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Health  Madam Speaker, asbestos is the number one cause of occupational death in Canada. Thousands of Canadians are diagnosed with cancer annually due to exposure to the deadly substance. Fifty-five countries have already banned it. Regional councils and mayors support its ban. Countless

October 28th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Status of Women  Madam Speaker, I certainly agree with my hon. colleague that the larger issue of the gender wage gap is complicated and complex, but that is not what I was asking. Today I was asking about pay equity legislation. Once again, we see there are going to be some consultations, they a

October 27th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Status of Women  Madam Speaker, I welcome the opportunity to revisit the important issue of pay equity for Canadian working women. On May 20, I asked the government when it would be introducing proactive pay equity legislation so that Canadian women could finally get equal pay for work of equal

October 27th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Business Corporations Act  Madam Speaker, I would just like to ask the minister to reflect on this comment. We know that the Canadian Board Diversity Council, after reviewing comply or explain, where it has been used, and where it has been applied, has not found it is has really led to meaningful change or

October 26th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Business Corporations Act  Madam Speaker, I want to thank the Minister of Status of Women for her comments and for giving a good description and sharing with us some very important statistics that really describe a situation we know, that corporate Canada and the many boards are still very unequal. They do

October 26th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Services and Procurement  Mr. Speaker, the Phoenix pay system is causing havoc for Canadians across the country who are still not getting paid. The government will likely miss its promised October 31 deadline. When asked, the government had an endless list of excuses for why it cannot meet its own timeli

October 26th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

National Defence  Mr. Speaker, today is Rainbow Day on Parliament Hill, but the government has failed to fix many issues still facing members of the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ Canadians who served this country proudly as members of the Canadian Forces and were dishonourably discharged for being gay o

October 25th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Service of Canada  Mr. Speaker, the Liberals promised a sunny approach to our public service, but these workers have been waiting for more than two years for a contract. Respect for public workers is more than a slogan; the government has to show up. But so far the Liberals have come to the bargain

October 24th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Labour  Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister and the Liberals promised to be on the side of Canadian workers, yet in their first year, not only have the Liberals voted against the anti-scab legislation denying workers' rights to collective bargaining, they have also shelved pay equity until 2

October 19th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Candidate Gender Equity Act  Madam Speaker, it is my distinct privilege to rise in the House today to speak in support of Bill C-237, sponsored by my colleague from Burnaby South. It is a bill whose time has come, and I encourage all my colleagues to support sending Bill C-237 to committee. Studying this bi

October 18th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Excise Tax Act  Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of Bill C-241, sponsored by my colleague from Saskatoon—Grasswood. The bill would amend the Excise Tax Act to allow for a 100% rebate of the GST for school authorities. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Alex Atamanenko, the f

October 17th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, the hon. member raised the issue of the two largest provinces in this country having pay equity. We heard from them at committee. It would not take two years to write that legislation. We have a lot of experience. As my colleague mentioned, making these women wait

October 7th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I am never going to stand up to say there is something wrong with paying people a fair wage, an equitable wage based on the effort, the scope, and the responsibility of a job. I know for a fact there are women who are working for less than men but with the same resp

October 7th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, some of my hon. colleague's comments support what I was saying here. The point is that in order to keep that profile and in order to keep those economic development agencies a part of the government's policies and budget, those particular regions of the country nee

October 7th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, Bill C-24 is an interesting bill. Ostensibly, it sets out to address a gender wage gap in cabinet by doing two things: changing or limiting the current title of “minister of state” to “minister”, and then paying all ministers the same salary. It would also create thr

October 7th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP