Hélène Laverdière

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Stetski backs bill to help rafters

Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski is strongly backing a private members bill put forward by a fellow NDP MP that, if passed and adopted, could...

'She challenged us': MPs praise Malala Yousafzai's Parliament speech, opposition urges more funding for girls' education

(subscription) (subscription)Up to this challenge also includes investing money in girls' education...beyond words, we need actual money, and that starts with increasing our international...

I Am Ashamed Of The Liberals' Position On Nuclear Disarmament

And at their policy convention in 2016, members of the Liberal party followed the NDP's lead and voted in favour of efforts for a nuclear-free...

Russia threatens retaliation over latest round of Canadian sanctions

Canada has quietly imposed additional sanctions on Russian nationals over the annexation of Crimea and Moscow's ongoing support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The new...

NDP Calls On Liberals To Repeal 'Immoral' Torture Directive

Added Helene Laverdiere, the NDP foreign affairs critic: "Torture is immoral and goes against all of our international commitments on human rights. "This practice tarnishes...

Jack Layton would have trouble recognizing current incarnation of ...

Even an optimist such as Jack Layton would be hard-pressed to find a silver lining to the funk that has seized the NDP in the...

Dion sits down with Russian counterpart

NDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere, meanwhile, said talks are good in principle. However, she also called on the Liberal government to put sanctions on...

Dion sits down for first meeting with Russian counterpart in years - CP24 Toronto's Breaking News

CP24 Toronto's Breaking NewsDion sits down for first meeting with Russian counterpart in yearsCP24 Toronto's Breaking NewsNDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere, meanwhile, said talks...

Dion sits down for first meeting with Russian foreign minister in years

NDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere, meanwhile, said talks are good in principle. However, she also called on the Liberal government to put sanctions on...

Canadian officials still blocking police from helping her kids abducted to Iran, Alison Azer says

NDP MP Gord Johns sent a letter July 8, co-signed with his party's foreign affairs critic, Hélène Laverdière, that urges Dion to respond to allegations.

Alison Azer says ex-husband accused of abducting their 4 Canadian children detained in Iran

NDP Foreign Affairs critic Hélène Laverdière said the government should be doing everything in its power to bring the children back to Canada. "We call...

Quebec Separatists See New Hope After Brexit Vote

Some of the politicians mingling with the Fleur-de-lis-waving crowd at the parade, such as NDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere, felt the political and economic...

Quebec sovereigntists ponder Brexit implications

(subscription) (subscription)Some of the politicians mingling with the Fleur-de-lis-waving crowd at the parade, such as NDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere, felt the political...

Quebec sovereigntists ponder implications of Britain's vote to leave the EU

Some of the politicians mingling with the Fleur-de-lis-waving crowd at the parade, such as NDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere, felt the political and economic...

Que. sovereigntists ponder implications of Britain's vote to leave EU

Some of the politicians mingling with the Fleur-de-lis-waving crowd at the parade, such as NDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere, felt the political and economic...

Trudeau says Canada will remain 'strong partner' of UK and EU

(subscription) (subscription)NDP foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdière said in a statement that Britain must find a way to bring people together and re-engage those...

No need for inquiry into Afghan detainee torture, Liberals say

The NDP's Foreign Affairs critic, Hélène Laverdière described the Liberal's decision as hypocritical. "Justin Trudeau himself called for an inquiry, but now in government, he...

Defence minister promises to investigate allegations of Afghan detainee abuse

“We take this very seriously, our government is committed to upholding our Canadian and international law obligations,” Sajjan said in the House of Commons in...

Union honours diplomats in tough gigs: This week in diplomatic parties

(subscription) (subscription)Former prime minister Joe Clark, left, Immigration Minister John McCallum, third from left, and Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, right, with award winners, from...

QP Thursday: ISIS genocide, fighter planes and assisted dying

(subscription) (subscription)NDP MP Hélène Laverdière asked the government about Homa Hoodfar, a Canadian professor at Concordia University who was arrested in Iran and is...

Venezuela's economic and political collapse forces Canada to choose sides

Like Clement, the NDP's foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdière says the Liberal government should support Almagro: "Canada, as a member of the OAS, should support...

Canada's ruling elite uses diplomatic flap to caution Trudeau over China

NDP foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdiere denounced China, saying Chinese President Xi Jinping had “unleashed an extraordinary assault on basic human rights and their defenders,”...

QP Thursday: Monsef in the hotseat, diafiltered milk and press freedom

(subscription)NDP MP Helene Laverdiere also noted that the minister had stood idly by when it happened. “Will the government stand up for human rights...

Dion must demand Badawi release and respect for human rights

NorthumberlandView.ca (press release) (registration) (blog)OTTAWA – Ahead of his meeting with his Saudi counterpart, the NDP is urging Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion to challenge...

This week on the diplomatic reception circuit

(subscription) (subscription)Representatives of Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet pose with Mr. Essid, third from left, his wife, second from right, and NDP foreign affairs critic...

As Canada faces heat over Saudi deal, Sweden looks to restrict arms exports

(subscription) (subscription)In April, the Trudeau Liberals used their Commons majority on the House foreign affairs committee to reject an NDP proposal, backed by the...

QP Wednesday: Electoral reform, veteran's affairs, and parliamentary procedure

(subscription) (subscription)Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose kicked off the grilling today, questioning the prime minister on his respect for parliamentary procedure and democracy. She...

Tunisian gay activist denied visa to Canada

NDP MP Hélène Laverdière has asked McCallum to look into Ayari's file, as Quebec groups have told her they're interested in inviting him to future...

Tunisian gay activist denied visa to Canada

NDP MP Hélène Laverdière has asked McCallum to look into Ayari's file, as Quebec groups have told her they're interested in inviting him to future...

CBSA mum on whether it will allow Dieudonne, French comic convicted of condoning terrorism, into Canada

(subscription) (subscription)Dieudonne is set to play 10 shows at Espace Mushagalusa, which is located in the Montreal riding of NDP MP Helene Laverdiere. Laverdiere,...

CBSA mum on whether it will allow Dieudonne, French comic convicted of condoning terrorism, into Canada

(subscription) (subscription)Dieudonne is set to play 10 shows at Espace Mushagalusa, which is located in the Montreal riding of NDP MP Helene Laverdiere. Laverdiere,...

Espace Mushagalusa

(subscription) (subscription)A controversial French comedian convicted of condoning terrorism is set to touch down in Canada Tuesday morning and CBSA officials aren't saying whether...

Canadian spy agency CSE won't reveal number of privacy breaches

On Monday, NDP foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdière asked Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to explain why CSE is resisting turning information over to Therrien's office.

Canada violating international law with Saudi arms sale: expert

Separately, Thursday, Mr. Dion offered only mild support for an NDP proposal by MP Hélène Laverdière to create a Commons committee that would scrutinize arms...

CMC Awards Mauril Bélanger with its highest distinction

Mr. Bélanger continued to build on his role as advocate for co-operatives in 2014, when he reached across party lines and formed the All Party...

NDP's Next Pick For President To Signal How Party Will Rebuild

In March, she made headlines after penning a letter with other former MPs, Jamie Nicholls and Hélène LeBlanc, saying the NDP had forgotten its reason...

CBC is forced to face ugly truths about its French-language headquarters

“Some people” include local NDP MP Hélène Laverdière, who days before had expressed disbelief that the CBC would dare to get rid of a structure...

Tom Mulcair gains support from union leaders ahead of leadership vote

Jamie Nicholls, Elaine Michaud and Helene LeBlanc said they did not feel represented in the NDP electoral platform they had to defend last year. And...

Maison Radio-Canada has no heritage value, says Phyllis Lambert

The NDP quickly criticized the minister's decision to keep mum.Hélène Laverdière, NDP Member of Parliament for the riding of Laurier–Ste-Marie, which includes the building, said...

foreign aid

(subscription) (subscription)NDP development critic Helene Laverdiere said she is concerned about $370 million worth of cuts to Canada's overall international aid spending. While countries...

Ottawa holds back on describing Islamic State atrocities as genocide

However, the NDP also refused to describe the Islamic State horrors as genocide. Rather, foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdière called them war crimes. “ISIS has...

Brosseau, Dubé back Mulcair ahead of NDP convention in Edmonton

(subscription) (subscription)Jamie Nicholls, Elaine Michaud and Helene LeBlanc said they did not feel represented in the NDP electoral platform they had to defend last...

Federal Liberals look to ramp up weapons sales in Middle East

Hélène Laverdière, NDP critic for foreign affairs, said, “we need to ensure that our arms don't fall into the wrong hands.” She has proposed that...

Trudeau brushes off Saudi arms criticism as he pushes for UN Security Council seat

So too has the NDP's Foreign Affairs Critic Helene Laverdiere. Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion suggested last month that the Liberals might not have approved...

NDP MP Niki Ashton won't say if she'll support Mulcair at convention

In the letter Jamie Nicholls, Elaine Michaud and Hélène LeBlanc wrote that they did not feel represented in the NDP electoral platform they had to...

NDP MP Niki Ashton won't say if she'll support Mulcair at convention

... three former NDP MPs from Quebec published a letter in Montreal Le Devoir to say they were troubled the party has “forgotten its raison...

Demonstrators demand Canadian government speak up for ...

(blog) (blog)Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. TORONTO – Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the ...Berta...

Minister Lebouthillier hires directors, Fitz-Morris now D. Comms to Chagger

(subscription)In the last Parliament, she was an aide to NDP MP Hélène Laverdière, who remains the MP for Laurier-Sainte-Marie, Que., but she's also previously...

European vote on Saudi arms embargo puts heat on Canada

Lametti also did not respond to two direct questions from MP Helene Laverdiere, a member of the left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP), who asked whether...

EU lawmakers vote to support arms embargo against Saudi Arabia

As NDP foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdière points out, the Liberals refuse to release deliberations on how the $15-billion export of armoured vehicles was approved.