Steve Ashton has a progressive vision for a province that works for all Manitobans.
He is an economist and a builder and a proudly loyal New Democrat. He has served in several roles in government, most recently as Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and Minister Responsible for Emergency Measures. In these roles, he worked with Manitobans through devastating floods and stood with them through the aftermath.
He has helped move important investments forward to protect Manitobans and strengthen the provincial economy by directing the five-year, $5.5 Billion plan for infrastructure investments.
Steve also understands the importance of party loyalty and party unity. During some of the most difficult times in government, Steve worked as House Leader to unify the party and continue moving forward on work of critical importance to Manitobans.
Steve has worked in several other important roles. He was appointed Minister of Highways and Government Services in October 1999 (later changed to Transportation and Government Services) and Minister responsible for The Gaming Control Act in July 2000. He was appointed Minister responsible for Emergency Measures in October 2001. In September 2002, Steve was appointed Minister of Conservation and in November 2003, he became the Minister of Water Stewardship. In September 2006, Steve was appointed Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister responsible for Emergency Measures. In October 2009, he was appointed as Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, Minister Responsible for Emergency Measures and Minister Responsible for the Manitoba Lotteries Corporation.
Steve is a graduate of R.D. Parker Collegiate in Thompson. He received a B.A. (Hon.) in Political Studies at the University of Manitoba and a M.A. in Economics from Lakehead University.
Steve has lived in Thompson since 1967. His wife Hari Dimitrakopoulou-Ashton is a college instructor. He has two children, Niki, the Member of Parliament for Churchill, and Alexander, a Civil Engineer in Thompson.