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Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the Auditor General outlined how the government failed first nations on clean drinking water: an outdated funding formula and a non-existent regulatory regime. ISC now says 2024 is its target to end water advisories, but the AG made clear this will only happen if ISC

May 7th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

COVID-19 in Alberta  Madam Speaker, I want to begin by expressing my solidarity with Albertans facing this crisis. I have family and friends there. I am thinking of them and I am very concerned here tonight to hear the way in which Conservatives are distorting the reality of what people are facing. W

May 5th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

COVID-19 in Alberta  Madam Speaker, first, I want to express my solidarity with the people of Alberta who are facing this COVID crisis right now. I want to acknowledge that many are doing what they can to save lives in their communities. I will share the words of Jenn Prosser, founder of the Lethbr

May 5th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, last week at committee bureaucrats said the government would not have long-term solutions to clean drinking water on reserves before 2026, five years after they were promised. This is an unacceptable failure by the Prime Minister and his government. The minister at l

May 3rd, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, the race to get vaccines and administer them is obviously critical. I am proud to have joined my colleague, the MP for Vancouver Kingsway, back in December to push for early vaccinations for first nations and northern communities. Many were involved in this critical

April 29th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Port of Montreal Operations Act, 2021  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to say that I stand with our party in fighting this back-to-work legislation. Many of the points raised by the member resonated with me. Could she speak to the implications of this attack on workers, not just on the Port of Montreal workers, but all worke

April 29th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Port of Montreal Operations Act, 2021  Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives are gaslighting working people. We just heard from the member celebrating good union jobs. We heard this legislation is key to protecting union jobs. My goodness, let us respect what the workers of the Port of Montreal are saying themselves, the pro

April 28th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Proceedings on a Bill entitled An Act to Provide for the Resumption and Continuation of Operations at the Port of Montreal  Madam Speaker, this back-to-work legislation is an attack on the workers at the Port of Montreal. It is an attack on all Canadian workers. We know that the right to bargain collectively, to bargain fairly, is a fundamental right of working people. We know that it is a fundamental

April 28th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

COVID-19 Emergency Response  Mr. Speaker, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc for over a year. Canada has now lost 24,000 people: loved ones, friends and community members. In our region there is a ray of hope as people aged 18 and over can get the vaccine. First nations have been leading the vaccine eff

April 27th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, York Landing is now in the fifth week of chronic water outages during a pandemic. The first nation has been forced to declare a state of emergency because their “state of the art” water treatment plant is not working. The band is now paying out of pocket for proper

April 22nd, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

The Budget  Madam Speaker, my question is about the failure of this budget to deal with the priority of indigenous housing. We know that indigenous communities have suffered some of the highest rates of COVID-19. A key factor in this is the housing crisis that exists in indigenous communiti

April 22nd, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

The Budget  Madam Speaker, my question for my colleague is around working people. The Conservative leader talks a lot about standing up for the working class. However, the Conservatives have not supported federal leadership when it comes to paid sick days. We know from everybody, from public

April 22nd, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

The Budget  Madam Speaker, we know that during this pandemic, the rich have become richer and more and more Canadians are struggling. Despite the Liberals' long-time commitment to fight for the middle class and lift Canadians up, the budget does not include a wealth tax, which would be criti

April 22nd, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

The Budget  Madam Speaker, the pandemic has laid bare the inequalities in our society. First nations have had some of the highest rates of COVID-19 infection. This is directly linked to the third-world living conditions, especially inadequate housing. The housing crisis on first nations is

April 20th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for her very dynamic and very clear speech. For members from regions where many indigenous peoples live, the fight for justice for them is particularly important. These peoples are very resilient, even though they continue to live in Canada in c

April 15th, 2021House debate

Niki AshtonNDP