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Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I will first state that I have a lot of respect for entrepreneurs, people who build things and develop products. It is something I do not have the skills to do, and I have a lot of respect for that. What I was talking about in my speech was fairness, not giving on

February 8th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my fellow prairie colleague for eventually getting to his question. We have heard the government talk a lot about things. It talks about child care and making provincial arrangements, which have not had any impact on people's lives yet. It talks ab

February 8th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Trois-Rivières. It has almost been a year since Parliament passed a motion asking the government to keep its promise to Canadians. That promise was to cap the stock option deduction loophole used by wealthy Canadians

February 8th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I believe my hon. colleague is sincere about looking for important changes in Parliament and helping parliamentarians perhaps do the right thing. I respectfully suggest that the Prime Minister's accepting a free vacation from someone who lobbies the government was

February 6th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the lively debate we are having here, and my colleague's speech. I would like to hear him reflect on another important aspect of accountability and transparency, and that is when a prime minister promises something when he or she is a candidate that does

February 2nd, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, in Saskatoon, I hosted a town hall on housing as a human right and heard many concerns from community members who attended. We heard about a young indigenous man whose home was a garage with a space heater, about women and children who could not find emergency shelt

February 2nd, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for reminding the House of the anniversary of the Prime Minister and the Liberals breaking a promise they made to Canadians while they were asking Canadians to help them be the next government. I want to give my colleague an opportu

February 2nd, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I am hoping that what I am going to say does not sound a bit tongue in cheek or cheeky, but social work interns come in and they are able to do a practicum in my office because I was a social worker before I became a parliamentarian. Part of the conversation I have w

February 1st, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Transportation  Mr. Speaker, since the shutdown of STC, people living in Saskatchewan are risking their lives hitchhiking just to get around. In November, mental health counsellors went public with fears for northern Saskatchewan residents that the situation would lead to a new Highway of Tears.

January 31st, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Department of Employment and Social Development Act  Mr. Speaker, to most of the people in my community, and I am sure this is true for most Canadians, government is government. That is to say that in our daily lives, we do not distinguish between municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government. We know that research has ac

January 30th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for his comments reaffirming for those of us in the House that, once the bill gets to committee, the conversation will be open and collaborative. My comments come from that place. I heard the minister talking about there not being a

January 29th, 2018House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the second petition I am honoured to table is on behalf of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. Public servants in the greater Toronto area are concerned by the Canada Revenue Agency service modernization initiative that will cause significant

December 13th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise to table two petitions. The first petition was initiated by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, and asks the government to remedy a major issue for too many people living in small rural towns and villages across Canada. Nearly two million Canadians lack ac

December 13th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Services and Procurement  Mr. Speaker, last week, representatives from PSAC met with MPs from all parties to highlight the many problems public servants continue to face. The Auditor General has confirmed that Phoenix is a disaster, with no end in sight. Where is the government's plan? We know it appreci

December 12th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to take this opportunity to bring to the attention of those watching the community organizations and individuals who allow us as parliamentarians to continue to bring forward the fight and change law so discrimination ends. Earlier I asked several questions o

December 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP