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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

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 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.

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 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.

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 6th, 2014

Meeting with ED of National Aboriginal Circle Against Family Violence

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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 23rd, 2014

Visiting in Fox Lake and Gillam

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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 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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 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

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 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.

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.

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.