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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

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, it has been one year since the Special Committee on Pay Equity tabled its report, unironically entitled, “It's Time to Act”. The government's response? It will kick the can down a couple of years because women have been waiting over 40 years for this fundamental huma

June 14th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Public Services and Procurement  Mr. Speaker, the Phoenix fiasco has been dragging on for over a year and a half, with no end in sight. Now, just as the summer hiring season begins, we hear the Phoenix backlog has surged by 10%. This is when 5,000 students are expected to get summer jobs with the federal govern

June 9th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I am going to try again to follow up on the question from my colleague from the Conservative Party. What we had hoped this bill would do was to address the cash for access events, for access to government, to ministers, and to the Prime Minister. We are not talking a

June 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Elections Act  Mr. Speaker, I am disappointed the minister is not standing up and following-through on the promise made during the election by the Prime Minister that 2015 would be the last election with first past the post. I want to register how disappointed I am that was taken out of her man

June 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for sharing those very timely remarks on the value of being at the table to work toward concrete actions around the ban on nuclear weapons. We heard some Conservative colleagues talk about us being idealistic. On the other hand, I also h

June 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for bringing up a point that many of us are making. Many of us in the House today are wondering what is going on. We can lead, remain a part of the Paris agreement because it is important, and we know why we are there. This is equall

June 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Business of Supply  Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his comments and the sincerity with which he spoke. We have a lot in common about our wanting governments to move forward and get to a time in the world, which I have not lived in, where the threat of nuclear war is absent. I was disappo

June 8th, 2017House debate

Sheri BensonNDP