Joe Peschisolido

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The Honourable
Joe Peschisolido
PC MP
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Steveston—Richmond East
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded by new district
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Richmond
In office
November 27, 2000 – January 28, 2004
Preceded by Raymond Chan
Succeeded by Raymond Chan
Personal details
Born (1963-04-27) April 27, 1963 (age 53)
Toronto, Ontario
Political party Liberal (2002–present)
Other political
affiliations

Reform (1993-2000)

Canadian Alliance (2000-2002)
Residence Richmond, British Columbia
Profession Lawyer

Joe Peschisolido (born April 27, 1963) is a Canadian lawyer and politician. He has a Bachelor of Arts (honours) degree in Political Science from Trinity College at the University of Toronto and a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Political career[edit]

For decades, Peschisolido was a member of the Liberal Party, where he had worked as a youth co-ordinator for Jean Chrétien’s 1990 leadership campaign. In 1993, he joined the Reform Party of Canada (later the Canadian Alliance); running as their candidate in Etobicoke North in the 1993 general election and a subsequent 1996 by-election, he placed second in both turnouts. Relocating to British Columbia, he was elected as Member of Parliament for Richmond in the 2000 general election, defeating Liberal incumbent, Raymond Chan.

In 2002, Peschisolido left the Canadian Alliance and crossed the floor to the Liberal Party without consulting with his constituents. This was due to the “process of political realignment” which eliminated both the Canadian Alliance Party and the Progressive Conservative Party, and instead creating the Conservative Party of Canada.

While serving in office, Peschisolido fought to protect the rights of taxpayers by introducing the “Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights” in the 37th Parliament’s first, second, and third sessions.[1]

In 2002, Peschisolido helped broker the original Garden City land deal, which saw the transfer of said lands from the Canadian federal government to the City of Richmond. This deal would have seen the City of Richmond receive 75 to 80 percent of the land, with the rest of the property set aside for a trade and exhibition center, as well as commercial development.[2]

In 2003 he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.[3] He was also Vice-Chair for the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.[4]

In 2011, Peschisolido won the Liberal Party nomination for Member of Parliament for Richmond at the 2011 Canadian federal election. However, he was later defeated by Alice Wong by more than 17,000 votes in the 2011 federal election.

On August 11, 2015, Peschisolido again won the Liberal Party nomination for Member of Parliament in the new riding of Steveston—Richmond East for the 2015 Canadian federal election.[5]

On October 19, 2015, as a Liberal Party majority government was formed,[6] Peschisolido was returned to Parliament.[7]

Electoral record[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2015: Steveston—Richmond East
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Joe Peschisolido 19,486 45.1 +26.5
Conservative Kenny Chiu 16,630 38.5 -15.42
New Democratic Scott Stewart 5,248 12.1 -10.72
Green Laura-Leah Shaw 1,587 3.7 -0.44
Libertarian Matthew Swanston 274 0.6
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,225 100.0     $203,894.63
Total rejected ballots 287
Turnout 43,512 60.8%
Eligible voters 71,526
Liberal notional gain from Conservative Swing +20.96
Source: Elections Canada[8][9]
Canadian federal election, 2011: Richmond
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Alice Wong 25,109 58.36 +8.59 $89,330.05
Liberal Joe Peschisolido 8,027 18.66 -12.19 $54,757.85
New Democratic Dale Jackaman 7,860 18.27 +6.46 $9,038.79
Green Michael Wolfe 2,032 4.72 -1.71 $2,933.09
Total valid votes/Expense limit 43,028 100.0     $91,788.64
Total rejected ballots 220 0.51 +0.06
Turnout 43,248 50.97 +1
Eligible voters 84,855
Conservative hold Swing +10.39
Canadian federal election, 2000: Richmond
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Alliance Joe Peschisolido 21,064 44.40 +8.44 $58,128
Liberal Raymond Chan 19,940 42.04 -1.77 $63,896
New Democratic Gail Paquette 2,695 5.68 -3.88 $10,941
Progressive Conservative Frank Peter Tofin 2,578 5.43 -2.85 $4,329
Green Kevan Hudson 897 1.89 +0.53 $61
Natural Law Kathy McClement 164 0.34 -0.05
Marxist–Leninist Edith Petersen 93 0.19 -0.02 $10
Total valid votes 47,431 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 218 0.47 -0.03
Turnout 47,649 61.70 -3.19
Alliance gain from Liberal Swing +5.10
By-election on March 25, 1996

Etobicoke North

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Roy Cullen 12,290 46.3 -9.3
Reform Joe Peschisolido 9,563 36.0 +17.2
Progressive Conservative Mario Annecchini 2,812 10.6 -8.2
New Democratic Maxine Caron 1,400 5.3 +1.6
Christian Heritage Ron Gray 284 1.1
Abolitionist John Turmel 104 0.4
Independent Sylvie Charbin 96 0.4
Total valid votes 26,549 100.0
Canadian federal election, 1993: Etobicoke North
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Roy MacLaren 28,015 55.6 +10.3
Reform Joe Peschisolido 9,470 18.8
Progressive Conservative Jane MacLaren 9,470 18.8 -15.8
New Democratic Carmela Sasso 1,839 3.7 -13.7
National Emanuele Danelon 661 1.3
Libertarian Daniel Hunt 363 0.7 -0.2
Natural Law Marilyn Pepper 353 0.7
Independent Antonio De Felice 105 0.2
Marxist–Leninist David Greig 104 0.2 +0.1
Total valid votes 50,380 100.0

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Raymond Chan
Member of Parliament for Richmond
2000-2004
Succeeded by
Raymond Chan