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Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister brags about his feminist budget, but it still leaves many women behind. It does nothing to address the specific challenges faced by indigenous and racialized women. We know they face higher rates of violence, poverty, housing insecurity, and the li

April 17th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, official language minority communities across our country, including on the Prairies, have been waiting for the government to deliver on its commitments for almost three years. Words are no longer enough. The government is making it look like the amounts invested ar

March 28th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, as the Prime Minister vacations in the mansions of his millionaire friends, first nations in northern Manitoba are facing a housing crisis. Tataskweyak Cree Nation is facing a shortage of 300 homes and Sagkeeng First Nation is facing a shortage of 250 homes, yet budg

March 27th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

The Economy  Mr. Speaker, household debt has reached a new record high across the country. The burden is hard to bear, especially for women. The Liberals boast about being feminists, but they have no measures in place to alleviate the economic burden on women in Canada. There is no child care

March 20th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Rail Transportation  Mr. Speaker, while the Prime Minister was travelling around the world with his chef in tow, the reality is that more and more Canadians are being left behind. People in Churchill are facing skyrocketing food prices. They are going hungry because of the policies and incompetence o

March 1st, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Indigenous Peoples  Mr. Speaker, Tina Fontaine was a 15-year-old girl from the Sagkeeng First Nation. She was a daughter, a nice, a sister, a girl who had her whole life in front of her. However, like so many indigenous women and girls it came to a tragic end. Like so many indigenous people there ha

February 27th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Employment Insurance  Mr. Speaker, reports are not going to cut it. It has been two years since we knew that the social security tribunal system was broken. The Conservatives broke the system, and the Liberals have done nothing to fix it. Liberal, Tory, same old story. Workers are suffering, and the g

February 8th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Employment Insurance  Mr. Speaker, those are hollow words for workers in the Atlantic and other parts of the country. The reality is that they are being cut off EI. At the same time, the Liberal government is creating a $2 billion hole in the program. When will the government stand up for seasonal w

February 7th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Public Transportation  Mr. Speaker, Tina Fontaine, the Highway of Tears, the list of symbols representing the tragedy of missing and murdered indigenous women is long. There is not one indigenous community in this country that has not been touched by this epidemic. While we have to deal with the ongoin

January 31st, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Economic Development  Mr. Speaker, while the Prime Minister was in Davos lecturing about inequality, people in regions like mine are hurting because of job-killing trade deals, privatization, and foreign takeovers. The privatized port of Churchill has shut down. We are losing hundreds of resource job

January 29th, 2018House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

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