Irwin Cotler

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Celine Cooper: Ottawa should heed Quebec voices on Saudi arms sales

Irwin Cotler, who served as federal justice minister and Liberal MP for Mount Royal after many years as a McGill University law professor, also has...

Ottawa says it lacks law to sanction Venezuelan government officials

Former Liberal MP Irwin Cotler initially led the push in Parliament for a Canadian version of the Magnitsky Act. Since leaving politics in 2015, Mr.

Former Liberal cabinet minister calls for end to Canadian arms sales to Saudi Arabia

I'm just saying we shouldn't be selling any more arms to Saudi Arabia,” Irwin Cotler, who served as justice minister under former Liberal prime minister...

Committee backs Magnitsky law for Canada, honours Russian whistleblower

They included lawyer William Browder, whose firm employed Magnitsky; former Liberal MP and human rights lawyer Irwin Cotler; chess legend and Russian democracy advocate Garry...

Tory MP Revives Liberal Bill Fighting Forced Organ Harvesting

OTTAWA—Conservative MP Garnett Genuis is reviving former Liberal MP Irwin Cotler's private member's bill that makes it a criminal offence for Canadians to receive organs...

Tory MP to revive Cotler's organ trafficking bill

(subscription) (subscription)... a press conference at the National Press Theatre that he will reintroduce C-561, which was brought before the last Parliament by former...

Warren Allmand: Former MP led effort to abolish death penalty

“[Mr. Allmand] had the public good as his overriding concern at all times,” said former Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, whose friendship with Mr. Allmand spanned...

Get ready to be questioned, prime minister!

Russian chess grandmaster and activist Garry Kasparov and former Liberal MP and perennial human rights activist Irwin Cotler are slated to testify at Foreign Affairs...

Cotler lays out just Mideast policy at JSpace AGM

(blog) (blog)Former federal justice minister Irwin Cotler laid out nine principles of a just Mideast foreign policy at JSpaceCanada's annual general meeting Nov. 29...

Housefather slams Green Party BDS support

“Rather, as Irwin Cotler, who represented my riding before me, said, it is simply part of a new anti-Semitism that stigmatizes and vilifies Israel by...

Community mourns the passing of Merle Margles

When Anthony Housefather decided he wanted to become the successor to Irwin Cotler as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, Sidney and Merle...

Law Society of BC makes recommendations around SCC appointments

In the past, under former Liberal minister of justice and attorney general Irwin Cotler, there was an appointment process that involved a parliamentary hearing and...

Terry Glavin: If Assad gets a pass for mass murder in Syria, Erdogan is free to go about his post-coup witch hunts

The confounding thing about the convulsions at the tectonic level of the global order underway at the moment – the latest being the bloody weekend...

Assad's last laugh

(subscription)Former Liberal MP Irwin Cotler says these efforts are a reaction to the consequences of Syria's killing fields, rather than the cause of them.

Canada has 'defaulted' on its responsibility to protect Syrian civilians, says Irwin Cotler

Liberal statesman Irwin Cotler says Canada has “defaulted” on the “Responsibility to Protect” principle his party once championed by not backing intervention in Syria to...

Today in History

- July 8mysask.comIn 1896, Liberal Leader Sir Wilfrid Laurier became the first French-Canadian prime minister. During his 15 years in office, Laurier led the...

Today in History

- July 8mysask.comIn 1896, Liberal Leader Sir Wilfrid Laurier became the first French-Canadian prime minister. During his 15 years in office, Laurier led the...

Today in History

- July 8mysask.comIn 1896, Liberal Leader Sir Wilfrid Laurier became the first French-Canadian prime minister. During his 15 years in office, Laurier led the...

Bringing the biblical Nehemiah to life

(blog) (blog)Some 2,500 years ago the Persians conquered the Babylonian Empire, including the Land of Israel. The Persians generally treated the Jews well, and...

Michael Den Tandt: Sunny summer ahead for Liberals as they put most troubles behind them

One cannot help but wonder how Canadian foreign policy would look today if Irwin Cotler or Bob Rae were in this job. Third on the...

Politicians, young professionals schmooze at Montreal CJPAC bash

(blog) (blog)That Twitter conversation was between Michael Levitt, Liberal MP for York Centre, and Michelle Rempel, Conservative MP Calgary Nose Hill, as she travelled...

Michael Den Tandt: Five ways the Liberals' policy on genocidal ISIL is a bungled, confusing mess

Under federal leaders Paul Martin, Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae, with added intellectual heft from party elders such as John Manley and Irwin Cotler, the...

Ottawa to re-examine Magnitsky-type law targeting corrupt Russian officials

(subscription) (subscription)But heavy lobbying from within the Liberal caucus and from party stalwarts, such as former justice minister Irwin Cotler and former Liberal leader...

Conservatives' ISIS genocide motion fails

(subscription) (subscription)The motion introduced last week in the House of Commons fell by a vote of 139-166, with the NDP and Conservatives — plus...

Chinese Foreign Minister's Outburst Could Hurt Effort to Sell China

Former Liberal Justice Minister Irwin Cotler told the Epoch Times that contrary to what Wang said, characterizing the journalist's question as being arrogant and irresponsible,...

CIJA fumbles on Ontario BDS legislation

The situation had gotten so grievous that Irwin Cotler, then a law professor at McGill, organized the Commission on Economic Coercion and Discrimination. The Commission...

With this bill, the Liberals are acting a lot like Conservatives

(subscription) (subscription)Liberals, acting like Conservatives, face the first real mess of this administration over the assisted-dying law, which should pass final reading in the...

@Kady's Watchlist for May 31 – Liberal MP's proposed O Canada update back on House agenda

Finally – and entirely fittingly, given the ongoing consternation over C-14, former Liberal MP Irwin Cotler will take on Lord Conrad Black in the next...

Barbara Kay: A testimony to Canada's human rights superstar

Is there a Nobel Peace Prize in the near future for former Liberal Justice Minister and human-rights luminary Irwin Cotler? There will be if fellow...

A tale of two religions

(Badawi's family resides in Canada, and his case has been taken up by former Liberal MP Irwin Cotler.) While Islam appears unshakeable for the moment,...

Why the proposed Magnitsky law is not a threat to diplomacy

(subscription) (subscription)Two years ago, the House of Commons unanimously agreed with Liberal MP Irwin Cotler's resolution to bring a Magnitsky law to Canada, aimed...

Mendes: Engaging with Russia no reason to stop 'Magnitsky' act

These arguments have not convinced many people, including leading Liberal figures such as former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler. However, the reach of the proposed...

Stéphane Dion urged to use Saudi arms deal to free Raif Badawi

(subscription) (subscription)Former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler, Mr. Badawi's lawyer, sat down with Mr. Dion before he left for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he...

Horrible Events and the Status Quo

In 2009 former Liberal Minister Irwin Cotler said the Venezuelan government, which was focused on redressing inequality and lessening US dominance, was responsible for a...

Dion invited to join international talks on Syrian conflict

(subscription)Mr. Dion has come under criticism from Liberal MPs and influential Liberals, such as former justice minister Irwin Cotler and former interim Liberal leader...

The Liberals have vowed to change how we vote: Here are the main alternatives

... of seats it obtains in the legislature closely mirrors its share of the vote," says the Law Commission of Canada, which recommended Canada switch...

Jewish Insider's Daily Kickoff: May 6, 2016

Mnuchin is a former Goldman Sachs partner and worked for liberal mega-donor George Soros's hedge fund." [BuzzFeed] .... Former Attorney General of Canada and past...

Tories urge government to reconsider relations with Iran

(blog)The Opposition Conservatives slammed the governing Liberals for failing to fully hold Iran accountable during Iran Accountability Week. As parliamentarians marked the annual event,...

CSL commemorates V-E Day

“My predecessor Irwin Cotler often quoted a decision from the Supreme Court of Canada, in a hate crimes case, which said 'the Holocaust did not...

Top court recommends 'safety valves'

... and Company, urged the federal Liberal government to move on the top court's endorsement of judicial safety valves by enacting, as its own, former...

Rwandan genocide commemoration on the Hill, April 7, 2016

(subscription) (subscription)Constant Horace, ambassador of Madagascar, greets Rwandan Acting High Commissioner Shakilla Umutoni before the ceremony. The photograph by Sam Garcia. Former Liberal...

Peter Shawn Taylor: The trucks that beat Hitler

“We should not sell arms to a country that engages in a persistent pattern of human-rights violations,” former Liberal justice Minister Irwin Cotler scolded. “Canadian-made...

Political strategist Nick Kouvalis arrested for drunk driving

In 2011, a professional body investigated his firm's role in “robocalls” to the Montreal riding of then-MP Irwin Cotler suggesting that the long-time Liberal was...

Anthony Housefather filling big shoes as assisted suicide bill looms

Anthony Housefather was already under pressure when he was elected as the Liberal member of Parliament for the Quebec riding of Mount Royal. His predecessor?...

Anthony Housefather, Chair Of Justice Committee, To Start Studying Assisted Suicide Bill

OTTAWA — Anthony Housefather was already under pressure when he was elected as the Liberal member of Parliament for the Quebec riding of Mount Royal.

Filling big shoes: Liberal MP Housefather

OTTAWA — Anthony Housefather was already under pressure when he was elected as the Liberal member of Parliament for the Quebec riding of Mount Royal.

Dion quietly approved arms sale to Saudi Arabia in April: documents

Critics, including former Liberal justice minister Irwin Cotler, have opposed selling arms to Saudi Arabia on the grounds that it has among the worst human-rights...

Saeed Malekpour: the prisoner left behind in Iran

“Now Canada has lifted sanctions against Iran, and said it wishes to re-engage,” Liberal MP Irwin Cotler said in an interview Monday. “That re-engagement should...

Early Supreme Court retirement leaves Liberals scrambling to fulfill 'transparency' promise

Once nominees Louise Charron and Rosalie Abella were named by the prime minister and cabinet, then justice minister Irwin Cotler publicly defended the choices before...

Cotler calls for changes to Supreme Court selection process

Following news of the impending retirement of Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell, former Liberal minister of justice and attorney general Irwin Cotler is...