|Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Churchill—Keewatinook Aski
October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Riding Established|
|Member of the Canadian Parliament
October 14, 2008 – October 19, 2015
|Preceded by||Tina Keeper|
|Succeeded by||Riding Abolished|
|Chair of the Standing Committee on
Status of Women
21 June 2011 – 14 November 2011
|Preceded by||Hedy Fry|
|Succeeded by||Irene Mathyssen|
|Born||Niki Christina Ashton
September 9, 1982
|Political party||New Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Manitoba
|Profession||University lecturer, researcher|
Niki Christina Ashton MP (born September 9, 1982) is a Canadian politician. She is the New Democratic Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Churchill in Manitoba, Canada. She was first elected in the 2008 federal election.
Ashton was born in Thompson and attended École Riverside School and R. D. Parker Collegiate. She later attended the Li Po Chun United World College in Hong Kong. She has a B.A in Global Political Economy from the University of Manitoba, an M.A in International Affairs from Carleton University and is currently in the process of completing her PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Art Mauro Centre at the University of Manitoba.
She has studied human rights in Canada, and was awarded the Ahmed Ali Hashi Human Rights Scholarship for her work.
In 2005, she defeated incumbent New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Bev Desjarlais for the NDP nomination due, in part, to the same-sex marriage issue after Desjarlais broke party ranks to vote against the Civil Marriage Act. Desjarlais subsequently quit the party and sat as an independent for the remainder of her term; she ran against Ashton as an independent candidate in the election in the Churchill riding in the 2006 Canadian federal election. Ashton's major themes in her campaign included getting federal funding for the University College of the North, as well as getting a federal government northern development agreement.
Ashton defeated Keeper in the 2008 election to regain the riding for the NDP.
In 2011 Ashton received the support of American documentary film maker Michael Moore in her fight to prevent the closing of Brazilian mining company Vale's smelter and refinery in Thompson, Manitoba. Vale, which owned the refinery after it took over Canadian company Inco, had earlier received a $1 billion unsecured loan from the Harper Government, and under the Investment Canada Act signed a contractual agreement with the federal government. A media investigation found that Vale broke this agreement, but as of May 2011 the government has yet to file punitive action against Vale.
On November 7, 2011, in Montreal, Ashton launched her campaign as the ninth person to join the NDP leadership race. She placed seventh with 5.7% of the vote at the March 24, 2012 leadership election and was eliminated on the first ballot.
Ashton said that a retreat for the NDP is a chance for the party to regroup and plan its agenda for the fall, including a focus on issues such as environmental regulations and fighting a private members' bill dealing with abortion.
Since first being elected in 2008, Ashton was elected as the Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women in the 40th Parliament of Canada, as has served as the NDP Post-Secondary and Youth critic, as the Rural and Community Development critic and from 2012 to 2014 as the Status of Women Critic. Ashton currently serves as the Aboriginal Affairs Critic in Canada's Official Opposition.
After the May 2016 "Elbowgate" incident in which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accidentally elbowed NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau, Ashton stood in the House of Commons and described the incident as assault, said that she was "deeply traumatized", and likened the incident to violence against women by saying that "if we apply gendered lens," the incident might make women feel unsafe working in the House of Commons.
|Canadian federal election, 2015: Churchill—Keewatinook Aski|
|New Democratic||Niki Ashton||13,487||45.04||-6.66||–|
|Conservative||Kyle G. Mirecki||3,090||10.32||-15.81||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||29,944||100.0||$232,138.03|
|Total rejected ballots||252||–||–|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||-14.4%|
|Source: Elections Canada|
|Canadian federal election, 2011: Churchill|
|New Democratic||Niki Ashton||10,262||51.1%||+3.34%||–||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||20,076||100.00%||-|
|Total rejected ballots||107||–|
|New Democratic hold||Swing||-1.18%|
|Canadian federal election, 2008: Churchill|
|New Democratic||Niki Ashton||8,735||47.40%||+18.96%|
|Total valid votes||18,428||100.00%|
|Total rejected ballots||–|
|New Democratic gain from Liberal||Swing||+15.4%|
|Canadian federal election, 2006: Churchill|
|New Democratic||Niki Ashton||7,103||28.44%||-14.99%||$70,290|
|Total valid votes||–||100.00%|
|Total rejected ballots||–|
|Liberal gain from New Democratic||Swing||+8.66%|
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- Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates