Irene MATHYSSEN

MATHYSSEN, Irene, B.A.(Hons), B.Ed.

Personal Data

Party
New Democratic Party
Constituency
London--Fanshawe (Ontario)
Birth Date
August 16, 1951
Website
http://irenemathyssen.ca
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=8826a32c-2e29-49be-b6e2-c1f10363639b&Language=E&Section=ALL
Email Address
irene.mathyssen@parl.gc.ca
Profession
community activist, teacher

Parliamentary Career

January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
NDP
  London--Fanshawe (Ontario)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
NDP
  London--Fanshawe (Ontario)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
NDP
  London--Fanshawe (Ontario)
  • N.D.P. Caucus Chair (December 3, 2014 - November 11, 2015)
October 19, 2015 -
NDP
  London--Fanshawe (Ontario)
  • N.D.P. Caucus Chair (December 3, 2014 - November 11, 2015)
  • Deputy Whip of the N.D.P. (November 12, 2015 - )

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 307)


June 18, 2019

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, in 1934, a fellow by the name of Simon Kuznets invented GDP as a measure of wealth, because nobody could figure out wealth.

Recently, there has been a great deal of discussion about a different measurement, other than GDP, because GDP just makes the rich richer and the poor poorer. What does my colleague think about an alternative measure that takes into account people's health, their safety and our environment and is something that will pull people together rather than divide them into rich and poor?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Business of Supply
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June 14, 2019

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, this petition is with regard to animal testing. It is unnecessary in terms of providing safety to the cosmetics industry. The EU has banned the testing of cosmetics on animals. The petitioners are in overwhelming support of a ban on the testing of cosmetics on animals to ensure the safety of those sentient creatures that become victims of such testing.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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June 14, 2019

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I have two petitions to present.

The first is from petitioners who support postal banking. They point out once again that nearly two million Canadians desperately need an alternative to payday lenders whose crippling lending rates affect the poor, marginalized and indigenous and rural communities. There are 3,800 Canada Post outlets in these communities, where there are fewer and fewer banks and credit unions and the infrastructure to make a rapid transition to postal banking. The petitioners ask the Government of Canada to enact my motion, Motion No. 166, to create a committee to study and propose a plan for postal banking under the Canada Post Corporation.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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June 13, 2019

Ms. Irene Mathyssen (London—Fanshawe, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, we have an obligation to advance gender equality here and throughout the world in our policies and commitments to sustainable development goals, and it starts with ensuring absolute sovereignty over our own bodies.

Contraception is power. There is no country that has achieved economic empowerment without recognizing family planning and a woman's empowerment as an effective tool. Gender rights and women's rights are human rights. This simple fact challenges the power of the patriarchy and its concentration of capital in the hands of white male one percenters. This is the reason we are seeing a bolder, more blatant attack on women and the LGBTQ2S community in the public sphere. It is all about power. New Democrats challenge that construct. We understand that fostering inclusivity and equality benefits everyone.

Over the next few weeks, the NDP will be rolling out its progressive platform. Look for it, because that is where we will see real change. Members can count on it.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Gender Equality
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June 12, 2019

Ms. Irene Mathyssen

With regard to the decision of the Canadian Armed Forces to refuse to extend peer support services to survivors of military sexual trauma: (a) what are the research and resources the department used to make this decision; (b) what is the title and date of each report; and (c) what is the methodology used for each report?

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Questions Passed as Orders for Returns
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