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Accessible Canada Act  Mr. Speaker, I have learned a lot today from members on all sides of the House. I want to concur with my hon. colleague's statement that there appears to be a lot of consensus that this bill is important, but also a lot of consensus that this bill needs to be open to amendments a

September 24th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Accessible Canada Act  Mr. Speaker, I learned a lot from what my hon. colleague shared about her time as minister. I want to pick up on a piece that has been a bit of a theme this afternoon. It is also something from my time when I was a social worker that I felt was important. What I have heard from p

September 24th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Child Care  Mr. Speaker, Saskatoon and Regina are among the most difficult places in Canada to find licensed child care. In fact, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives study says that Saskatoon has only one licensed space for every four children, comparable to rural areas in Nunavut.

September 24th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Accessible Canada Act  Madam Speaker, if the member had heard the comments around the House today, especially from the NDP caucus, he would have found that we are supportive of the bill. We have asked the government to share, in its remarks, if it is open to including amendments that would make the bil

September 24th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Accessible Canada Act  Madam Speaker, I think it was clear in my speech that I am concerned that there do not exist, as another member of the House mentioned, enough “musts” in this legislation so that those folks who have been advocating for legislation such as this would see something happen sooner r

September 24th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Accessible Canada Act  Madam Speaker, Debbie Windsor is a Saskatoon resident who is tired of waiting for life to get better for people living with disabilities. Debbie has used a wheelchair most of her life. When she attended high school, she had to leave her home on the west side of Saskatoon at 5:00

September 24th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Accessible Canada Act  Madam Speaker, I wanted to mention that one of the areas that has been brought to my attention as missing in the bill is the American sign language and Quebec sign language. The bill does not speak to including them in the Official Languages Act. Across Canada, on the weekend, t

September 24th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Accessible Canada Act  Madam Speaker, the member and I see eye to eye on many points she has raised. One thing I want to bring to her attention is that some people are concerned that the bill is not perfect. I understand that happens sometimes. Bills come forward, and of course the committee work is t

September 24th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

National Defence Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the comments by my hon. colleague from Edmonton West. NDP members have commented during the debate that even with the changes made in this bill, it will still be an offence under military justice to commit self-harm, and those who come forward seeking he

September 21st, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Transportation  Mr. Speaker, since the shutdown of the STC, many women fleeing domestic violence have had to hitchhike or turn to Kijiji to get a ride to a shelter. It is unconscionable for a so-called feminist government to know this and do nothing. Last January, the Minister of Innovation to

September 21st, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

World Alzheimer's Day  Mr. Speaker, today is World Alzheimer's Day, a day where organizations around the world raise awareness for Alzheimer's and dementia. In Saskatchewan, it is estimated that 20,000 residents will be diagnosed with a form of dementia by the year 2020. That is a health issue affect

September 21st, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

National Defence Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate the government on bringing this bill forward. As my colleague from Victoria mentioned, we will be supporting this bill and working very hard in committee so that it can become law. I just want to follow up on the question from the member for V

September 21st, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Sustainable Living  Mr. Speaker, this summer I had the opportunity to see Saskatoon residents doing their part to live sustainably. I joined Holly Ann Knott and Jim Spinney as they celebrated the certification of their passive house, the first home in the Canadian Prairies to meet these standards.

September 20th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, I do not feel that it is for Canadians or the opposition to pat the government on the back for what I feel are half-measures when it comes to addressing the crisis of homelessness. A government that is committed to a rights-based approach would not have a goal of a

June 19th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, earlier this year I asked the government to follow through on its promise of housing rights being human rights. Instead, the government has shown time and time again that it does not embrace the rights-based approach. This was clearly demonstrated when the national h

June 18th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP