Lorenzo Berardinetti

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Lorenzo Berardinetti
MPP
Lorenzo Berardinetti.jpg
Member of Provincial Parliament
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 October 2003
Preceded by Dan Newman
Constituency Scarborough Southwest
Personal details
Born (1961-10-21) 21 October 1961 (age 52)
Scarborough, Ontario
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Michelle Berardinetti
Residence Scarborough, Ontario
Religion Roman Catholic

Lorenzo Berardinetti (born 21 October 1961) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is the member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Scarborough Southwest, representing the governing Ontario Liberal Party.

Background[edit]

Berardinetti was born and raised in Scarborough, and is a lawyer. He attended the University of Toronto and the University of Windsor Law School, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988. On October 25, 2010, Berardinetti's wife Michelle won election as a Toronto City Councillor.

Politics[edit]

Municipal[edit]

Berardinetti was a councillor in the pre-amalgamation Scarborough Council from 1988 to 1996, and represented Ward 37 (Scarborough Centre) on the amalgamated Toronto City Council from 1997 to 2003. In 1997, he served as chair of Toronto's administration committee, which created the framework for a unified civic administration in the amalgamated city. Berardinetti was generally regarded as an ally of Toronto mayor Mel Lastman during his years on the Toronto council.

Provincial[edit]

In the provincial election of 2003, Berardinetti defeated incumbent Progressive Conservative Dan Newman by about 6,000 votes in Scarborough Southwest. The Liberals won a majority government under Dalton McGuinty in this election, and Berardinetti was appointed the deputy government whip on 23 October 2003, a position he held until the 2007 election.

He became prominent for his private member's bill, introduced in 2004, to outlaw what he called "gender-based pricing," whereby prices for equivalent or similar products and services, such as clothing, dry cleaning and haircuts, may vary between women and men. He contended women were charged much more for many products and services, the extent of which he had only discovered when he went shopping with his new wife Michelle. The bill reached second reading on 8 December 2005 and is currently waiting to be discussed before the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

On 6 December 2006 Berardinetti was appointed chair of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy. Berardinetti has been a member of the Committee since 27 March 2006 and before that he had been chair and a Member of the Standing Committee on Government Agencies.

In the 2007 election, Berardinetti was re-elected with 15,119 votes, or 46.17 per cent of the vote.

On 25 January 2010, Berardinetti was named Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour.

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lorenzo Berardinetti 15,113 46.2 -0.7
Progressive Conservative Gary Crawford 8,363 25.5 -6.2
New Democratic Jay Sarkar 5,920 18.1 +0.2
Green Stefan Dixon 2,655 8.1 +6.25
Family Coalition Wiktor Paawel Borkpwski 398 1.2 -0.4
Libertarian George Dance 296 0.9
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Lorenzo Berardinetti 17,501 46.93 +13.27
Progressive Conservative Dan Newman 11,826 31.71 -8.05
New Democratic Barbara Warner 6,688 17.94 -5.28
Green Andrew Strachan 689 1.85 +0.64
Family Coalition Ray Scott 586 1.57 +0.29

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