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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

Health  Madam Speaker, on January 27, I asked the hon. Minister of Health about a central principle of the Canada Health Act: equal access for all Canadians to health care. In many places across this country, including my home province of Saskatchewan, wealthy Canadians are getting pref

April 14th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I noticed in my colleague's speech that he spoke about the importance of helping those who need it most. I would like to hear his comments on a particular choice that the Liberals made in the budget, which was to keep $800 million in stock option loopholes open for v

April 14th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for his speech and comments, and particularly for the emphasis he put on the importance of first nations people in Canada—the first people of Canada. Therefore, like many of us on this side, I am surprised that the promise and the reality be

April 14th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

The Budget  Mr. Speaker, on many points the member raised, we would agree. There are many barriers for parents to be able to access employment. Child care is not just about spaces; it is about being able to afford it. On that point, we would agree. However, it is more than that, because i

April 14th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act  Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time. As the labour critic for the New Democratic Party, it is my pleasure to rise in support of Bill C-7. However, as the labour critic, it is also my duty to rise to point out important aspects of the bill that I see are missing and need

March 22nd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, the UN is warning of a housing crisis affecting communities across Canada, a crisis that has been ignored for far too long. In fact, the last Liberal government slashed social housing. Now, we see the Government of Saskatchewan putting homeless people on a bus to B.C

March 11th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, thousands of indigenous children abused in residential schools have been denied justice after the government used a legal loophole against them. It has been a month since the Liberals promised urgent action. Not only has this not happened, but today we learned that t

February 26th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Pink Shirt Day  Mr. Speaker, today, New Democrats from across the country will proudly wear pink in solidarity with victims of bullying in Canada. The pink shirt movement was established in 2007 by two Nova Scotia teens who bought pink t-shirts to show their support for a boy who was bullied f

February 24th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada's Contribution to the Effort to Combat ISIL  Madam Speaker, I would like to get the hon. member's comments on the fact that in the announcement and plan that the government presented around the action against ISIL, there was nothing included around domestic action, deradicalization efforts here in Canada. I am wondering if

February 22nd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada's Contribution to the Effort to Combat ISIL  Madam Speaker, I appreciate the government's comments about having an integrated approach, working in partnership with our allies and collaborating with them. I wholeheartedly support that. I have been trying to get an answer to the following question, that the government has p

February 22nd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada's Contribution to the Effort to Combat ISIL  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for the good description of the devastation we see there, and for her comment on the course of humanitarian assistance. Her comments about the fact that the interventions need to be integrated were important to me. One way we can protect indi

February 22nd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP