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Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, this government has acknowledged that pay equity is a fundamental human right, so why is it asking Canadian women to wait another two years? Enough is enough. The previous Liberal government shelved pay equity legislation in 2005. Women should not have to wait until

October 7th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Salaries Act  Mr. Speaker, I am going to follow up on my Conservative colleague's question and talk about the vagueness and some questions I still have, even after the speech, about what we are talking about today and voting on at a later date. First, what is the difference between the design

October 7th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Status of Women  Mr. Speaker, yesterday, for no reason, the government announced it would wait two more years before introducing pay equity legislation. The Canadian Labour Congress says: After all the expert testimony, and with the Task Force and Committee’s recommendations in hand, it’s una

October 6th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Standing Orders and Procedure  Mr. Speaker, I would like to hear what my colleague has to say about private members' business. For me personally, being a new MP, I think it is a shame that in a four-year term, I may never have a private member's bill come up for debate. I think what happens is that members

October 6th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

CANADA LABOUR CODE  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for his great speech and comments, his passion, and all the years of advocacy he has done on behalf of working people in his riding. I would like to give my colleague a few more minutes to comment on the theme of his speech around h

September 26th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

CANADA LABOUR CODE  Mr. Speaker, I want to underline that what we have heard from the other side was a need to bring more balance and fairness to the relationship between unionized employees and their employer. One thing we need to point out is that the Canada Labour Code review is best done by a tr

September 26th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Petitions  Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to present an e-petition signed by many folks and concerned citizens across Canada calling for the complete ban on all products containing asbestos, as well as ensuring that Health Canada and the federal government inform and educate all Canadians about

September 26th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Montgomery Community Association  Mr. Speaker, on Saturday, September 17, I had the honour of bringing greetings to the Montgomery Community Association in celebration of its 70th anniversary and its recent designation as a national historic site. In 1946, the first 25 homes built through the Veterans' Land Act

September 26th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

CANADA LABOUR CODE  Madam Speaker, I was very heartened to hear the member use words that I used in my speech, which were about having a more balanced approach to labour relations and that the legislation before us was a first step toward correcting what I feel was anti-worker legislation from the p

September 26th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for giving me the opportunity to talk about this issue and to reflect on the previous government's attitude toward unions. It certainly was not the champions of unions, and I think most of us in this House would agree, except for perhaps a few.

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, my brief answer would be that they both set back labour relations, workers' rights, and health and safety. They worked in tandem. They were part of a larger agenda, and I am very proud to stand today to support the government's leadership here and to make those two

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my hon. colleague for his comments, and for his offer to allow me to comment on Bill C-377 and Bill C-525 with the lens that they were simply mean-spirited, anti-union legislation that did nothing on a number of levels. First let me talk about Bill

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for the comments and question and bringing up that conversation we had at committee level. The evidence is clear from the research that it is employers who are intimidating employees; it is not unions intimidating members to sign cards.

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Labour Code  Madam Speaker, I am very pleased to rise today in support of Bill C-4. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the minister as well as the government on following through with one of their election promises. New Democrats vigorously opposed the former Conservativ

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Indigenous Affairs  Mr. Speaker, the Liberals promised a commitment to first nations to make badly-needed investments both into infrastructure and social services. However, as of today, only 1% of the funding has arrived in first nations communities. While Liberal insiders seem to have no problem

September 23rd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP