Niki Ashton


  • Member of Parliament for the Manitoba riding of Churchill—Keewatinook Aski since 2008
  • NDP shadow cabinet critic for Jobs, Employment and Workforce Development
  • Former Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women
  • Former university instructor
  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Political Economy from University of Manitoba
  • Master of Arts in International Affairs from Carleton University
  • Currently completing a PhD in Peace and Conflict studies from University of Manitoba
  • 34 years old

Education Policy

  • Eliminate university tuition and provide debt relief to recent graduates by doubling the income repayment threshold
  • Lower tuition for international students and provide them with a means to apply for citizenship after they graduate
  • Increase funding for indigenous students and extend the funding to Metis students
  • More government funding for university research

Racial Policy

  • Provide a pathway to citizenship for migrant workers and TFWs
  • Repeal bill c-51
  • End carding at the federal level and removing police access to the data base
  • Implement truth and reconciliation commission’s advise
  • Make the RCMP more transparent and accountable, and mandate racial justice training
  • Expand the mandate of the Canadian Human Rights Commission to address racial and sexual violence committed by police
  • Protect the rights of transgender and indigenous prisoners
  • Invest in in-prison education and training for youth offenders
  • Apply labour laws to prisons
  • Release and pardon those convicted of cannabis possession and consumption
  • Ban employers from inquiring into certain non-violent convictions
  • Stop racial targeting at border crossings
  • Repeal the STA, SATA and no-fly lists

Indigenous Policy

  • End economic discrimination towards aboriginal communities
  • Implement accountability and transparency in the funding relations between the federal government and aboriginal communities
  • Lift barrier for off-reserve shelter funding and invest in subsidized, affordable housing and infrastructure
  • Provide clean drinking water to those communities with boil water advisories
  • Implement legal reforms and explore alternatives to imprisonment to address the high rates of incarceration for aboriginals
  • Provide payments, based off of land claims, to aboriginal communities so that they may purchase land near urban centres
  • Provide equal access to health care for aboriginal children in accordance with Jordan’s Principle
  • Recognize Metis rights and make sure their claims are addressed
  • Address the food security crisis facing northern communities
  • Honour our treaty obligations

Environmental Policy

  • Create a crown agency, Green Canada, and investment bank to promote sustainable development
  • Create four Green Canada Advisory Boards for forestry, agriculture, fishing and energy
  • Create sustainable jobs and ensure youth employment in these green jobs
  • Retool fabrication shops and factories to make them more environmentally friendly
  • Create green, affordable housing as well as a national retrofit strategy for existing housing
  • Provide off grid communities with clean energy
  • Phase out fossil fuels for home heating and eliminating gas vehicles by 2040
  • Fund research into pollution fighting technology
  • Invest in green transportation and provide more funding for things like sidewalks, cycling facilities and other projects that would encourage the reduction of carbon emissions
  • Electrify Canada’s transportation network
  • Stop Kinder Morgan
  • Reduce GHG emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2025
  • Adopt a carbon budget
  • Do more to help those affected by climate change, particularly women and girls
  • Increase contributions to the Green Climate Fund and provide grants to developing countries to decarbonize their economies
  • Reform the Environmental Impact Assessment Processes so that federal infrastructure projects are compatible with environmental commitments
  • Develop safe, clean and sustainable public energy sources

Gender Policy

  • Tackle gender and sexual violence with a national action plan that will have $500,000,000 in funding
  • Work with provinces and post-secondary educational institutes to implement sexual violence policies
  • Fund research on the wellbeing and needs of woman and trans folk
  • Ensure that no one loses housing or employment because of gender based discrimination or domestic violence via new National Housing and Employment standards
  • Reform the justice system to better protect victims of sexual violence
  • Ensure access to reproductive health care and better maternity care for those in rural, northern and indigenous communities
  • Invest in a global fund to support the end of gender violence internationally

LGBT+ Policy

  • Provide equal access to health for trans individuals
  • Provide a non-binary option for federal IDs
  • Support federal data collection for the trans community
  • End the blood ban on men and trans women who have sex with men
  • Work with the provinces to protect gender identity and sexual diversity
  • Provide support for LGBT+ students and youth

Disability Policy

  • Implement the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and optional protocol
  • Amend the immigration and refugee protection act so that disabled people cannot be discriminated against
  • Hire and retain more disabled people
  • Create a National Disability Strategy and Disability Income Program in collaboration with the provinces, municipalities and community representatives
  • Extend the assured income program for people with disabilities
  • Make sign language (both ASL and LSQ) available at federal offices
  • Encourage and reward the hiring and retention of disabled people
  • Require all NDP meetings and campaign offices be physically accessible, have captions for party videos and sign language interpretation at general meetings, and break down any barriers disabled people might face in running for the party

Economic Policy

  • Create a national jobs program
  • Create a Canada First national investment strategy
  • End corporate bailouts that end up in executive bonuses
  • End unemployment caused by prejudicial discrimination
  • Reject job-killing trade deals
  • Strengthen competition laws
  • Make restrictions on foreign takeovers even stronger
  • Create a national post office bank
  • Create a living income policy

Tax Policy

  • Raises taxes on rich with two new high income tax brackets of 32% on income between $150,000 and $202,800, and 38% on income over $300,000.
  • Lower the threshold for incomes taxed at 29% from $142,353 to $120,000
  • These changes to income tax are expected to generate $4,500,000,000
  • Eliminate the 50% tax exemption on capital gains income. This is expected to generate $10,000,000,000
  • Introduce a $1,000,000 lifetime cap on capital gains exemption for principal residences and a 10% surtax on capital gains from non-principal residences to slow real estate speculation. This is expected to generate $1,500,000,000
  • Raise taxes on large corporations to 21%. This is expected to generate $9,000,000,000
  • Introduce a financial activities tax of 5% for banks and banking executive bonuses. Expected to generate $5,000,000,000
  • Eliminate subsidies for fossil fuel companies. Expected to generate $1,500,000,000
  • Close corporate tax loopholes. This is expected to raise $4,500,000,000
  • Crack down on tax evasion. This is expected to raise $1,500,000,000
  • Extend the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors. This is expected to cost $2,000,000,000
  • Expand disability benefits. This is expected to cost $1,000,000,000
  • Double the GST/HST tax credit. Expected to cost $5,000,000,000
  • Introduce a financial transactions tax of 0.5% on purchases of stocks. This is expected to raise $3,500,000,000
  • Cap TFSA contributions at $2,500/year and max out $50,000 (with a grandfather clause), and cap RRSP contributions at $20,000/year. Expected to generate $1,000,000,000
  • Introduce an estate tax on inheritances over $4,000,000 to be taxed at $45%. This will raise an estimated $2,000,000,000
  • Introduce a progressive wealth tax on assets with a net worth of $1,000,000 or more of 1% and rising to 1.5% on assets of $10,000,000 or more. Will raise $3,000,000,000
  • Expected revenue: $47,000,000,000. Expected cost: $8,000,000,000. Net revenue/cost: $39,000,000,000

Health Policy

  • Provide universal and accessible Pharmacare for life saving and essential drugs, including medications that are critical for mental and reproductive health
  • Create a Canada Drug Agency
  • Set price limits on patented brand name drugs
  • Provide free preventative dental care and increase access to basic dental services
  • Work with provinces to provide public dental insurance coverage
  • Tackle social and economic factors that contribute to mental health problems
  • Provide better and more comprehensive mental health services to indigenous people
  • Create a national mental health care system in collaboration with health care provides
  • Ensure workers have access to paid sick leave
  • Decriminalize addiction
  • Provide better support to first responders
  • Address the overdose crisis
  • Close the gap between mental health services for youth and adults

Other Policies

  • Implement Mixed Member Proportional with regional lists
  • Support a balanced position and a just peace in the Middle East


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