Sheri Benson

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Sheri Benson

Deputy Leader of the New Democratic Party
Assumed office
March 14, 2019
Serving with Alexandre Boulerice
LeaderJagmeet Singh
Preceded byDavid Christopherson
Member of Parliament
for Saskatoon West
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byRiding Established
Personal details
Born1962 or 1963 (age 56–57)[1]
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Political partyNew Democratic
ResidenceSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
PortfolioNDP Critic for Housing

Sheri Benson MP (born 1962 or 1963) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Saskatoon West in the House of Commons of Canada in the federal election of 2015. Benson is a member of the New Democratic Party (NDP). Prior to her election she was the CEO of the local United Way and also served as a justice of the peace.[2][3] Benson was appointed as Deputy Leader of the New Democratic Party serving with Alexandre Boulerice on March 14, 2019 by party leader Jagmeet Singh.

She is one of five out LGBT people serving in the 42nd Canadian Parliament, alongside Rob Oliphant, Seamus O'Regan, Randall Garrison and Randy Boissonnault.[4] Benson is the first out LGBT politician in Saskatchewan to be elected to the House of Commons and first out lesbian before being elected to parliament.

Benson currently serves as the New Democratic Party Deputy-Leader and critic for Housing in the 42nd Canadian Parliament.[5]

She lived in Brandon[6] and Winnipeg during her early childhood, where she also participated in Girl Guides of Canada programs as a Brownie and Guide. As a member of Girl Guides, Benson earned a fire safety badge for which she was presented a certificate of achievement by Manitoba's then-Minister of Labour, Howard Pawley, and often went by the nickname "Safety Sher".[7]

Background and prior community involvement[3][edit]

United Way[edit]

As CEO for the local United Way, since 2009, Benson worked with community, labour and business groups to launch Saskatoon’s first-ever Plan to End Homelessness and Saskatoon's Housing First Program. Benson also implemented the organization’s ground-breaking Aboriginal Engagement Strategy.

Under Benson's leadership, United Way support for community programs grew 60%—to nearly $5-million in 2014.

Victims of Domestic Violence Act[edit]

Benson was the inaugural Justice of the Peace for Saskatchewan’s Victims of Domestic Violence Act. And in 2014, Benson's hard work was recognized with a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Community Building.

Community services[edit]

To further strengthen community services, she co-founded the Saskatoon Collaborative Funding Partnership and has co-chaired the Saskatoon Regional Intersectoral Committee.

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic Sheri Benson 14,921 39.6 -11.7
Conservative Randy Donauer 12,401 32.9 -9.64
Liberal Lisa Abbott 9,234 24.5 +20.73
Green Lois Carol Mitchell 658 1.7 -0.87
Canada Party Jim Pankiw 271 0.7
Libertarian Bronek Hart 230 0.6
Total valid votes/Expense limit 37,715 100.0     $190,628.75
Total rejected ballots 170
Turnout 37,885 67.78
Eligible voters 55,886
New Democratic notional hold Swing -10.67
Source: Elections Canada[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/ridings-to-watch-benson-fights-for-second-term-in-saskatoon-west-battleground
  2. ^ Giles, David (19 October 2015). "NDP's Sheri Benson wins in Saskatoon West". Global News. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Sheri Benson - About". sheribenson.ndp.ca. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Hedy Fry wins decisively as Liberals sweep Canada for majority". Daily Xtra. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. ^ Kirkup, Kristy (12 November 2015). "Tom Mulcair taps Nathan Cullen, Charlie Angus, Guy Caron for top critic roles". CBC News. The Canadian Press. Retrieved 12 November 2015.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "GM Grazings" (PDF).
  8. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Saskatoon West, 30 September 2015
  9. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates

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