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Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for giving me the opportunity to talk about this issue and to reflect on the previous government's attitude toward unions. It certainly was not the champions of unions, and I think most of us in this House would agree, except for perhaps a few.

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, my brief answer would be that they both set back labour relations, workers' rights, and health and safety. They worked in tandem. They were part of a larger agenda, and I am very proud to stand today to support the government's leadership here and to make those two

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for his comments, and for his offer to allow me to comment on Bill C-377 and Bill C-525 with the lens that they were simply mean-spirited, anti-union legislation that did nothing on a number of levels. First let me talk about Bill

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for the comments and question and bringing up that conversation we had at committee level. The evidence is clear from the research that it is employers who are intimidating employees; it is not unions intimidating members to sign cards.

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, I am very pleased to rise today in support of Bill C-4. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the minister as well as the government on following through with one of their election promises. New Democrats vigorously opposed the former Conservativ

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the Liberals promised a commitment to first nations to make badly-needed investments both into infrastructure and social services. However, as of today, only 1% of the funding has arrived in first nations communities. While Liberal insiders seem to have no problem

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Services and Procurement  Mr. Speaker, the Phoenix pay system was supposed to modernize the federal payrolls. Instead, it has caused far more problems than it has fixed, and it has wasted far more money that it was supposed to save. I am sure Liberal insiders are glad Phoenix was not in place last year, o

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Mr. Speaker, having fought hard against the Conservative anti-union bills, we on this side of the House welcome the changes tabled by the government today. I agree with the minister when she mentioned that the rights of working people have been under attack for too long, and th

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

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