Ashton named NDP’s economic critic

Churchill-Keewatinook Aski MP Niki Ashton has been named the NDP’s shadow cabinet critic for jobs, workforce and economic development, the party announced Nov. 12.

Ashton is in her third term as an MP, having twice been elected to represent Northern Manitoba’s Churchill riding and beating Liberal challenger Rebecca Chartrand by less than 1,000 votes to capture the expanded Churchill-Keewatinook Aski riding in the Oct. 19 election.

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“"There are many regions like Northern Manitoba that face high rates of unemployment and there is a growing concern about unemployment in many areas across Canada,” said Ashton, who was the Opposition Aboriginal and Northern Affairs critic in the previous Parliament. “We need to make sure that the new Government acts now to create good jobs and real economic opportunities for Canadians."

Ashton said the NDP will be fighting against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and focusing on apprenticeships, training and Employment Insurance in the upcoming Parliament, which opens Dec. 3.

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