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Liberal MP for Mount Royal (Québec)

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

Three days ago

Posted on Twitter Read about @JustinTrudeau's new economic policy, including support for infrastructure projects in Montreal http://t.co/EP33oVDLgF

Posted on Twitter Mois de l'histoire des noirs récemment terminé - mes souvenirs de la Marche sur Washington, publiés 2013: http://t.co/Pc9IT0JQw8

Posted on Twitter As #BlackHistoryMonth ended this weekend, my memories of March on Washington, first published in 2013 : http://t.co/T8hvYjV5ew

This week

Posted on Twitter Deeply pained by murder of Russian opp leader Boris Nemtsov. Worked closely w/him, knew him well. Perpetrators must be brought to justice.

Posted on Twitter C'est la journée «l'éducation n'est pas un crime». Défendons les droits des Bahaïs, exclus des universités iraniennes http://t.co/0bd8RRydLO

Posted on Twitter On #EducationIsNotACrime Day, let's give voice to Baha'i in Iran, persecuted and barred from university: http://t.co/yBNuSBeD5e

A week ago

Spoke in the House on Bahá’i Community in Iran Mr. Speaker, tomorrow is the global day of action for the Education is Not a Crime campaign to dramatize the painful reality that education is a ...

Didn't vote on Vote #342 on Bill C-2 Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances

Spoke in the House on Anti-Semitism Mr. Speaker, there have been discussions among the parties and if you seek it, I think you will find unanimous consent for the following motion. I ...

Voted Yes on Vote #341 on Bill C-586 Amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (candidacy and caucus reforms)

Spoke in the House on Rise in anti-Semitism Mr. Chair, last month I had the privilege of participating in the first ever United Nations General Assembly forum in what I would characterize as a ...

Voted Yes on Vote #340 That ( a) the House recognize that (i) the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the prohibition on ...

Spoke in the House on Anti-terrorism Act, 2015 Mr. Speaker, I rise to join in this critical debate on Bill C-51 as we, like parliamentarians around the world, continue to seek ways of safeguarding ...

Voted Yes on Vote #339 on Bill C-32 Enact the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights and to amend certain Acts

Voted Yes on Vote #338 on Bill C-51 Enact the Security of Canada Information Sharing Act and the Secure Air Travel Act, to ...

Mentioned by The Epoch Times Canadian MP Irwin Cotler Backs Calls for End to Forced Organ Harvesting in ... Liberal MP Irwin Cotler speaks during a press conference on Parliament Hill Nov 5, 2014. Cotler backed calls for an end to organ harvesting in China and tabled petitions to that effect on Feb. 19, 2015, in the Canadian Parliament. (Matthew Little/Epoch Times) ...

Spoke in the House on Anti-Semitism Mr. Speaker, recently I addressed the first-ever United Nations General Assembly meeting on anti-Semitism, which took place, symbolically and significantly, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It ...

Spoke in the House on Foreign Affairs Mr. Speaker, the imprisonment and cruel and inhumane treatment of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi continues to be met with outrage in Canada and around the world. ...

Spoke in the House on Petitions Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present a petition today signed by many Canadians from the Sherbrooke area. The petitioners are calling on the Government of ...

Mentioned by Guelph Mercury Human rights champion Irwin Cotler coming to Guelph GUELPH—Noted around the world as a defender of the oppressed, international human rights lawyer and Canadian Member of Parliament Irwin Cotler will speak at an event next week in Guelph put on by the University of Guelph Jewish Student Organization. The former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of ... He is the Liberal MP for Mount Royal in Quebec, but announced one year ago that he will not seek reelection in the 2015 federal election. Zack Babins is the president of the U of G Jewish Student ...

Two weeks ago

Spoke in the House on Venezuela Mr. Speaker, one year ago today, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López was arrested as part of a crackdown on peaceful protests that left 43 dead, 3,000 ...

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Human Rights Situation in Honduras and Human Rights Situation in Sudan I would like to take up exactly where both comments left off and that is: what role can you foresee for Canada, which has been largely ...

Three weeks ago

Mentioned by Jerusalem Post Israel News Irwin Cotler receives human rights award The Law Society of Upper Canada on Thursday is due to present its inaugural Human Rights Award to Canadian MP and former justice minister Irwin Cotler, in a ceremony at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. “The Law Society is committed to the protection of human ...

Mentioned by The Globe and Mail Q&A: Irwin Cotler on the belief of an individual to change society Irwin Cotler, the inaugural winner of the Law Society of Upper Canada's human rights award, to be given to him Thursday in Toronto, has been a federal minister of justice, a Liberal Member of Parliament since 1999, a law professor and has provided counsel ...

Mentioned by Globalnews.ca Irwin Cotler has 'huge sense of fairness,' says Paul Martin on eve of award On Thursday, Liberal MP Irwin Cotler will receive the Law Society of Upper Canada's inaugural human rights award at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. The society represents some 46,000 lawyers in Ontario. Cotler, a former law professor at McGill University in ...

A month ago

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Arbitrary Detention and Political Opposition in Venezuela Mr. Chair, just on that, it should not be thought that I was being presumptive, but in a public forum on this issue last night at ...

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Human Rights Situation in North Korea Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I first want to commend Mr. Lee for bringing up the importance of a North Korea human rights act. As I think ...

Two months ago

Mentioned by The Province MP, human-rights activist Irwin Cotler reflects on 15 years in politics MP Irwin Cotler reflects. E-mail this Video Link; Share this Video. This Week's Flyers. LOADING FLYER. LOADING FLYER. Hover for Flyer. LOADING FLYER. LOADING FLYER. Our Best Values. Hover for Flyer. We encourage all readers to share their views ...

Three months ago

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Aftermath of the Rwandan Crisis Thank you, Mr. Chairman. First, I want to congratulate you for your testimony today and congratulate you on your doctorate on the prevention of genocide. As ...

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Human Rights Situation in Honduras Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I'd also like to join in welcoming you to our subcommittee, Mr. Main. I thought your testimony was very relevant. As you ...

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Challenges Faced by North Korean Refugees and Aftermath of the Rwandan Crisis Mr. Gashirabake, I want to join with my colleagues in expressing our appreciation for your presence and your testimony here today, and also our appreciation for ...

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Aftermath of the Rwandan Crisis and Arbitrary Detention and Political Opposition in ... As I say that to you, I have to make full disclosure. I think we're not in a good position here in Canada, because, as of ...

Spoke at the Subcommittee on International Human Rights committee on Human Rights Situation in Honduras and Arbitrary Detention and Political Opposition in ... Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I apologize, but I will have to leave after my question. I have to be back at the House just before question ...

More than three months ago

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

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

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