LABOUR, SMALL BUSINESS & COMMUNITY SUPPORT RALLIES BEHIND MATHYSSEN
April 18th, 2011 - 5:10pm
LONDON – With just two weeks to go in the federal election campaign, support from the labour and small business community joined a city councilor and individual constituents to encourage voters in London-Fanshawe to re-elect incumbent New Democrat MP and candidate Irene Mathyssen.
At a press conference this morning Mathyssen was surrounded by a number of the people endorsing her in her second campaign flyer. Along with the new campaign literature, Mathyssen’s website also launched an endorser page this morning (http://irenemathyssen.ca/endorsements).
President of CAW Local 27, Tim Carrie, announced that his union, along with the London District Labour Council, was officially endorsing Mathyssen.
“We’ve got three issues in this election: Jobs, Pensions, and Healthcare—including Pharmacare. Irene doesn’t just talk about these things, she backs it up with action. She introduced legislation on all three of these issues and fought not only for my union members, but for all working people—unionized or non-unionized—in Ottawa, and we need her to keep up the fight,” Carrie said.
Small business owners in London-Fanshawe are also standing with Mathyssen. Scott Coulter, owner of Coulters Pharmacy, and Jason Fragiskatos, owner of the Malibu Restaurant, also stood beside Mathyssen. They said her support for the Argyle Business Improvement Association, her efforts to provide information and access to government programs, and her demonstrated commitment to actually put her money where her mouth was and shop at the small businesses in her riding had garnered their support.
City Councillors Bill Armstrong and Joe Swan have also added their voices to Mathyssen’s campaign calling her “an MP who doesn’t play political games and works for the good of the community”. Veterans from the Royal Canadian Legion are praising Mathyssen and asking people to support her. “She was there for us when no one else was, and she didn’t give up,” says Duchess of Kent Legion President Jack Hetherington, talking about Mathyssen winning tax relief for the Legion after an employee stole funds from the branch.
Faith leaders from both the Islamic and the Christian communities, a seniors advocate, a community association, and several individual constituents are also featured in Mathyssen’s new campaign flyer.
The final guests at the morning press conference, Josh and Colleen Randall, along with their 7 month old son Jacob, summed up the message to the community. “We aren’t here to do the politician kissing babies thing, we are here because when we needed her Irene was there to help our family. My wife, my son, and I are truly thankful we have an MP who honestly cares about the people,” Josh Randall said.
Click to view or download Irene's Second Campaign Flyer: