Niki Ashton
Hailing from Thompson, Manitoba, Niki Ashton was raised by immigrants who worked tirelessly for social, economic, and environmental justice. At the age of 22, she challenged the sitting NDP MP for her home riding of Churchill for their seat in 2005. Her inspiration was rooted in her passion for equality and justice. When her MP voted against the Civil Marriage Act – legislation that legalized same-sex marriage across the country – Niki took action, and successfully secured the nomination. While she didn’t win the election she succeeded in showing the strong support for human rights in her region. At the age of 26 she ran again and was elected MP and has been reelected twice. She was recognized as best constituency MP by Maclean’s magazine as selected by her colleagues in 2012.

Niki has been a key member of the New Democrat Caucus in Parliament, having served as critic for Aboriginal Affairs, Status of Women, Post-Secondary Education and Youth, and most recently, as the critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development.

Niki has long been a fierce champion for better living conditions for Northern and Indigenous peoples, and is proud to represent communities and organizations that fight tirelessly for a more progressive Canada. She’s proud to support the labour movement and its struggles in support of working people. She is an activist, loud and proud, standing up for the rights of those facing inequality in Canada and around the world.

Entries by Niki Ashton

I'm Standing Up For Canadians By Seeking Economic Justice

(10) Comments | Posted April 20, 2017 | 1:39 PM

The year 2017 is going to be a big one. I will be crisscrossing Canada from coast to coast to coast and I have already put on two thousand kilometers visiting across the Prairies. When we launched our campaign just over a month ago, we asked people across Canada to...

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Women's Forum 2014: Building the Feminist Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 5:23 PM

This Thursday, I will host the third annual Women's Forum des femmes in Ottawa.

The past two years have set the foundation, leading us collectively to begin "Building the Feminist Agenda". This year's Forum theme is about fighting for a feminist vision of our lives, our communities, our country and...

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The Minister of Health Must Act to Protect Women's Rights

(6) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 10:54 PM

With the Morgentaler Clinic closure last week, New Democrats urge the Minister of Health to work directly with her provincial counterparts in New Brunswick to ensure that safe access to abortion services is publicly available.

"It is disturbing and deeply concerning to know that women ‎in New Brunswick have a...

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How You Can Help Bring the Pro-Choice Fight To the Federal Government

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2014 | 9:23 PM

Today I shared this message with the rallies happening across the country in solidarity with New Brunswick Pro-Choice advocates.

On behalf of my proudly pro-choice caucus members, I want to thank you for being on the Hill today in solidarity with the women of New Brunswick, the women of Prince...

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What You Can Do to Fight For the Morgentaler Clinic

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 1:50 PM

After 20 years of providing uncompromised abortion services to women in New Brunswick, and from PEI, the Morgentaler Clinic is being forced to close its doors due to funding shortfalls.

It is shameful that Canada now has two provinces that refuse to uphold a woman's right to...

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On International Women's Day, Remember Loretta Saunders

(5) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 5:00 PM

Today, along with my family, community and caucus, I celebrate International Women's Day. Since childhood, I've participated in this day of global activity and celebration. On IWD we also march and shout and call out for the justice we have yet to be served and in defense of equality that...

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For all Women, We Call for Action

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Today is day 11 of the 16 days of action to address gender-based violence. This week we commemorate the lives of the 14 young women who were massacred on December 6th 1989.

They were killed because they were women, and because as engineering students they...

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Equality Unplugged: How Women "Really" Talk About Issues

(8) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 4:40 PM

On October 7, a fundraising event was held by the Liberal Party. By now most everyone has seen the image and the event page for "Justin Unplugged".

To the Liberal organizers, the event was an opportunity for women to "really" get to know the leader of the...

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Girls Are Dying From Unsafe Abortions, Why Won't Canada Help?

(24) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 12:44 PM

In the past three weeks, Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird made repeated statements committing Canada to address the issue of early and forced marriage.

His announcements come just days before the release of the United Nations Populations Fund's (UNFPA) 2013 State of World Population report, for...

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Women's Forum 2013: Fighting the Inequality Agenda

(6) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 4:00 PM

Tuesday, October 29, feminists from coast to coast to coast will join together in Ottawa and online to make history.

Women's Forum 2013: Fighting the Inequality Agenda will see 22 feminist activists under 40, from across the country, share a message for social change. They will speak to the challenges...

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We Need Justice for Missing and Murdered Women and their Families

(6) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 12:59 AM

For seven years now, Indigenous women, men and children have gathered on Parliament Hill to ask the Government of Canada to acknowledge and act upon the murders and disappearances of hundreds of their family members. Their vigil is a powerful symbol of the strength that is born in grief and...

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Harper, Stop Talking and Start Doing Something About Human Trafficking

(12) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 5:42 PM

Like many, I was horrified when the CBC reported that Christy Stark, a University of Minnesota researcher, found that First Nations women are being trafficked for sexual exploitation.

Stark told CBC that First Nations women are being taken from urban and rural areas of Manitoba and Ontario and...

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The Fraser Institute Knows Nothing About Child Care

(57) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 11:50 AM

Fraser Institute undervalues Canadian families by inaccurately assessing true costs
By MP Niki Ashton (Churchill), Official Opposition Critic for the Status of Women
Sept. 4th 2013

Seventy three per cent of mothers in Canada with children under the age of 16 are working mothers, and women still earn...

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