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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

December 6th, 2013

Commemorating December 6th

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

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.

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.

February 6th, 2013

January 31, 2013 - Standing with First Nations

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

November 29th, 2011

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

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