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March 19th, 2017

Bahá'í Naw-Rúz

Been a part of a multicultural community gives us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate many different traditions. The western world celebrates January 1st as the new year. The Chinese New Year is celebrated later, based on the lunar calendar. Those of the Bahá'í faith celebrate their new year, Naw-Rúz on the vernal equinox. It is a festive event observed with meetings for prayer and music and dancing. It is celebrated throughout the countries of the Middle East and Central Asia, and by those of the Bahá'í faith here in London.

January 24th, 2017

Statement on the Canada 150 Medal

I am disappointed that the Liberal government has chosen not to proceed with a Canada 150 Medal. Honoring the service and dedication of Canadians is an important part of celebrating who we are as a nation and the celebration of Canadians should be an integral part of our 150th birthday commemorations.

January 14th, 2017

Mathyssen: Questions the Prime Minister Should Answer in London

LONDON – NDP Member of Parliament, Irene Mathyssen (London – Fanshawe), has a few questions for the Prime Minister as he stops in London as part of his Damage Control Tour.

December 6th, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

New Democrat Status of Women critic Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith) made the following statement on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women:

November 11th, 2016

Remembrance Day 2016 Message

NDP STATEMENT ON REMEMBRANCE DAY

NDP Veterans Affairs Critic, Irene Mathyssen, made the following statement on Remembrance Day:

November 7th, 2016

Irene Cast 2, November 4th

Click the MP3 files below to hear Irene's keep you up to date on her activities and the issues she's been working on as your MP for London-Fanshawe.

November 2nd, 2016

NDP CALLS FOR END TO DISCRIMINATORY VETERANS LEGISLATION

Ottawa — Today, New Democrat Veterans critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) along with MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) introduced two bills that will amend discriminatory legislation that impacts veterans and their families.

November 1st, 2016

STATEMENT ON THE BATTLE OF PASSCHENDAELE

Irene Mathyssen, MP for London – Fanshawe and NDP Veterans Affairs Critic made the following statement on the Battle of Passchendaele:

September 21st, 2016

Mathyssen Introduces Motion to Support Urban Forests

OTTAWA – Today, on National Tree Day, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) announced her Private Members’ Motion calling on the government to affirm its leadership role in urban forest knowledge, management and protection.

June 13th, 2016

NDP Calls for Immediate Decriminalization of Marijuana

New Democrats will put decriminalization to a vote to urge the government to stop handing out criminal records for personal use of marijuana.

May 20th, 2016

My Letter to the Ministers on the Arva Flour Mill

May 20th, 2016

Dear Ministers Mihychuk and MacAuley,

The 197 year old Arva Flour Mill is a working museum and heritage treasure, not only for the London region, but for all of Canada. It is the nation’s oldest water powered flour mill, still producing flour sold at local markets throughout Ontario.

April 15th, 2016

Question Period: On long-term sustainable jobs at General Dynamics and throughout London?

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker... Trying to pit workers' jobs against human rights is a cynical distraction, but it does not hide government's failure to open up new responsible markets and support long-term sustainable manufacturing jobs in our region. Instead, Liberals have gambled workers' jobs on a deal with an oppressive state, giving our city an unfair black eye.

April 1st, 2016

STATEMENT ON PROFESSOR MICHAEL LYNK UN APPOINTMENT

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion’s comments – on twitter – criticizing the appointment of Western University Professor Michael Lynk as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories were clearly inappropriate.

March 23rd, 2016

Liberal budget 2016 – London Needs Missed

Ottawa, March 22, 2016: “The Liberals have fallen short of the expectations they themselves set for Canadians in the October election campaign,” said Irene Mathyssen, NDP MP for London-Fanshawe in response to the 2016 budget announced today.

February 26th, 2016

2016 Free Income Tax Clinic for Low Income Londoners

Again this year my office will be a host site for the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program coordinated by the Canada Revenue Agency.

February 25th, 2016

In Debate: EI Reform is Needed Now!

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

Madam Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for North Island—Powell River.

February 8th, 2016

Canada 150 Infrastructure Program $1.8 Million London Investment

LONDON—I was pleased to join London’s Mayor, Matt Brown, and my fellow London MPs Kate Young and Peter Fragiskatos for the announcement today of a $1.8 Million investment in the London community through the federal Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

February 1st, 2016

Statement on Black History Month

This Black History Month, New Democrats join Canadians in honouring the legacy of black Canadians, past and present. Despite their many achievements and contributions to our society, black Canadians are often missing from our history books and their sacrifices not well known or recognized.

January 27th, 2016

Open Letter to Mayor and Council on Springbank Dam

** OPEN LETTER **

January 26, 2016

Dear Mayor Brown and Members of Council,

I am writing to you today to clearly express my position on the issue of the Springbank Dam coming before the Strategic Priorities and Planning Committee.

November 24th, 2015

Community & London Police Service Partnership Working Group

Now accepting applications for the Community/London Police Service Collaboration and Partnership Working Group!

City Councillor Mo Mohamed Salih and London Police Service Chief of Police John Pare will co-facilitate a Working Group that will draw from expertise and experiences of members of the community with the goal of strengthening police relationships with the London Community.

November 19th, 2015

Thank You

I am extremely grateful and humbled by this opportunity to once again serve London families and our community. I thank you all for your trust in me and I will work hard to bring your voice to Ottawa. I also want to thank all of those who volunteered their time to assist me during this campaign. I am truly honoured by your dedication.

June 19th, 2015

THE NDP IS READY TO REPLACE THE CONSERVATIVES

OTTAWA – NDP Caucus Chair Irene Mathyssen and Leader Tom Mulcair marked the end of the parliamentary session on a positive note, by recalling the achievements of the NDP team.

June 2nd, 2015

Statement from the NDP on the abolition of the tampon tax

NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) and the NDP Status of Women critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel) made the following statement following the vote on the abolition of the federal tax on feminine hygiene products:

May 28th, 2015

TAMPON TAX TO BE ABOLISHED THANKS TO NDP EFFORTS

OTTAWA – After years of efforts, New Democrats are proud to have succeeded in eliminating the federal tax on feminine hygiene products.

May 22nd, 2015

Blog Post for May 22, 2015

My Week in London:

It was pleasure to spend this week in London. It was very busy week meeting with constituents and community groups. I had the pleasure of attending the Victoria Day festivities at Fanshawe Pioneer Village. It is an honour to be invited every year to participate. I also had the pleasure to attend a BBQ at the Secret of Radar Museum. It offers a very important insight into a little known part of Canada’s World War II history

May 5th, 2015

MATHYSSEN ASKS FOR ANSWER ON DUCHESS OF KENT RELOCATION

OTTAWA – Today in the House of Commons, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) demanded the Conservatives make a swift decision on the proposal to move the Duchess of Kent Legion into Wolseley Barracks.

April 30th, 2015

CBC Ontario Morning: Moving the Legion to Wolseley Barracks

The proposal from the Duchess of Kent Legion to purchase and move into the Officers' Mess at Wolseley Barracks, rather than the building being demolished at a cost of $20,000 to tax payers (after the government recently spent $40,000 renovating the building), has generated considerable interest in London. The London Free Press has reported twice on this matter, and CBC Radio's "Ontario Morning" program took the story province wide today.

April 28th, 2015

Asking the Minister to review Legion Proposal for Wolseley Barracks Mess Hall

Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe)

April 24th, 2015

Open Letter to Ministers on Wolseley Barracks Officers' Mess Legion Offer

OPEN LETTER

Hon. Jason Kenney

Minister of National Defence

House of Commons Ottawa ON, K1A 0A6

Hon. Erin O’Toole

Minister of Veterans Affairs

April 23rd, 2015

In Debate: Modernize and Rebuild VIA Rail C-640

Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe)

April 21st, 2015

CONSERVATIVE PRE-ELECTION BUDGET SPENDS BILLIONS ON THE WEALTHIEST AND IGNORES LONDON’S REALITY

OTTAWA – The pre-election federal budget that was announced in Ottawa today contains many expenditures that don’t pay off until after 2017, well after the next federal election is decided, and will take several years afterwards to pay out.

April 13th, 2015

CONSERVATIVE MP OPPOSES CONSERVATIVE PARTY’S SENIORS’ AGENDA

LONDON – Unbeknownst to possibly even himself, last Friday Conservative MP Dave Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent-Essex) came out against Stephen Harper’s seniors’ agenda for the five and a half million Canadians over age 65.

April 2nd, 2015

Enabling Accessibility Fund Accepting Applications

The Community Accessibility Stream of the Enabling Accessibility Fund launched a call for applications last week. The Fund is designed to offer financing to eligible recipients, in order to develop projects aimed at improving accessibility in communities across Canada. This includes:

March 25th, 2015

Fanshawe College Canadian Centre for Product Validation

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

March 9th, 2015

Kellogg's Last Box A Testament to Conservative Jobs Failure

OTTAWA – Since Stephen Harper’s Conservatives came to power in 2006, over 10,000 good paying manufacturing jobs have been lost in the London area; 2,200 last year alone. Today, in the wake of the Kellogg’s plant closure, Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) demanded Conservatives work to prevent further jobs losses and build a jobs plan for London’s future.

March 7th, 2015

Weekly Blog March 7th

This first week of March was frigidly cold, very busy, and rewarding. I began by having the privilege of going to a concert at Centennial Hall in honour of the Amabile choir’s 30th anniversary. The concert performances by Orchestra London and the Amabile choir were incredible, brilliantly conducted, and joyful to hear. Centennial Hall was packed; everyone enjoyed the performances!

February 20th, 2015

This Week - February 20th

While Monday was a holiday in Ontario, the House of Commons was back in session, and I was at work along with my colleague New Democrats to hold the Conservatives’ feet to the fire on issues that matter most to Canadians. I trust that you were able to enjoy the Family Day holiday with the people you love.

January 29th, 2015

Good Job Losses in Southwestern Ontario Ignored by Conservatives

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP) :

Mr. Speaker, those so-called good policies have led to major plant closures at Electro-Motive Diesel, Kellogg's, and Heinz. A proposal to create 1,500 jobs at the former St. Thomas Ford plant is on the rocks. In the past eight years, under the current Prime Minister, the London region has lost a third of its manufacturing jobs. That is thousands of families placed in jeopardy because they are out of work.

January 16th, 2015

This Week's Blog Post

This week the NDP caucus met for our Annual winter retreat in Ottawa. We held meetings over two days and set our priorities for the upcoming year. As caucus chair, it was my responsibility to set the agenda and lead the meetings. Over the past two days we had very productive and energizing discussions. We are ready as a team, with Tom at our helm, to take on Stephen Harper’s Conservatives in 2015. We are going to be releasing over the upcoming weeks and months our plan for a Canada that is inclusive and cares about Canadians. We will introduce strategies such as ones we have already announced: Affordable Childcare, Federal Minimum Wage, and the National Strategy on Aging. Stay tuned to hear more of the exciting ideas New Democrats will be proposing to make Canada a more fair, affordable and equitable place to live and work.

December 22nd, 2014

SNAP, CRACKLE, PINK SLIPS

LONDON – Tonight, just days before Christmas, the employees at the Kelloggs plant in London will be out of a job, having worked the last shift at the 107 year old plant.

December 12th, 2014

December 12th Blog Post

This week wrapped up the final sitting week in the House of Commons for 2014. I had the opportunity to meet with caucus colleagues, Equal Voice, and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. This week in the House we debated C-44 which looks to make changes to CISIS powers, C-12 regarding drug testing in prisons, C-32 a Victim’s Bill of Rights and C-43 the Budget Implementation Act. We also debated and voted on bill C-603 a bill put forward by my colleague Hoang Mai which would require side guards on large trucks. These side guards help prevent pedestrians and cyclists from being pulled under the wheels of trucks in an accident. Side guards are proven in studies to save lives. Sadly this bill was defeated by the Conservatives.

December 6th, 2014

December 6th Remembrance of Ecole Polytechnique Speech

Good morning, it is an honour to be here today to speak. The priority of every woman and man here today is to end violence against women and girls. This remains a daunting task.

December 5th, 2014

Blog Post Dec 5th

This week, although I did not make it into one of Mohamed Salih's famous 'selfies', I was honoured to attend the City of London Inaugural Council Meeting on Monday. I look forward to working with Mayor Matt Brown and our new city council to grow and build our city. I am strongly committed to fulfilling the expectations of Londoners and know that we will be able to work collaboratively to strengthen and diversify London’s economy while ensuring that the city remains one of Canada`s most beautiful and vibrant cities.

December 2nd, 2014

In Debate: C-43 Omnibus Budget Implementation

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, here we are again standing in the House and talking about another omnibus budget bill designed to ram through hundreds of changes with little study or oversight, and without consultation and, I would say, without the consent of Canadians. Canadians do not trust the Conservative government any more, thanks to draconian bills, secret cabinet meetings, the muzzling of scientists, and the continual stifling of our democracy.

November 28th, 2014

Blog Post for November 28

This week has been a busy one in Ottawa. I met with several groups over the week including the Canadian Nurses Association, the Association of Canadian Publishers, ACTRA (the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists), and Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, as well as attending meetings with our caucus. In addition to these meeting I attended meetings and receptions including the Shaw Rocket Prize Awards ceremony, which gives annual awards to the best Canadian children’s television programming. I also met with the other members of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, and attended Startup Canada’s reception, empowering Canadian entrepreneurs.

November 28th, 2014

Question Period: Our Veterans Need Mental Health Supports

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, let me ask again. In 2009, the Conservatives committed to developing performance measures to assess if the government's mental health strategy was meeting the mental health needs of veterans. The Auditor General showed that the Conservatives never followed up on that commitment. No data was ever collected.

November 26th, 2014

Mathyssen Introduces M-536, Federal Urban Forest Strategy

Urban forests impact 85% of Canadians, yet we lag behind other G7 countries in the value we place on them. In the United States, management of urban forests falls under a responsibility equivalent to that of a Canadian deputy minister. Here in Canada, we lead the world in destruction of our forests.

November 24th, 2014

HARPER’S FAILED JOBS PLAN HURTS LONDON FAMILIES

OTTAWA – As the Prime Minister of Canada tours one of the worst-affected regions of his failed jobs plan, today’s ‘good news’ message is contradicted by the facts. According to the government’s own data for London, since Stephen Harper took office in 2006, 10,100 good paying jobs have been lost, including 2,200 last year alone.

November 21st, 2014

Blog Post: November 21, 2014

This was the first week of a four week session of the House sitting before the House recesses for Christmas break. The week was filled with meetings and events. I attended meetings with our caucus, student organizations, the Canadian Museum Association, and was invited to a presentation by the President of Canadian Medical Association about senior care.

November 14th, 2014

Blog Post Nov 14th, in the Riding

Contrary to what many people might think, when parliament is not sitting an MP can often be even busier than when we are in Ottawa. This week in the riding was as busy as any in Ottawa.

November 10th, 2014

Remembrance Day Video Message

November 7th, 2014

Veterans STILL Waiting for Minister to Take Action

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca.

November 7th, 2014

Minister of Veterans Affairs lets $136 Million in Veterans Funding Lapse

Mr. Sylvain Chicoine (Châteauguay—Saint-Constant, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, what a lack of class and transparency.

November 6th, 2014

Statement on 2014 Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Campaign

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, the 2014 Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign kicked off in London, Ontario, on November 1 .

November 4th, 2014

London's Secrets of Radar Museum

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, the Secrets of Radar Museum is a not-for-profit museum that preserves the stories and personal experiences of the men and women who served in the Canadian Forces radar division during World War II and the Cold War.

October 31st, 2014

Blog Post for October 31

This week MPs returned to the House of Commons. It was a difficult week for many who are still dealing with the October 22nd attack. The NDP caucus met in the same room that my colleagues had gathered in last week. We had an opportunity to thank the security guard who dashed into our caucus room and stood in front of the door while telling MPs to get down and stay down. It was an emotional meeting.

October 27th, 2014

Presenting Petitions: Iraqi Christians

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from Londoners, from both the Christian and Muslim communities. Those two communities are very supportive of each other and have great mutual respect for each other's views. They ask the Canadian government to highlight the plight of Iraqi Christians and to use all diplomatic and humanitarian efforts to assist them in their plight.

October 24th, 2014

Blog Post for October 24

This weekly update was supposed to look much different, but for this week, I want to focus on the events that overshadowed everything else.

October 17th, 2014

Weekly Update

This week the House of Commons was not sitting, to give Members of Parliament an opportunity to spend time in their ridings. I had a busy week following up with people who contacted my London office while I was in Ottawa. I was able to take one day off this week to spend time with my family, otherwise this week was filled with meetings and events in the community. I had the opportunity to visit with seniors and veterans, participate at a conference on poverty, and attend a ceremony for new citizens. I enjoy constituency weeks very much. They give me much needed perspective and reconnect me with the community.

October 9th, 2014

October 9th Update

Starting this week I will be doing regular updates on what I have been working on in Ottawa and in London. This week the House of Commons was in session and there were many important things on the agenda. We had a debate and a vote on involving the Canadian Military in Iraq. The Conservatives voted in favour of engaging in a combat mission and we will be heading once again into a war. The NDP had proposed that we contribute to this National effort with humanitarian aid. Other Bills that were debated this week included a bill on Cyberbullying, creation of a National Fiddling Day and the creation of a new National Park.

October 1st, 2014

NDP Statement on National Senior's Day

The Official Opposition’s Critic for Seniors, Irene Mathyssen (London – Fanshawe), made the following statement to mark National Seniors’ Day:

September 24th, 2014

MATHYSSEN MOVES MOTION TO SUPPORT URBAN FORESTS

OTTAWA – Today, on National Tree Day, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) introduced a Private Members’ Motion calling on the government to establish an Urban Forestry Strategy.

September 18th, 2014

Mathyssen Motions for Seniors Advocate & National Strategy

M-529 — September 16, 2014 — Ms. Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should work with the provinces, territories, municipalities, and seniors' organizations to develop a National Strategy on Aging that will: (a) secure high-quality accessible public healthcare and reduce out-of-pocket health expenses for all seniors; (b) ensure that affordable and appropriate housing that adapts to changing needs is available to seniors; (c) increase income security for seniors; (d) develop policies that secure quality of life and equality for all seniors; and (e) create a Seniors' Advocate to ensure that these measures are undertaken and maintained.

September 18th, 2014

NDP CALLING ON GOVERNMENT TO CREATE A NATIONAL SENIORS STRATEGY

OTTAWA – Today, the NDP Seniors Critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) introduced a motion calling on the government to develop a National Seniors Strategy.

June 23rd, 2014

Vulnerable Canadians Hurt by Conservative Changes to the Social Security Tribunal

Ms. Jinny Jogindera Sims (Newton—North Delta, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, a new system and no transition plan leaves thousands of Canadians waiting years for a hearing. That is nothing to be proud of.

June 3rd, 2014

NDP's National Aging Strategy

CONSERVATIVES HAVE FAILED SENIORS, NDP HAS LISTENED

Mathyssen hosts round table to release NDP’s National Strategy on Aging

OTTAWA –Between the 2006 and 2011 the Census for the City of London showed that the population of Canadians aged 65 years and older increased by 11%. Tired by the lack of action from the Conservatives, Canada’s Official Opposition New Democrats, led by MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) who was named the Seniors Critic by the late Jack Layton in 2011, undertook extensive consultations with seniors and stakeholders to build a National Aging Strategy. Today that strategy was released by Mathyssen to a round table of stakeholders.

May 15th, 2014

Support Veterans with Services, Not Tweets

In Question Period, May 14th, 2014

April 24th, 2014

Support the CBC

The Conservatives do not hide it anymore: they want to shut down our public broadcaster.

April 23rd, 2014

Mathyssen Calls on Truppe to Join Opposition to (un)Fair Elections Act

"We are asking London North Centre Conservative MP Susan Truppe to join the NDP in voting against the Unfair Elections Act, Bill C-23, in the House of Commons. It is a matter of democracy and the legitimate voting rights of many people," said London MP Irene Mathyssen, standing at the gates of the University of Western Ontario today in Truppe's riding.

April 4th, 2014

Honouring a London Veteran

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to honour a fellow Londoner whom I have known since I was four years old. Hank Wong is a veteran who served during World War II. He, along with 12 other Chinese Canadian men, was trained as part of British special operations. Their mission was to go behind enemy lines.

April 4th, 2014

Presenting Petitions: Immigration Fairness

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition that is the result of a recent tragedy in London, Ontario. The point is to draw attention to the increasing wait times for people to attain permanent residency status. The petitioners ask the Government of Canada to ensure that the Department of Citizenship and Immigration is properly staffed and resourced in order to reach decisions on applications in a fair and timely manner and that the immigration officials consider all the factors in regard to individual applications, including humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

March 3rd, 2014

Presenting Petitions: Fair & Timely Immigration

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from Londoners who are very concerned about a recent tragedy in London, Ontario, that involved the deaths of three members of the same family. Their concern is with regard to the government's practices around citizenship and immigration. They would like the Government of Canada to ensure that CIC is properly staffed in order to ensure that fair and appropriate decisions are reached in a timely fashion with regard to applicants, and that in all of the decisions, humanitarian and compassionate grounds are considered in the applications that are presented.

March 3rd, 2014

My View on the so-called "Fair Elections Act"

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have a bad record when it comes to respecting our elections laws. Now they want to skew the next election in their favour with voter suppression tactics straight out of the US Republican playbook.

February 11th, 2014

DO NOTHING BUDGET IS NOT WHAT LONDONERS NEED

Dear Constituents,

I am writing from Ottawa where the 2014 Federal Budget was released this afternoon. A budget with little attention to the needs of the London area.

February 6th, 2014

Presenting Petitions: Protect the Thames River

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from several people in my region. They are calling on the government to change the reckless changes it has made to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, because they believe that it is gutting environmental protection for waterways in southern Ontario and right across Canada.

February 5th, 2014

Standing Up for Veterans

Our veterans fulfilled their commitment to Canada, they should not have to fight the Government of Canada for the services and benefits that Canada committed to provide to them.

February 4th, 2014

Calling for Veterans Minister Fantino's Resignation

January 27th, 2014

Statement on Food Sector Jobs

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I and my constituents were deeply concerned to learn of the closure of the Kellogg's cereal plant in London. This is yet another devastating blow to the community and will result in another 550 jobs lost from the area.

January 27th, 2014

Presenting Petitions: Timely & Fair Immigration

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present.

The first petition is from concerned Londoners. After a terrible tragedy in London, Ontario, the petitioners are asking that the Government of Canada and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration look at what is happening in our immigration system.

January 17th, 2014

NDP Heritage Critic Visits London

LONDON--Pierre Nantel, Member of Parliament for Longueuil-Pierre-Boucher, joined Irene on Friday, January 10 to explore a day's tour of London's historic heritage institutions.

December 16th, 2013

2013 Seasons Greetings

December 10th, 2013

GOVERNMENT INACTION ENABLES MANUFACTURING SECTOR DEVASTATION

LONDON—More than 500 additional good-paying jobs are disappearing from the already devastated southwestern Ontario manufacturing sector, with the announcement that Kellogg’s will be closed its London cereal plant before the end of 2014.

December 9th, 2013

Questioning the Minister on Quotas Targeting EI Applicants

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, one has to only look at London, Ontario to see how Conservatives are failing Canadian workers.

December 9th, 2013

Conservative Job Record Betrays Goodyear's Message

OTTAWA – As Minister of State Gary Goodyear attends a ‘good news’ announcement this morning in London his message is contradicted by the facts.

December 5th, 2013

Your Petitions: Protect the Thames River

December 4th, 2013

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from a group of London constituents who call on the government to enact Bill C-498, which is my bill, that would protect the Thames River, the North Thames, and the Middle Thames, by placing them back under the Navigable Waters Protection Act. This is a heritage river, and we need to protect it.

December 4th, 2013

Your Petitions: Tax Deductions for Skilled Tradespersons Work Mobility

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions. The first is a petition in response to a bill introduced by my colleague, the member for Hamilton Mountain. Her bill would amend the Income Tax Act so that travel and accommodation for tradespersons would be allowed which would therefore enable many of those tradespersons to find work. As members know, unemployment is a serious problem in our region.

November 26th, 2013

Mathyssen Proposes Chris Hadfield Day

OTTAWA - NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) moved a motion in the House of Commons today to honour the remarkable achievements and contributions made by Col. Chris Hadfield. The motion states the government should “designate August 29th each year as Chris Hadfield Day.”

November 19th, 2013

Mathyssen Launches Petition for Fair & Timely Immigration

London—In the wake of the tragic loss of the Walji family, MP Irene Mathyssen is encouraging Londoners to petition the Government of Canada for improvements to the nation’s immigration process.

November 18th, 2013

Statement on Walji Family Tragedy

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, on Thursday, October 31, Mohamed, Shyroz and Qyzra Walji were found dead in their London, Ontario apartment, the victims of a murder-suicide. Qyzra had cerebral palsy. Their tragic deaths have left the community heartbroken and asking difficult questions.

November 7th, 2013

Statement on Shine the Light on Woman Abuse

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, the 2013 Shine the Light on Woman Abuse campaign kicked off in London on November 1.

November 5th, 2013

Protecting the Thames River, Opposing the Landfill

An additional video report from Rogers TV is online at:

http://www.rogerstv.com/page.aspx?lid=237&rid=15&gid=119812

November 5th, 2013

Why I Support the Save VIA Rail Campaign

As an occassional contributor to the Huffington Post online Canadian news site, I chose to use my most recent article to talk about the importance of the Save VIA Rail Campaign.

November 4th, 2013

Remembrance Day Message

October 30th, 2013

Presenting Petitions-National Dementia Strategy

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from a number of people from the London area who want to draw the attention of the Minister of Health and this House to the fact that the federal government needs a national strategy for dementia and the health care of persons afflicted with Alzheimer's.

October 25th, 2013

Statement on Small Business Week

LONDON – Small and independent businesses help sustain local communities, produce local jobs and ensure Canadians’ hard earned dollars remain in their communities. As small business week comes to a close, New Democrats congratulate small and independent businesses for all the valuable contributions they provide to communities across Canada.

October 23rd, 2013

Statement: Welcome Home Tarek & John

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise in the House today to welcome home Dr. Tarek Loubani and Mr. John Greyson. Their detention caused great concern for all Canadians during the 50 days they spent behind bars at Cairo's Tora prison.

October 23rd, 2013

Department of Finance Report-NDP best fiscal record

Department of Finance Report Continues to Show the NDP has the Best Fiscal Record in Government

October 23rd, 2013

Irene's response to the Speech from the Throne

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 16, 2013

MATHYSSEN REACTS TO SPEECH FROM THE THRONE

Ottawa- Today’s speech from the Throne sets the government’s tone and the agenda for the upcoming session of Parliament. The speech indicates what government bills it intends to introduce and triggers a confidence vote in the House.

October 1st, 2013

Statement on National Seniors Day

The Official Opposition’s Seniors critic, Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe), made the following statement on National Seniors Day:

September 17th, 2013

THAMES RIVER RATED POOR BY WORLD WILDLIFE FUND STUDY

London – The World Wildlife Fund released a study last week outlining the status of several rivers in Canada including the Thames River that runs through London and the surrounding communities. The river received an overall poor score.

September 4th, 2013

Statement on Veterans Bed Closures at Parkwood Hospital

The bed closures announced at Parkwood yesterday is not a decision for which hospital administration should be blamed. There are fewer WWII and Korean War veterans still with us each day, so the demand for these beds has decreased. However, there in lays the problem, the mandate for these beds only provides access to Korean War or earlier veterans. The beds are not available to those who served as peacekeepers in Korea after the armistice, or to our peacekeepers who served in places like Cyprus, or the Golan Heights, or Somalia or the many other deploys in which Canadians participated in the 20th century.

July 29th, 2013

PRIDE ORGANIZER RECIEVES GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S AWARD

LONDON –A volunteer in many capacities, including the past president of the London Pride Festival, Eugene Dustin was honoured on Sunday during the closing ceremonies at the 2013 Pride Festival with the Governor-General's "Caring Canadian Award".

June 27th, 2013

Share your priorities for Budget 2014

Have your say: Share your priorities for Budget 2014

June 26th, 2013

Information on Direct Deposit of Government Benefits & Payments

Did you know that the Government of Canada issues close to 275 million federal payments every year? While 79 % of these payments are deposited directly into bank accounts, 21 % are still printed as cheques that must be deposit at bank counters or ATMs. That's an astounding 58 million cheques that need to be printed, mailed and processed each year.

June 18th, 2013

SENATE SCANDALS KEEP GOVERNMENT FROM GETTING RESULTS FOR SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO

LONDON — During a parliamentary session characterized by scandals, Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) and the New Democrats shook up a weak Conservative government led by Stephen Harper.

May 14th, 2013

Veterans Need Long Term Care Bed Access

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON: Mr. Speaker, I want to take the time this evening to discuss the plight of veterans who are trying to get care for their very specific needs. Finding access to long-term care beds is difficult for all Canadians, but finding those beds in facilities that have the expertise to deal with the specific needs of veterans is even more difficult.

May 6th, 2013

Thanking Manufacturers for Supporting Students

MEMBERS STATEMENTS

Irene Mathyssen, London Fanshawe: Mr. Speaker, manufacturing is a vital part of my community. It is not just about jobs; it is also about the quality of life in London. Despite the steady decline of manufacturing jobs in the area, the manufacturers in my region continue to not only provide employment but contribute back to our community.

May 6th, 2013

Londoners Honoured with Presentation of Governor-General's Caring Canadian Award

LONDON – As Canadians celebrate Asian Heritage month, two members of London’s Chinese-Canadian community received a special honour as MP Irene Mathyssen (NDP, London-Fanshawe) presented them with the Governor-General’s “Caring Canadian Award”.

May 5th, 2013

In the News: ReForest London Receives Federal Grant

Reporting on the funding grant from Environment Canada to ReForest London, announced by London MPs Ed Holder and Irene Mathyssen on Saturday May 4th:

May 5th, 2013

Environment Canada Grant Supports ReForest London Tree Planting

Two London MP’s announced a $55,000 grant from Environment Canada to ReForest London. The grant will allow the non-profit organization to plant 3,000 native tree and shrubs in 10 park projects throughout the city. The grant was announced Saturday at Coronation Park, where 60 volunteers planted over 250 trees and shrubs in this newer park in northwest London.

May 3rd, 2013

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT GETS A BOOST WITH 120 SUMMER JOBS

LONDON – Although the London area struggles with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, there are still some opportunities available for youth in the region. 120 summer jobs will be available to students in our community thanks to federal Canada Summer Jobs funding finalized today.

April 22nd, 2013

Mathyssen Tables Bill to Protect the Thames River

OTTAWA – In a move designed to urge the Conservatives to reverse reckless changes to the Navigable Waters Protection Act, MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) tabled a bill to protect the Thames River.

April 19th, 2013

Kinette's "I am Proud to be Canadian" Essay Winner Celebrated

It was my pleasure to join students, teachers, and the Kinette's at West Nissouri Public School to congratulate this year's "I am Proud to be Canadian" essay winner, Connor Aarts. It was my privilege to present Connor with two new maps of Canada, one for his school and one for himself, as well as a new Canadian Flag for his school and desk sized flag for him to keep, along with a certificate of congratulations from parliament.

March 21st, 2013

2013 FEDERAL BUDGET FAILS TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF LONDONERS

Ottawa – The federal budget was announced in Ottawa today. The budget is shuffling money around with no new investments in our communities.

March 6th, 2013

CANADA DAY YOUTH CHALLENGE 2013!

Canada Day Challenge 2013

Be original. Be creative. Be part of the new Canada Day Challenge!

If you’re between 8 and 18 years old and live in Canada, you’re invited to express what Canada means to you by submitting an original poster design, a digital photograph, or a piece of creative writing inspired by the theme Canada: Strong and Free. You could win some really great prizes, including a VIP invitation to attend Canada Day 2013 events on Parliament Hill!

February 11th, 2013

QUESTION PERIOD: Veteran's Deserve Veterans Care Beds

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, after promising Colonel Neil Russell, a 33-year veteran with the air force, a long-term care bed in Parkwood Veterans Hospital, Veterans Affairs is backtracking. Colonel Russell will have to pay the province for the bed.

February 7th, 2013

2013 INCOME TAX CLINICS

Again this year my office will be a host site for the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program coordinated by the Canada Revenue Agency.

February 5th, 2013

Open Letter to Mayor & Council on Infrastructure Funding

February 5th, 2013

Dear Mayor and City Councillors,

I know I do not have to tell you about London’s infrastructure deficit, because you are faced with that reality every day.

December 3rd, 2012

NDP MOTION WOULD PROTECT THAMES RIVER

New Democrats make final attempt to safeguard environmental protections before tomorrow’s vote on C-45

OTTAWA – On the eve of the vote on the Conservatives’ budget bill, the NDP moved a new motion to protect our lakes and rivers.

November 30th, 2012

Take Your MP to School Day

On November 20th, as part of UNICEF's "Take Your MP to School" initiative, Irene visited St. Pius X Catholic Elementary School in her riding.

November 7th, 2012

Letter to the Editor in regard to C-217

On November 6th, a letter in the London Free Press criticized New Democrats for not supporting Private Member's Bill C-217. I promptly responded and set the record straight, as it is important to me that my constituents, and indeed all Canadians, have all the facts. Both letters, as titled and published by the London Free Press follow:

November 6th, 2012

Recognizing London's Leadership; Shine the Light on Woman Abuse

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the abuse of women is an unacceptable tragedy that affects women from all walks of life. It is often left unspoken, swept under the rug. But the Shine the Light on Woman Abuse Campaign started by the London Abused Women's centre in 2010, aims to change that reality and get women the help they need and deserve.

November 5th, 2012

Denial of Funeral Help for Veterans a National Disgrace

As Veterans’ Week begins, Conservatives continue to fail low-income veterans, their families

LONDON – At the beginning of Veterans’ Week, MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) is joining with fellow New Democrat MPs to denounce the cavalier manner in which the Conservative government treats those who have bravely served our country .

November 2nd, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Employment Insurance & Old Age Security

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions today. The first is in regard to the employment insurance system. It is absolutely vital for families during an economic downturn, and in fact at all times, that they have access to reliable employment insurance. We have seen the demise of a reliable system in the last few parliaments.

October 26th, 2012

MP Mathyssen Statement on Chris Bentley Leaving Politics

I am sorry to see Chris Bentley leaving political life. He was a representative who was very dedicated to his constituents and community. Mr. Bentley was always respectful and conducted himself with integrity. I want to extend my best wishes to him and his family in whatever endeavours he pursues, and extend my sincere thanks and appreciation for his service to London over the past nine years.

October 25th, 2012

IN DEBATE: C-45 OMNIBUS, on Pensions and Navigable Waters

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Châteauguay—Saint-Constant.

October 25th, 2012

MATHYSSEN TABLES MOTION TO SPLIT PENSION CLAUSES FROM OMNIBUS II

THE OFFICIAL OPPOSITION’S CRITIC FOR PENSIONS TABLES A MOTION TO STUDY A PART OF BILL C-45

October 24th, 2012

Politically Motivated Report Twists Facts and Attacks Seniors

OTTAWA - Yesterday the Conservatives attempted to undermine the Parliamentary Budget Officer and the Auditor General by releasing their own contradictory report on the changes to old age security.

October 24th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Londoners Petition In Support of Experimental Lakes Area

Irene Mathyssen ( London—Fanshawe, ON): Mr. Speaker, my second petition is in regard to the Experimental Lakes Area. As we all know, scientific knowledge is absolutely essential if we are going to preserve our fish, habitat and freshwater.

October 18th, 2012

Omnibus Budget Bill II

October 18, 2012

OMNIBUS BUDGET BILL II, THE SEQUEL:

CONSERVATIVES HAVEN’T LEARNED

Another 400 plus page Omnibus bill undermines parliamentary democracy

October 16th, 2012

Members Statement: Conservatives Playing Partisan Games While Ignoring the Unemployed

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON: Mr. Speaker, after spending weeks ignoring the evidence and claiming their changes to employment insurance would help everyone, finally the Conservatives have backtracked. They had to admit that their plans would hurt the very poorest Canadians looking for work.

September 20th, 2012

In Debate: Risk and Uncertainty for Canadian Jobs and Economy

Opposition Day motion tabled by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair:

“That this House acknowledge that the Canadian economy is facing unprecedented risk and uncertainty; recognize that many regions and industries across Canada have already suffered significant job losses in recent years; urge all levels of government to work together to build a balanced, 21st century Canadian economy; and insist that Canada's Prime Minister meet with his counterparts in Halifax this November at the National Economic Summit being held by the Council of the Federation.”

September 17th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Londoners petition for a National Public Transit Strategy

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I have a petition signed by a number of Canadians who are concerned that Canada is the only OECD country that does not have a national public transit strategy. It is estimated that over the next five years there will be an $18 billion gap in transit infrastructure.

September 17th, 2012

Cuts to frontline public servants impacting Londoners:

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, welcome back to the chair. Unfortunately, while this is a new session, we have the same old problems created by the government.

September 13th, 2012

Important Information About Riding Boundary Changes

Proposed boundaries for Ontario have been released. Please visit: http://www.redecoupage-federal-redistribution.ca/ to view maps and obtain additional information.

September 13th, 2012

London Conservatives Misleading the Public in Letter

Unfortunately, London’s Conservative MPs are simply not telling the truth in their joint letter “NDP carbon tax a job killer”. Neither the NDP nor our leader have advocated for a Carbon tax - we have, in fact, opposed it whenever one has been suggested.

September 12th, 2012

Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service Speech

MP Irene Mathyssen's speech to the London Firefighters Association at the September 11th Memorial Service for Firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty:

June 4th, 2012

Announcing the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipients & Awards Dinner

LONDON –With Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II are in full swing across the Commonwealth, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) is pleased to announce the thirty individuals to whom she will be awarding this honour.

June 3rd, 2012

Queen's Jubilee Medal Recipients

MP Irene Mathyssen is pleased to announce the following members of our community have been selected as recipients of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their contributions to our community.

May 16th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Stop OAS Changes, Increase GIS Benefits

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions. The first is from Canadians of all ages who are very concerned about the proposed changes to the old age security program. They regard it as a direct attack on the poorest seniors of the present and the future. They are calling on the government to rescind any idea in terms of increasing the age for pensions for Canadians from 65 to 67.

May 15th, 2012

Public Consultation on the Harper Budget

New Democrats announced today that they will take the study of the sweeping Conservative budget implementation bill to the public, holding a series of hearings in Ottawa and across the country. MP Irene Mathyssen will be hosting a hearing for her constituents in London:

Tuesday May 22nd 6:30pm-8:00pm Community Meeting Room Constituency Office of Irene Mathyssen 1700-D Dundas St.

May 14th, 2012

In Debate: Why the Trojan Horse Budget Bill Bad is for All Canadians

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Madam Speaker, I am happy to have this chance to speak in the House today about this Trojan Horse budget. I was concerned that all discussion would be shut down by the government because, unfortunately, this is a budget that includes many separate bills that have very little to do with fiscal management.

May 11th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Real Democracy Needed in the Congo

Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the second petition is from London, Ontario. The community is supportive of democracy in the Congo.

May 11th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Action for Attawapiskat

Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, today I am presenting two petitions. The first is from the students, parents and community of John Paul Secondary School in London.

May 4th, 2012

MATHYSSEN ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR 110 STUDENT SUMMER JOBS

LONDON – Despite a slow job market recovery, students in the London region will still have some summer employment opportunities in the London-Fanshawe riding thanks to federal Canada Summer Jobs funding finalized today.

April 19th, 2012

My Visit to Vimy Ridge for the 95th Anniversary

From April 6, 2012 to April 10, 2012, our Canadian delegation participated in events at Carriere Wellington in Arras, France, a guided tour of the Vimy monument and the trenches and tunnels of Vimy, private wreath-laying events at the Sanctuary Wood Memorial, Passchendaele and the St. Julien Memorial in Ypres. For the wreath –laying ceremonies, we were privileged to be accompanied by Canadian Forces members, Patricia Varga the Royal Canadian Legion, Neil McKinnon Army Navy and Air Force veterans, Gene Heesaker The National Council of Veterans, Retired Colonel Robert O’Brien and Reno St-Germain Veterans NATO UN Group. The opportunity to honour the young Canadians lost in WWI reminds us how much we owe to the Canadians we remember, our peacekeepers, modern day veterans and the Canadian Forces of the present.

April 4th, 2012

CUTS TO NATIONAL DEFENCE AFFECT WOLSELEY BARRACKS

Layoff of core staff will hurt local economy and make soldiers pick up the slack

March 27th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Strengthening Investment Canada Act

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions. The first is from the community of London and former workers of Electro-Motive Diesel.

March 15th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Supporting Former Electro-Motive Workers

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from the community of London and former workers of Electro-Motive Diesel.

March 13th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Supporting Former Electro-Motive Workers and Fight Seniors Poverty

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions. The first is from the community of London and former workers of Electro-Motive Diesel.

March 7th, 2012

Question Period: Irene Questions Government's Lack of Support for Former EMD Workers

Ms. Irene Mathyssen: Last month, EDM closed up shop and drove hundreds of good Canadian jobs to Indiana. Those workers still have not received their records of employment and they cannot apply for EI. They were promised three weeks ago and still absolutely nothing. Of course, because of cuts to Service Canada, it could be months before they and their families ever see a penny from EI.

March 2nd, 2012

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PROGRAM

WHERE: Irene Mathyssen MP Constituency Office

February 24th, 2012

LONDONERS UPSET BY HARPER'S UNDERMINING OF SENIORS RETIREMENT SECURITY

LONDONERS UPSET BY HARPER'S UNDERMINING OF SENIORS RETIREMENT SECURITY

NDP’s Irene Mathyssen stands up against Harper’s plans to roll back OAS

London – New Democrat MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe, Critic for Seniors Issues) hosted a public townhall meeting with seniors at her constituency office this morning to talk about the facts and dispel the misinformation Conservatives are giving the public about Stephen Harper’s plan to raise the OAS eligibility age from 65 to 67.

February 17th, 2012

London Seniors Townhall Meeting

Dear Constituents & Community Partners,

Since being named the Official Opposition Critic for Seniors Issues last year, it has been my privilege to meet with a variety of seniors organizations, community service providers, and literally hundreds of individual Canadian seniors in communities across this country. I began this outreach effort to learn about the different barriers and challenges seniors face in the different regions of Canada, and to listen to seniors as well as share my own ideas about how these challenges could be overcome. I have hosted meetings in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Saskatoon, and my colleague and deputy critic Lysanne Blanchette-Lamothe has been hosting similar meetings in Quebec. We have received a great response to-date, and are continuing our efforts.

February 10th, 2012

Motion to Condemn Jobs Losses, Amend Investment Canada Act

Ms. Irene Mathyssen, (London-Fanshawe, NDP) moves: “That this House condemn the decision of Caterpillar Inc to close its Electro-Motive Diesel plant in London, Ontario with a loss of 450 jobs and that of Papiers White Birch to close its Quebec City plant with a loss of 600 jobs and call on the government to table, within 90 days, draft amendments to the Investment Canada Act to ensure that foreign buyers are held to public and enforceable commitments on the ‘net benefit’ to Canada and on the protection of Canadian jobs.”

February 9th, 2012

In Debate: Amending Investment Canada Act to Protect Jobs, Part 1

Opposition Motion—Investment Canada Act

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP) moved:

Madam Speaker, it is truly my privilege to rise today in the House and introduce this motion on behalf of Electro-Motive Diesel workers of London, Ontario. This motion seeks to highlight the recent plant closings in my community of London and in a second community, that of my colleague, the MP for Beauport—Limoilou, with whom I am sharing this speaking spot.

February 7th, 2012

NDP LAUNCHES CANADIAN TOUR TO OPPOSE CHANGES TO OLD AGE SECURITY

Three MPs will travel across country to reach out to Canadian Seniors

OTTAWA –Today New Democrat MPs announced that they will be fanning out across the country to consult Canadians about changes to the Old Age Security (OAS) program planned by the Conservatives. The MPs will promote practical options the NDP has to address the changes that are happening as our population ages while still ensuring retirement security for all Canadians.

February 7th, 2012

Stop Subsidizing Companies that Ship Jobs Overseas and Start Protecting Communities

QUESTION PERIOD: TUESDAY FEBRUARY 7th, 2012

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, yesterday I met with workers from Electro-Motive Diesel, families who were left to pick up the pieces of the government's failed jobs plan, fathers like Ryan whose five month old son now faces an uncertain future. The Prime Minister had no problem using these workers for an election photo op, but in their time of need he is nowhere to be found. Will the government at least ensure EMD workers are not robbed of their pensions and severance, too, or will it continue to leave them out in the cold?

February 3rd, 2012

CATERPILLAR SHUTS DOWN ELECTRO-MOTIVE IN LONDON

MATHYSSEN AND ARMSTRONG ANGERED AS COMMUNITY HIT WITH MORE JOB LOSSES

LONDON – Today Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) has been shut down by its parent company Caterpillar Inc. The plant has been in operation in London since 1949.

February 1st, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Support Electro-Motive Workers

Irene Mathyssen, NDP, London—Fanshawe: Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from the workers and members of the community of London in regard to the lockout at Electro-Motive Diesel in London, Ontario.

February 1st, 2012

Statement: Recognizing the ROMEOs and Scotian Isle

Irene Mathyssen, NDP, London-Fanshawe: Mr. Speaker, I want to share with you a wonderful example of community in my riding. There is a group of retired veterans who call themselves the ROMEOs, retired old men eating out. They meet every Wednesday morning at the Scotian Isle and are graciously hosted by Pat, John and Joseph McDonald.

February 1st, 2012

Calling on the Government to Support Electro-Motive Workers

Irene Mathyssen-NDP, London—Fanshawe: Mr. Speaker, Electro-Motive Diesel got $5 million in tax breaks from the government through its generous corporate tax plan giveaway. After the photo op, EMD decided to cut workers' salaries in half, slash their benefits, and threatened to ship Canadian jobs overseas.

January 31st, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Support Electro-Motive Workers

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from the workers and members of the community of London in regard to the lockout at Electro-Motive Diesel in London, Ontario.

January 11th, 2012

Mathyssen to Electro-Motive: Get Back to the Bargaining Table

LONDON –In an open letter to management, MP Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) calls the claims that massive cuts to the wages of workers in order to remain competitive "hollow" and "not supported by the facts", and calls on the company to return to the bargaining table in good faith to get a new contract in place.

January 6th, 2012

CATERPILLAR LOCKOUT REQUIRES GOVERNMENT ACTION NDP MPs SAY

CONSERVATIVE INACTION RISKS MORE JOB LOSS IN ANOTHER CANADIAN COMMUNITY

OTTAWA – New Democrats called out Prime Minister Stephen Harper for turning his back on London families as US manufacturing giant Caterpillar threatens to take over 50 per cent in wage cuts and other benefits away from the more than 400 employees it locked out last Sunday.

December 1st, 2011

Facing the Reality of London's Employment Challenges

Mr. Speaker, London is my community. Despite suggestions from a member opposite to the contrary, I am proud of my city and I am especially proud of the people of London for their show of resiliency, determination and optimism when faced with some very difficult challenges. However, pride in one's city does not mean that we can ignore reality.

November 16th, 2011

Public Consultation on the Registered Disability Savings Plan

The federal government has launched a public consultation process on the long term savings program which allows persons with disabilities to put money aside for later and receive grants and bonds from the government.

November 12th, 2011

HONOURING VETERANS ABOUT MORE THAN JUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

People gathered at cenotaphs and legions around the country yesterday to observe Remembrance Day ceremonies and honour Canada’s veterans. It is very important we continue to honour those who have served Canada, and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

November 10th, 2011

FEDERAL INVESTMENT WILL ENABLE YEAR-ROUND ACTIVITIES AT FANSHAWE PIONEER VILLAGE

LONDON- Visitors will be able to enjoy and experience our local and regional history year round at Fanshawe Pioneer Village thanks to a $1 million investment by Heritage Canada for the construction of the Spriet Family Visitor Centre.

August 5th, 2011

Your Letters: NDP should be applauded for Interim Leader

Regarding the recent media & Conservative attacks on the new interim NDP leader, Nycole Turmel: of course she had been associated with the Bloc - ALL Quebec activists/politicians, regardless of party affiliation were.