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Canada Business Corporations Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for her comments and reminding us of some of the things we are working towards. I want to draw her and House's attention to the Canadian Board Diversity Council, which stated, after reviewing where the “comply or explain” approach has be

November 25th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Human Rights  Mr. Speaker, the NDP can be counted on to defend the rights of the LGBTQ community here and abroad. However, it is not so clear with our Prime Minister, who while in Liberia, refused to condemn the country's criminalization of homosexual activity. According to him, different cou

November 25th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Living Wage  Mr. Speaker, it will come as no surprise to the many Canadians living paycheque to paycheque that workers are not being paid what they need to support themselves and their families with confidence. They are not making a living wage. Four Saskatoon-based employers, however, are

November 25th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Housing  Mr. Speaker, recently I met with housing advocates to discuss recommendations for what must be included in a national housing strategy. Safe, affordable, and adequate housing can fight poverty and improve the qualify of life for all Canadians. In its March budget, the federal g

November 22nd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Implementation Act  Madam Speaker, my riding of Saskatoon West shares some of the same economic indicators as the member's. That is, there is a large service sector, where many of the jobs are. One thing I am trying to do in the debate today is get more than slogans on trade, such as “new jobs, new

November 22nd, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for sharing wise words and support for a very important bill, which would grant human rights to all Canadians. Today we are talking about making sure that transgender and gender-variant Canadians receive the same protection as other Canad

November 18th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague in the House and on the pay equity committee for reminding me of some of the broader issues that we talked about at the committee. However, the scope was very focused. Our ability to start looking at the intersection of sexism, and, in this case,

November 18th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, given the track record of the bill, one has to not take anything for granted. I think most of us are empowered to feel that in this day and age, surely the Senate will move forward, that it will not look back at the House and not follow through on what I hope is the

November 18th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague for giving me the opportunity to speak momentarily on the issue of racism, sexism, and transphobia, and how those barriers and those issues in the community intersect. We do find, particularly in my community and in Saskatchewan, where yo

November 18th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canadian Human Rights Act  Mr. Speaker, today I rise to speak on an issue that is close to my heart. It is an issue that my colleague, the member for Esquimalt—Saanich—Sooke, has fiercely dedicated himself to over the years. We just heard about the long struggle and fight he had. I am humbled to share my t

November 18th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Health  Mr. Speaker, thousands of Canadians are diagnosed with cancer every year due to exposure to asbestos, and every single day that action is delayed more lives are put at risk. Yesterday, I tabled a bill for a complete ban on asbestos. The Canadian Cancer Society, labour groups, a

November 17th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, I believe the member is sincere in believing that the efforts of the previous government, such as the tax-free savings accounts and pooled registered pension plans, were attempts to help people with retirement. Unfortunately, they did not work. That is why we are in

November 17th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, my hon. colleague spoke of two issues that I raised in my comments, one was putting time allocation on the debate of this bill and the second, what I feel is the most important point, was that the inequities built into the enhancement to the CPP would not help women

November 17th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, it is a privilege to rise today to talk about a very important bill, Bill C-26, and the security of people in Canada when they retire. I have a few introductory comments. I echo the comments of my colleague from Vancouver East who arrived in the House as a brand new

November 17th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP

Canada Pension Plan  Mr. Speaker, I thank my hon. colleague for his passion, although I do not necessarily agree with some of my colleague's comments. I would like the member to respond to the fact that we do have a pension gap in this country. There is a crisis. Canadians are saving less money for

November 17th, 2016House debate

Sheri BensonNDP