Elected in 2011 in Laurier – Sainte-Marie, NDP MP Hélène Laverdière is Official Opposition critic for International Cooperation and deputy critic for Foreign Affairs. She is a member of the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee.
During the last four years, she has fought on behalf of her fellow citizens in a number of issues, like social housing, the cuts to Canada Post services, and for better funding for Radio-Canada/CBC.
Highly engaged in her community, she has led a number of international files, like the distribution of medications in developing countries, the opposition to the Iraq mission and the humanitarian case of Raïf Badawi.
After a brief period of research and teaching at Université Laval's Sociology department, Hélène entered Canada's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992 as a foreign service officer. She was posted to various locations, including Washington, D.C., Dakar, Senegal and Santiago, Chile.
Throughout her career, Hélène has received various honours, including numerous scholarships and an award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs for her contribution to Canadian foreign policy.
She holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of Bath in England. She speaks French, English, Spanish and a bit of Mandarin Chinese. Hélène lives in Montreal with her husband, Germain Bélanger.