Former diplomat Hélène Laverdière was first elected in 2011. She is the NDP’s critic for Foreign Affairs. Prior to the October 2015 election she served at the Official Opposition Critic for International Cooperation and deputy critic for foreign affairs. She also sat on the Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs and International Development. She worked for the party on several international files including the distribution of medicine to development countries and the release of Raïf Badawi from Saudi prison.
Laverdière worked for Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Washington, DC, Dakar, Senegal and Santiago. She was awarded the Foreign Minister’s Award for her contributions to Canadian foreign policy.
Laverdière has said that priorities in the riding including social housing and better funding for CBC/RadioCanada.
Laverdière has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Bath in the UK. She speaks French, English, Spanish and Mandarin. Before entering the foreign service she taught sociology at Laval University. She lives in the riding with her husband.