August 23rd, 2011

Jack Layton Will be Missed But His Vision Will Live On

Like many Canadians I was sad to learn of Jack Layton's passing earlier this week.

July 18th, 2011

Official Portrait

July 6th, 2011

MP Report: Back to Visiting the Riding

Now that Parliament has finished sitting for the summer I am back to visiting throughout the riding.

June 21st, 2011

Ashton Elected Chair of Status of Women Committee of Parliament

OTTAWA– Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) was elected to chair the Status of Women committee of Parliament. It is one of five committees chaired by opposition members.

June 21st, 2011

NEW DEMOCRATS STAND UP FOR CHURCHILL AND WHEAT BOARD // LE NPD À LA RESCOUSSE DE CHURCHILL ET DE LA COMMISSION CANADIENNE DU BLÉ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 21, 2011

NEW DEMOCRATS STAND UP FOR CHURCHILL AND WHEAT BOARD Conservative plan to scrap Wheat Board endangers future of Arctic Shipping

June 1st, 2011

MP Report: Federal government threatens future of the Port of Churchill

The future of the Wheat Board and the Port of Churchill is at stake. That is the clear message coming out of the Federal government's announccement that it is going to end single desk marketing at the Canadian Wheat Board. The announcement threatens the livelihood of thousands of prairie farmers. It threatens 500 jobs at the Wheat Board's head office in Winnipeg. It also threatens the Port of Churchill, as virtually all the shipments through the Port are from the Wheat Board.

May 6th, 2011

Canada Day in Flin Flon

April 26th, 2011

“Ashton Calls Tories a Threat to the Wheat Board and the Port of Churchill”

Churchill, Manitoba.

Churchill NDP MP incumbent Niki Ashton has called for a clear commitment to the Wheat Board that she says is critical to the future of the Port of Churchill. She made the call on a campaign visit to the community.

April 26th, 2011

“Ashton Calls Tories a Threat to the Wheat Board and the Port of Churchill”

Churchill, Manitoba.

Churchill NDP MP incumbent Niki Ashton has called for a clear commitment to the Wheat Board that she says is critical to the future of the Port of Churchill. She made the call on a campaign visit to the community.

April 22nd, 2011

Ashton Calls for Federal Action on All Weather Roads

Incumbent Churchill NDP MP Niki Ashton has called on the Federal government to invest in extending the all weather road network in Northern Manitoba.

April 2nd, 2011

Ashton Calls for Action on Fire Safety

Gods Lake Narrows- Incumbent Churchill NDP MP Niki Ashton has called for a major initiative to improve fire safety and firefighting on Northern and Aboriginal communities.

April 2nd, 2011

About Niki Ashton

First elected MP for the riding of Churchill in 2008 and re-elected in 2011, Niki Ashton is a strong voice for Northern Manitoba.

March 28th, 2011

Ashton Kicks Off Campaign Throughout the North

Incumbent NDP MP Niki Ashton has kicked off her campaign throughout the riding. Speaking in The Pas, Flin Flon and Thompson, Ashton said there will be a clear choice in the upcoming election. "We will be putting forward a positive platform with practical solutions for the issues that matter to Northerners."

March 25th, 2011

Federal government defeated on confidence vote

Today, a non-confidence vote supported by NDP MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) passed in the House of Commons. The historic vote means that the 40th Parliament will be dissolved and we will enter a federal election.

March 24th, 2011

Ashton: Federal budget ignores First Nation and Métis communities

The NDP is demanding answers from the federal government on why it has failed to act on its obligations and continues to ignore critical issues faced by Aboriginal people.

March 23rd, 2011

MP Report - Budget fails to meet the needs of Northerners

Earlier this week the Federal government tabled its 2011 budget. The Federal government missed the opportunity to make life more affordable and help Northerners, our families and our communities. The budget was an opportunity to address the needs of Northern Manitoba.

March 22nd, 2011

BUDGET FAILS TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR CANADIANS // LE BUDGET N'AMÉLIORE PAS LA VIE DES CANADIENS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 22, 2011

BUDGET FAILS TO MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR CANADIANS Harper chooses provoking an election over helping Canadian families and seniors

March 10th, 2011

STUDENTS DESERVE ACCESSIBLE, QUALITY EDUCATION // LES ÉTUDIANTS MÉRITENT UNE ÉDUCATION ACCESSIBLE ET DE QUALITÉ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 10, 2011

STUDENTS DESERVE ACCESSIBLE, QUALITY EDUCATION New Democrats propose federal plan to stop climbing tuition fees

OTTAWA – Across the country Canadians are recognising the increased need for post-secondary education but decades of Conservative and Liberal governments have failed to make it a priority.

March 8th, 2011

Ashton Joins Sayisi Dene to Call on Government of Canada for Justice

For Immediate Release

Members of the Sayisi Dene First Nation travelled from Northern Manitoba to Ottawa and joined Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) in order to request that the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs formally apologize for their relocation and announce a plan for healing and compensation.

March 2nd, 2011

CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT ABANDONING THE WEST: ASHTON - NDP blasts Harper over proposed cuts to WEDC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Niki Ashton today accused the Conservatives of abandoning Manitoba and the other western provinces over funding cuts to Western Economic Diversification Canada (WEDC).

March 2nd, 2011

Kudos to our MP for creativity among other things

By Devon Parker, Opasquia Times

One of the nice things about not being affiliated with any one particular political party is the ability (I hope) to be objective when it comes to the acts of politicians of various stripes.

February 25th, 2011

MICHAEL MOORE JOINS ASHTON'S CAMPAIGN FOR THOMPSON // MICHAEL MOORE REJOINT LA CAMPAGNE DE NIKI ASHTON POUR SAUVER DES EMPLOIS DANS LA VILLE DE THOMPSON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 25, 2011

MICHAEL MOORE JOINS ASHTON’S CAMPAIGN FOR THOMPSON Renowned filmmaker joins campaign to protect jobs in Manitoba community

February 23rd, 2011

Niki Ashton in the House of Commons 2008-2010

Searchable PDF of Niki Ashton's House records: http://nikiashton.ndp.ca/sites/default/files/Niki%20Ashton%20in%20the%20House%202008-2010_0.pdf

February 23rd, 2011

MP Report: Federal Government Needs To Partner With Province on All-Weather Roads

The Federal government needs to be part of extending all-weather road access in Northern Manitoba.

February 9th, 2011

MP REPORT: WE NEED A NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY

There is not a single community in Northern Manitoba that has not been impacted by suicide.

February 8th, 2011

ASHTON CALLS FOR FEDERAL ACTION ON FIRST NATIONS FIRE SAFETY - Statement in the House of Commons

Mr. Speaker, Today I rise to honour the work of Aboriginal communities in ensuring fire safety.

February 8th, 2011

NEW DEMOCRATS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO ENDORSE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY

Support for national suicide prevention strategy growing throughout Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 8, 2011

OTTAWA – Today New Democrats launch a campaign in support of An Act Respecting a National Strategy for Suicide Prevention introduced in the House of Commons in November 2010. The Act directs the Federal government to establish a national suicide prevention strategy, in consultation with the provincial, territorial, and First Nations governments.

February 3rd, 2011

Our campaign mentioned on CBC's Q - February 2 2001

http://nikiashton.posterous.com/clip-from-q-feb-1-2011

February 3rd, 2011

Thompson and Me? Michael Moore Takes Up Fight Against Vale

From the United Steelworkers website

In Brief

Academy Award-winning documentarian Michael Moore has agreed to New Democrat MP Niki Ashton's request to join the fight against Vale's devastating decision to kill 500 jobs by closing the smelter and refinery in Thompson.

February 1st, 2011

Big screen pot-stirrer helps NDP MP

http://blogs.canoe.ca - "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.

February 1st, 2011

ASHTON GETS A HAND FROM MICHAEL MOORE FOR THOMPSON // ASHTON REÇOIT UN COUP DE MAIN DE MICHAEL MOORE POUR THOMPSON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 1, 2011

ASHTON GETS A HAND FROM MICHAEL MOORE FOR THOMPSON Renowned filmmaker to spread the community’s message

January 21st, 2011

Dear Michael Moore: Please help, signed Niki Ashton, Thompson

From iPOLITICS

Posted on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, 12:05 am by Sonya Bell

Niki Ashton wants Michael Moore’s help to put Thompson, Manitoba, on the map.

The NDP MP for Churchill sent a letter and video to Moore on Thursday detailing the closure of Thompson’s smelter and refinery, which was announced in November by Vale, its Brazilian owner.

January 21st, 2011

MP Report: Taking our campaign to save Thompson jobs to the world

We are taking our campaign to save resource value-added jobs at Vale in Thompson to the world via the Internet.

January 20th, 2011

Ashton Reaches out to Michael Moore: Hear Our Story

ISLAND LAKE, MB - Today, Niki Ashton, Member of Parliament (Churchill) wrote a letter to filmmaker Michael Moore asking for his support in sharing the story of Thompson as it faces the devastating announcement made by Vale in November 2010 to close the Thompson Vale smelter and refinery.

January 20th, 2011

Message to Michael Moore

Hello Mr. Moore,

My name is Niki Ashton. I am the Member of Parliament for Churchill, which is in Northern Canada. I am also part of the New Democratic Party.

January 18th, 2011

Feds eye gaps in native firefighting: Fires on reserves claim 11 children in last five years

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

By: Mia Rabson

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 18, 2011 A4

OTTAWA -- The federal government is in the middle of surveying all the gaps in firefighting on Manitoba reserves. The review arose last May after two-year-old Curtis Laporte died in a fire on Long Plain First Nation. On Sunday, a two-month-old girl in St. Theresa Point became at least the 11th child to die in a house fire on a Manitoba reserve in the last five years.

January 17th, 2011

Campaign to Save Jobs Goes Online

The campaign to save resource value-added jobs is going viral.

Churchill MP Niki Ashton announced that a locally produced video has been released on YouTube to highlight the fight to save jobs at the Vale smelter and refinery in Thompson.

December 15th, 2010

Ashton Calls on Minister of Health to Act on Third World diseases on Northern Manitoba First Nations

OTTAWA - Today in Question Period Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) asked the Government to act decisively to put an end to the Third World living conditions that First Nations in Northern Manitoba face - conditions that lead to challenging and tragic health outcomes for many Aboriginal people.

December 13th, 2010

Prise de contrôle d'Inco: Vale n'a pas respecté son entente

*ENGLISH: Through an access to information request, Radio-Canada has learned that the Brazilian mining company Vale has violated an agreement with the government of Canada and that Industry Canada did not pursue the matter. They enacted temporary lay-offs that affected almost 5000 workers that went against the Canada Investment Act.*

December 6th, 2010

You're Invited to a Film Screening: A View From The Ground - Tuesday, December 7th - 7-9pm - Room 2-1, Booth Building (165 Sparks Street, Ottawa)

Hello,

I would like to invite you to join myself and Don Davies MP, in watching a video presentation on the attack on civil liberties that took place during the G20 in Toronto. This video is the work of two young student activists who were detained during the G20.

December 2nd, 2010

Federal Government Gives $1B to Vale and Shuts Out Manitobans - Manitoba MPs Missing in Action

OTTAWA - Today in the House of Commons, Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) pointed to the absence of Manitoba's Conservative MPs when it comes to standing up for lost Manitoba jobs. Ashton noted that the Vale announcement to close the smelter and the refinery in Thompson means the loss of over 600 Manitoba jobs and the loss of major processing capacity in the province.

December 2nd, 2010

Statement in the House of Commons from December 2, 2010

Today I am standing up on behalf of the people of my riding and the people of Manitoba who are saying that Vale's plan to close the smelter and the refinery in Thompson is unacceptable.

November 24th, 2010

Women's Statement from Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ms. Niki Ashton (Churchill, NDP): Mr. Speaker, today I rise to speak on the devastating impact of foreign takeovers gone wrong on women and our communities. Time and time again, it has been proven that women experience greater hardship when economic conditions are more difficult.

November 23rd, 2010

“Federal Government Supports Vale, Not Manitoba,” Says Ashton

OTTAWA – Today in the House of Commons, Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) asked the Minister of Industry about the $1Billion loan given by the Federal Government to Vale, a loan when Vale is now taking over 600 jobs out of Thompson.

November 22nd, 2010

Petition - Save Our Jobs, Save Our Canada

Please print out the petition (link below), collect signatures and then mail back your pages to the Ottawa office:

November 19th, 2010

Thompson's loss of jobs Canada's gain: Clement

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Thompson's loss of jobs Canada's gain: Clement Miner downsizing in Manitoba, investing $10B elsewhere By: Mia Rabson and Larry Kusch

November 19th, 2010

Clement Clueless: Ashton Calls for Minister of Industry to Step Up for Thompson

Ottawa - Following Vale's announcement to cut over 500 jobs in Thompson, Minister Clement continues to insult the people impacted as he continually refers to the announcement as being good news.

November 18th, 2010

Exchange between Ashton and Clement during Question Period on November 18, 2010

Ms. Niki Ashton (Churchill, NDP): Mr. Speaker, how about saving our jobs?

Yesterday the industry minister called Vale's announcement to cut 600 jobs “good news”. Today in the House he talked about it being an iron-ore mine coming to the end of its life. It is a nickel mine and we are talking about the closure of the surface operations.

November 18th, 2010

Tony Clement sends his regards to Thompson

by Aaron Wherry on Thursday, November 18, 2010 10:16am (from Macleans.ca)

However awkwardly and ridiculously the Industry Minister has handled questions and criticism in the past, he perhaps outdid himself yesterday with the following tut-tutting of two questions from the NDP’s Niki Ashton.

November 17th, 2010

HARPER’S FAILURE ON FOREIGN TAKEOVERS LEADS TO LOST JOBS IN MANITOBA

OTTAWA – Three years after buying Canadian mining icon Inco, Vale announced today they are shutting down their surface operations in Thompson, MB. New Democrat Leader Jack Layton and local MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) are calling on the government to stand up and defend this community.

November 17th, 2010

MP Report: We Need to Stand Up to Defend Our Communities and Country

Our Communities, Our Country. Something worth fighting for.

It is time we as a country stand up to fight for our communities and our country.

November 16th, 2010

Ashton calls on Federal Government to Partner in All-Weather Road

For Immediate Release

OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) stood in the House of Commons and asked the Federal government to partner with the Island Lake First Nations and the Province in building an all-weather road to the four First Nations.

November 3rd, 2010

Red Sucker Lake water woes boil over: Testing uncovers harmful bacteria in holding tanks

By: Mia Rabson, Winnipeg Free Press 3/11/2010

OTTAWA -- The chief of a northern Manitoba First Nation says his reserve is nearing a water crisis after more than half of the band's residents were cut off from a primitive water system.

November 3rd, 2010

MP Report: Federal Government Must Act

After I stood up to vote for Northern Manitoba on the gun registry I told reporters in Parliament that I wished the national media would pay attention th the third world living conditions in Northern Manitoba.

November 2nd, 2010

Ashton Calls for Immediate Action on Water and Sewer Services on Manitoba First Nations

November 2, 2010

Ottawa – New Democrat MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) is calling on the Federal Government to take immediate action in working with Northern Manitoba First Nations facing third world living conditions when it comes to water and sewer services.

October 5th, 2010

MP Report: "Much Progress, More to Do on Equality for Women"

Fourty years ago the report of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women was released.

September 28th, 2010

Niki Ashton's Scrum after long gun registry vote on September 22 2010

Link to the scrum:

http://www.cpac.ca/forms/index.asp?dsp=template&act=view3&pagetype=vod&hl=e&clipID=4448

Go to 20:28 for Niki Ashton's portion of the scrum.

September 22nd, 2010

Statement on vote regarding long gun registry

September 22, 2010

In recent months there has been a great deal of discussion and debate about the long gun registry in Canada.

September 22nd, 2010

QUICK-FIX LOANS NOT ENOUGH FOR LONG-TERM STUDENT DEBT PROBLEM: ASHTON // Pour Ashton, les prêts ne sont pas la solution rapide pour régler le problème des dettes à long terme des étudiants

SEPTEMBER 09, 2010

QUICK-FIX LOANS NOT ENOUGH FOR LONG-TERM STUDENT DEBT PROBLEM: ASHTON CHURCHILL – New Democrats today called on the Government to take real action on making post-secondary education affordable instead of adding to student’s increasing debt load. "Canadian students are seeing massive increases in their debt and the Harper Conservatives are only giving them last-minute, short-term fixes," said New Democrat Post-Secondary Education critic Niki Ashton (Churchill). "The solution isn’t to saddle students with more debt, but instead reduce tuition fees and expand bursaries" Human Resources Minister Diane Finlay recently – and at the last minute – moved to increase the amount of loans the Government is allowed to have outstanding by 2 Billion dollars. Students now owe the Government over $15 billion, which was the previous debt maximum. Ashton pointed out that pursuing post-secondary education in this climate is increasingly daunting and may be contributing to increasingly poor results. Recent studies show that the first-time bachelor’s graduate rate in Canada was 34%, compared to the OECD average of 38%. Ashton called on Stephen Harper to show some real leadership and offer longer-term solutions to students, such as adopting the Post-Secondary Education Act proposed by New Democrats. "We don't need band-aid solutions - we need a government that will stand up for the next generations of Canadians," said Ashton. “When will Harper start taking the education of Canadians seriously?” -30- *********************************************

September 22nd, 2010

CONSERVATIVES MUST ACT ON OXFORD HOUSE SCHOOL: ASHTON // ASHTON : LES CONSERVATEURS DOIVENT INTERVENIR DANS LE DOSSIER DE L’ÉCOLE D’OXFORD HOUSE

SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

THOMPSON, MB – New Democrat MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) is calling on Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to take immediate action and ensure that children in Oxford House can go to school in a healthy and safe environment. A recent CBC report pointed to the failure of Indian and Northern Affairs to respond to the mould infestation that is preventing children from going to school. Oxford House is an isolated community in the north east of Manitoba. "The leadership and community members in Oxford House have been sounding the alarm bells on the school and the danger it poses to the health of their children for quite some time," said Ashton. “Unfortunately, Stephen Harper’s government has not been listening.” The Conservatives’ failure to deal with the Oxford House School is yet another symptom of the on-going underfunding of First Nations' education on reserves. "Too many First Nations in northern Manitoba, and across Canada, have grossly inadequate facilities, often posing health risks and making it incredibly difficult for children to learn," said Ashton. While there have been many previous commitments by Conservative and Liberal governments to improve Aboriginal education, they have failed to deliver the changes urgently needed on the ground. Aboriginal communities are among the youngest in Canada and have fast-growing education needs. "By ignoring the plight of children in Oxford House as well as that of First Nations children across Canada - this government is preventing part of Canada's next generation from achieving their full potential," said Ashton. “This is simply unacceptable.” - 30 -

June 21st, 2010

National Aboriginal Day Message from Niki Ashton

Today is a great day of celebration. We celebrate the great contributions of First Nations and Métis people in our region and across Canada. We celebrate the rich cultures and heritage of Aboriginal peoples.

June 14th, 2010

Ashton Calls on Government to Restore Canada's Reputation

Niki Ashton (MP- Churchill) rose in the House of Commons today highlighting the gap between Canada’s global reputation and the reality facing many Canadians. Ashton stated that Canada is falling behind on basic quality of life issues and that there is a need for real leadership to restore our reputation.

April 21st, 2010

Youth joblessness surging, OECD warns

Group calls for policies to prevent a ‘lost youth generation’

Globe and Mail Update Published on Wednesday, Apr. 21, 2010 9:21AM EDT

Youth joblessness has surged across the industrialized world, and is likely to stay high for the next two years, the OECD has warned.

April 7th, 2010

NEW DEMOCRATS CALL FOR BOOST TO URBAN ABORIGINAL PROGRAMS/ LE NPD DEMANDE D’AMÉLIORER LES PROGRAMMES DE SOUTIEN DESTINÉS AUX AUTOCHTONES EN RÉGION URBAINE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 7, 2010

NEW DEMOCRATS CALL FOR BOOST TO URBAN ABORIGINAL PROGRAMS Aboriginal Friendship Centres key to supporting increased population OTTAWA – With new data showing almost half of Canada’s aboriginal population lives in cities, New Democrats are calling for an immediate renewal of funding for Canada’s Aboriginal Friendship Centres, which provide support to the urban aboriginal population.

March 29th, 2010

HARPER MUST EXTEND FUNDING TO ABORIGINAL HEALING FOUNDATION: ASHTON // STEPHEN HARPER DOIT PROLONGER LE FINANCEMENT DE LA FONDATION AUTOCHTONE DE GUÉRISON, SELON NIKI ASHTON

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MARCH 29, 2010

HARPER MUST EXTEND FUNDING TO ABORIGINAL HEALING FOUNDATION: ASHTON

OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) is making a last-minute appeal directly to the Prime Minister to extend the funding for the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.

March 19th, 2010

Ashton calls on Transport Minister to join Manitoba in building all-weather roads

For immediate release

March 19, 2010

Ottawa – Today in the House of Commons, Niki Ashton MP (Churchill) urged the Government to support communities struggling with melting winter road conditions both in the short and long term.

March 11th, 2010

Ashton Appeals to Prime Minister to Save Aboriginal Healing Foundation

OTTAWA - Today, Niki Ashton (NDP MP for Churchill) appealed to the Prime Minister to save the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. Ashton made the appeal directly to the Prime Minister in the House of Commons.

March 11th, 2010

Niki Ashton calls on PM to save the AHF - Transcript from the House of Commons (Thursday, March 11th, 2010)

11:19 (16)

Ms. Niki Ashton (Churchill, NDP)

Ms. Niki Ashton (Churchill, NDP): Madam Speaker, I would like to make a direct appeal to the Prime Minister.

March 11th, 2010

Ashton Urges Government to Fund Aboriginal Healing Foundation: Fate Unclear in Budget

OTTAWA - Churchill NDP MP Niki Ashton has urged the Conservative Government to maintain the Aboriginal Healing Foundation that has provided support to residential school survivors and their families for a decade. Ashton made the call in the House of Commons in response to last weeks Federal budget.