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Climate Change  Mr. Speaker, communities need to be ready before a crisis hits, not after. It took years for the Liberals to finally announce a climate adaptation strategy, a strategy even they deem insufficient. It is underfunded and fails to deliver the urgent help communities need to face the

November 25th, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

National Ribbon Skirt Day Act  Madam Speaker, it is my honour to rise today in support of Bill S-219, an act respecting a national ribbon skirt day. I want to echo messages shared by NDP colleagues, including the MP for Nunavut, who said in the House that this is an important opportunity to recognize indigen

November 24th, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I just want to recognize that, for those of us who represent rural and northern areas, the ability for people to access the justice system remotely, as well other systems, is a very serious matter. I wonder if the Conservatives agree that Canadians living in remote

November 24th, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Fall Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2022  Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives claim to defend working people, who are bearing the brunt of this inflation crisis while billionaires make record profits. However, we in the NDP called on all parties to get behind a plan to tax the rich, and the Conservatives voted against it. Why

November 21st, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Fall Economic Statement Implementation Act, 2022  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for sharing her thoughts. I would like to know if she thinks the government should do a lot more to make sure that rich Canadians pay their taxes. We know there is a measure in this bill, but I think much more should be done to tackle inequali

November 21st, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Climate Change  Mr. Speaker, we need to be honest. Canada is a failure when it comes to tackling the climate crisis. Here at home, first nations like Peguis, Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi, St. Theresa and others who are impacted disproportionately by climate change are already paying the price

November 16th, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Taxation  Madam Speaker, yesterday I did what Canadians expect of us. The media reported on a loophole that billionaires like the Irvings have relied on for 50 years to get out of paying their taxes, so we in the NDP moved to immediately call on the government to close it. Then the Liberal

November 4th, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Canadian Workers  Madam Speaker, working people and people on fixed incomes across Canada are struggling with the highest levels of inflation in 40 years. Food bank usage has soared. Let us be clear that our federal and provincial governments are part of the problem. This inflation crisis is tied

November 4th, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

The Environment  Mr. Speaker, on a point of order, there have been discussions among the parties and, if you seek it, I think you will find unanimous consent to adopt the following motion: That, given that billionaire companies like Irving have been using captive insurance scams for almost 50 yea

November 3rd, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, a 15-year-old in Red Sucker Lake First Nation took his life in his own schoolyard following another suicide and 17 attempts. Red Sucker Lake's Chief Knott is clear: This is a crisis. Young people need hope. It is time to fix their half-finished arena, deliver the ne

October 27th, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, to start off, I am a bit taken aback by the tone of the member. First of all, as parliamentarians, I think we all should respect important debates, whether we agree with them or not, but, second of all, there are many people, including many in indigenous communitie

October 25th, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I would have to go with (d) all of the above. I am concerned about the fact that very few members are willing to talk about the important matter before the House today. Let us be clear. The King is a symbol that is part of our history and the reality of colonizati

October 25th, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I think it is incumbent upon us as parliamentarians to respect the debate in the House today and track with the reality that many Canadians are sharing: Why do we have a head of state who is a British monarch? Certainly, a growing number of Canadians are incredibly

October 25th, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I think we are a mature enough democracy to handle next steps. I spoke of other countries, such as the Barbados, that have moved forward, and Jamaica is considering severing its ties. However, here we are in Canada too scared to deal with this debate in the House o

October 25th, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with my colleague, the member for Cowichan—Malahat—Langford. I am pleased to speak in Parliament today in support of this motion. I believe that it is time for us to take the next step in asserting and strengthening our democracy, in part

October 25th, 2022House debate

Niki AshtonNDP