Friday, March 24, 2017

Niki Ashton is the leader the NDP and Canada needs

Guest Editorial by Robert McCarthy

My name is Robert McCarthy from Sudbury, Ontario and I am supporting Niki Ashton to become the next leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada. Like myself, Niki is a proud Democratic Socialist. She is the candidate that I most identify with. Her vision includes free tuition and student debt forgiveness, opposing pipelines where they infringe on Indigenous rights and endanger the environment, and the expansion of public healthcare to include dental care, pharmacare and access to mental health services for all Canadians. These policies are perfectly in line with what I believe.

I had the pleasure of meeting Niki in 2012 during her first run at the party leadership. The Sudbury NDP had hosted a debate for all the leadership candidates at the Steelworkers’ Hall. Before the debate officially started I had a few short minutes to talk to Niki and had my picture taken with her. Both during this meeting and during the debate she impressed me. She has strong conviction, unwavering principles, and the capacity to intelligently convey her beliefs. Niki is a great listener and takes the time to hear proposed solutions from ordinary Canadians to address the issues of the day. I knew Niki would be an important part of the NDP and Canadian politics for many years to come. Niki’s policies are a breath of fresh air. I believe Niki’s drive, determination, charisma, and all around ability, make her exactly the person we need to lead the NDP and Canada now and long into the future.

Robert McCarthy lives in Sudbury, Ontario and has been an NDP activist and the Disability Rights Representative on the Federal Sudbury NDP Executive since 2008.

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See also: Niki Ashton launches her campaign from the left as NDP race heats up


  1. Is this the same Niki Ashton who said that Trudeau assaulted someone by brushing past them? The same Niki Ashton who said all parlaimentarian on-lookers were traumatised by that horrific event and that parlaiment would be seen as unsafe for women after this act of brutal violence against women? The same Niki Ashton who deleted a tweet that read "To the left, to the left..." after BLM Vancouver tweeted back calling it cultural appropriation? ...oh, I can't wait.

  2. She has yet to come up with a high priority plan to promote basic income guaranteed.

  3. Guy Caron has his priorities straighten up. He's an economics critics. So he knows where the savings are!

  4. And that's to offer a basic income guaranteed.

  5. Give it a rest! So-called Basic Income is a neoliberal trap designed to use our tax dollars to subsidize low wages and to eliminate targeted social programs.