April 9th, 2017

NDP Statement on the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Today marks the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge, the First World War battle whose outcome helped shape the identity of our nation. Vimy echoes in the collective memory of all Canadians as we reflect today on all those who gave of their lives and livelihood to defend our country.

April 5th, 2017

Joint Statement by the Opposition House Leaders on the Liberals’ Parliamentary Power Grab

Today the Liberal government voted against an Opposition proposal that would require all-party support for recommendations to overhaul the rules of Parliament.

March 7th, 2017

In Debate: Bill C-211 on PTSD

Federal Framework on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Act

The House resumed consideration of the motion that Bill C-211, An Act respecting a federal framework on post-traumatic stress disorder, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

February 24th, 2017

C-339, Amend the Canadian Forces Members & Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-339, an act to amend the Canadian Forces Members and Veterans Re-establishment and Compensation Act (death benefit).

December 12th, 2016

In Debate: CETA & Drug Costs

Mme Karine Trudel (Jonquière, NPD): Monsieur le Président, je remercie beaucoup ma collègue de son discours. Elle est une femme très dévouée envers sa communauté. D'ailleurs, elle m'en apprend tous les jours, et je l'en remercie. Elle est aussi la porte-parole du NPD en matière d'anciens combattants.

December 12th, 2016

In Debate: C-30 CETA Implementation

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I want to begin by saying unequivocally that New Democrats believe that it is possible to create a Canada whose economy is sustainable, just and fair while remaining competitive on the world stage. We believe that we all thrive in an equitable society where everyone has equal access to nutritious food, a safe home, an education, decent work at fair wages, clean air, fresh water, health care, pharmacare, secure retirement, as well as child care.

December 6th, 2016


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:

December 1st, 2016

In Debate: C-26 Canada Pension Plan Changes

November 24th, 2016


Ottawa – The Federal Government announced democratic reforms in Bill C-33 today that include restoring voting rights to Canadian citizens living abroad. This reform is consistent with Private Members’ Bill C295 introduced by Irene Mathyssen, NDP MP for London-Fanshawe in June.

November 11th, 2016

Remembrance Day 2016 Message


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

November 10th, 2016


LONDON — NDP Veterans Affairs Critic, Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe), is calling on the Liberal government to better recognize and value the contributions of Canada’s veterans.

November 2nd, 2016


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


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

October 20th, 2016


Brigitte Sansoucy, Member of Parliament for Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot and NDP Critic for Families, Children and Social Development, tabled Bill C-245 on February 26, 2016.

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 16th, 2016

Veterans like Peter Blendheim need long-term care beds

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

Mr. Speaker, just like the Conservatives before them, the Liberals are shamefully denying benefits to veterans. Care is downloaded to the provinces while federal facilities close beds or shut their doors.

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.

June 9th, 2016


OTTAWA – New Democrat Veterans critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) tabled motion M-61 today calling on the federal government to support the mental health of military service men and women, veterans, first responders, and retired and volunteer first responders.

June 2nd, 2016

Question Period: Why are Liberals not making veterans raises fair?

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe): Mr. Speaker, when the Liberals promised an increase in benefits for permanently injured veterans, they failed to mention that their plan would benefit higher ranking officials the most, while rank-and-file veterans would see minimal increases. New Democrats believe that veterans, all veterans regardless of rank, deserve to be treated with dignity. The government is humiliating veterans. Why are the Liberals leaving behind those with the least? Why are they treating our nation's most vulnerable veterans so disgracefully?

May 19th, 2016


OTTAWA – New Democrats are outraged by reports today that veterans are yet again being fought in court by their own government that will deny our heroes their benefits. This comes after the Liberal Party campaigned on bringing back a lifetime pension for veterans.

May 13th, 2016

No Half Measures in an Omnibus Bill, Veterans Issues Need to be Addressed

May 13th, 2016

In Debate: Speaking Against the TPP

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

Madam Speaker, we know, especially in my community of London, Ontario, that we have experienced devastating losses as a result of globalization, corporate greed, and simple lack of will on the part of Liberal and Conservative governments to protect our manufacturing sector.

May 9th, 2016

Parliamentary Update on Veterans Affairs-May 9, 2016

Veterans Affairs Committee:

Last week at Veterans Affairs committee we continued our study on Service Delivery at Veterans Affairs Canada. We heard from several veterans including Jody Mitic and his wife Alannah Gilmore on their experience with leaving the Military and accessing benefits at Veterans Affairs. We also heard from witnesses about the transition program at DND and how it is not functioning well The program struggles to get CF members the help they need so they can regain their health and return to their military career or are able to transition to Veterans Affairs.

May 5th, 2016

Question Period: why hide veterans measures in Omnibus bill?

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

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 14th, 2016


Ottawa — Today, New Democrat Veterans critic Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) introduced two bills supporting Canadian Forces (CF) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) veterans and their families. The bills, if passed, will provide much needed financial supports.

April 1st, 2016


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 24th, 2016

Where is the Accountability on KPMG Tax Cheats?

Mr. Speaker, Canadians are shocked by the KPMG tax cheats scandal, and they are outraged by the government's lack of action.

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.

March 14th, 2016


OTTAWA— New Democrats will present a motion this week calling on the Standing Committee on Finance to undertake a study on guaranteed minimum income. Finance critic Guy Caron (Rimouski-Neigette—Témiscouata—Les Basques) says a study is necessary because it's a complex policy that could be a possible solution to growing income inequality.

March 10th, 2016

2016 International Women's Day Question in Parliament

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 18th, 2016

Questioning the Prime Minister on the TPP

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, today, officials confirmed to the trade committee that they have not completed a study of the TPP's impact upon Canadians.

February 4th, 2016


OTTAWA —NDP Critic for Democratic Reform Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) put forward a proposal today to establish a representative and democratic process for considering changes to Canada’s voting system.

February 3rd, 2016

In Debate on Pay Equity Motion


December 6th, 2015


NDP 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 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

June 19th Blog, Parliament's Final Week

The last full week of Parliament before the 2015 federal election has been very busy and full.

June 19th, 2015


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 15th, 2015

Statement from the NDP on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

NDP Seniors critic Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) made the following statement on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:

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


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 13th, 2015


New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly (New Westminster-Coquitlam) made the following statement on the adoption of the NDP motion to ensure federal covenant with veterans is honoured.

May 12th, 2015


NDP MP Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) and NDP Status of Women critic Mylène Freeman (Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel) made the following statement on the support of their motion to remove the federal tax from feminine hygiene products:

May 7th, 2015


OTTAWA – With their latest opposition day motion, the NDP is urging the Conservatives to end their unfair tax on women and remove the GST/ federal portion of the HST from feminine hygiene products.

May 5th, 2015


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 28th, 2015

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

Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe)

April 24th, 2015

Avian Flu Outbreak and CIFA Cuts a Concern

Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe)

April 24th, 2015

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


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 23rd, 2015

Statement on Budget 2015

Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe)

April 21st, 2015


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.

March 25th, 2015

Fanshawe College Canadian Centre for Product Validation

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

March 12th, 2015

Stop Asking Veterans if Limbs are Still Missing

Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe)

2015-03-12 14:44 [p.12054]

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.

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.

February 17th, 2015

In Debate: Creating Jobs & Childcare Spaces

Mr. Robert Aubin (Trois-Rivières, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, when it comes to employment insurance, it looks like the arrival of a new minister does not herald a new approach. First the Conservatives imposed harsh restrictions on employment insurance, and now they are telling departmental officials to make it harder for unemployed workers to get the benefits they are entitled to. Officials who are a little too helpful are getting slapped on the wrist. That makes no sense.

February 6th, 2015

In Debate: Veterans Shouldn't Have to Prove Missing Limbs Year After Year

Ms. Hélène LeBlanc (LaSalle—Émard, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, Master Corporal Paul Franklin lost both of his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

February 3rd, 2015

Groundhog Day Statement

Mr. Speaker, if Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there will be two winters in the year. Yes, today is Groundhog Day and despite the flawed prognostications of lesser rodents like Punxsutawney Phil and Shubenacadie Sam, Ontario's Wiarton Willie did not see his shadow at sunrise this morning. Yes, we are going to have an early spring. All the more reason for all of us on both sides of the House to roll up our sleeves, work together for Canadians, ensure they are able to stay warm during the cold winters and have something stored away for hibernation.

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 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 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 5th, 2014

Mathyssen: Time to Show Minister Fantino the Door

OTTAWA – Despite the Department of Veterans Affairs facing a growing demand for services from an entire generation of Afghanistan veterans approaching retirement, Conservatives are cutting department staff by 25%.

December 3rd, 2014

Mathyssen Elected NDP Caucus Chair

NDP MPs elected Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe) today as National Caucus Chair. They also selected Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinongé) to be Vice-Chair.

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 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 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 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.

November 3rd, 2014

Questioning Conservative Interference in CBC

Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, yesterday on Tout le monde en parle, we learned from Alain Saulnier just how cozy CBC senior management and the Conservative government really are. Not only is the board of directors already stacked with Conservative donors, but the former heritage minister also went so far as to interfere in the crown corporation's programming by communicating directly with the president, Hubert Lacroix.

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 28th, 2014

In Debate: C-35 & Animal Cruelty

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

Mr. Speaker, I also want to thank the member opposite for bringing forward a bill that takes into account a need to respond to the killing or injuring of a service animal.

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 6th, 2014

Presenting Petitions: Humantarian Aid for ISIL Victims & Casualities Gaza

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

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present today.

The first petition is from Londoners, from both the Christian and Muslim communities, who are very upset, concerned and dismayed by the brutal arrival of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in northern Iraq, which has seen the further marginalization of Christians. In Mosul, all Christians were given an ultimatum to leave or face death or conversion. They have abandoned their homes. Those unable to leave for health reasons have been forced to convert.

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


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


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

August 21st, 2014

Canadians Want National Strategy for Seniors

OTTAWA – The vast majority of Canadians agree with the NDP that Canada urgently needs a national strategy to address seniors’ care, according to the Canadian Medical Association Report card released today.

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 10th, 2014

Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act

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

Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by thanking my colleague, the member for Pierrefonds—Dollard, who did incredible work on this file. She made sure that we on this side of the House understood just what a tangle we were getting into with this change to the Citizenship Act, and provided the background so we knew, absolutely, what we had to push back against, which is a bill that would not serve the people of Canada.

June 3rd, 2014

NDP's National Aging Strategy


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

May 2nd, 2014

Will the Government Fix the CPP Tribunal Backlog?

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, a social worker from my riding, who works with CPP tribunals, came to me with very disturbing news.

April 30th, 2014

Presenting Petitions: "I Can Donate" Organ donation changes

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from residents of Canada who call on the Government of Canada to review thoroughly and change the policy on blood and organ donation in Canada. They understand absolutely that people should be pre-tested for disease, and if they fail they cannot donate. However, the petitioners request that the Government of Canada return the rights of any healthy Canadian to give the gift of blood, bone marrow and organs to those in need, no matter what the race, religion or sexual preference of that person.

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 8th, 2014

Conservatives Playing Games with Veterans Last Post Fund

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

Mr. Speaker, last night I went to the veterans affairs committee and we heard from the last post fund, the people who support and try to maintain funding for veterans in difficult financial circumstances. They were very clear that the current government may indeed have put more money into the fund, but nobody can access it. The Conservatives have ensured that the lower limit for accessibility at $12,500 makes it virtually impossible for families of veterans to have access to that money.

April 7th, 2014

Omnibus 2014, Speaking Out Against Budget Implementation Act

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

Mr. Speaker, you may have noticed that during every question period for the last eight years Conservative members have risen in the House to rail against the NDP for not supporting their budgets. Well, I would like to let the members opposite know that there will be no change in their speaking notes today. In fact, in question period today it was the same old tired lines from the government.

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

Veterans Deserve Better Than Lip Service

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, instead of passing the buck, let us see if we can get a real answer to this question.

April 4th, 2014

Standing Up for Veterans

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, instead of passing the buck, let us see if we can get a real answer to this question.

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 31st, 2014

Celebrating 2014 Juno Award Winners

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

Mr. Speaker, my colleague from Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher was in Winnipeg this weekend to celebrate the best of Canadian music at the Junos.

March 25th, 2014

IC-22 and Nuclear Liability

Ms. Françoise Boivin (Gatineau):

Mr. Speaker, I listened to my colleague's speech with great interest.

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


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 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 30th, 2014

Speaking Out Against Canada Post Service Cut

MP Irene Mathyssen, NDP Seniors Critic, questions why the Conservatives support eliminating postal services without consulting Canadians who use and depend on those services:

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.

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 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 5th, 2013

Questioning the Minister on Canadian Forces Mental Health Support

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

Mr. Speaker, in the last 10 days, Canada has lost four soldiers to suicide. The reality is, soldiers worry that if they come forward with their mental health issues, it will end their careers.

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.

December 4th, 2013

Questioning the Minister on Canadian Forces Suicides

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

Mr. Speaker, Canadians who serve our country expect their government to be there for them in their time of need. Instead, the Conservatives are closing Veterans Affairs offices and failing our service men and women. Almost two dozen of our brave heroes took their own lives in 2011, and there were four more apparent suicides this past week.

November 28th, 2013

In Debate: Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act

Ms. Charmaine Borg (Terrebonne—Blainville, NDP):

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise and take part in this debate today.

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 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 23rd, 2013

In Debate: Budget Implementation Act Omnibus Bill

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for a very good overview of this budget bill. All I can see here is a tax on Canadians: municipalities, veterans, civil servants, credit unions, scientists, and environmentalists. I can only assume that this is the government's new enemies list.

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



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 21st, 2013

In Debate: Speaking Against Cutting Off Debate

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I want to talk to the House very briefly about the role of democracy.

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 20th, 2013

Commonwealth Parliamentarians Call to Respect Decisions of the Aged

Temba Gubula reports from Commonwealth Parliament Conference:

Commonwealth parliaments should empower senior citizens to decide on their care and treatment and protect professionals who respect the decisions of the elderly. That was said in a workshop at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference on the theme of caring for an ageing population.

September 17th, 2013


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.

June 27th, 2013

Share your priorities for Budget 2014

Have your say: Share your priorities for Budget 2014

June 26th, 2013

CPP Needs Change

June 18th, 2013


Official opposition tables motion to increase transparency and replace the BOIE with independent body

June 18th, 2013


OTTAWA – NDP Pension Critic Irene Mathyssen (London – Fanshawe) called on the Finance Minister to honour his commitment to work with the provinces to increase retirement security for Canadians. The Finance Minister has yet to honour his six-month-old promise to work with the provinces to increase the Canada Pension Plan / Quebec Pension Plan.

June 18th, 2013


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.

June 4th, 2013

When will the Finance Minister meet with the provinces to talk CPP/QPP increase?

June 4th, 2013

In Debate: Bill C-60 Further Undermines Seniors, Small Business and Working Families

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak to this so-called budget bill. This Conservative omnibus bill goes far beyond any legitimate budget implementation. It contains an entirely new department of foreign affairs act and would amend nearly 50 pieces of legislation. This is the Conservatives third attempt to avoid public scrutiny and proper parliamentary consideration of their proposals.

May 31st, 2013

In Debate: On Government Data Breaches and Canadians Privacy

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be here, even at this late hour, to follow up with the government on the HRSDC data breaches. It is a very important issue and Canadians deserve to hear the answers, no matter what the hour.

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 10th, 2013

Does the Government Agree the Senate Cannot be Trusted to Investigate Itself?

May 7th, 2013

Why are Conservatives Blocking CPP & QPP Expansion?

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON: Mr. Speaker back in 2010, the Minister of Finance said he believed we should consider a modest, phased-in and fully funded enhancement to defined benefits under the Canada pension plan. However, then Conservatives flip-flopped, backtracked and set arbitrary criteria for provincial consensus. The required level of provincial support already exists. Why are Conservatives adding new and blatantly unnecessary roadblocks to essential CPP and QPP expansion?

May 6th, 2013

Thanking Manufacturers for Supporting Students


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.

April 25th, 2013

In Debate on S-7 Terrorism Legislation

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON: Mr. Speaker, my point about a refusal to listen was illustrated quite effectively just now.

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.

March 28th, 2013

Budget 2013 Ignores Needs of Canadian Seniors

OTTAWA – The NDP is dismayed that in Budget 2013, while Conservatives propose some modest steps, they ignore the real priorities of seniors. With seniors representing the fastest growing segment of our population, one would expect a more serious commitment from this government.

March 25th, 2013

Question Period: Employment Insurance Fairness

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Conservatives are taking a mother with cancer to court, yet another example of the government targeting out-of-work Canadians and restricting the EI benefits that they have paid into for years. For Jane Kittmer, it gets worse. Not only is she battling cancer, now she has to battle the Conservatives, too.

March 21st, 2013


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

March 1st, 2013

In Debate: Telling the Truth About Veterans Issues

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

Mr. Speaker, in October of last year I asked the Minister of Veterans Affairs who cared for our soldiers after they came home from deployment. The government likes to tout that it supports our troops. However, the minute those troops become veterans, they are all but forgotten.

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 6th, 2013

QUESTION PERIOD: Standing Up for Veterans Care & Benefits


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

Mr. Speaker, there is a troubling pattern of the Conservatives ignoring due process when it comes to the care of our veterans. Today the ombudsman's report provides the latest example of unfair treatment of veterans seeking disability benefits.

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.

February 4th, 2013

In Debate: Bill C-52 Rail Shipping

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

Mr. Speaker, rail freight customers, from farmers to mining companies, are suffering because railway companies have a virtual monopoly when it comes to the vital rail lines that Canadians need to get goods to market.

February 4th, 2013

Presenting Petitions: Restore $12,000 in OAS benefits to Canadian Seniors Age 65-67

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

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from constituents adding their names to those of thousands of Canadians who have petitioned the House to change the proposed changes to old age security eligibility.

January 29th, 2013

In Debate on C-48, Amending Income Tax Act

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

Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time this afternoon.

January 21st, 2013

Annual Report to Canadians

Report to Canadians 2012

I am pleased to announce that the Report to Canadians 2012 is now available online. The report covers the period from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012.

December 10th, 2012

Members Statement: A Senate Christmas Carol

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, last night I had a nightmare of Dickensian proportions. I dreamt that the spirits of senators past, present and future rose up from the other place and were feeding upon the hard-earned dollars of Canadian taxpayers, millions upon millions, from poor, hungry and frozen waifs.

December 7th, 2012

In Debate: Bill C-15 Strengthening Military Justice

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

Mr. Speaker, I truly appreciate this opportunity to speak to Bill C-15. In October 2011, the Minister of National Defence introduced the bill, which amends the National Defence Act in order to strengthen military justice. This, of course, follows the 2003 report from former chief justice the Right Hon. Antonio Lamer and the report of the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. As members will know, Bill C-15 had earlier incarnations. We have spoken briefly of Bill C-7, which died on the order paper due to prorogation. Members will remember the prorogation, when the government saw fit to escape the House because there were certain allegations in regard to the appropriate behaviour of the government. Again, we saw Bill C-45, another earlier incarnation, disappear during the election of 2008. In 2010, Bill C-41 was introduced, again in response to Justice Lamer's report. It outlined provisions related to military justice, such as sentencing reform, military judges and committees, summary trials, court martial panels, the provost marshal, and limited provisions related to the grievance and military police complaints process, which of course brings us to Bill C-15. I believe it is important for me to speak to the bill, because justice is more than just a system of laws and regulations. It is also a fundamental value for me, for my NDP colleagues and certainly for the military and Canadians across this land. The bill is a step in the right direction. We have heard that a number of times, but it does not address the key issues related to reforming the summary trial system, the grievance system and for strengthening the Military Police Complaints Commission. These are key objectives that cannot be ignored. While the bill's primary objective is laudable, it does not satisfy our objectives. Much needs to be done to bring the military justice system more in line with the civilian justice system. We on this side of the House want a comprehensive bill that adequately addresses the problem. No justice system is perfect. We have seen that over the years. However, that should not stop us from trying to improve our system as much as possible. Key elements have been left out of Bill C-15: reforming the summary trial system, reforming the grievance system and strengthening the Military Police Complaints Commission. In fact, the NDP included these three elements in amendments to the previous version of Bill C-15, which of course was Bill C-41. Oddly, and I do say oddly, these amendments are now absent. It is a strange coincidence. As I said, the NDP is not opposed to the spirit of the bill. What we want is to work with the government to get it right, in order to ensure that the bill is relevant and that its scope is broad enough. I am at a loss to understand why the government did not include the three elements I referred to in Bill C-15. They are important for consistent military justice reform. Let us look specifically at the grievance system. We will start with that one. We must understand it in order to appreciate the importance of the improvements proposed by the NDP. I would like to quote the directive on military grievances, which can be found on the Department of National Defence's website. It indicates that: The DND and the [Canadian Forces] shall manage all grievances through the Canadian Forces Grievance System...and ensure that: all grievances are processed as efficiently and expeditiously as possible; a CF member is not penalized for submitting a grievance; and assistance is made available to a CF member in the preparation of a grievance. The last point is very important. The Canadian Forces has the responsibility to help its members because they do not have a union-type association to defend them. This lack of counterbalance is another reason why it is important to ensure that we have an effective and impartial system. The NDP proposed two improvements. First, we proposed that at least 60% of grievance board members be civilians who have never been officers or members of the Canadian Forces; and second, that the Chief of Defence Staff be given more authority to resolve the financial aspect of grievances. The first improvement, namely that the grievance board strike a balance between military and civilian membership, is important to ensure that this process be perceived as external and independent. When it comes to the military, it is critical that everyone in the country is able to see that the system as independent and fair. Members of the military have a great deal of experience in managing such situations, so it is rather important that they be truly involved in the process. However, the presence of civilians is also essential to dispel any idea that members of the military are subject to a different kind of justice than ordinary Canadians. It is also essential that Canadian Forces Grievance Board be effective and absolutely beyond reproach. The NDP believes that a significant civilian presence on the board would help maintain this perception. When we look at how to strengthen the Military Police Complaints Commission, the merit of this idea and our position is quite obvious. Police officers, as an example, are agents of social control and play a key role in our society based on the rule of law. They are effective not only because they have the equipment, the manpower and the authority, but also because they are perceived as legitimate by the public. The military police is no exception. For a police force to operate properly, whether it be military or civilian, it must have the approval of those under its authority. A police force gains legitimacy through its perceived integrity. This perception is built on the actions of the police force and the perception of fairness and justice in its operations. There is no better way to prove the integrity of a police force than by having a strong monitoring body. A Military Police Complaints Commission that is legitimate and reports to Parliament is the best way to ensure fairness in the actions of military police and, just as importantly, the perception of fairness and justice by Canadians. We on this side of the House also recommended that the Chief of Defence Staff have more authority to resolve financial aspects related to grievances. This is a simple requirement to ensure that the grievance system is consistent. If the Chief of Defence Staff does not have the ability to resolve financial aspects, it calls into question the relevance of the grievance process. I would point out that Canada is not the only country reviewing its military justice system. Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Ireland have recently done the same. We are in an excellent position to pass comprehensive and effective legislation while taking into account what has been done in other countries. Unfortunately, that is not the case with the bill as it stands. As I have already said, the NDP proposed amendments to the bill in its previous form, but those amendments are no longer part of the current bill. We would like to see these important and constructive changes incorporated. We think that our Canadian Forces personnel deserve that. They put themselves on the line each and every day. They have been a source of great pride to this country in their behaviour and conduct in arenas around the world. We owe them a sense of security regarding the justice that is meted out within the military. I would sincerely ask the government to reconsider the recommendations the NDP has made because we want to strengthen the bill. We want it to be fair and balanced. We want it to work. Mr. Chris Alexander (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, CPC): Mr. Speaker, I rise again to set the record straight in the House regarding our current military justice system and what it can and should be after the amendments proposed in the bill. There were several references made in the previous speech to what other countries have done with military justice. Let us be clear that Canada has been a model through many decades of its history with its military justice system. The amendment we are proposing and the ones we discussed in previous parliaments would keep us at the forefront of developments, for which other countries have looked to Canada for leadership. Is the hon. member aware that there are significant differences? For example, the United Kingdom and Ireland are bound by the European Convention on Human Rights. Australia is bound by its constitution. Would my colleague not agree that the reviews conducted by esteemed jurists, like former Chief Justices Dickson and Lamer and, more recently, Chief Justice LeSage of Ontario, all concluded that Canada's military justice system was fair and strikes the necessary balance? Would she not agree that theirs are more compelling arguments than any we have heard so far from her side by members who would rather see us pick and choose pieces from military justice systems in other parts of the world? There is a holistic approach to Canada's military justice system, which we are continuing with the bill and other countries should follow—

December 3rd, 2012


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 21st, 2012

In debate: on Pensions and Seniors Poverty

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I want to ask my colleague across the aisle to clarify her statements last June. She claims to be taking action to create sustainable programs. I want to know what programs she is talking about. Canadian seniors are not seeing the benefits.

November 8th, 2012

NDP Grills Minister on Veterans Benefits

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

Mr. Speaker, not only are they trying to hide their irresponsible budget from Canadians, but they also want to hide how they treat our veterans. The Auditor General has been clear: veterans are having to deal with unacceptable wait times, complicated, poorly defined processes and inadequate benefits. What is even more shocking, however, is that in a rich country like Canada, this government does not even provide veterans in need with a decent funeral service.

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

Question Period: Every Veteran Deserves a Dignified Funeral

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, this week, before Remembrance Day, is not a time for partisan rhetoric. We should be focused on improving care for veterans and their families. We should all agree that impoverished veterans deserve a proper burial service equal to the sacrifice that they made for this country.

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 31st, 2012

Question Period: Fair Compensation for Injured Veterans

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the government's lump sum payment plan for injured veterans has proved to be a failure. In some cases, injured vets get only 10% of what they have received through the courts or workers compensation. That is the reason Canadian Forces members who are injured in the line of duty may have to launch a class action lawsuit against the government. Imagine, after risking everything for one's country, having to fight the government in court to get a fair pension.

October 30th, 2012

In Debate: on Pension Provisions in C45 OMNIBUS-II

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON: Mr. Speaker, the question I have for my colleague has to do with the pension provisions that we saw in the budget and now we see in this omnibus bill.

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



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



Another 400 plus page Omnibus bill undermines parliamentary democracy

October 18th, 2012

In Debate: Real Changes Needed to Employment Insurance

Irene Mathyssen, London—Fanshawe, ON: Mr. Speaker, back in May, I asked the minister about the changes in the budget implementation act that impacted employment insurance. As we now know, these changes have not worked. The minister has already been forced to retract some of those changes.

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.

October 16th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Keep OAS Eligibility at Age 65

IRENE MATHYSSEN, (London—Fanshawe, ON): Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from people across the country who are very concerned about the government's changes to old age security, because it will have a very negative impact on the poorest seniors in our country. In fact, changing the age of eligibility for OAS from 65 to 67 will cost each and every senior about $12,000 every year.

October 1st, 2012

Question Period: Are the Conservatives Raising the Retirement Age?

September 20th, 2012

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON:

Mr. Speaker, it looks like the Conservatives are making a habit of attacking retirement security. Now it is the public sector pension plan that is in their sights, and just months after the Conservatives' reckless attacks on OAS. They are moving step by step to cut pensions and raise the retirement age for Canadians. People are justifiably worried and wonder whose pension the Conservatives are coming after next.

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.

June 26th, 2012

In Debate on Trojan Horse Budget Implementation C-38

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

Mr. Speaker, first, I want to once again thank the staff and pages for all their hard work last week and indeed throughout the year. Without them this place would not function and we owe them a debt of gratitude. I thank them all.

June 18th, 2012

In Debate: On the F-35 fighter jet purchase

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

Mr. Speaker, I listened carefully to the member's speech and was quite fascinated by her reference to balanced and constructive spending and management of our fiscal realities by the Conservative government.

June 11th, 2012

Registered Pooled Pension Plans are Retirement Roulette

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the fact is that they are making cities pay the price for Conservative mismanagement. Shame on that minister.

May 28th, 2012

In Debate: Pooled Registered Pension Plans are Not the Answer

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

Motion No. 1:

That Bill C-25 be amended by deleting Clause 1.

Madam Speaker, it is important that we look very carefully at the pooled registered pension plan because it simply does not serve Canadians. In addition to not serving Canadians, it does nothing to solve Canada's pension crisis.

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 14th, 2012

Introducing Bill C-422 to Eliminate EI Waiting Period

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP)

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-422, An Act to amend the Employment Insurance Act (elimination of waiting period)

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 14th, 2012

Question Period: Why is the Minister Taking New Powers, Reducing Tribunal Access for Employment Insurance?

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

Mr. Speaker, hiding changes in the budget to avoid accountability is simply wrong. Another hidden change: cutting employment insurance and gutting the appeals tribunal. Instead of separate tribunals with dedicated staff, we now have one big tribunal with a fraction of the staff. Asking 70 staff to review over 30,000 appeals is not going to make the system efficient. It will grind it to a halt and the government knows it.

April 26th, 2012

Raising age of eligibility for OAS will have serious consequences on seniors

New NDP report shows that more seniors will fall into poverty

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


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 25th, 2012

Mathyssen Welcomes Thomas Mulcair as New Leader

OTTAWA – At the 2012 New Democratic Party Leadership Convention in Toronto on March 24, the NDP elected Thomas Mulcair (MP Outremont) as their new leader.

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 15th, 2012


OTTAWA – NDP MP Laurin Liu (Rivière-des-Milles-Îles) has tabled a bill that would automatically register all Canadian seniors for the Guaranteed Income Supplement. She was joined by Seniors Critic Irene Mathyssen (London–Fanshawe), Deputy Seniors Critic Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds–Dollard), and Danis Prud’homme, Executive Director of the FADOQ.

March 14th, 2012

Question Period: Did Conservatives Target Seniors with Dirty Election Campaign Tricks?

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

Mr. Speaker, Canadians know there were dirty tricks on the last campaign and they want an inquiry. What are the Conservatives hiding?

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 12th, 2012

Question Period: Why are the Conservatives Taking Away Seniors' Right to Vote?

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, Canadians know there were dirty tricks on the last campaign and they want an inquiry. What are the Conservatives hiding?

March 8th, 2012

Question Period: When Will Government Commit to Ending Senior Women's Poverty?

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, a shocking 46.5% of elderly Canadian women live alone in poverty. This is double the poverty rate for elderly men in Canada. Seniors' poverty particularly touches aboriginal and immigrant women.

March 8th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Reduce Seniors Poverty by Increasing GIS

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from a number of Canadians who recognize that in June the House unanimously passed a motion presented by me that the government take action to raise all seniors out of poverty by increasing the guaranteed income supplement. Of course, we know that has not happened. The government's efforts in this area have been less than acceptable.

March 8th, 2012

Irene Introduces Bill C-407, An Act to amend the Financial Administration Act (gender balanced representation)

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Moved for leave to introduce Bill C-407, An Act to amend the Financial Administration Act (gender balanced representation).

February 16th, 2012

Question Period: Why Won't Conservatives be Honest About OAS?

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

Mr. Speaker, the government still cannot give seniors and families a straight answer when it comes to old age security. First, it was not raising the retirement age; now it is. Then it was happening in 2020; now it is not.

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 9th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Ending Seniors' Poverty and Protecting Canadian Jobs

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Madam Speaker, I have two petitions to present today. The first petition is from Londoners who seek to end poverty for seniors.

February 9th, 2012


Condemns plant closures, calls on Conservatives to strengthen the Investment Canada Act

OTTAWA – New Democrats today blasted Conservative inaction on jobs, while introducing a motion calling on the government to make changes to the Investment Canada Act to protect Canadian jobs.

February 9th, 2012

Question Period: Will Conservatives Stop Scare Tactics & Listen to Budget Officer's Findings on OAS?

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

Mr. Speaker, the Parliamentary Budget Officer has crunched the numbers and says that OAS is to sustainable. The National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation went to the HRSDC minister to make a case for better treatment of poor seniors. Instead it got “lecture that there is a sustainability crises in Old Age Security”.

February 8th, 2012

Questioning the Minister: Old Age Security

The Speaker: Order, please. The hon. member for London—Fanshawe.

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the government has no plan for senior affordable housing, no plan for home care, no plan for long-term care and no responsible pension reform. The Conservatives march in here and say that they are going to cut the OAS. That is despicable.

February 7th, 2012


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


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 2nd, 2012

Opposition Day Motion Standing Up for Canadian Seniors

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I will be sharing my time with the member for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce—Lachine.

February 2nd, 2012


Opposition day motion calls on House to reject Harper’s changes to OAS

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the House of Commons to take a stand against Stephen Harper’s move to balance the Conservative deficit by cutting future benefits for seniors.

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

Consulting Seniors, Taking on Harper's OAS Cuts

NDP MPs meeting with CARP, seniors groups to discuss best ways to oppose Conservative cuts

December 13th, 2011

In Debate: We Need Better Service from Service Canada

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

Mr. Speaker, there are many problems with how Service Canada is operating. People are not receiving the services that they need. I have heard from the London location of Service Canada that the front end staff have been reduced and it is causing a considerable backlog.

December 5th, 2011

Mathyssen & NDP Host Seniors Roundtable in Ottawa

Consultation key component in developing National Strategy on Ageing

OTTAWA – Official Opposition critic for Seniors, Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) and Deputy Critic Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe (Pierrefonds-Dollard) hosted a roundtable discussion on seniors today. Both were thrilled with the attendance and participation of the people speaking on issues like seniors’ health care, housing and pension security.

December 2nd, 2011

Question Period: C-10 Omnibus "Crime" Legislation

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I noted that the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice said that this was a very important bill. I wonder, if it is so important, why we are allowing only three hours of debate at third reading? It would seem to me that it deserves far more.

December 2nd, 2011

In Debate: On Senate Reform

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

Madam Speaker, I am very happy to be speaking to the Senate reform bill.

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 24th, 2011


Canada must act now to avoid catastrophe for a million Canadians & their families

November 22nd, 2011

Questioning the Minister: Why are Canadians Getting No Answer at "Service Canada"?

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

Mr. Speaker, seniors who built this country are being left out in the cold by the government. Half of all CPP-related calls to Service Canada are completely ignored. There is no one to help, not even an automated message. Seniors are looking to their government for the help they deserve, but all they find is a dead phone line.

November 22nd, 2011

In Debate: Action Needed to Lift Seniors Out of Poverty

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

Madam Speaker, as members know, an NDP motion supported by all parties in the House passed unanimously in June of this year. While I am pleased that our initiative to end seniors' poverty did have support, I have profound concerns because the government has failed to take the NDP motion into account. It seems that the government is only willing to pay lip service to democracy and the seniors struggling to make ends meet.

November 22nd, 2011

Speaking up for Seniors in Parliament

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the guaranteed income supplement was put in place 40 years ago to address seniors' poverty in Canada, but because of the government's failure to keep up with the times, seniors are falling behind. Costs are rising on everything from food to home heating. Once again, seniors are being left out in the cold. We learned today that the number of seniors using food banks has escalated over the past decade. What is the government's plan to help impoverished Canadian seniors?

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.

October 18th, 2011

In Debate: Budget Implementation-failing on job creation and poverty reduction

Mr. Speaker, this budget implementation bill we are debating is disappointing.

We need a budget that is creative, has foresight, and addresses not only the needs of today but the needs of the future. It is crucial that we build a sound budget that will help promote and create jobs today, and a budget that addresses the needs of our aging population and the fiscal challenges that poses.

June 20th, 2011

Motion to End Poverty For Canada's Seniors

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ONmoved: That, in the opinion of this House, ending seniors' poverty in Canada is fiscally feasible, and, therefore, the House calls on the government to take immediate steps to increase the Guaranteed Income Supplement sufficiently to achieve that goal.