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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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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

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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 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

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 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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

May 30th, 2014

NDP CONDEMNS CUTTING OF MATERNAL HEALTH PROGRAM FOR FIRST NATIONS

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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 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 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 1st, 2014

FEDERAL ACTION NEEDED IN PEGUIS FLOODING

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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 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

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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 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 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 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 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

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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 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

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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.

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 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 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.

December 30th, 2012

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

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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

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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.

September 26th, 2012

STATEMENT BY NDP CAUCUS ON REJECTION OF MOTION M-312

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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 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.

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

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

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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

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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 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

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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

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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"

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

May 17th, 2012

ASHTON ASKS HEALTH MINISTER TO APOLOGIZE AND ACT

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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 10th, 2012

ASHTON CALLING ON CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT TO ACT

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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.

April 12th, 2012

CUTS TO CIC SERVICES IN MANITOBA “WRECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE”

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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

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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.

November 1st, 2011

Conservatives Ignore Regions on Gun Registry

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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 25th, 2011

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

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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 20th, 2011

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

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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

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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

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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.