Blog Post Nov 7th

This week was a busy week on Parliament Hill.  The week started off with a visit from His Excellency François Hollande, President of the French Republic.  His speech to Members of Parliament delayed the House business on Monday, but it is always interesting to hear from politicians and heads of state from other countries.       

The House debated a few bills this week including the Budget, and the right for Dean Del Mastro to sit in the House.  He resigned before a vote could be taken.  The House also debated bills on CISIS powers, railway safety, and child poverty

I asked questions in the House on CBC funding: http://youtu.be/8CfHS43hzJI  and Veterans:  http://youtu.be/RREZZBDwbC8

I also made statements in the House on London’s Secrets of Radar museum:  http://irenemathyssen.ndp.ca/secrets-of-radar-museum#  and the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign: http://youtu.be/AWqsHMx20AM

With the Veterans Affairs committee I attended a ceremony to honour veterans at  the war memorial.  It was a very moving experience.  With Remembrance Day around the corner it was fitting that the House passed an NDP MP’s private Members’ bill to make Remembrance Day a national statutory holiday.  There are still a few more hurdles to pass, but we are one step closer to making it a reality. 

I am looking forward to heading back to London where I will be meeting up with constituents and attending events this weekend including the MADD Canada kickoff in London, the Parkwood Institute Mental Health Building Grand Opening and the Santa Clause Parade.

Next week is a constituency week.  This gives Members of Parliament an opportunity to attend Remembrance  Day Ceremonies in their ridings and to connect with constituents in the riding.