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Persons Day  Mr. Speaker, today we celebrate Persons Day. Eighty-eight years ago, women were legally defined as persons in Canada. This decision paved the way for some women's participation in public and political life. Indigenous women continued to face racist barriers that prevented them fr

October 18th, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Port of Churchill  Mr. Speaker, Churchill, Manitoba is facing a crisis. Almost a year ago the port was shut down. Now it is the rail line. The community is suddenly isolated. Businesses are hurting; people are worried. We need immediate federal action. What Churchill is facing is a national disgrac

June 15th, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Northern Manitoba  Mr. Speaker, today I rise to share the sense of frustration and abandonment that many face in our region of northern Manitoba, frustration that the federal government is nowhere to be found in these tough times. Churchill and the Bay Line communities are devastated. The America

June 15th, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Public Safety  Mr. Speaker, once again flooding has hit Manitoba. There are many evacuees and most are from first nations, including Peguis First Nation, the largest in Manitoba. This is not the first time that this is happening, and every time it happens, first nations are hit the hardest. Th

April 5th, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Preclearance Act, 2016  Mr. Speaker, I am happy to agree on his initial point that the House is not the place to discuss by-elections, but I will say that it is perhaps an indication that the Liberals are considering the NDP candidate a threat in that election. We have certainly taken note. Back to the

March 6th, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Preclearance Act, 2016  Mr. Speaker, as I indicated in my speech, we certainly know from a number of human rights advocates, representatives of the Muslim community in Canada, and transgender activists that what is in Bill C-23 leaves a tremendous gap and puts at risk respect for human rights, the Chart

March 6th, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Preclearance Act, 2016  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to stand in the House to speak in opposition to Bill C-23, a bill that we in the NDP have been clear that we oppose for a number of very key issues. Before I begin, I want to reflect on the fact that my colleague from the Liberal Party spent an inordinate

March 6th, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Preclearance Act, 2016  Madam Speaker, I am proud of our position in the NDP, which stands in firm opposition to Bill C-23. It is not only a reflection of our party principles, we are also echoing the major concerns Canadians are bringing forward with respect to racial profiling and the profiling of tra

February 22nd, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Economic Development  Mr. Speaker, it took a whole year and a half for the Prime Minister to visit the Far North, but northerners are still waiting for action from his government. This week, northern leaders are meeting to discuss and develop a plan for the future of the Port of Churchill. They want

February 22nd, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Youth  Mr. Speaker, questions are directed to the Minister of Youth and it is simply disrespectful that he refuses to answer any of them. While it is a great idea, the Prime Minister's youth council is not transparent. We do not know who he is meeting with, and we do not know what is go

February 21st, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for his question, which is very important. What indeed will it take? That is what we want to know. The first step is really for the Liberals to acknowledge that they broke the promise they made to Canadians. The consensus excuse is truly unac

February 9th, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I realize that members across the aisle are speaking from the same playbook on this. I can only imagine how difficult a debate like this would be for them. The fact of the matter is that the Prime Minister repeatedly indicated, and I quote, “Mr. Speaker, I have sa

February 9th, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I also want to acknowledge my colleague's commitment to the issue of electoral reform. Many of us in the House, despite the party we come from, have expressed real opposition to what the government has been doing on this front. As we in the NDP have indicated, we

February 9th, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, my colleague, the member for Salaberry—Suroît, spoke very powerfully to the motion we are discussing here today. This is an NDP motion that we are all very proud of, which is receiving tremendous support across the country. It is certainly a position that is receiv

February 9th, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Justice for Youth  Mr. Speaker, just this week young people were told again by the government that they are to blame for their insecure job situation. Canadians of all ages want good jobs, good jobs that are disappearing. Inequality is increasing, and this is directly linked to the rise of precari

February 9th, 2017House debate

Niki AshtonNDP