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Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the constituents of Saskatoon West for having put their faith in me to represent them and to ensure a strong voice for them in Parliament. It is a very high honour, and I am humbled by their support and faith in me to serve them to the best of m

December 7th, 2015House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I offer my congratulations to the member. Currently, there is no federal minimum wage. That is the first issue that needs to be challenged. The second issue is to implement a federal minimum wage that allows those people in those jobs to afford the basics in life.

December 7th, 2015House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, what I heard over and over on the campaign trail in Saskatoon West was that life was not affordable. No matter where I was in the riding, the three things I heard with respect to a younger family related to child care, transportation, and housing, and with respect to

December 7th, 2015House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I would say to the hon. member that I do believe there are many places where we can come together. Certainly, I know that is possible in my community. One particular area in which I would like to see the Liberal government finally follow through is a promise that wa

December 7th, 2015House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Post  Mr. Speaker, during the election, the Prime Minister promised to restore home mail delivery. That means that he would reverse the cuts. However, now the Minister of Public Works says people who lost home delivery will not get it back. They will be stuck with superboxes. The gover

December 10th, 2015House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, Canadians are proud of our public health care system. A central principle of our public system is that people's access to health care does not depend on their ability to pay. However, while the Canada Health Act outlaws user fees, Saskatchewan is now allowing those

January 27th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Resumption of debate on Address in Reply  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the hon. member for his excellent speech and I congratulate him on his election. Given the member's comments, I believe that he will join with me when we comment on the previous government's policies of division and fear and say that we want somethin

January 27th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Education  Mr. Speaker, today I am honoured to rise in the House to recognize a local teacher, Belinda Daniels, a passionate spokesperson for her people, language, and culture. Belinda Daniels is a Nehiyaw. This important fact must be respected as we speak about her. Recently, Ms. Daniels

January 29th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Labour  Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour tabled a bill to repeal two anti-union Conservative bills that were adopted to attack workers rights. Having long fought against the Conservative bills, we welcome those first steps. However, ma

January 29th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Income Tax Act  Madam Speaker, I agree with my colleague's comments about the Liberal tax plan providing the maximum benefit to wealthy Canadians while nearly 60% of the population will receive nothing. In my riding of Saskatoon West, the largest occupational group is people who work in the reta

February 1st, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Income Tax Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to note that Bill C-2 would provide maximum benefits to those wealthier Canadians, those earning between $89,000 and $200,000, while six out of ten Canadians would receive nothing. Although I appreciate that this is just one plank within a larger platform, or

February 1st, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Asbestos  Mr. Speaker, asbestos has been called the greatest industrial killer the world has ever known and my colleagues have been fighting hard to get this carcinogenic and toxic material out of buildings and people's lives. This known carcinogen has claimed the lives of thousands of Can

February 2nd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, that will be a hard act to follow, but I think I will be able to provide the House with some more content, and perhaps clarification on some facts. I would like to thank the hard-working Canadians in Saskatoon West who voted me to be their voice in the House of Co

February 3rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, there are some things I would like to clarify; specifically, around the fact that there are many organizations, private organizations, for-profit organizations, which receive government credit, government grants, which do not have the same type of reporting require

February 3rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, members can tell from my comments that I think it was a way to go through a back door in order to put labour legislation into place that would be detrimental to unions and detrimental to working people. I think the previous government just hoped that somehow it wou

February 3rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP