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Niki Ashton Addresses the House of Commons on the Federal Government Reusing to Extend Sick Benefits

Niki Ashton spoke in the House of Commons last week regarding the federal government’s decision not to extend sick benefits for workers. The current number of weeks that people can take to recover from an illness or injury is 15 weeks and Ashton doesn’t believe that this is long enough.

 

Ashton pointed out that people in Northern Manitoba and across the country are in need of this kind of help but this government isn’t there to give it to them.

 

Ashton continued her statement by saying when rich American Billionaires want pipelines built this government goes the extra mile, but when regular Canadians who are being forced to return to work sick or injured or quit their jobs because their too sick to perform this government doesn’t even budge an inch.

 

Politics that privileges style over substance is typical of this government and It is seen in their attitude towards reconciliation and indigenous peoples, the environment, and the sick and injured.

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