One of four candidates for the leadership of the federal NDP made a tour stop in Red Deer on Wednesday.
Niki Ashton recently launched her 'Economic Justice' tour in which she is reaching out to Canadians outside of major urban centres in an effort to hear what people are really up against.
She said the status quo, as far as political and economic decision making are concerned, is making things more and more difficult for Canadians, pushing the working class and those in poverty further towards to the margins.
"It's really about hearing what people are up against when it comes to growing inequality, when it comes to losing good jobs, losing value-added jobs, the rise of precarious work, and the fact that the wealthy are getting wealthier," she said.
A nationwide increase to the minimum wage is something the 34-year-old MP for Churchill - Keewatinook Aski would support.
Asked about how equalization payments may come to the minds of Albertans when they hear the words 'economic justice,' Ashton said, "The discussion around economic justice is about people feeling more and more squeezed. What we know to be the case is Canadians, no matter where they live, are seeing growing inequality. The middle class, no matter where they live, is shrinking."
Ashton said ultimately, Canadians and especially those in Alberta, are facing difficult economic times, but that our province is leading the way on many fronts.
"In terms of a message for Alberta, there are many people here that identify as progressive, a number of people that identify NDP, others may not, but like what they're seeing, and that's where we need to work together. My message is that Canada is at a crossroads," she said. "Even in difficult economic times, Alberta is continuing to blaze a trail that I think many are noticing across the country and we need to blaze a trail nationally given the need for leadership on the key challenges Canadians are facing."
Fellow leadership candidate Charlie Angus will be visiting Red Deer on May 2.
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