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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).

February 8th, 2017

New Democrats Working to Increase Consumer Protection

Ottawa – Peter Julian, MP (NDP, New Westminster-Burnaby), re-introduced his Private Member’s Bill to provide consumers with the right to know what ingredients are in everyday products. NDP House Leader, Murray Rankin, MP (Victoria) is proud to be seconding Bill C-336.

November 24th, 2016

MP MATHYSSEN WELCOMES EX-PAT VOTING REFORM

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 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.

October 20th, 2016

THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NATIONAL POVERTY REDUCTION STRATEGY IN CANADA

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.

October 18th, 2016

Make Birth Control Free (M-65)

Mr. Speaker, September 26, World Contraception Day, provides a timely opportunity to talk about the importance of and access to contraception for people around the world. In Canada there are some who struggle to gain access to necessary reproductive health care. Those most marginalized include youth, immigrants, and those of low socio-economic status.

September 21st, 2016

Mathyssen Introduces Motion to Support Urban Forests

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

June 13th, 2016

NDP Calls for Immediate Decriminalization of Marijuana

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

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.

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.

March 14th, 2016

TIME FOR PARLIAMENT TO STUDY GUARANTEED MINIMUM INCOME

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.

February 4th, 2016

NDP: DEMOCRATIC REFORM MUST BE DEMOCRATIC

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 1st, 2016

THE TIME FOR PAY EQUITY IS NOW

OTTAWA — Canada’s New Democrats will introduce an opposition day motion urging the federal government to do everything it can to tackle the unacceptable wage gap between men and women.

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.

May 12th, 2015

NDP SECURES A VICTORY FOR WOMEN

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

LET’S END THE UNFAIR TAX ON WOMEN

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.

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 24th, 2015

Presenting Petitions: Increase Canada Pension Plan

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

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from residents in my riding who are concerned about retirement security and the fact that fewer than 40% of all employees are covered by a workplace pension plan. They believe, as do we on this side of the House, that every Canadian deserves a safe, secure, fully portable and predictable pension.

February 17th, 2015

Presenting Petitions: Anaphylatic Travellers

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

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from a number of Canadians who ask the House of Commons to honour and support a motion that was unanimously voted on in regard to Motion No. 230 on anaphylaxis.

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 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.

October 31st, 2014

Blog Post for October 31

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

October 27th, 2014

Presenting Petitions: Iraqi Christians

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

October 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.

September 24th, 2014

MATHYSSEN MOVES MOTION TO SUPPORT URBAN FORESTS

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

September 18th, 2014

Mathyssen Motions for Seniors Advocate & National Strategy

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

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.

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 24th, 2014

Support the CBC

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

April 4th, 2014

Presenting Petitions: Immigration Fairness

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

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

March 3rd, 2014

Presenting Petitions: Fair & Timely Immigration

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

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

March 3rd, 2014

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

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

February 6th, 2014

Presenting Petitions: Protect the Thames River

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

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 5th, 2013

Your Petitions: Protect the Thames River

December 4th, 2013

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

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

December 4th, 2013

Your Petitions: Tax Deductions for Skilled Tradespersons Work Mobility

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

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

November 26th, 2013

Mathyssen Proposes Chris Hadfield Day

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

November 19th, 2013

Mathyssen Launches Petition for Fair & Timely Immigration

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

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

Department of Finance Report-NDP best fiscal record

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

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 7th, 2013

Statement on Equality Action Plan Motion

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

Mr. Speaker, yesterday, at the Status of Women committee, I introduced a motion to study the 1993 equality action plan from the Canadian panel on violence against women. My motion calls on the committee to examine the document and develop an action plan to address its recommendations.

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.

December 14th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: on CETA & on OAS benefits

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions today.

The first petition is from a group of Canadians who are very concerned about the government's discussions with the European Union in regard to a free trade agreement. The concern stems from the fact that they believe the European Union is seeking domestic changes that will limit our sub-federal governments, our provinces, to procure freely and openly in their own areas. They are also concerned about the impact on drug procurement plans.

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 25th, 2012

MATHYSSEN TABLES MOTION TO SPLIT PENSION CLAUSES FROM OMNIBUS II

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

October 24th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Londoners Petition In Support of Experimental Lakes Area

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

October 18th, 2012

Omnibus Budget Bill II

October 18, 2012

OMNIBUS BUDGET BILL II, THE SEQUEL:

CONSERVATIVES HAVEN’T LEARNED

Another 400 plus page Omnibus bill undermines parliamentary democracy

October 16th, 2012

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.

September 21st, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Independent Veterans Ombudsman

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I have a petition from a number of citizens who are very concerned about what happens to our veterans. Of course we all know that the freedoms and privileges that we have in our country and in this House are owed to veterans.

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.

August 31st, 2012

Petition to Save Experimental Lakes Area Research

Call upon the Government of Canada to recognize the importance of the ELA (Experimental Lakes Area) to the Government of Canada’s mandate to study, preserve and protect aquatic ecosystems; reverse the decision to close the ELA research station; and continue to staff and provide financial resources to the ELA at the current or higher, level of commitment.

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 11th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Real Democracy Needed in the Congo

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

May 11th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Action for Attawapiskat

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

March 27th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Strengthening Investment Canada Act

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

March 15th, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Supporting Former Electro-Motive Workers

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

March 15th, 2012

NEW DEMOCRATS INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT SENIORS

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 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 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 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

NDP PUTS FORWARD MOTION TO PROTECT CANADIAN JOBS

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 1st, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Support Electro-Motive Workers

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

January 31st, 2012

Presenting Petitions: Support Electro-Motive Workers

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

December 13th, 2011

Presenting Petitions: Action Needed on Seniors Poverty

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

Mr. Speaker, I have a petition, signed by a significant number of people across the country, in response to a motion that I brought to the House in June of this year, calling on the government to take action against the rising levels of poverty among Canadian seniors. As members will recall, that motion passed the House, but unfortunately we have seen no real action. The government talks a good game and provided less than half of what is needed to raise seniors in Canada out of poverty. In a country this rich, 300,000 seniors living in poverty is not acceptable. Therefore, I submit this petition.

November 24th, 2011

NDP TABLES BILL FOR NATIONAL DEMENTIA STRATEGY

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

June 25th, 2011

Introducing Bill C-256, Increased Protection for Firefighters

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-256, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (firefighters).

June 23rd, 2011

Bill C-254, Income Tax & EI changes for Severance Pay

Irene Mathyssen London—Fanshawe, ON moved for leave to introduce Bill C-254, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act and the Employment Insurance Act (severance pay).

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.