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Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, it is my honour to rise today to commemorate the 12th international day against homophobia and transphobia. There is much to celebrate when we think about the progress that has been made in this country, from 1979, when Svend Robinson became the first MP to come out

May 17th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1  Madam Speaker, the previous government made a lot of negative changes to the employment insurance system over the last decade, and of course we see that many people in our communities are continuing to be hurt by that. Unfortunately, the bill that has been put forward by the gov

May 10th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Post  Mr. Speaker, during the campaign, the Liberals made a solemn promise to save home mail delivery. The Prime Minister himself said, “We are committed to restoring home mail delivery”. Seniors and Canadians living with disabilities have been counting on the Liberal government to de

May 9th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Asbestos  Mr. Speaker, any Canadian who works in or visits a building that contains asbestos really does have the right to know that they may be exposed to harmful substances. With the recently announced registry of federal buildings containing asbestos, at least workers can verify if th

May 5th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Asbestos  Mr. Speaker, on February 2, I asked the Minister of Public Services and Procurement to stop using asbestos in federal public buildings. Asbestos has been called the greatest industrial killer that the world has ever known, and New Democrats have been fighting hard to get this ca

May 5th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.  Mr. Speaker, it is nice to know that the member's background is in the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club. I would like those in the House to know that the YMCA is the largest provider of child care spaces and services in Canada, so I obviously like the YMCA. That is a very good q

May 5th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.  Mr. Speaker, my colleague, the speaker prior to me, had asked for consent, through a motion, to separate out this bill so that some of the bigger, more complicated pieces could be referred to committee for study. Included in that, of course, were the issues surrounding veterans,

May 5th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.  Mr. Speaker, budget 2016 is indeed a missed opportunity to reduce the inequality in our communities. Therefore, it is a missed opportunity to actually create real change. However, as my mother taught me, I do want to start by giving credit where credit is due. I would like to c

May 5th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 1.  Mr. Speaker, we heard during the campaign that the Liberals were promising more help to the middle class. In my riding, I have five neighbourhoods where the majority of people make $45,000 or less a year. We had heard that the so-called middle-class tax cut would benefit those ea

May 5th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Criminal Code  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for her comments and her openness to look at and share the fact that we do need to move forward on the how, and that the government needs to be open to amendments and ensure that what we find at the end is compliant with the case s

May 3rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies  Mr. Speaker, today I rise to pay tribute to a great institution in my riding of Saskatoon West. On April 21, the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies is celebrating 40 years of empowering learners and realizing potential. Established in 1976, the college became the pri

April 20th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Labour  Mr. Speaker, when strikes and lockouts drag on, families and communities suffer. Anti-scab legislation would lead to fewer and shorter labour disputes. This is a simple change that any progressive, pro-worker government would support, yet the Liberal parliamentary secretary act

April 19th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Ethics  Mr. Speaker, the Minister of Finance is meeting with his G20 counterparts today. In the wake of the Panama papers, the world is demanding action. France has called for a tax haven blacklist, and the European leaders are calling for an international registry to track owners of s

April 15th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, too many indigenous youth are growing up feeling hopeless instead of hopeful, desperate instead of empowered. Unfortunately, the current government offered no new money in the budget for mental health, no new suicide prevention strategy, no new youth programming. We

April 15th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Health  Madam Speaker, I am heartfelt to hear those words around protecting one of the fundamentals of the Canada Health Act, and that is universality. Unfortunately, the government just seems to want talk about it and not do anything about it. We are asking her to do is to disallow the

April 14th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP