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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, no community has been harder hit in Canada by COVID-19 than Shamattawa First Nation. It has 291 confirmed, and many more potential, cases and an 80% test positivity rate. I reached out to the ministers again yesterday. I appreciate a reconnaissance mission is heading

December 9th, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Health  Madam Speaker, the back-and-forth between the Liberals and the Conservatives on the vaccine shows what is wrong with our politics. They are blaming each other while leaving Canadians in the lurch. It is rare that I say this, but they have a point. When the Liberals say the Conse

December 7th, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

COVID-19 Pandemic  Mr. Speaker, people are scared. The second wave of COVID-19 is ravaging communities. Nowhere is this more the case than in indigenous communities. Shamattawa in Manitoba has a test positivity rate of 50%. Now is the time for leadership. I commend the many first nations, Métis an

December 4th, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, Shamattawa First Nation now has a COVID test positivity rate of 50%, 106 confirmed COVID cases, a TB spread, overcrowded housing and isolation. This is an unfolding nightmare. I appreciate that the Minister of National Defence is aware and responding, but this situat

December 3rd, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Broadcasting Act  Madam Speaker, my question to the government member is with respect to the concern that we have raised about the documented close and collaborative relationship that this government has been proven to have with web giants, and the extent to which that relationship is coming ahead

November 19th, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Broadcasting Act  Madam Speaker, I would like to know what the leader of the Bloc Québécois thinks of the concerns we raised about the CRTC's capacity to do what the government is asking it to do. I would like to know if he shares concerns about the close relationship between the Liberals and the

November 19th, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Broadcasting Act  Mr. Speaker, I would also like to thank my colleague for sharing his thoughts on the bill and for sharing his own experience, which is highly relevant to our debate today. My colleagues have already highlighted the NDP's concerns about this bill, especially about whether the CRT

November 19th, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, first nations, Métis and Inuit communities have worked tirelessly to stay safe, but the second wave has hit hard, as we have warned. OCN/The Pas, 147 cases; Arviat, up to 26 cases. For first nations, we are seeing higher rates of infection and increased severity. F

November 16th, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

COVID-19 Emergency Response  Mr. Speaker, people are scared. After months of first nations doing everything they can to stay safe, there is a COVID-19 outbreak at the Keeyask work camp where there are hundreds of workers. Manitoba Hydro has not shut down the camp. It is not sharing information with first nat

November 4th, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Air Transportation  Mr. Speaker, the government's failure to ensure passengers get their money back is turning into an international embarrassment. Now American passengers are taking Air Canada to court to get their money back. Instead of standing up for consumers, the government keeps pretending t

November 2nd, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

COVID-19 at Keeyask Generating Station  Mr. Speaker, the COVID-19 pandemic is getting serious in Manitoba. Of major concern is the outbreak at the Keeyask work camp. Let us be clear. Manitoba Hydro had ample warning this could happen but ignored first nations, who have been calling for decisive action for months. Man

November 2nd, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Rail Transportation  Madam Speaker, the commissioner of the environment and sustainable development released a report this week revealing that the risk assessment system is based on incomplete and outdated data. The following day, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's watch-list highlighted t

October 30th, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Rail Transportation  Madam Speaker, this week the environment commissioner told us that the risk assessment system for the transportation of dangerous goods is flawed, with incomplete and outdated data. At the same time, the Transportation Safety Board watch-list highlighted that uncontrollable movem

October 30th, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, Health Canada is telling us that privatizing health care will help us deal with the pandemic. That is wrong. It is about enriching the Liberals' friends. A former Liberal politician advising the minister is selling tents: Let us send them to a first nation that did

October 27th, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Criminal Code  Yes, Mr. Speaker, absolutely a complete ban is important. It is very important for us to support the bill but to state very clearly that it must go further. Let us not lose the opportunity that we have right now to do the right thing. Already, the Liberals have waited way too lon

October 27th, 2020House debate

Niki AshtonNDP