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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

Reconciliation Saskatoon  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the launch of a month of events, culminating in the Rock Your Roots Walk for Reconciliation on June 21, National Aboriginal Day. Reconciliation Saskatoon is a collective of 58 organizations, including Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Shift Dev

May 30th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Services and Procurement  Madam Speaker, the Phoenix fiasco at its core is a scandal about the government not paying its employees. If this were any other workplace, this would have been solved months ago, but instead, the Liberal government's main response is to blame the Conservatives. It was the Libera

May 19th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague has offered a couple of scenarios as to why things are not proceeding. This bill, for example, was introduced almost a year ago. As I said, we are here to ensure and help the government follow through on its promises to working men and women, and we

May 17th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Mr. Speaker, it gives me another opportunity to remind him about how workplaces are organized. I think he somehow thinks the big balloon, the secret ballot, pops out of the air and sort of arrives in a workplace, and somehow people know it is time to vote. The problem with a sec

May 17th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

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