Massimo Pacetti

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Massimo Pacetti
Member of Parliament
for Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel
In office
2002–2015
Preceded by Alfonso Gagliano
Succeeded by Nicola Di Iorio
Personal details
Born (1962-08-22) August 22, 1962 (age 53)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Independent (2014–2015)
Other political
affiliations
Liberal (2002–2014)
Residence Montreal
Profession accountant

Massimo Pacetti (born August 22, 1962) is a Canadian politician from Quebec, Canada. Pacetti was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in a 2002 by-election and continued as the Member of Parliament for Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel sitting with the Liberal caucus until 2014; he served his last year of office as an Independent MP.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Pacetti is a former accountant and entrepreneur, and former commissioner of the Pointe-de-l'Île school board.

Pacetti ran as the Liberal candidate in a by-election in 2002 for a seat in the Canadian House of Commons and was elected in the riding of Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel. He was re-elected in the 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011 general elections.

He introduced bill C-302, an "Act to recognize the injustice that was done to persons of Italian origin through their “enemy alien” designation and internment during the Second World War, and to provide for restitution and promote education on Italian-Canadian history" which was passed by the House of Commons on April 28, 2010.[1]

Pacetti is the Vice–Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) and the FINA Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure.[2]

Pacetti opposed Parliament studying the definition of a human being, saying “In reality, this is just a back door to reopen the debate over abortion in Canada, and a debate that has been closed for many years.”[3]

On November 5, 2014, Pacetti and fellow MP Scott Andrews were both suspended from the Liberal Party caucus by leader Justin Trudeau, following allegations of harassment laid by two unnamed New Democratic Party MPs.[4] Both Andrews and Pacetti sat for the remainder of the parliament as independent MPs pending investigation of the complaints.[4] Pacetti announced on March 18, 2015 that he would not be running in the October 2015 federal election, however he continued to maintain that he is innocent of sexual misconduct. It had been reported that Trudeau had intended to meet Pacetti and Andrews later that day to inform them that they were being permanently expelled from the Liberal caucus and would not be allowed to run as Liberals in the next election.[5]

Electoral record (incomplete)[edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Massimo Pacetti 15,340 42.30 -14.95
New Democratic Roberta Peressini 11,720 32.32 +21.64
Conservative Riccardo De Ioris 4,991 13.76 -1.12
Bloc Québécois Alain Bernier 3,396 9.36 -4.24
Green Michael Di Pardo 657 1.81 -1.00
Marxist–Leninist Garnet Colly 162 0.45 +0.02
Total valid votes/Expense limit 36,266 100.00
Total rejected ballots 674 1.75 +0.18
Turnout 36,940 51.51 -2.08
Eligible voters 71,717
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Massimo Pacetti 21,652 57.25 -0.08 $58,674
Conservative Lucie Le Tourneau 5,627 14.88 +0.47 $28,585
Bloc Québécois Farid Salem 5,146 13.60 -5.14 $8,509
New Democratic Laura Colella 4,039 10.68 +3.86 $2,036
Green Frank Monteleone 1,063 2.81 +0.50
Marxist–Leninist Garnet Colly 165 0.43 -0.09
Independent Joseph Young 122 0.32 $743
Total valid votes/Expense limit 37,814 100.00 $81,851
Total rejected ballots 604 1.57 +0.05
Turnout 38,418 53.59
     Liberal hold Swing -0.3


Canadian federal election, 2006: Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Massimo Pacetti 23,705 57.17 −6.73 $66,670
Bloc Québécois Justine Charlemagne 7,772 18.74 −3.11 $20,789
Conservative Ercolano Pingiotti 5,975 14.41 +9.13 $15,672
New Democratic Laura Colella 2,831 6.83 +0.85 $4,702
Green Pierre-Louis Parant 961 2.32 −0.01 none listed
Marxist–Leninist Stéphane Chénier 219 0.53 −0.13 none listed
Total valid votes 41,463 100.00
Total rejected ballots 640
Turnout 42,103 57.00 +2.48
Electors on the lists 73,869
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.
Canadian federal election, 2004: Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Massimo Pacetti 25,884 63.90 −12.76 $63,440
Bloc Québécois Paul-Alexis François 8,852 21.85 +7.40 $9,289
New Democratic Laura Colella 2,422 5.98 $6,007
Conservative Payam Eslami 2,138 5.28 −0.11 $5,647
Green Ricardo Fellicetti 944 2.33 none listed
Marxist–Leninist Stéphane Chénier 267 0.66 none listed
Total valid votes 40,507 100.00
Total rejected ballots 855
Turnout 41,362 54.52
Electors on the lists 75,864
Note: Conservative vote is compared to the Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.
Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada. Percentage change totals are in relation to the 2000 general election.

internment of Italian-Canadian citizens[edit]

In May 2009 Pacetti tabled a private members bill asking for a formal apology, financial redress, and a special postage stamp commemorating the internment of Italian-Canadian citizens.[6]

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