|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||Alfonso Gagliano|
|Succeeded by||Nicola Di Iorio|
August 22, 1962 |
|Political party||Independent (2014–2015)|
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
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.
Pacetti is the Vice–Chair of the Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) and the FINA Subcommittee on Agenda and Procedure.
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.”
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. Both Andrews and Pacetti sat for the remainder of the parliament as independent MPs pending investigation of the complaints. 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.
Electoral record (incomplete)
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|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|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||36,266||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||674||1.75||+0.18|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|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|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||37,814||100.00||$81,851|
|Total rejected ballots||604||1.57||+0.05|
|Canadian federal election, 2006: Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel|
|Bloc Québécois||Justine Charlemagne||7,772||18.74||−3.11||$20,789|
|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|
|Electors on the lists||73,869|
|Sources: Official Results, Elections Canada and Financial Returns, Elections Canada.|
|Canadian federal election, 2004: Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel|
|Bloc Québécois||Paul-Alexis François||8,852||21.85||+7.40||$9,289|
|New Democratic||Laura Colella||2,422||5.98||$6,007|
|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|
|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
- Third Session, Fortieth Parliament, House of Commons, Bill C–302 Retrieved January 2, 2011. (pdf file)
- Standing Committee on Finance (FINA) membership list Retrieved January 2, 2011.
- Ditchburn, Jennifer. "The Chronicle Herald - Parties clash over abortion". The Chronicle Herald. The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
- "Liberal MPs Scott Andrews, Massimo Pacetti suspended from caucus amid harassment allegations". CBC News, November 5, 2014.
- "Liberal MP Massimo Pacetti maintains innocence, says he won't run again". Globe and Mail. March 18, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2015.