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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, so many indigenous people are asking for this day to be a statutory holiday, and the Prime Minister is clearly not listening. The government continues to show that it does not really respect first nations and the U.N. declaration that it adopted. It is not listenin

June 20th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Rail Transportation  Mr. Speaker, the year-long failure by the federal government and Omnitrax to get Churchill's railway and port back on track has cost Churchill and our north deeply. Now the Canadian Transportation Agency says the Hudson Bay Railway has the responsibility to fix the line. The fede

June 18th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Youth Challenges  Mr. Speaker, a few weeks ago the Prime Minister spoke at the NYU graduation in the U.S. While he philosophized in the U.S., here at home our grads are facing a challenging time. l want to invite him to attend any one of the graduations in our north, here in Canada, to hear thei

June 13th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  ) With regard to Aboriginal Head Start on Reserve and Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities: (a) what amount has been allocated for every fiscal year since 1996-97, broken down by (i) program, (ii) fiscal year, (iii) region, (iv) percent change year by year; and

June 1st, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, last week the people of Little Grand Rapids, Manitoba, were terrified. It is an isolated community where 630 people crowded into a smoke-filled school gym that was being hosed down from the outside because the forest fire was already in their community. They asked fo

May 30th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, whether it is comments in this House or messages we hear outside, it is clear that the fight for women's equality is far from over. It is not enough to hear the Liberals say they believe in choice; the reality is that many Canadian women, because of where they live,

May 10th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Employment Insurance  Mr. Speaker, Canadians fighting for their lives can no longer wait. We have asked the same question over and over, and we are seeing the same Liberal game. When the Liberals were in opposition they cared about this, but now that they are in government they have forgotten what the

May 8th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Keethan Lobster, Matthew Moore-Spence, and Terrence Spence  Mr. Speaker, today I rise to celebrate the lives of Keethan Lobster, Matthew Moore-Spence, and Terrence Spence. These beautiful, bright 13- and 11-year-old boys from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation died on April 28, and like so many kids, they were cycling, enjoying the first warm da

May 8th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, we have heard that the attack in Toronto may have been inspired by the misogynistic and hateful movement “incels”. We must acknowledge that attacks from these groups are a form of violence rooted in misogyny. We must believe women and end the hate that they face onl

April 26th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, that is an important question. Why our motion is very much focused on the Pope is that the Pope has indicated some real openness when it comes to apologizing for past wrongs and for beginning a process of reconciliation. He has done so in other parts of the world,

April 26th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, it would be a powerful message for us to show unanimous support for this motion. As I mentioned earlier, Parliament for decades oversaw the running of the residential school system. It is time that we begin a different journey, one of reconciliation, in the case of

April 26th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, there is no question the intergenerational trauma of residential schools, the broken nature of many families, the struggles many parents face, are still with us today. Yes, we can see it through the child welfare system, a system that has too often hurt rather than h

April 26th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, access to records is an important component. My colleague, the member of Parliament for Timmins—James Bay, has been a very strong advocate with respect to the survivors of the St. Anne's residential school. Time and time again he has pointed out that despite the gove

April 26th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I am tremendously honoured to rise in this House to speak in favour of a powerful opposition day motion that I am proud comes from our party, the NDP, and to acknowledge the work of my colleague, the member of Parliament for Timmins—James Bay, and my colleague, the m

April 26th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Supporting New Parents Act  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House to discuss Bill C-394, a private member's bill put forward by the leader of the official opposition. Whereas we applaud the suggestion of investing resources for new parents, this bill misses the point. It does not address the inade

April 24th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP