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  • His favourite word is justice.

Liberal MP for Mount Royal (Québec)

Won his last election, in 2011, with 41.40% of the vote.

Yesterday

Posted on Twitter I am in lockdown at my office. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

Three days ago

Spoke in the House on Redress for Victims of International Crimes Act moved for leave to introduce Bill C-632, An Act to amend the State Immunity Act (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes or torture). Mr. Speaker, I ...

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-632 An Act to amend the State Immunity Act (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes or torture)

Didn't vote on Vote #255 on Bill C-13 Amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act, the Competition Act and the Mutual Legal ...

Voted No on Vote #254 That, in the opinion of the House, the proposed Port of Gros-Cacouna oil terminal, which will be used ...

Posted on Twitter Just introduced a bill to allow Canadians to sue foreign states for torture, other heinous crimes: http://t.co/aPJBtFCQep #cdnpoli

A week ago

Posted on Twitter Hope I'll get unanimous consent this year for National Speak No Evil Day: http://t.co/mAlzZFfRYu #cdnpoli

Mentioned by OurWindsor.ca Irwin Cotler and his career built on conscience When the vote was tallied in the Commons on a motion to send Canadian CF-18s into combat and the member for Mount Royal was the only MP to abstain — and the only Liberal not to side with his leader — it was hardly, for Irwin Cotler, a novel position.

Mentioned by Toronto Star Irwin Cotler and his career built on conscience When the vote was tallied in the Commons on a motion to send Canadian CF-18s into combat and the member for Mount Royal was the only MP to abstain — and the only Liberal not to side with his leader — it was hardly, for Irwin Cotler, a novel position.

Two weeks ago

Spoke in the House on Iran Mr. Speaker, I rise to sound the alarm on the wave of wanton executions in Iran, the intensified persecution of the Baha'i and the imminent executions ...

Mentioned by Huffington Post Canada Liberal MP Irwin Cotler Abstains From Iraq Combat Mission Vote Veteran MP Irwin Cotler, a former minister of justice and human rights advocate, abstained from voting on a motion authorizing the six-month deployment of up to six CF-18 fighter jets, two surveillance planes, a refueling aircraft and 600 personnel to support ...

Voted Yes on Vote #253 on Bill C-247 Expand the mandate of Service Canada in respect of the death of a Canadian citizen ...

Mentioned by CTV News Irwin Cotler criticized for abstaining from combat mission vote A high-profile Liberal MP is the target of criticism after he abstained from the House of Commons vote on Canada's joining U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq. When MPs passed the motion Tuesday night, Liberal MP Irwin Cotler was notably absent.

Mentioned by Huffington Post Canada Liberal MP Irwin Cotler Abstains From Iraq Combat Mission Vote Veteran MP Irwin Cotler, a former minister of justice and human rights advocate, abstained from voting on a motion authorizing the six-month deployment of up to six CF-18 fighter jets, two surveillance planes, a refueling aircraft and 600 personnel to support ...

Mentioned by Sault Star MPs demanding Iran stop executions "As Canadians we promote freedom, democracy and humanitarian aid and we will continue to do that." Weston said 200,000 signatures have been collected so far to save Jabbari and put an end to these "senseless executions." Liberal MP Irwin Cotler said ...

Didn't vote on Vote #252 That this House (i) recognise that the leadership of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of ...

Didn't vote on Vote #251 That Government Business No. 13 be amended: ( a) by replacing clause (iii) with the following: “(iii) accept ...

Spoke in the House on Jewish Holidays Mr. Speaker, I rise in the aftermath of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, when Jews ask forgiveness from those we have wronged and forgive those ...

Spoke in the House on Justice Mr. Speaker, I rise to follow up on a question that I asked on June 18 about the process to replace the hon. Justice Louis LeBel, ...

Three weeks ago

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Challenges Faced by North Korean Refugees I only have a brief amount of time, but it's a longer question. You made reference to Canada having some stronger sanctions regarding North Korea. What ...

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Persecution of Religious Minorities in Iraq by ISIL/Daesh Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I too want to commend Reverend El Shafie for being with us and once again providing timely and compelling testimony to us ...

Spoke in the House on Hampstead Centennial Mr. Speaker, I rise to salute the Town of Hampstead, which is in the midst of celebrating its 100th birthday under the theme “Looking back, moving ...

A month ago

Spoke in the House on Situation in Iraq Mr. Speaker, I rise tonight to join in this important debate on Canada's military role in Iraq. We are engaging in this discussion as our military ...

Spoke in the House on Questions Passed as Orders for Returns With respect to the appointment of Justice Clément Gascon to the Supreme Court of Canada: (a) by what process was Justice Gascon identified and selected for ...

More than three months ago

Spoke in the House on Justice Mr. Speaker, after a second disputed judicial appointment, the minister and the Prime Minister are raising suspicions about the possibility that Justice Mainville will be appointed ...

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Rights of Women in Afghanistan Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I'd like as well to welcome you, Ms. Haag, and thank you for your presentation and your own experience and involvement in ...

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-610 An Act to amend the Criminal Code (cruelty to animals)

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Human Rights Situation in Eritrea Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Lipsett, my colleague Mr. Marston mentioned the appearance before our committee of Mr. Cliff Davis, on November 1, 2012. At one ...

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Human Rights Situation in Eritrea Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I want to put a question regarding the human rights situation in Eritrea, which has been the subject both of witness testimony ...

Spoke at the Information & Ethics committee on Growing Problem of Identity Theft and its Economic Impact and Certificate of ... Thank you, Mr. Chair. I want to join in expressing our appreciation for your appearance here today, Mr. Therrien. May I, at the same time, thank ...

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Situation in Camp Ashraf Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I also want to express our appreciation to Mrs. Rajavi for her testimony before us today, in particular for addressing three aspects ...

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Human Rights Situation in Iran Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I'd like to commend both of the witnesses for their comprehensive and fulsome testimony. You both have spoken of Iranian terror at ...

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-561 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking and transplanting human organs and other body parts)

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-537 An Act to ensure legislative compliance with the Canadian Bill of Rights and the Constitution Acts, 1867 to 1982, including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-359 An Act to Protect Canadian Citizens Abroad

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-339 An Act to condemn corruption and impunity in Russia in the case and death of Sergei Magnitsky

Introduced legislation Private member's bill C-554 An Act to Protect Canadian Citizens Abroad