Hélène Laverdière was elected MP for Laurier—Sainte-Marie in May 2011 and re-elected in October 2015. She is the NDP Critic for Foreign Affairs and Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.
Throughout her political career, she has fought for the citizens of Laurier – Sainte-Marie on many issues, including for social housing, against cuts to Canada Post, for better funding of CBC/Radio-Canada and for rail safety. She has also worked on major federal issues such as environmental protection and tax fairness.
In addition to her constant work on behalf of her constituents, she has worked on many international issues, such as access to affordable medicines in developing countries, opposition to Canada’s mission in Iraq, the human rights case of Raïf Badawi, and opposition to the sale of Canadian arms to countries where they may be used to commit human rights violations.
Prior to her political career, she was briefly a researcher and then a professor in Laval University’s Sociology department. She joined Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs in 1992 as a Foreign Service Officer. She was posted to various locations, including Washington, Dakar and Santiago.
Throughout her career, Hélène has received many honours, including several merit-based scholarships and the Foreign Minister’s Award for her contribution to Canadian foreign policy.
Hélène holds a doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of Bath, England, and speaks French, English, Spanish and a bit of Mandarin. She lives in Laurier—Sainte-Marie with her spouse, Germain Bélanger.