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Homelessness  Madam Speaker, that certainly was part of the conversations I had with parliamentarians about the best way forward. The reason I proposed a special committee is that it could really focus on a specific government strategy that parliamentarians have not usually been involved in.

November 24th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Homelessness  Madam Speaker, what the member describes as happening in her community is indeed one of the changing faces of homelessness. Although the statistics tell us that the overall number of people living in shelters has fallen in the last 10 years, those shelters are more often at 90% o

November 24th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Homelessness  moved: That a special committee be appointed to conduct hearings on the matter of homelessness and to propose a national plan to prevent and end homelessness; that this Committee consist of ten members of which six shall be from the government party, three from the Official Op

November 24th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Housing  Madam Speaker, this week the Prime Minister said, “one person on the streets in Canada is too many.” However, the government has announced it hopes to cut chronic homelessness in Canada by 50% within 10 years. What will the government do about the other 50% of people who will sti

November 24th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Services and Procurement  Mr. Speaker, the minister in charge of the Phoenix fiasco has not denied that the cost of repairs could surpass $1 billion. The number of affected public servants continues to grow, and there is no clear timeline to fix it. In fact, the Professional Institute of the Public Servic

November 20th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister's special LGBTQ adviser said there is no link between an apology to the LGBTQ community and remedies. A year ago, the military ombudsman said that as soon as the minister gave approval he would begin revising service records for veterans who were

November 9th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, on this side, we certainly welcome some of the changes proposed to the Canada Labour Code that would prohibit unpaid internships unless they are educational, and provide flexibility within the workplace for people to take important leaves. I want to draw to her atte

November 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, there are many things we can agree on. I am going to bring to my colleague's attention, as I have to her colleagues, the Labour Code changes. One of the areas I am concerned about is the unpaid leave for domestic violence. I am hoping the government will be open to

November 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Services and Procurement  Mr. Speaker, CBC has reported that public servants at the Miramichi pay centre are working in a toxic environment. These workers deal with understaffing, a lack of training, and little support. Hard-working, experienced public servants are crucial to solving the Liberals' pay s

November 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, on this side of the House, we welcome the changes to the Canada Labour Code that would allow employees more flexibility at work and also prohibit unpaid internships. I would like the hon. member to respond to a couple of things. What really would help those working

November 6th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I applaud the government for moving forward on a number of changes to the Canada Labour Code. I would like to hear the minister's comments on some of the unpaid leave provisions, especially those for victims of domestic violence. I brought to the House's attention t

November 6th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I have been calling attention, along with colleagues from the other side, to a particular part of the budget implementation act around the unpaid leave for victims of domestic violence. I would like the member to comment on perhaps an unintended consequence of an unp

November 6th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canadian Bill of Rights  Mr. Speaker, my remarks today will be a bit of an homage to one of my favourite comedians and talk show hosts, David Letterman. I want to be clear that there is nothing funny about homelessness. However, there are so many reasons Canada must enshrine in law the right to housing,

November 3rd, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Natural Resources  Mr. Speaker, in the wake of the Chalk River nuclear disaster, 300 brave volunteers committed themselves to cleaning up radioactive material in their community. After several days of tireless effort and maximum exposure to radiation, the military showed up to help finish the job.

November 3rd, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Transportation  Mr. Speaker, I just want to stress that, if there is any way, the people of Saskatchewan really need the federal government to extend a hand, to lead, and to offer to help us in some way. People in my province have watched what happened on the Highway of Tears in northern Briti

November 2nd, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP