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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

Labour  Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives' attack on labour rights included stripping the rights of workers to refuse unsafe work, and rolling back health and safety protections for federally regulated workers. These are fundamental labour rights that took generations to achieve. Yet, desp

February 19th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada's Contribution to the Effort to Combat ISIL  Mr. Speaker, the government has promised to accede to the UN Arms Trade Treaty which would help prevent the flow of small arms to terrorists and insurgent groups, including ISIL. Would the minister explain the delay in this secession?

February 17th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Agriculture and Agri-Food  Mr. Speaker, in opposition, the Liberals voted against the Conservative's measures to dismantle the Canadian Wheat Board. In fact, their leader at the time called the bill to kill the Wheat Board an affront to the rule of law. The Conservatives sold off half of the Wheat Board's

February 16th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, I am not quite sure what I can add to that, except to say that I do want to reflect to this House and to others that I have a deep value of the importance of protecting people's rights and the rights of workers and the rights of workers to join unions, to work with

February 3rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, in my comments, I spoke of the good work that was done in that tripartite arrangement for reviewing the Labour Code and the recommendations put forward by all parties involved in order to look at how we can modernize the Canada Labour Code, which had not been looke

February 3rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP