Irwin COTLER

COTLER, The Hon. Irwin, P.C., O.C., B.A., B.C.L., LL.M., LL.D., Ph.D.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Mount Royal (Quebec)
Birth Date
May 8, 1940
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irwin_Cotler
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=0d8486f0-be42-41d4-ac82-c51a7f9c0fa9&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer, professor of law

Parliamentary Career

November 15, 1999 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Mount Royal (Quebec)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Mount Royal (Quebec)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (December 12, 2003 - February 5, 2006)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Mount Royal (Quebec)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (December 12, 2003 - February 5, 2006)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
LIB
  Mount Royal (Quebec)
  • Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada (December 12, 2003 - February 5, 2006)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
LIB
  Mount Royal (Quebec)
May 2, 2011 - August 2, 2015
LIB
  Mount Royal (Quebec)
May 2, 2011 -
LIB
  Mount Royal (Quebec)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 242 of 243)


March 22, 2000

Mr. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to present a petition on behalf of the constituents of Mount Royal calling for an immediate moratorium on the cosmetic use of chemical pesticides, having regard for the serious and demonstrable evidence of the risk to the health of Canadians from coast to coast as a result of the use of these pesticides.

This moratorium is to last until such time as their use has been scientifically proven to be safe and the long term consequences of the application are known.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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March 3, 2000

Mr. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Secretary of State for the Status of Women.

There has been concern expressed that the budget is a good budget for business and corporate taxes but it does not address directly the needs of women.

Can the minister tell us whether she has made a gender analysis of the budget and what are its implications for women?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   The Budget
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February 21, 2000

Mr. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Secretary of State for Multiculturalism. There have been a number of recent reports including that of the League for Human Rights of B'Nai Brith and more recently by the city of Toronto police attesting to a disturbing rise in hate crimes against vulnerable minorities in the country.

What is the government doing to combat the disturbing and growing incidence of hate crimes throughout the country?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Hate Crimes
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February 17, 2000

Mr. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I wish to share with my colleagues the concerns and aspirations that were expressed at the recent international conference on the Holocaust, held in Stockholm.

First, the dangers of racist hate speech, which in Bosnia and Rwanda took us down the road to ethnic cleansing and genocide. As the Supreme Court of Canada put it in upholding the constitutionality of anti-hate legislation, “The Holocaust did not begin in the gas chambers, it began with words”.

Second, the danger of remaining silent, of indifference to evil, be it the killing fields of Sierra Leone, Chechnya or Burundi, “Dans ce temps-ci, qui s'excuse, s'accuse”.

Third, the importance, as Sweden has demonstrated, of Holocaust and human rights education as an antidote to racism, xenophobia and hate.

Fourth, the struggle against impunity; of fidelity to the Nuremberg legacy of bringing war criminals to justice.

Finally, the inspiration of a Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish non-Jew who saved 100,000 Jews in the Holocaust, who showed that one person can make a difference, that each one of us in our daily lives can make the world a better place.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Stockholm International Conference
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December 14, 1999

Mr. Irwin Cotler

Madam Speaker, I wish to thank the hon. member for his congratulations.

As for the issue of the minority rights and status after secession, I am only saying that minorities in Quebec have a right to a clear question on secession just like the other citizens of Quebec.

Concerning the relations between René Lévesque and aboriginal peoples, like all Quebecers I have much respect for Mr. Lévesque and his approach to aboriginal peoples. At the same time, I must repeat that the question is this: Will Quebecers get to answer a clear question on secession?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   An Act To Give Effect To The Requirement For Clarity As Set Out In The Opinion Of The Supreme Court Of Canada In The Quebec Secession Reference
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