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Niki Ashton

Niki Ashton, 34, is the youngest candidate in the field of contenders. The Churchill-Keewatinook Aski MP from Manitoba also happens to be pregnant and expecting twins. Ashton says she’s running because she believes the NDP needs a clear vision. This includes repairing relations with Indigenous communities, protecting the environment and tackling inequality. She’s against the new Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline and wants a student debt forgiveness strategy along with tuition-free post-secondary education. Ashton wants the government to cover dental care and prescription drugs while establishing universal child care. Photo from CP.

PHOTOS: Who will be the next NDP leader?

The New Democratic Party (NDP) is looking for a new federal leader and four candidates have stepped up to the plate.

Ontario MPP Jagmeet Singh, Quebec MP Guy Caron, Ontario MP Charlie Angus and Manitoba MP Niki Ashton have all thrown their hats into the ring in a bid to replace outgoing leader Thomas Mulcair.

Mulcair lost majority support from party members in 2016 after a disappointing result in the 2015 federal election. With 52 per cent of NDP members voting against him, the Quebec MP will soon take a back seat to one of the four contenders who will be eventually chosen to drive the train for the NDP.

There will be three rounds of voting to determine the new party leader, with the first commencing on Sept. 18. Final ballot results will be revealed on Oct. 15.

The policy platforms for each candidate in this story was sourced from their individual leadership candidacy websites.