Two First Nations leaders from Manitoba endorsed a Liberal candidate running in the province’s north while standing next to NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh at a campaign event.
Singh and two NDP candidates seeking re-election met with Manitoba First Nations leaders in Winnipeg last week to discuss some of the pressing issues facing Indigenous communities like housing and mental health.
While the chiefs said they were thankful Singh and his team organized this tête-à-tête during a busy election campaign — they said they would be backing Liberal candidate Shirley Robinson over NDP incumbent Niki Ashton in the Churchill–Keewatinook Aski race because they want more Indigenous voices in Canada’s Parliament.
“You know, there’s been nothing brought to the North by her. There’s been no bills. There’s been no additional advocacy. It appears Ms. Ashton uses that position for self-promotion. It seems as though, you know, she’s used the auspices of that office for her own personal gain and has brought nothing forward for us”