Laura Albanese

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Laura Albanese
Laura at West Park.jpg
Ontario MPP
Assumed office
Preceded by Paul Ferreira
Constituency York South—Weston
Personal details
Born (1957-09-11) September 11, 1957 (age 57)
Taranto, Italy
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Germinio Pio Politi
Children 2
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Occupation Journalist

Laura Albanese (born September 11, 1957) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. She is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who was elected in 2007. She represents the riding of York South—Weston. Albanese worked as a news anchor for Italian language news programming on Omni Television working in Italian language programming.



Albanese was born in Taranto, Italy, in 1957. In her youth, she moved back and forth between Canada and Italy. She settled in Canada in 1981 and has lived in York South-Weston ever since with her husband, artist Germinio Pio Politi, her two adult children, her grandson, and her mother.

Albanese worked in broadcast journalism spanning over two decades, from 1984 to 2007.[1] She worked in Italian language programming at OMNI TV in a number of capacities. She was featured as Co-Anchor of OMNI News: Italian Edition, a one hour daily Italian language newscast. She co-hosted Incontri with Vincenzo Somma. The show was an evening news show broadcast in the Italian language.[2] Other shows that she worked on included Omni News: Italian Edition, Italianissimo, Telecorriere News, and Girotondo.


Albanese was nominated as the Liberal candidate for the February 8, 2007 provincial by-election in the riding of York South—Weston. The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Joe Cordiano, who resigned his seat for personal reasons.[3] The appointment of Albanese as the Liberal candidate was contested by David-Paul Sip, another potential candidate. Sip said that his candidacy was ignored by the riding association who wanted someone who would appeal to the riding's large Italian-speaking community. Sip launched a lawsuit against the Liberal party but Albanese remained as the Liberal candidate.[4]

Albanese narrowly lost to Paul Ferreira of the New Democratic Party by 358 votes. Ferreira advocated raising the minimum wage from $8 to $10 which was opposed by the Liberal party. Voters were also angered by legislators who had recently given themselves a 25% pay increase.[3] Eight months later she was in a rematch with Ferreira in the 2007 provincial election. This time with a much larger voter turnout, she edged Ferreira by 469 votes.[5][6]

Albanese was appointed parliamentary assistant (PA) to the Minister of Culture, Aileen Carroll. During her first term as MPP, Albanese advocated for funding to build the Jane Street Hub, a $6 Million investment toward building a new school for St. John the Evangelist,[7] a major expansion at West Park Healthcare Centre,[8] 11 full day kindergartens in the first year of the program, and introduced a Private Members Motion calling on the Province to embrace electrification and another calling on increased safety of residential neighbourhoods close to volatile fuels operations. She also introduced a Private Members Bill to eliminate the deduction of Old Age Security from workers compensation benefits.

She was re-elected in the 2011 election.[9][10] In her second term she was appointed PA to the Minister of Labour and subsequently PA to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

In 2013, when Kathleen Wynne took over as Premier, Albanese was appointed as Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier and also made Deputy Government Whip. In the June 2014 election she met Ferreira for a fourth time, and defeated him by 3,572 votes.[11]

As of July 2014, she is Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance and also serves as Government Caucus Chair.

Electoral record[edit]

May 30, 2013
Ontario general election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Laura Albanese 15,719 47.99 +3.44
New Democratic Paul Ferreira 12,147 37.08 -5.40
Progressive Conservative Andrew Ffrench 3,672 11.21 +0.11
Green Jessica Higgins 826 2.52 +0.99
Freedom Eric Compton 250 0.76 +0.27
Independent Abi Issa 144 0.44
Total valid votes 32,758 100.0  
Liberal hold Swing +4.42
Source: Elections Ontario[11]
Ontario general election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Laura Albanese 13,862 44.7 +1.8
New Democratic Paul Ferreira 13,020 41.9 +0.5
Progressive Conservative Lan Daniel 3,461 11.1 +1.0
Green Keith Jarrett 477 1.5 -2.3
Freedom Eric Compton 177 0.6 0.0
Independent Mark Radejewsky 46 0.1 0.0
Total valid votes 31,043 100.0
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal Laura Albanese 13,812 42.9 +1.5
New Democratic Paul Ferreira 13,343 41.4 -1.9
Progressive Conservative Karen McMillan-Aver 3,249 10.1 -0.2
Green Anthony Gratl 1,225 3.8 +2.4
Libertarian Marco Dias 382 1.2
Family Coalition Mariangela Sanabria 214 0.7 0.0
Total valid votes 32,225 100.0
Ontario provincial by-election, February 8, 2007[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
New Democratic Paul Ferreira 8,188 43.3 +24.0
Liberal Laura Albanese 7,830 41.4 -20.2
Progressive Conservative Pina Martino 1,941 10.3 -4.9
Green Mir Kamal 262 1.4 -1.1
Independent Kevin Clarke 220 1.2
Independent Mohammed Choudhary 142 0.8
Family Coalition Mariangela Sanabria 139 0.7 -0.8
Libertarian Nunzio Venuto 98 0.5
Freedom Wayne Simmons 77 0.4
Total valid votes 18,897 100.0


  1. ^ Collins, Michelle (December 26, 2006). "News anchor seeking Liberal nomination in High Park". The Globe and Mail. p. 22. 
  2. ^ Smith, Diane (July 15, 1989). "Whatever language, the news gets through". The Globe and Mail. p. 9. 
  3. ^ a b Campbell, Murray; Karen Howlett (February 9, 2007). "NDP grabs Liberal seat in Ontario by-elections". The Globe and Mail. 
  4. ^ Skinner, Justin (February 1, 2007). "Liberal supporter sues Liberal party". York Guardian. p. 1. 
  5. ^ Rankin, Jim (October 12, 2007). "Rematch tilts Albanese's way; Ex-TV journalist 'tired but happy' to edge NDP's Ferreira eight months after close loss in by-election". Toronto Star. p. A19. 
  6. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 18 (xxvii). 
  7. ^ Kim, Clark (September 14, 2011). ".School lobbies for new building instead of addition". York Guardian. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ Kim, Clark (August 24, 2011). "West Park to renovate and expand". York Guardian. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ Kim, Clark (October 7, 2011). ".YORK SOUTH-WESTON: Albanese edges Ferreira". York Guardian. Retrieved January 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 20>. 
  11. ^ a b "General Election by District: York South-Weston". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ "By-election 2007: York South-Weston". Elections Ontario. February 8, 2007. 

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