Yesterday, Niki Ashton along with other federal NDP candidates across the country announced the party’s Indigenous Peoples and northern platform.
Ashton spoke of reconciliation and the failure of the Trudeau government to bring about effective change.
"Reconciliation is meaningless unless we talk about ending the housing crisis on First Nations and in northern communities. Unless we're talking about proper funding for healthcare that is badly needed across our north. Unless we're talking about fully supporting education, not just K-12, but also post-secondary, for people coming from First Nations, Metis, and northern communities."
Ashton also addressed the failures of the Conservative and Liberal governments when it comes to health care.
"Healthcare: a huge need across our north. Not just in Indigenous communities, but in all northern communities. We recognize that in many instances, there are more and more people that are falling through the cracks as we see provincial cuts and federal under-funding continue. Stephen Harper a number of years ago cut the transfers to healthcare to our provinces. Despite his commandments to reverse that, Justin Trudeau did not reverse those cuts."
Ashton said the NDP are committed to improving infrastructure, especially in northern communities where there are no airports and those than can no longer rely on winter roads due to climate change.
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