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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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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

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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

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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 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 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 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 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:

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.

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 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 22nd, 2014

In the Riding: May 2014

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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 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

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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 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 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 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

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 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 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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.