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View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you very much, Madam Chair.
Thank you very much for being here. We truly appreciate the advice and the insight that you bring.
Professor, I would particularly like to thank you for your observation regarding the hierarchy in a committee and how power is used.
I'm sure most of us have been to a mess, and my God, you have to know the protocol or you're in trouble. You may not get dinner if you don't understand the hierarchy there.
I was very interested in the comment in regard to education. You mentioned the RMC, and it reminded me of a situation in the town where I come from with cadets. For whatever reason, because of friendship, because somebody had access to a vehicle, a child predator was allowed in to be an instructor. The reservist who tried to bring attention to that went right up the chain of command. He was drummed out and the predator remained. It seems to me that this education you spoke of does indeed need to start very early. I wondered if you would comment on that.
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you.
Madame St-Pierre, did you have anything to add?
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
That's interesting. In terms of gender-based analysis, governments are still grappling with that.
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
It is tricky and it makes significant demands.
You talked about the national action plan, and I wondered how government has responded. Are you happy with the response? What more could happen, if anything?
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you.
It's interesting that you mention the funding for women's organizations. There has been a decline, in terms of that funding—a very serious decline. There's no core funding anymore. Everything is piecemeal. I'll be very interested in your report. I think the discontinuation of that core funding has created a real vacuum, in terms of women's organizations' ability to respond to some very important issues.
I also had a question in regard to the 2016 Auditor General's report. The recommendation was to increase the representation of women in the Canadian military. Despite whatever good intentions, that hasn't happened. What do you think the main barriers are to recruiting and retaining women, because they may come along. We've seen some at this committee who enlisted with incredibly positive attitudes and intentions, and felt that they were not able to continue.
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Thank you very much for bringing this perspective.
I'm going to throw out some questions, and please feel free to answer or add to whatever responses I get. I would like to begin with Brigadier-General Tattersal. You talked about the strength of diversity, and absolutely, when we look at any community, that diversity of perspectives and life experiences is indeed our strength. We've also heard that there's a pressure to conform to the male norm in the military. I wonder if you could comment on that.
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you.
I came from the teaching realm and I can tell you: when the first female vice-principal at the high school level emerged, it was tough for her. They put her through the ropes. This would be in, I don't know, the late 1980s, not that long ago.
You talked about attracting women who had been released and wanting to bring them back. I wondered what the process was and what kind of success you had. Perhaps you could even identify for us the reason they were released in the first place.
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
Given all of that, do you see a future where we would have a female?
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
Okay. That's good.
Brigadier-General Bourgon, you're the defence champion. I thank you for that.
You spoke about peacekeeping. We heard that there is an important role for women in terms of peacekeeping. Given some of the negatives, like the experience in Haiti and other places, could you speak about the strength that women bring to that role?
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
You talked about the crisis on the ground. We know that when Canadians go into crisis situations there's rape, there's displacement and there are all kinds of quite horrendous experiences that the population has been traumatized with.
How are women important in dealing with that? Do you have any direct experience?
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you for being here, Commissioner. It's lovely to have a chance to meet you.
I'm going to be following up with some questions, some of which will just be me thinking out loud, if you can't answer, but wherever you can answer, I would truly appreciate it.
Recently, your office issued a report on sponsored travel and unregistered lobbying that could be happening on these trips. I guess Captain Renault from Casablanca is one of those situations. At any rate, how would you monitor unregistered lobbying on these trips? How did you find that and how do you respond? Can you tell us?
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
I understand your problems in regard to budgeting in that particular term.
The statutory review of the Lobbying Act is years overdue at this point. In your opinion, should Parliament direct this committee to have a review and examine the legislation as soon as possible?
View Irene Mathyssen Profile
NDP (ON)
Obviously, it would be a good thing if this committee were to invite you to speak since you have a number of issues that you could provide good, sound recommendations for.
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