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Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, during my remarks, I said that I thought the mandate letters were more than just words on a page. My colleague has referred to the fact that they were created and put on the website but that there was not a lot of intention behind actually following what was in tho

October 23rd, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie. Today we are debating what the finance minister would like Canadians and parliamentarians to believe was just a series of misfortunate events, a “distraction”, to use the minister's own wor

October 23rd, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I rise today to table two petitions. The first is petition e-1067, signed by over 600 Canadians. It calls for the government to raise awareness around the need to better address psychological violence in the workplace. Psychological hazards exist in the workplace, an

October 20th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, the second petition I want to table is petition e-1116, signed by over 1,500 Canadians. The petitioners are requesting improved access for Canadians to documents that have been published by their government. The petition seeks to improve the openness and transparency

October 20th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Pensions  Mr. Speaker, Sears workers deserve more than talking points from the minister. Sears Canada employees and retirees worked hard to earn their benefits and pensions and because the Liberals refuse to fix our broken bankruptcy legislation, Sears Canada executives continue to receive

October 20th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I often get to stand in the House to talk about the great statistics from my province of Saskatchewan . Unfortunately, however, according to Statistics Canada figures last year, my province had the highest rate of impaired driving in Canada, . Previous governments h

October 20th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Madam Speaker, I was glad to hear the member's comment about tax fairness. I am wondering if she would agree with me that what we really need is a comprehensive review of the tax code and that we need to focus more on the biggest abusers of the system rather than on small retaile

October 3rd, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Access to Information Act  Mr. Speaker, some of the comments we have heard from the government have been around the fact that it has been so long, that we should be grateful it is doing something. That type of attitude really bothers me, because I think it creates cynicism in the public. I do not see why

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Transportation  Mr. Speaker, this summer, seven women's advocacy organizations wrote to the Minister of Justice, the Minister of Transport, and the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs about losing STC and leaving many people, especially women, vulnerable and stranded. We

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Contributions of Muslim Community  Mr. Speaker, today marks the beginning of the Islamic new year for Canada's Muslim community and for Muslims across the world. I am grateful for the many contributions the Muslim community has made in my riding, in my city, and across our country. This year, in Saskatoon, the P

September 22nd, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Questions Passed as Orders for Return  With regard to the Canada Child Benefit: (a) what is the total number of eligible (i) parents, (ii) children in 2016-17; (b) what is the total number of applications received in 2016-17; (c) how many were successful, meaning how many families actually received the benefit in 2016

June 16th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Questions Passed as Orders for Return  With regard to the government’s promise to introduce proactive pay equity legislation in 2018: (a) what is the government’s engagement strategy for developing and drafting the proposed legislation; (b) which departments have been tasked with developing and drafting this legislati

June 16th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, after cutting funding to one-third of all HIV organizations, including AIDS Saskatoon in my riding, the minister told us not to worry. She said there were $30 million of new funding for the federal initiative on HIV. Well, we have the department documents and guess w

June 16th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Filipino–Canadian Week  Mr. Speaker, the City of Saskatoon proclaimed June 10 to 17 as Filipino-Canadian Week. Do not get me wrong, I am glad I am here in Ottawa, but I wish I could have joined the Filipino-Canadian community of Saskatoon at the city hall flag-raising ceremony commemorating the independ

June 16th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Criminal Code  Mr. Speaker, I would like to say on the record that of course we welcome the changes to protect victims of sexual assault. The rape shield changes that allow a complainant to have a lawyer during the proceedings are very welcome. This will be an option for those who can afford

June 15th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP