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February 9th, 2017

ASHTON CONTINUES TO CALL FOR ACTION ON PRECARIOUS

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

February 9th, 2017

ASHTON CONTINUES TO CALL FOR ACTION ON PRECARIOUS

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

February 1st, 2017

ASHTON CONDEMNS TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION AND REGUEE BAN

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

December 7th, 2016

Ashton calls for the end to the Liberal corporate agenda

May 17th, 2016

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

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

January 28th, 2016

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

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

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 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 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 2nd, 2015

Justice for all #MMIWG2S

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

March 26th, 2015

ASHTON DEMANDS TRUTHFUL INFORMATION ON MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN

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

March 17th, 2015

SCRAP INCOME SPLITTING

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

March 11th, 2015

Government leaves $70 million unspent for Western Economic Diversification

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

March 11th, 2015

NDP DEMANDS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACCEPT RECOMMENDATIONS FROM UN REPORT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 10, 2015

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

March 10th, 2015

NDP CALLS ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO RESOLVE SPECIFIC LAND CLAIMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 11, 2015

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

March 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 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 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 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!

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:

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 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 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

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.

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 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.

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.

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 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 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.

May 22nd, 2013

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

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

January 30th, 2013

Statement on the 25th Anniversary of the Morgentaler Decision

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

October 5th, 2012

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

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

September 21st, 2012

Statement on Take Back the Night in Canada

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