Francis Scarpaleggia

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Francis Scarpaleggia
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Lac-Saint-Louis
Assumed office
June 28, 2004
Preceded by Clifford Lincoln
Personal details
Born (1957-06-06) June 6, 1957 (age 59)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Jan Scarpaleggia
Residence Kirkland, Quebec
Profession business consultant/financial analyst/university professor

Francis Scarpaleggia, MP (born June 6, 1957 in Montreal, Quebec) is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada (since 1985) and Member of Parliament for the riding of Lac-Saint-Louis, which encompasses the western tip of the island of Montreal, Quebec. Scarpaleggia was first elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2004 federal election, and was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015.


Scarpaleggia, the son of Maurice and Lois Scarpaleggia, was raised in the city of Laval, as well as Mount Royal, a suburb of the City of Montreal. Scarpaleggia completed his Bachelor’s degree in economics at McGill University and his Master’s degree in economics at Columbia University in New York City before spending several years working in the private sector. Scarpaleggia holds an MBA from Concordia University, as well as a diploma in business administration from McGill.

He has held positions at Petro-Canada and Bristol-Myers Squibb, in addition to running his own company. Prior to his career in politics, Scarpaleggia was a professor of business administration at Montreal’s Dawson College, where he taught marketing, accounting and entrepreneurship.

Scarpaleggia held the position of senior political advisor to Clifford Lincoln, Member of Parliament for the riding of Lachine—Lac-Saint-Louis (1993–1997) and the more recently formed riding of Lac-Saint-Louis (1997–2004).

Scarpaleggia is married and resides in the City of Kirkland with his wife, Jan, and two children; Caroline and Mia.

Political life[edit]


Elected by one of the largest margins in the country in the 2004 Canadian federal election, Scarpaleggia became a member of the Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, and the Committee on Transport. He was also an associate member of the Committee of Canadian Heritage and the Committee of Environment and Sustainable Development.

Scarpaleggia voiced objections to plans to reduce the flight attendant-to-passenger ratio on Canadian commercial flights, plans which would have been detrimental to air safety as highlighted by the crash of Air France flight 358 at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

Scarpaleggia was one of a small minority of Liberal MPs to vote against Bill C-38, which formally legalized same-sex marriage in Canada in accordance with a ruling by the judiciary.

Since October 2005, Scarpaleggia has chaired a new national Liberal caucus on water. As chair, Scarpaleggia has led the caucus as it focuses on the political, legislative, scientific, and public health issues surrounding Canada’s water supplies.


Re-elected with a large margin in the Canadian federal election, 2006, and one of only thirteen Liberal MPs remaining in the province of Quebec, Scarpaleggia was named Associate Critic to the Minister of Heritage. Additionally, Scarpaleggia was named to the Committee of Canadian Heritage, and the Committee of Environment and Sustainable Development.

During the 2006 Liberal Party of Canada leadership contest Scarpaleggia was one of two Quebec MPs who backed the candidacy of Stéphane Dion, who ultimately went on to win the race on December 2, 2006 at the Montreal convention centre.

Scarpaleggia once again broke with his party and voted with the Conservative government to re-open the same-sex marriage debate on December 7, 2006 (see Members of the 39th Canadian Parliament and same-sex marriage), the only Quebec Liberal MP to do so.

Scarpaleggia served as the Liberal critic for Water Policy from 2007 to 2009, and again from 2010 to 2013. From 2011 to 2013, he was also the Liberal critic for Public Safety. Since 2011, he has been the Liberal Party caucus chair.


Following the 2015 election, the Liberals formed the government again. Scarpaleggia was named to the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform. He was subsequently elected as the chairman of the committee.[1]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Francis Scarpaleggia 39,965 64.14 +30.03
Conservative Eric Girard 10,857 17.42 -11.02
New Democratic Ryan Young 7,997 12.83 -17.23
Green Bradford Dean 1,812 2.91 -1.36
Bloc Québécois Gabriel Bernier 1,681 2.7 -0.42
Total valid votes/Expense limit 62,312 100.0   $224,522.81
Total rejected ballots 321 0.51 -0.02
Turnout 62,633 73.06 +6.93
Eligible voters 85,727
Liberal hold Swing +23.63
Source: Elections Canada[2][3]
Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Francis Scarpaleggia 18,457 34.11 -12.27
New Democratic Alain Ackad 16,253 30.04 +14.28
Conservative Larry Smith 15,394 28.45 +4.94
Green Bruno Tremblay 2,315 4.28 -4.30
Bloc Québécois Éric Taillefer 1,689 3.12 -2.62
Total valid votes/Expense limit 54,108 100.00
Rejected ballots 287 0.53 -0.01
Turnout 54,395 66.13 +2.10
Liberal hold Swing -13.28
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Francis Scarpaleggia 23,842 46.38 -1.8 $71,566
Conservative Andrea Paine 12,085 23.51 -3.2 $54,850
New Democratic Daniel Quinn 8,105 15.76 +5.1
Green Peter Graham 4,415 8.58 +1.8 $7,679
Bloc Québécois Maxime Clément 2,953 5.74 -2.0 $6,931
Total valid votes/Expense limit 51,400 100.00
Rejected ballots 277 0.54
Turnout 51,677 64.03
Liberal hold Swing -2.5
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Francis Scarpaleggia 25,588 48.2 -15.7 $46,751
Conservative Andrea Paine 14,164 26.7 +14.6 $74,919
New Democratic Daniel Quinn 5,702 10.7 +5.6 $8,129
Bloc Québécois Anne-Marie Guertin 4,064 7.7 -2.5 $9,298
Green Peter Graham 3,605 6.8 +1.6 $1,340
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,123 100.0 $80,616
Liberal hold Swing -215.15
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Francis Scarpaleggia 32,122 63.9 -10.3 $41,498
Conservative Jeff Howard 6,082 12.1 -2.6 $15,262
Bloc Québécois Maxime Côté 5,106 10.2 +3.5 $7,084
New Democratic Daniel Quinn 3,789 7.5 +5.0 $6,036
Green Peter Graham 2,584 5.1 $1,808
Marijuana Patrick Cardinal 578 1.1 -0.6
Total valid votes/Expense limit 50,261 100.0 $79,772
Liberal hold Swing -6.45


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