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Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, in my speech, I talked about some of the additional pieces I would like to see the government move on to continue this important first step we are taking today with Bill C-66. However, there are other things that need to happen quickly after the apology so Canadians,

December 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I tried to point out the number of times governments and communities had come close to getting changes in legislation only to have another jurisdiction put the community back and deny human rights. That is the long timeline, over 50 years, of resources and people's l

December 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Democratic Reform  Mr. Speaker, in Saskatchewan last weekend, the advance polls for the by-election in Battlefords—Lloydminster were taking place, yet there were no advance polls in any indigenous community. Indigenous people who wanted to vote needed to travel, in the middle of winter, up to 45 mi

December 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for sharing those comments. I organized a viewing of the government's apology for young people in my riding. Of course, I was here in Ottawa and not in Saskatoon, but I am looking forward to going home to see what their views are. T

December 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise today on behalf of the NDP to support Bill C-66 and its quick passage into law. For me, as a member of the LGBTQ2 community, the government's apology last week was a long awaited historic moment that paved the way for a more just and more inclu

December 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to ask the parliamentary secretary a follow-up question. Pardon my ignorance; I do not come from a legal background. Could the hon. member clarify that if someone has their criminal record expunged, will he or she go back to not ever having a criminal record

December 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Expungement of Historically Unjust Convictions Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to pledge the NDP's support to work quickly to have the bill passed. Like many bills, it is not totally perfect, but we will move it forward. I have one question. I am hoping the parliamentary secretary will be able to give a bit more detail with respect to i

December 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, Canada has asked the U.S. and the other Five Eyes countries to keep a tight watch on far-right extremists who are increasingly getting international attention and having anti-immigration messages and of course violent attacks. We on this side, the NDP, agree that t

December 4th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, first nations women should not have to wait for their human rights. Today is World AIDS Day, and for a year, doctors in my home province have urged the Liberals to declare a public health state of emergency, as Saskatchewan has the highest rate of HIV in Canada. Sev

December 1st, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

World AIDS Day  Mr. Speaker, on World AIDS Day, I am proud to highlight the incredible work of AIDS Saskatoon and to thank Jason Mercredi and his caring, hard-working staff for being leaders in HIV prevention, awareness, and support. Saskatchewan has the highest rate of HIV in Canada, almost th

December 1st, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Indian Act  Mr. Speaker, the federal government has committed to reconciliation, to a nation-to-nation relationship, to implementing UNDRIP, to implementing all of the truth and reconciliation calls for action, and to work differently. I want to see the government doing that sooner rather th

November 30th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

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