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  • Her favourite word was communities.

Last in Parliament October 2019, as NDP MP for Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River (Saskatchewan)

Lost her last election, in 2019, with 28% of the vote.

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Questions Passed as Orders for Return April 3rd, 2017

With regard to funding for Athabasca Health Authority (AHA) in Saskatchewan: (a) what is the current level of funding for the AHA and what portions of that are provided by the federal government and the provincial government, if that amount is known; (b) which services must the AHA provide to the five main communities it covers and what service standards must be met in order to receive federal funding; (c) how many staff, broken down by profession, work for the AHA; (d) what standards, metrics, or other frameworks does the federal government use to evaluate the effectiveness of mental health service delivery by the AHA; (e) what is the standard process by which an individual gains access to a mental health worker at the AHA; (f) what criteria are used to assess the seriousness of a case when individuals are seeking face-to-face access to a mental health worker through the AHA; (g) has the federal government conducted any service delivery evaluations or staff conduct surveys of the AHA and, if so, what are the details of all such such studies and surveys?

Health March 10th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, the upcoming budget must address the tragic shortfalls in funding for mental health services. The Sask Party wants to believe everything is fine, but people in my riding face great challenges when it comes to accessing the appropriate mental health services. The federal government cannot continue to ignore the shortfall in our northern communities. People in my riding cannot afford to wait.

When will the Liberals commit to a comprehensive long-term strategy that provides adequate mental health care to northerners?

Indigenous Affairs March 9th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, today we were sickened to hear the views expressed by Senator Beyak on residential schools.

Residential schools were profoundly damaging to first nations and remain a dark chapter in Canada's history. Children were forcibly taken from their families and homes for the exact purpose of trying to wipe out their languages and their identities.

Will the government stand with us to condemn and denounce the statements made by Senator Beyak?

Indigenous Affairs March 8th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, families of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls feel they are being left in the dark when in fact they should be properly informed and involved in every step of the inquiry. Worse, northern families do not have access to proper information due to unreliable Internet and other crucial services.

How will the Prime Minister ensure the commitments made to all indigenous families affected by these tragedies are involved and feel like true progress is being made?

Indigenous Affairs February 17th, 2017

Madam Speaker, yesterday, along with other indigenous MPs, we sent a letter to the minister calling on her government to rename the building that houses the Prime Minister's Office. It is named after the creator of the Indian residential schools, a system that continues to negatively impact indigenous people today.

In the spirit of reconciliation, we have asked the minister to rename the building to reflect the government's commitment to indigenous people. Will the government commit today in the House to change the name?

Indigenous Affairs February 13th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, two months ago, the indigenous affairs minister announced the Manitoba first nations school system, with those schools set to receive federal education funding, but in this agreement, barely one-third of the schools in Manitoba are included. To this day, most reserve schools across Canada are not being funded equally with public schools.

After decades of poor funding, will the minister fund all of the first nations schools and give all first nations children the best education?

Indigenous Affairs February 10th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, The Conference Board of Canada has released a report confirming the shortfall in infrastructure funding in northern and indigenous communities. The report states that a long list of northern and aboriginal concerns need to be addressed. We are talking about access to safe water, housing, roads, Internet, cell coverage, and power.

When will the Liberals acknowledge these rights and provide the urgently needed services?

Indigenous Affairs February 8th, 2017

Mr. Speaker, twice the human rights tribunal issued non-compliance orders to the government for not fully implementing Jordan's principle. The Liberals continue to say they have committed new funding but only a fraction has been rolled out. In the meantime, kids continue to slip through the cracks. The minister says one thing but the Liberals do the opposite.

Will the government stop misrepresenting the facts and immediately roll out the money for first nations kids at risk?

Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act February 3rd, 2017

Mr. Speaker, my question is in line with world changes happening currently with the election of President Donald Trump and with the Brexit vote. If the U.K. triggers its exit from the EU and also leaves CETA, is the member comfortable with the concessions Canada has made in CETA, given that the U.K. represents nearly half of Canada's export market to the EU?

Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act February 3rd, 2017

Mr. Speaker, is the member concerned that CETA will lead to the increased cost of prescription drugs for Canadians, given that Canadians already pay more for prescription drugs than nearly every OECD country?