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2017 Peter Corren Award  Mr. Speaker, I am delighted to rise today to honour the recipients of the 2017 Peter Corren Award at the 20th Breaking the Silence Conference at the University of Saskatchewan. Anthony Bidulka and Herb McFaull were the powerhouses behind bringing Camp fYrefly to Saskatchewan. N

April 10th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Foreign Affairs  Mr. Speaker, Russian news sources have reported the disappearance of more than 100 gay men at the hands of local authorities in Chechnya. Faced with torture, humiliation, and abuse, it has been confirmed that three of these men have died. Canada's international peers, including

April 7th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Asbestos  Mr. Speaker, today is World Health Day, and this week is Global Asbestos Awareness Week. The WH0 estimates that 125 million people worldwide are exposed to asbestos. Each year over 2,000 Canadians receive the devastating news that a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos

April 7th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Employment  Mr. Speaker, last week, reports were released that CIBC is cutting 130 Canadian jobs and outsourcing them to India in a move to save money. This comes from a bank that made $1.4 billion in profits last quarter. Will the minister agree with me that this is completely unacceptabl

April 4th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Appointment to Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission  Mr. Speaker, today, I rise to recognize the achievements of a constituent of Saskatoon West, Mr. Michael San Miguel. Mr. San Miguel has been an active member of the Filipino community in Saskatoon and is the former president of the Filipino-Canadian Association. Mike has worked

March 23rd, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Social Development  Mr. Speaker, the Liberals love to talk up the Canada child benefit. It was supposed to help nine million children out of poverty, but in my riding, there are many families that have to jump through one hoop after another just to submit a claim. What good is a benefit if families

March 22nd, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Services and Procurement  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for her comments, but we still have not heard when the situation will be resolved. We have heard all of the earnest platitudes before. Fixing Phoenix was to be a top priority. However, the government's own deadline has come and gone, it is sti

December 13th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Services and Procurement  Mr. Speaker, as we draw ever closer to the holiday season and the end of the year, there is still no end in sight for public service workers who have been caught up in the boondoggle known as Phoenix. The government has missed its own deadline of October 31, and 15,000 cases sti

December 13th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Labour  Mr. Speaker, 4,600 financial professionals and accountants working for the public service have been fighting for pay equity for years, but tomorrow they have to go before the Public Service Labour Relations Board to defend themselves against a government that is trying to limit t

December 8th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I want to let my colleague know that many in my riding believed the Liberals on the election trail, who are now the government, on the promises to small and medium-sized businesses, in particular the promise to reduce the small business tax rate to 9%. We now find th

December 6th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Budget Implementation Act, 2016, No. 2  Mr. Speaker, I want to remind my hon. colleague about something that many people were counting on in my riding. It was talked about a lot on the election trail. Many small business owners in my riding really counted on the promised tax reduction. In my riding and many others acro

December 6th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Poverty Reduction Act  Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise today in support of Bill C-245, sponsored by my colleague, the member for Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot, which would establish a national poverty reduction strategy. Poverty is, sadly, still very much a growing problem in Canada. Since the unanimous motio

November 30th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, I want to make one point and then ask one question. I think it is important that much of the discussion from the government, when we are talking about pension benefits, relates to the maximum pension benefits people will get. However, only about 10% of the folks who

November 29th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Pension Plan  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for her passion about pensions and the importance they play in the lives of people. What does the member think about the fact that people with disabilities who live on disability income and women who choose to leave the workforce

November 29th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Business Corporations Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for her work, not only on the Status of Women committee but also in her community and in Ottawa. I would like to hear a few more comments from her on why it is so important we take every opportunity to walk the talk and get our own

November 25th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP