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 1st, 2016

In Debate: C-26 Canada Pension Plan Changes

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:

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.

April 20th, 2015


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.

April 13th, 2015


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

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.

October 6th, 2014

260,000 Seniors in Canada Living in Poverty

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

Mr. Speaker, more than 260,000 seniors across the country are living below the poverty line. As more Canadians retire, that number will rise, but the government seems to content to sit back and watch

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


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


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 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.

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.

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:

November 4th, 2013

Remembrance Day Message

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 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.

June 26th, 2013

CPP Needs Change

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 4th, 2013

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

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 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?

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 20th, 2013

Question Period: Calling on the Minister to Reverse OAS Cuts

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Mr. Speaker, in an ideal world, the budget would help people, but in Conservative Ottawa budgets are used to weaken retirement security and cut old age security. In Conservative Ottawa, Canadians are forced to work two years longer before they can retire. Expert after expert after expert has contradicted the government and said OAS is sustainable.

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 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.

November 23rd, 2012

Talking OAS & Pensions with Brantford Residents

BRANTFORD—On November 16, Irene joined locals and members of the Brantford & District Labour Council to protest the latest changes to the Old Age Security (OAS) program, which places the financial security of seniors at risk.

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 9th, 2012

In Debate: Speaking in favour of C-36 on Elder Abuse

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

Mr. Speaker, I will be splitting my time with the member for Argenteuil—Papineau—Mirabel.

Bill C-36 deals with the complex and challenging subject of elder abuse. It is difficult to paint elder abuse with one brush because it comes in many forms: physical, sexual, financial and psychological. The scale of the abuse can vary dramatically. It can be something that has been happening over a lifetime or occur when a senior becomes frail and vulnerable. The source of the abuse can be caregivers, spouses, children or even strangers looking to take advantage of a vulnerable, lonely person. Often the abuse is hidden, not spoken of, and this is a great tragedy.

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 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.

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



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 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.

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.

June 4th, 2012

New Horizons for Seniors Program Calls for Proposals

New Horizons for Seniors Program

Community-based projects

Grants of up to $25,000 per year, per organization are available for projects that encourage seniors to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others and help communities increase their capacity to address local issues.

May 31st, 2012

Questioning Back-to-Work Legislation Attack on CP Rail Workers Pensions:

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 3rd, 2012

Question Period: Why Won't Minister Reveal Supposed Cost Saving on OAS?

Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe: Pierrefonds—Dollard, QC

Mr. Speaker, after scandals and ethical problems, this government refuses to be transparent about old age security. Even though thousands of Canadians are worried about their golden years, the minister continues to turn a deaf ear. She refuses to say how much this government will save on the backs of the most vulnerable seniors by pushing the age of eligibility from 65 to 67.

April 30th, 2012

In Debate: Challenging the Conservative Changes to OAS

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

Mr. Speaker, I asked for this late show to follow up with the minister regarding the question I asked in the House about old age security. The minister quoted from a speech I made in which I said that we need a plan in place and we need the structures in place to deal with this dramatic shift in our country's demographics. The minister said that she agreed with me. If she does indeed agree, I would encourage her to continue to convince the government to reverse its decision to change the age of retirement from 65 to 67.

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 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


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 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 12th, 2012

Canada desperately needs a national plan to deal with Canada's aging population

New Democrats are dedicated to developing a concrete plan to ensure that no senior is left behind as our country's demographics shift.

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 7th, 2012

Irene Calls on Government to Automatically Enroll Seniors in GIS

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP): Madam Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to ask the member opposite to answer the question that I asked in the House on December 1, 2011. Unfortunately the question was not answered by the parliamentary secretary at that time. My question was:

March 1st, 2012

Question Period: Government Admits Numbers Wrong on OAS Last Year

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

Mr. Speaker, the government just does not care who it hurts with its reckless cuts.

February 24th, 2012



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

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

February 17th, 2012

London Seniors Townhall Meeting

Dear Constituents & Community Partners,

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

February 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 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 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

In Debate: Second Reading, Bill C-25 (Pooled Pension Plans)

The House resumed from January 30 consideration of the motion that Bill C-25, An Act relating to pooled registered pension plans and making related amendments to other Acts, be read the second time and referred to a committee.

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.

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?

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



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.

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.