|Member of the Canadian Parliament
|Preceded by||Brenda Chamberlain|
August 15, 1954 |
Valeriote is the grandson of Italian immigrants and was raised in Guelph, Ontario. His father, Domenic (Mico) Valeriote, was an accomplished long distance runner and one of the longest-serving members of Guelph City Council. He earned an undergraduate degree in history and economics from the University of Western Ontario before earning his law degree from the University of Ottawa. He was called to the bar in 1981 returned to Guelph to establish a law practice.
Valeriote was initially selected as the Liberal candidate in the 2008 Guelph by-election, following the resignation of Brenda Chamberlain from the House of Commons. However, the issuance of writs for the 2008 federal election pre-empted the Guelph by-election.
On election day, Valeriote defeated the Conservative candidate, longtime city councillor Gloria Kovach, by less than 1,800 votes.
In 2011, he was re-elected, with 25,574 votes (43.37%), to 19,252 (32.65%) for Conservative Marty Burke, 9,836 (16.68%) for New Democrat Bobbi Stewart, 3,711 (6.29%) for Green John Lawson, and scatterings for four other candidates.
During the 2011 federal election, the Guelph Federal Liberal Association, on behalf of Frank Valeriote, made robocalls that violated Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission rules because they did not identify on whose behalf they were calling, did not display a call-back number and did not identify how the person receiving the message could contact the entity sending the message. On August 24, 2012, the CRTC agreed on fine of $4900 and ordered that Valeriote undertake a "comprehensive compliance program".
Also, during the 2011 federal election, many voters in the riding who had been identified as not planning to vote for Valeriote's Conservative opponent Marty Burke received phone calls on election day re-directing them to non-existent polls in a presumed attempt to discourage some from voting. Evidence was discovered which linked these robocalls to the Burke campaign.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|Liberal||Frank Valeriote (X)||25,574||43.37||+11.15||–|
|New Democratic||Bobbi Stewart||9,836||16.68||+0.19||–|
|Animal Alliance||Karen Levenson||123||0.20||+0.08||–|
|Total valid votes||59,021||100.00||–|
|Total rejected ballots||260||0.44||+0.12|
|Electors on the lists||91,062||–|
|Canadian federal election, 2008: Guelph|
|New Democratic||Tom King||9,713||16.49||-5.51||$60,470|
|Radical Marijuana||Kornelis Klevering||166||0.28||none listed|
|Animal Alliance||Karen Levenson||73||0.12||—||$5,039|
|Independent||John Turmel||58||0.10||–||none listed|
|Marxist–Leninist||Manuel Couto||29||0.05||-0.02||none listed|
|Total valid votes/Expense Limit||58,889||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||191||0.32||-0.03|
|Electors on the lists||91,463|
- "Parliamentarian listing". House of Commons. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
- SmithValeriote LLP, accessed March 19, 2008
- Frank Valeriote campaign website, accessed March 19, 2008
- Doug Hallett (2008-10-21). "Valeriote Follows in Family Tradition". Guelph Tribune. Retrieved 2008-11-20.
- Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (24 August 2012). "Guelph Federal Liberal Association in violation of Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules". Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- Gurney, Matt (24 August 2012). "Liberals, repeat Liberals fined for illegal robocalls in Guelph". The National Post. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- Tracey, Scott (10 March 2012). "Anti-Tory robocalls received in Guelph days before election". Guelph Mercury. Retrieved 29 December 2012.
- "Guelph MP rejects ‘juvenile competition’ robocalls theory". Guelphmercury.com. Retrieved 2013-11-17.