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Niki Christina Ashton, MA (born September 9, 1982) is the New Democratic Member of Parliament for the electoral district of Churchill in Manitobamarker, Canadamarker. She was first elected in the 2008 federal election.

A resident of Thompson, Manitobamarker and an instructor at University College of the Northmarker, she is the daughter of Manitoba provincial NDP cabinet minister Steve Ashton.

Biography

Niki Ashton was born in Thompson and attended École Riverside School and R.D. Parker Collegiate high school. She later attended the Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong. She has B.A in Global Political Economics from the University of Manitobamarker, and a M.A in International Relations from Carleton University.

Later, she was a coordinator and promoter of volunteering at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. At the event, she assisted the Chinese team.

She has studied human rights in Canada and was awarded the Ahmed Ali Hashi Human Rights Scholarship for her work.

She speaks Greek, French, English and Spanish. She has studied Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Ukrainian and Turkish, and is currently learning Cree.

Role in 2005-2006 Canadian federal election

In 2005, she defeated incumbent NDP Member of Parliament Bev Desjarlais for the New Democratic Party 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 in the election in Churchill in the 2006 Canadian federal election. Some of Ashton's major themes in her campaign were getting federal funding for the University College of the North, as well as getting a federal government northern development agreement.

Although the labour unions in Thompson endorsed Ashton, the NDP vote nevertheless split between Ashton and Desjarlais, and the riding was won by Liberal Party candidate Tina Keeper.

Ashton defeated Keeper in the 2008 election to regain the riding for the NDP.

Electoral record





NDP gain from Liberal
Swing


Liberal gain from NDP
Swing
+8.7


References

  1. Niki Ashton official website
  2. Churchill MP quits NDP after nomination loss, cbc.ca, October 18, 2005.
  3. NDP Candidate Niki Ashton Backed by Unions - Manitoba Federation of Labour
  4. Canada Votes 2006 - Churchill riding


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