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Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, it is my privilege to rise today to support Bill C-234—I am sure my colleagues will not be surprised about that—sponsored by my colleague, the member for Jonquière. The last debate on this valuable amendment to the Canada Labour Code was fruitful. All members who s

September 22nd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for outlining the investment and the leadership the federal government making. I encourage that to continue. It sounds like large numbers of investments, but I want to remind her, it is a big issue. Suicide rates are five to seven times hig

September 21st, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, on April 15, I asked the government to prioritize the issues of indigenous youth and mental health, two separate but related issues. On May 28, the government announced a renewed focus on indigenous policy, but sadly, it was too late for many. The urgent need from la

September 21st, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1  Madam Speaker, a lot of times people create problems where they do not exist. I commented on the parliamentary budget officer's reports around sick leave and the cost to taxpayers. They were not, as the government suggested, out of control and costing us millions and billions. Th

September 21st, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1  Madam Speaker, the government has made a good start, but there has been more talk than action. I will give credit where credit due. I support the bill and I have supported other bills the government has brought forward if they are a step in the right direction. However, I do not

September 21st, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1  Madam Speaker, it is a first step for the government to tell the world, either new employees or current public servants, that there is a different feeling in the workplace. That the government is looking to respect workers and their skills and treat them fairly and humanely is a

September 21st, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for her comments, her passion, and for sharing what is important to her and our brothers and sisters in the union movement and those who work in our neighbourhoods. It is important to me that we continue to believe in the governme

September 21st, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Economic Action Plan 2015 Act, No. 1  Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure to talk today about this important issue. Bill C-5 is one step on a long road to recovery for Canadian public service workers, and more generally, for the rights of all Canadian workers. The previous government's concerted assault on the rights of

September 21st, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Pay Equity  Mr. Speaker, the Special Committee on Pay Equity has just tabled its report on the implementation of a proactive pay equity regime. On behalf of Canada's women, who have been waiting too long, I urge the government to act immediately. Women should receive the same pay and benefit

June 15th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Labour  Mr. Speaker, the previous Conservative government attacked collective bargaining and weakened worker protection for the public service. In January, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour tabled a bill to repeal some of the Conservatives' anti-worker legislat

June 14th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-292, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (occupational disease and accident registry). Mr. Speaker, I am honoured today to introduce a bill that was tabled in the previous Parliament by my colleague the member for Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskas

June 14th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Marijuana  Mr. Speaker, after the Liberal leader promised he would be the pro-pot Prime Minister, Canadians are becoming increasingly concerned about the Liberals' rightward shift. They appointed a former police chief to handle the issue, who then encouraged police to crack down on marijuan

June 3rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards  Mr. Speaker, it is a tremendous honour to rise in the House today and recognize Ms. Maria Jane Linklater, an elder, mentor, cultural leader, and residential school survivor, living and teaching in Saskatoon West. Maria was born on Thunderchild First Nation, is proudly Plains Cr

June 3rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Status of Women  Madam Speaker, after decades of talking about pay equity, Canadian women are no closer to achieving it. When we asked if the Liberals would introduce proactive legislation needed to respect women's rights and close the gap, not one single Liberal minister said yes. Canadian wome

May 20th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Labour  Mr. Speaker, I do want to thank my hon. colleague for his comments and for his government's leadership in that very early period of stepping out of the gate when becoming a new government and focusing on some very important legislation that, for workers, was important to get chan

May 19th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP