Carol Hughes was first elected in 2008. She has served as the NDP’s deputy critic for aboriginal health and was a member of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. In the 42nd Parliament Hughes will serve as the Assistant Deputy Speaker. She says she is looking forward to working towards a more respectful House, though she is disappointed in not being able to take part in debate.
Now in her third term as a MP, Hughes has served her region by fighting to save passenger rail service in Northern Ontario. She has also been a strong voice in support of an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. She has also voiced a particular interest in natural resources.
During her time in Parliament, Hughes has presented two Private Member’s Bills. Neither C-411, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (occupational disease registry), nor Bill C-354, An Act respecting the establishment and award of a Defence of Canada Medal (1946-1989) passed.
Before running to represent Algoma–Manitoulin–Kapuskasing Hughes was a regional representative for the Canadian Labour Congress. She also worked for Probation and Parole Services in Elliot Lake and at Youth Justice Services in Sudbury.