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Housing  Mr. Speaker, I acknowledge that both the provincial NDP government and the federal government have invested in shelter spaces. My comments were aimed at continuing the conversation on the need for permanent, affordable housing. We need all of those options. What I am asking the

December 11th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, back in September, I asked the government a question about the lack of shelter space for women fleeing violence. I pointed out that one of the reasons was the lack of affordable housing in communities right across Canada. I had cited my meeting with shelter providers

December 11th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I would like to follow up on my colleague's comments on the promises of the Liberals during the election on the substantive changes they were going to make. In particular, in my province of Saskatchewan, many people were swayed by the Liberal promise that it would ge

December 10th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Violence against Women  Mr. Speaker, on this sombre day of remembrance for the 14 women killed on December 6, 1989, just because they were women, we honour their memory as we work toward a world without gender violence or discrimination. Today, as we remember, let us renew our resolve to give all girl

December 6th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, today I proudly joined our leader, Jagmeet Singh, the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the PSAC national indigenous peoples' circle to stand in solidarity with all indigenous women and girls who have been victims or survivors of violence. We must ensure that the

December 5th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker we do indeed need to make sure that the families of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls are at the centre of this inquiry and are being heard, informed and supported throughout the process. The missing and murdered indigenous women and girls inquiry must

December 5th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Transportation  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for outlining all the ways in which the federal government has partnered on public transportation in cities and larger communities in Saskatchewan. My question was about the fact that there is no inter-city bus service in Saskatchewan anymo

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Transportation  Mr. Speaker, last week, I had the opportunity to ask the Minister of Transport directly about the withdrawal of Greyhound from western Canada. The minister made time to appear before the transport committee, and I was grateful to have had the chance to tell him in person about ho

December 3rd, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, more than a third of one-bedroom units in the Toronto area are overcrowded. Imagine a one-bedroom apartment for a family of six. This is a snapshot of Canada's housing crisis. Renters and families are among the hardest hit, and still the Liberal government refuses to

November 27th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise today to present a petition in support of postal banking from constituents in my riding. The petitioners state that whereas nearly two million Canadians desperately need an alternative to payday lenders, whose crippling lending rates affect the

November 26th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for referring in his speech to the important piece of legislation around pay equity. I served on the Special Committee on Pay Equity, which tabled its report in June 2016. It is getting close to two and a half years later and we are

November 26th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

An Act to Provide for the Resumption and Continuation of Postal Services  Mr. Speaker, I also listened to my hon. colleague's words about investments and pensions and I am more than willing to have a conversation outside of this debate. However, what I am here today to talk about is the workers' constitutional rights being violated by a federal gover

November 23rd, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

An Act to Provide for the Resumption and Continuation of Postal Services  Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague would have more experience with reading decisions than I do. I will put it back to him and ask what the employer's incentive would be to follow what the member said. Those are all good words and I understand that. Everyone goes to the bargaining t

November 23rd, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

An Act to Provide for the Resumption and Continuation of Postal Services  Mr. Speaker, I am profoundly disappointed to have to rise today to speak to a motion that will ram through back-to-work legislation. Indeed, today is the day we leave behind sunny ways and see the dark days ahead for workers' rights in Canada. I want to remind the government th

November 23rd, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Postal Services Resumption and Continuation Act  Mr. Speaker, we heard time and again this morning that the government had only one option, and that was to violate the workers' constitutional right to strike. I would like to make a proposal and hear the minister's response. There was one other option, and an equivalent option.

November 23rd, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP