Mining Important to Northern Manitoba

How significant is mining to Manitoba?

Mining and petroleum industries are the second-largest primary resource industry in Manitoba’s economy.  In 2013, capital expenditures on mining and petroleum development totalled an estimated $1.4 billion and the industries accounted for approximately seven per cent of provincial GDP and 8.7 per cent of total exports.  The value of mining and petroleum production in 2013 totalled more than $3 billion. Continue reading

Progress for Working People

I was pleased to once again attend the Labour Day festivities at the Steel Centre in Thompson this past weekend. Continue reading

Vital Transportation Links

Things are different here in the North.

While transportation links are important no matter where people live, here in the North‎ we often have only one transportation link. That is why any disruption of that link has that much more of an impact. Continue reading

Legislative Session Focused on Infrastructure, Training

The Spring session of the Manitoba Legislature is now over.

Highlights of the session included a $5.5-billion infrastructure plan that will grow Manitoba’s economy and create 58,900 jobs over five years, new legislation that would support businesses in meeting their growing need for skilled workers, and new supports for students to begin skills training and start planning their careers while still in high school. Continue reading

UCN Grad Highlights Northern Post-Secondary ‎Education

I was pleased earlier this week to attend the Thompson UCN graduation ceremonies.

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Supporting Our Community Organizations

Our government is investing in recreational, cultural and learning opportunities for families in communities across Manitoba, with support of $2.9 million under the Community Places program. Continue reading


Welcome to my website! I hope you find the information on the Thompson Constituency and on recent provincial developments to be of interest. I also hope you find the information on my other passions interesting.

Thanks for visiting!

Steve Ashton


Constituency Office:
2nd Floor - 3 Station Road
Thompson, MB
R8N 0N3

Phone: 204.778.8601
Fax: 1.866.279.8651