Niki Ashton

Niki Ashton

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Niki Christina Ashton, (born September 9, 1982) 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.

A resident of Thompson, Manitoba, she is the daughter of Manitoba provincial NDP cabinet minister Steve Ashton. She has been an instructor at the University College of the North.

Personal life

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 a B.A in Global Political Economy from the University of Manitoba, and a M.A in International Affairs 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.


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...
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