MP Irwin Cotler speaking at Liberal fundraiser in Charlottetown

Published on August 11, 2014

Guardian file photo of Sean Casey

Irwin Cotler, MP for the riding of Mount-Royal, former attorney general and justice minister of Canada, member of the Order of Canada and human rights activist will speak at a fundraiser for Charlottetown MP Sean Casey on Tuesday.

“It is a privilege to be joined by an individual as accomplished as Irwin, as he moves towards concluding his parliamentary career,” said Casey.

“Irwin Cotler has not just been an overwhelmingly successful politician, he has made profound contributions to our country and to the advancement of international human rights.”

As an MP, Cotler crafted the first National Justice Initiative against Racism and Hate, Canada’s first law to combat human trafficking, and the Civil Marriage Act — historic same-sex marriage equality legislation. Under his leadership as the minister of justice and attorney general, the Supreme Court of Canada became the most gender representative Supreme Court in the world.

As an international human rights advocate, Cotler served as counsel for many international prisoners of conscience (those imprisoned for their religious, political or other beliefs or for reasons such as ethnic origin, economic status, sexual orientation, etc.) including the late Nelson Mandela.

“The situation in Ukraine and the conflict in Israel and Palestine have widespread repercussions, and so I’m especially honoured that Professor Cotler could take the time to come to P.E.I. and to talk about these issues,” said Casey.

“Irwin is widely known and respected for his involvement and insight on these specific conflicts and what it will take to foster peace in these regions.

The fundraising luncheon will take place at at the Culinary Institute of Canada with a reception at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $100 (eligible for up to a $75 tax credit) and can be purchased through the Liberal Party office located at 6 Pownal St. in Charlottetown.