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View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
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2015-06-17 16:52 [p.15225]
Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions to present.
The first is another petition opposing the cuts to Canada Post. People want home delivery service to be restored because it affects seniors and people with disabilities.
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
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2015-06-17 16:54 [p.15225]
Mr. Speaker, the second petition, which has quite a few signatories, is to ensure the dignity of Canada's veterans.
The petitioners feel that the families of veterans and veterans themselves do not have proper access to the services they were promised.
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
2015-06-17 16:54 [p.15225]
Mr. Speaker, the third petition is signed by hundreds of individuals across the country. They are calling for better support for public health. The petitioners feel that the government is failing in that regard.
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
2015-06-05 12:11 [p.14653]
Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions to present.
The first is a petition signed by youth and adults who are calling for the government to ban the flavouring of tobacco products as it leads to increasing addictive behaviour in young people. This is something the petitioners are not in agreement with.
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
2015-06-05 12:12 [p.14653]
Mr. Speaker, the second petition that I am presenting is signed by Canadians who want life to be more affordable. More specifically, they are calling on the government to eliminate pay-to-pay fees, curtail the activities of payday lenders and set limits on the price of gas.
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
2015-06-05 12:12 [p.14653]
Mr. Speaker, the final petition is signed by a number of individuals across the country who are calling for legislation with regard to the proper marking of carcinogenic materials in the products we use on a daily basis.
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
2015-06-05 12:19 [p.14656]
Mr. Speaker, my esteemed colleague took the words right out of my mouth. I was going to ask her to comment on the blatant paternalistic attitude of the Conservative government in terms of its dealings with our first nation brothers and sisters, especially in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's report about coming together.
I would ask the member if she would comment further on how Bill S-6 flies in the face of the spirit and meaning of the Truth and Reconciliation report.
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
2015-06-02 12:21 [p.14459]
Mr. Speaker, I would like to go back to what my colleague spoke about with respect to the need for continued research into medical marijuana. There is an operation in my riding that supplies medical marijuana and it has helped many people with issues such as cancer and glaucoma. I have heard members on the other side sort of allude to the apparent safety of standardized drugs. I am sure members have heard the ads that list a litany of harmful side effects that some prescription drugs have, including death, as well as the growing problem among young people about using prescription drugs illegally.
I have a two-part question. Would my colleague like to comment on the importance of research into medical marijuana and the irony of the government's support of prescription drugs but not the medical use of marijuana?
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
2015-05-28 17:09 [p.14316]
Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for a very eloquent and powerful sharing of thoughts.
We hear the title of the bill and we are told by the Conservatives that it does not mean anything, that it is not separating anybody. However, we use the terms “cultural diversity” and “cultural communities”. We are using the term “barbaric cultural practices”. People hear the word “cultural”, and there is an instinctive walk toward certain communities.
I would ask my hon. colleague if she would care to comment on whether she feels this bill would actually open the door, on an immigration level, to a certain type of profiling—cultural profiling, if you will. I would ask my colleague to comment on that.
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
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2015-05-26 14:06 [p.14171]
Mr. Speaker, diabetes is an insidious disease. Like cancer, it can eat away at our bodies, but unlike cancer, diabetes is preventable.
The incidences of obesity, inactivity, and unhealthy eating habits are at an all-time high in our communities. We have sacrificed the future health of our children for the sake of convenience and we have clouded the adverse effects of additives, such as salt and sugar, despite the detrimental effects they have on our health.
Today, on Parliament Hill, we are fortunate to welcome representatives from several organizations dedicated to promoting awareness of diabetes. I invite all of my colleagues to take the time to learn about the extraordinary work being done to fight this disease and, especially, to support this work in the future.
We are nothing without our health.
A cure for diabetes is possible, with the right resources and the right attitude.
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
2015-05-25 16:21 [p.14079]
Mr. Speaker, I, too, had to chuckle at that last question.
It seems ironic to me that the government that hails on spending more money than anybody in the entire universe, on one thing or another, is still so hell bent on not having a responsible program for guns.
We are not talking about gun owners; we are talking about guns. We expect people to register their cars. There are serial numbers on cars. Automobiles are things that are used for useful, peaceful purposes. Guns are made to kill. Whether they are made to kill animals in hunting for pleasure or they are made to kill humans, they are made to kill. The government seems resistant to track that.
Could my hon. colleague comment on the irony of the government that talks about law and order, and responsibility, and how irresponsible this bill is in regard to guns?
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
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2015-05-14 10:42 [p.13915]
Mr. Speaker, it is a shame that we are in a situation where we are here debating the use of time allocation for the 96th time. Rather than responding to why that is, why the government feels that there is no need to debate any of its bills, we are getting speeches on cherry-picked items from the budget.
Why are we again, for the 96th time, in time allocation for a budget bill, arguably the most important document we will debate in this House, as it affects all Canadians? Why are we not giving it its just time to have a fulsome debate with as many members of this House as want to participate?
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
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2015-05-12 11:30 [p.13769]
Mr. Speaker, I listened to my colleague's comments very carefully and with great interest. One of the things that struck me when I first entered this precinct was how swiftly the House of Commons guards knew who we were. We walked in the door, and they greeted us with “thank you” or “good morning”, and I was impressed with that. It created a sense of safety, their knowing who I was and my learning who they were.
It strikes me as problematic when we rush into or are pushed into a situation where we have people who are there to look out for our welfare, and I thank them for that, but do not know who we are. It seems to me that the key to any successful security issue is everyone knowing who the players are and what their roles are. It is something that is sorely lacking in this situation because of how quickly, and without much forethought, we were pushed into this situation. I wonder if my colleague would like to comment on that.
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
2015-04-24 11:02 [p.12985]
Mr. Speaker, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Ypres.
This Sunday I will again be participating in the commemoration of this important event. As always, this remembrance ceremony will be hosted by Canadian Legion branch 4, in Verdun.
Legion 4 is the only Legion branch in Canada that steadfastly continues to remember the contribution and sacrifices of Canadian service members in this important battle.
Let us take a moment to remember those who risked their lives and fought to protect our rights and freedoms. We must take care of our veterans by bringing in better measures to protect their health.
Veterans in this country fought for the freedoms we now hold dear. Let us in this House honour their spirit and sacrifice by protecting those freedoms, for if we sacrifice those freedoms out of fear, then what did they fight to protect? Lest we forget.
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
NDP (QC)
View Tyrone Benskin Profile
2015-04-02 10:15 [p.12688]
Mr. Speaker, during his speech, the member basically said that the law should be simplified and that certain unelected individuals, such as firearms control individuals and the police, should not have the right to control gun ownership laws.
This is a vast country, with different needs and very different attitudes about everything across it. I wonder if my colleague discounts the fact that the people on the ground have a better idea of how certain things affect their community. Should they not be in a position to say, “This is a problem in this community. It may not be in another community, but it is a problem in this community”? I wonder if he would like to answer that question.
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