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Marco Mendicino MP (born July 28, 1973) is a Canadian Liberal politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Eglinton—Lawrence in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[1]

Marco Mendicino

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Assumed office
January 30, 2017
MinisterDavid Lametti
Preceded bySean Casey
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Eglinton—Lawrence
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byJoe Oliver
Personal details
Born (1973-07-28) July 28, 1973 (age 45)
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Diana Iannetta
ChildrenMichaela
Gemma
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materCarleton University
University of Windsor
York University
ProfessionLawyer

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BackgroundEdit

Mendicino studied political science at Carleton University prior to attending law school at the University of Windsor. Later in his career he also studied human resources management at York University's Schulich School of Business.[2] He worked as a federal prosecutor for ten years, during which time he was involved in the handling of the "Toronto 18" terrorism case.[3] He also worked for the Law Society of Upper Canada, served as the president of the Association of Justice Counsel, and taught as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.[3]

PoliticsEdit

An occasional member of the Eglinton—Lawrence Liberal riding executive, and having served as legal counsel to Mike Colle's provincial Liberal campaign in 2014, Mendicino stood for the federal nomination for the 2015 general election. He faced a major battle for the nomination after Eve Adams crossed the floor to join the Liberal Party[4] and, with the support of party leader Justin Trudeau, sought the Liberal nomination in Eglinton—Lawrence. Mendicino secured the support of former interim Liberal leader Bob Rae and nearby incumbent MP Judy Sgro.[3] He defeated Adams at the July 26, 2015, nomination meeting by 1,936 to 1,100 votes.[5]

In the general election, Mendicino faced the incumbent Conservative MP and then-current Finance Minister Joe Oliver and a surprise New Democratic Party nominee in former Saskatchewan finance minister Andrew Thomson. Mendicino attacked Thomson as a parachute candidate.[6] Ultimately, Mendicino won the election.[1][7]

Electoral recordEdit

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Marco Mendicino 27,278 48.89 +10.47 $155,849.60
Conservative Joe Oliver 23,788 42.64 -4.17 $181,796.30
New Democratic Andrew Thomson 3,505 6.28 -5.32 $114,205.95
Green Matthew Chisholm 799 1.43 -1.74 $0.00
Libertarian Ethan Buchman 308 0.55 $217.60
Animal Alliance Rudy Brunell Solomonvici 114 0.20 $5,123.72
Total valid votes/Expense limit 55,792 99.94   $210,250.87
Total rejected ballots 328 0.58 -0.04
Turnout 56,120 72.45 +4.43
Eligible voters 77,463
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing
Source: Elections Canada[8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Ngabo, Gilbert. "Liberal Marco Mendicino unseats finance minister Joe Oliver". Metro News. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  2. ^ Marco Mendicino LinkedIn Profile.
  3. ^ a b c Zilio, Michelle (July 26, 2015). "The man who defeated Eve Adams: Who is Marco Mendicino?". CTV News.
  4. ^ "Eve Adams, former Conservative MP, joins Liberal caucus". CBC News. February 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Tory defector Eve Adams defeated by Marco Mendicino in Liberal nomination fight". National Post. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  6. ^ Curry, Bill (August 14, 2015). "NDP recruits former Saskatchewan finance minister to run against Joe Oliver". The Globe & Mail.
  7. ^ "Canada Votes". The Toronto Star. October 20, 2015. pp. GT13–GT15.
  8. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Eglinton—Lawrence, 30 September 2015
  9. ^ Canada, Elections. "Search for Financial Returns". www.elections.ca. Retrieved 2018-12-02.

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