Lou Rinaldi

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Lou Rinaldi
Lou Rinaldi - 2017 ROMA Conference (31784375743) (cropped).jpg
Rinaldi in 2017
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Rob Milligan
Succeeded by Riding abolished
In office
Preceded by Doug Galt
Succeeded by Rob Milligan
Constituency Northumberland—Quinte West
Northumberland (2003-2007)
Personal details
Born 1947 (age 70–71)
Patrica, Italy
Political party Liberal
Occupation Businessman

Luigino Rinaldi (born c. 1947) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2001 and again from 2014 to 2018 who represented the ridings of Northumberland and Northumberland—Quinte West.


Rinaldi moved to Canada with his family in 1960. He received an automotive technology diploma from George Brown College, and started a small business in the automotive field in 1972. He moved to Brighton, Ontario in 1980, having purchased Brighton Speedway, a family entertainment venue.


Rinaldi was appointed to council in the former Brighton township in 1992. He subsequently won election to the same position. He was elected as deputy reeve and was appointed reeve of the township in 1998. In 2000 he was elected mayor of the newly amalgamated municipality of Brighton. As mayor, he presided over the establishment of the Brighton Health Services Centre in the community.

In the provincial election of 2003, Rinaldi defeated incumbent Progressive Conservative Doug Galt by about 2500 votes to become the new Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Northumberland.[1] The Liberals won the election, and Rinaldi was named Parliamentary Assistant (PA) to David Caplan, the Minister of Infrastructure, on October 23, 2003. He was re-elected in the provincial election of 2007 in the newly redistributed riding of Northumberland—Quinte West.[2] He was appointed as PA to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

In the provincial election of 2011 he was defeated by Progressive Conservative candidate Rob Milligan.[3] In 2014, Rinaldi competed against Milligan again, this time defeating him by 3,887 votes.[4][5]

In July 2014, he was reappointed as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Lou Rinaldi 22,288 45.4
Progressive Conservative Cathy Galt 15,328 31.2
New Democratic Carolyn Blaind 6,481 13.2
Green Judy Smith Torrie 5,020 10.2
Ontario general election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Lou Rinaldi 20,382 45.05 +1.08
Progressive Conservative Doug Galt 17,816 39.37 -6.62
New Democratic Murray Weppler 5,210 11.51 +5.19
Green Derrick J. Kelly 1,839 4.06 +1.39


  1. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. October 2, 2003. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 10 (xix). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 7, 2009. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 6, 2011. p. 11. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ "General Election by District: Northumberland-Quinte West". Elections Ontario. June 12, 2014. Archived from the original on June 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rinaldi wrestles Northumberand-Quinte West away from Milligan for the Liberals". Northumberland News. Metroland Media. June 12, 2014. 

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