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Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I am going to try again to follow up on the question from my colleague from the Conservative Party. What we had hoped this bill would do was to address the cash for access events, for access to government, to ministers, and to the Prime Minister. We are not talking a

June 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I am disappointed the minister is not standing up and following-through on the promise made during the election by the Prime Minister that 2015 would be the last election with first past the post. I want to register how disappointed I am that was taken out of her man

June 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for sharing those very timely remarks on the value of being at the table to work toward concrete actions around the ban on nuclear weapons. We heard some Conservative colleagues talk about us being idealistic. On the other hand, I also h

June 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for bringing up a point that many of us are making. Many of us in the House today are wondering what is going on. We can lead, remain a part of the Paris agreement because it is important, and we know why we are there. This is equall

June 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his comments and the sincerity with which he spoke. We have a lot in common about our wanting governments to move forward and get to a time in the world, which I have not lived in, where the threat of nuclear war is absent. I was disappo

June 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Nanaimo—Ladysmith. I would like to dedicate my remarks today to the late Dr. John Bury and his wife Betsy Bury, both local constituents of mine who have been working for peace for the past 60 years. Their efforts, a li

June 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to follow up on the comments made by my colleague and correct a comment that was just made. We are not just talking about legalizing marijuana. My colleague brought up the point that while we are waiting for the framework and the regulations, people are gettin

June 1st, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I think that in my remarks I listed some of the top reasons that I felt there needed to be more work done on the bill. The NDP is supporting this bill. We hope that those things will be worked out in committee and that the committee will be allowed to do its work and

June 1st, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I was not implying in my remarks that decriminalization was the answer or the be-all and end-all. What I was saying is that in the next 15 months, while the government proceeds with legalizing it, there will be young Canadians who will be caught by police with very s

June 1st, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I am glad to have an opportunity to speak to Bill C-45, which would bring in a wide-ranging set of changes to our lives. First let me say that the NDP has a proud 45-year history of championing marijuana decriminalization. We have been asking the Liberals to immedia

June 1st, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I think both my colleague and I would agree that young people should not have barriers for the rest of their lives, trouble finding employment, housing, or travelling because they have been convicted for possessing a very small amount of cannabis. We heard the Prime

June 1st, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Labour  Mr. Speaker, I do not have to remind the House that all members of Parliament benefit from a safe and secure workplace thanks to the brave men and women who work in the Parliamentary Protective Service. However, their contract expired in March and their employer is refusing to ba

June 1st, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague, the member for Niagara Falls, for his speech and his comments. I want to let the member know that I am very interested in this legislation and I want to see it go through, although I have some concerns, and some of them are similar to hi

May 31st, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague brought forward a very serious and depressing statistic about my own province, which of course is that it has the highest rate of police-reported impaired driving, so I am pleased that the NDP will be supporting this bill. I want to ask my colleagu

May 31st, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship  Mr. Speaker, the Liberals claim that closing down the Vegreville CPC was supposed to save money and improve service. Instead, we have learned that it will cost more and that the workers there are among the best in the country. If the centre is closed, 2,000 years of valuable expe

May 30th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP