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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.

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).

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.

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 10th, 2016

VETERANS DESERVE BETTER

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

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:

July 1st, 2016

NDP STATEMENT ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLES OF THE SOMME AND BEAUMONT-HAMEL

NDP Critic for Culture and Heritage, Pierre Nantel (Longueuil- Saint-Hubert) made the following statement:

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 9th, 2016

MATHYSSEN CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO PRIORITIZE VETERANS’ MENTAL HEALTH

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

NDP OUTRAGED AS LIBERALS TAKE VETERANS BACK TO COURT

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 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 14th, 2016

MP MATHYSSEN INTRODUCES BILLS TO INCREASE SUPPORT FOR VETERANS

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.

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.

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 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 13th, 2015

NDP SECURES A VICTORY FOR VETERANS

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.

April 20th, 2015

FAIRNESS FOR CONSUMERS OF WIRELESS PHONE CARDS MOTION

Ottawa – New Democrat Critic for Seniors Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe) tabled a motion today that calls upon the federal government to update the rules governing wireless phone cards to ensure that consumers are treated fairly.

March 23rd, 2015

In Debate: Seniors need Pharmacare, Affordable Housing and Income Security

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

Mr. Speaker, we desperately need a plan to deal with Canada's aging population. There needs to be practical and effective planning for the nearly 10 million people who will be seniors in the next 25 years.

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 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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 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

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 24th, 2014

Support the CBC

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

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 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.

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 11th, 2014

NDP Congratulates Canadian Screen Awards Winners

“New Democrats would like to congratulate all Canadian artists who were honoured at Sunday night’s Canadian Screen Awards” said Official Opposition Heritage critic Pierre Nantel (Longueuil – Pierre-Boucher)

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.

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.

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.

June 26th, 2013

CPP Needs Change

June 18th, 2013

FINANCE MINISTER MUST HONOUR COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE RETIREMENT SECURITY

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.

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.

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 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

April 5th, 2012

Question Period: Why do Conservatives not care about seniors' poverty?

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

Mr. Speaker, let us take a look at what the Conservatives waste taxpayer money on instead of helping seniors, especially low-income seniors when they retire: inefficient private pension plans; billions for failed fighter jets; and let us not forget glow sticks and gazebos in Muskoka.

March 20th, 2012

NEW DEMOCRAT OAS TOUR COMES TO WINNIPEG

NDP MPs consulting with Canadians on reckless Conservative pension changes

WINNIPEG – New Democrat Seniors Critic Irene Mathyssen visited Winnipeg today to consult with local families and seniors on how to best protect retirees from Stephen Harper’s plan to raise the OAS eligibility age from 65 to 67.

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.

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.

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.

November 24th, 2011

NDP TABLES BILL FOR NATIONAL DEMENTIA STRATEGY

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 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.

October 3rd, 2011

Question Period - October 3rd, 2011

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, on Seniors Day, the government boasted about tax measures that would help seniors. The reality is that over 0.25 million--

October 1st, 2011

NEW DEMOCRATS HONOURS NATIONAL SENIORS DAY // LE NPD SOULIGNE LA JOURNÉE NATIONALE DES AÎNÉS

NEW DEMOCRATS HONOURS NATIONAL SENIORS DAY

OTTAWA – Today, Canada celebrates National Senior’s Day. It is a day to recognize how important seniors are to the fabric of Canada. A day to recognize the work they do in their homes, in their communities and in business.

August 30th, 2011

STATEMENT FROM NEW DEMOCRAT PENSIONS CRITIC WAYNE MARSTON

New Democrats believe in a fair pension policy for all Canadians, including immigrants, a policy which lifts Canada’s seniors out of poverty. Unfortunately, the Harper Conservatives continue to believe it is acceptable for some Canadian seniors to live in poverty.