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Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, I believe the member is sincere in believing that the efforts of the previous government, such as the tax-free savings accounts and pooled registered pension plans, were attempts to help people with retirement. Unfortunately, they did not work. That is why we are in

November 17th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague spoke of two issues that I raised in my comments, one was putting time allocation on the debate of this bill and the second, what I feel is the most important point, was that the inequities built into the enhancement to the CPP would not help women

November 17th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege to rise today to talk about a very important bill, Bill C-26, and the security of people in Canada when they retire. I have a few introductory comments. I echo the comments of my colleague from Vancouver East who arrived in the House as a brand new

November 17th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for his passion, although I do not necessarily agree with some of my colleague's comments. I would like the member to respond to the fact that we do have a pension gap in this country. There is a crisis. Canadians are saving less money for

November 17th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canadian Environmental Protection Act  moved for leave to introduce Bill C-321, An Act to amend the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (prohibition of asbestos). Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to introduce a bill that would ban a deadly substance, asbestos. I have heard from many constituents who have lost loved

November 16th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, the previous Liberal government shelved pay equity legislation in 2005, and this Liberal government has further delayed it to late 2018. It is just not good enough. Women have waited 40 years and should not have to wait even longer. We are calling on the government t

November 14th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to support Bill C-235. I have had the privilege over the past year since my election as the member for Saskatoon West to meet with a wide range of groups and individuals in my community. One meeting which stood out for me was the one with representative

November 3rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I have a lot of respect for the member and have agreed on many occasions with his statements and speeches in the House. The hon. member has good insight into many important things that we are doing in the House. I do not want to repeat what the previous member asked,

November 3rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, there is a mental health crisis faced by indigenous youth, and the government's response needs to equal the scope of that crisis. As my colleague and friend, the member for Desnethé—Missinippi—Churchill River, has said, not only do these communities “need immediate s

November 2nd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, I am humbled to rise the day after the House voted to support an NDP motion calling on the government to recognize and remediate the historical discrimination faced by indigenous children across Canada. I would like to thank the government for finally acknowledging t

November 2nd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for his very detailed presentation speech on some of the measures that are contained in the bill, which is close to 234 pages long. I am disappointed that it is being presented in this way and that we are not having enough time to reall

October 31st, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2  Madam Speaker, I would like to talk about the issue I have raised a couple of times today regarding child poverty. I am quite disappointed that the government has decided to let the value of the child benefits erode over the next four years, with no indexing until after the next

October 31st, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Services and Procurement  Mr. Speaker, this Halloween was supposed to mark the end of the nightmares caused by the Phoenix pay system, but the horror story lives on. Today, more than 30,000 cases of no pay or inaccurate pay are still unresolved. Hundreds of public employees spent their lunch protesting in

October 31st, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2  Madam Speaker, we are trying to address an ever-increasing child poverty rate. The last 10 years of the previous government saw this rate increase. I wonder if the member could comment on why today we find a poverty rate for children of over 11%.

October 31st, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Health  Madam Speaker, asbestos is the number one cause of occupational death in Canada. Thousands of Canadians are diagnosed with cancer annually due to exposure to the deadly substance. Fifty-five countries have already banned it. Regional councils and mayors support its ban. Countless

October 28th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP