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Canada Labour Code  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for reminding us of some important history about the changes that were proposed with Bill C-525 and Bill C-377. My comments are on a couple of things that my hon. colleague mentioned. It was really clear from all of the experts we

May 17th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Mr. Speaker, I rise to support the government's motion to disagree with the amendment by the Senate to Bill C-4. In fact, I am saddened to have to speak to this bill again. Bill C-4 was passed by this House, with no amendments, and sent to the other place, where it was adopted

May 17th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act  Madam Speaker, I could hear in my hon. colleague's words how concerned he is about the issue and the sincerity with which he brought it forward. I really appreciate that. The third amendment that the Senate was proposing to the bill, around instructing front-line medical profes

May 15th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Controlled Drugs and Substances Act  Madam Speaker, the hon. member spoke about the need for additional addiction and treatment services. That is a big issue here. We are trying to play catch-up from the previous government, which cut those services. Will the member join me in asking the Liberal government to inves

May 15th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Services and Procurement  Mr. Speaker, after a year and a half of not getting paid properly, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada has been forced to file grievances on behalf of 60,000 workers it represents. Why is this? It is because the longer the Phoenix pay fiasco drags on, the

May 12th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Privilege  Mr. Speaker, I rise on a point of order. In a moment I will request unanimous consent to propose a motion, but would like to give a minimum amount of context for the folks watching at home. Bill C-4 that this House has debated and sent to the Senate is a bill that reversed an id

May 11th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I have concerns for sure. Folks in my riding have concerns about so much of the money being back-ended, not only for what we traditionally view as public infrastructure but also for social programs, such as daycare and public housing. Although they are bunched in aro

May 11th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, of course my community of Saskatoon and my riding of Saskatoon West are pleased to get the investments they have received. I met with my counterparts, colleagues and friends within city council, to talk about what they thought of an infrastructure bank. Members nee

May 11th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Vancouver East. I am very happy today to have the opportunity to rise in support of the motion from my colleague, the member for Beloeil—Chambly. The motion, in my view, is very clearly worded and its purpose is also c

May 11th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Questions Passed as Orders for Returns  With regard to the quality of service provided by the Ministerial Enquiry Unit and MP Unit of Citizenship and Immigration Canada: (a) what is the total number of full time staff for each unit, and what are their job designations; (b) what training is provided to staff in preparat

May 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1  Madam Speaker, I am all for long-term planning. I am all for working in collaboration with the provinces. What I have an issue with in this budget implementation bill is the commitments the government is making beyond its mandate. To me, those are not sincere commitments. They go

May 5th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1  Madam Speaker, I do feel that my colleague is very sincere. She and I share a lot of the same concerns in our ridings around child care and around affordable housing. Unfortunately, what I am finding during this debate is that when push comes to shove, when we ask what the gover

May 5th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Services and Procurement  Madam Speaker, after years of the Phoenix fiasco, there is still no light at the end of the tunnel for thousands of workers. It is interesting that the longer this fiasco drags on, the fewer answers the government can give us about when it will be able to solve it. Maybe that is

May 5th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, my comment to the hon. member on the analogy of elections and secret ballots in the workplace is that the analogy does not hold up. It holds up for the Conservatives when they want to talk about being the champions of democracy, but it is not the analogy that fits

May 5th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, as I have said in the House on previous occasions, Bill C-4 was a very good first step. As some members will remember, the previous government's omnibus Bill C-4 did a number of things, including decimating the health and safety for public sector workers. There is

May 5th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP