Manitoba’s Economy is Growing

‎Our economy is growing. Continue reading

Innovation in Infrastructure

Manitoba is making an historic investment in infrastructure.

We are also making significant moves to bring about how we build that infrastructure. Continue reading

Throne Speech Outlined Ambitious Agenda

The Manitoba Legislature began the new session of the Legislature with the reading of the Throne Speech. The speech outlined an ambitious agenda that aims to  keep building Manitoba while protecting the services that matter most to families,

Manitobans have told us they want to see investments in infrastructure and more opportunities for young people without the deep cuts to front-line services proposed by others. Highlights of the speech included

    • Good Jobs and a Stronger Economy
      • Invest in highways and flood mitigation
      • increase Manitoba’s municipal road budget and double funding for municipal bridges;apply innovative approaches to core infrastructure design, construction and maintenance through a new Infrastructure Innovations Council in partnership with the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association.
    • Protecting Front-line Services
      • hire dozens of primary care professionals, including nurse practitioners, into new MyHealth teams in every region of the province;
      • work with First Nations to address the proposed elimination of the federal government’s band constable program to ensure affected communities have access to community policing; and
      • move forward with plans to build 1,000 more  affordable housing units.
    • Education for the New Economy
      • eliminate interest on student loans,
      • expand the existing apprenticeship model to certify new occupations outside the traditional trades,
      • launch a new Credit Transfer Portal to help students move more easily between programs and institutions, and
    • Protecting Consumers
      • ensure homeowners are provided complete, upfront, guaranteed quotes and timelines for home improvements;
      • provide pet owners with up-front and all-in pricing for veterinarian services;
      • create a new independent energy efficiency agency to expand opportunities for all Manitobans to lower their energy bills.

With the passage of the Throne Speech we will now be moving ahead on this ambitious agenda in the upcoming session.

We are expanding all-weather road access in Manitoba

This past week the Bloodvein River Bridge was officially opened by Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson, minister responsible for the East Side Road Authority. Continue reading

Remembrance Day Important Today

Every year on November 11, we pause in a moment of silence to honour and remember the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict and peace. Continue reading

Supporting our Nothern Justice System

It is important to support our justice system in Northern Manitoba.

Our government has made a major commitment by passing legislation enabling communities like Thompson to deploy community safety officers. This will provide additional policing that will allow the RCMP to focus on its prime responsibilities. 

We have also urged the federal government to restore its share of funding for the justice system to protect residents of this province. 
The federal government is putting residents of First Nations communities at risk by cancelling funding for the Band Constable Program, which provides 31 Manitoba First Nations with front-line public safety, as of March 31, 2015.  This will force First Nations, especially those in remote locations, to rely on distant RCMP detachments that are unable to respond quickly to community needs. Continue reading


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Steve Ashton


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

Phone: 204.778.8601
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