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Manitoba MP Niki Ashton defends door-knocking for Bernie Sanders

The Churchill-Keewatinook Aski member of Parliament visited the Vermont senator’s office in Fargo, N.D., Sunday. She talked with his supporters and even knocked on doors with his campaign workers.

Churchill-Keewatinook Aski MP tweets #FeelTheBern photo with Steve Ashton from U.S. campaign office

Niki Ashton is standing by her decision to campaign for U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The Churchill-Keewatinook Aski member of Parliament visited the Vermont senator's office in Fargo, N.D., Sunday with her father and former MLA Steve Ashton.

She talked with Sanders supporters and knocked on doors with his campaign workers.

Ashton said Sanders embodies the kind of leftist politics supported by Canada's New Democrats.

"I believe we can learn from the kind of work that they're doing, the bold ideas they're putting forward, the ways in which they're engaging people and inspiring people," Ashton said.

Ashton made the trip on her own time, but was attacked online for her show of support for Sanders.

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"I don't make any apologies for being inspired by the Bernie Sanders campaign, and it's something I've made clear for some time on my social media and as I talk to people," Ashton said.

According to the Associated Press on Monday night, Sanders rival Hillary Clinton had reportedly reached the required number of delegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination.