Odoardo Di Santo

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Odoardo Di Santo
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Vern Singer
Succeeded by Joseph Cordiano
Constituency Downsview
Personal details
Born (1934-06-25) June 25, 1934 (age 82)
Rocca Pia, Italy
Political party New Democrat
Spouse(s) Maria Augimeri
Residence North York, Ontario
Occupation Non-profit advisor

Odoardo Di Santo (born June 25, 1934) is a politician and administrator in Ontario, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1975 to 1985, as a member of the New Democratic Party (NDP).


Di Santo was born in Rocca Pia, Italy, and educated at the University of Rome. He was a member of the Family Services Association of Metro Toronto in 1974-75, and was an advisor to the Board of Community Workers at George Brown College. Di Santo was also a federal executive on the Congress of Italian-Canadians in this period. He is married to Toronto city councillor Maria Augimeri.


He was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1975 provincial election, defeating Liberal candidate Mike Spensieri by 68 votes in Downsview as part of an NDP breakthrough in Toronto's Italian community.[1] He was re-elected by a greater margin in the 1977 election,[2] and defeated future federal cabinet minister Joseph Volpe by 653 votes in the 1981 election.[3] He supported Bob Rae for the party leadership in 1982.

Di Santo was narrowly defeated in the 1985 election, losing to Liberal candidate Joseph Cordiano by 221 votes.[4]

Later life[edit]

After the election, the Liberals and NDP signed a two-year pact which ended forty-two years of Progressive Conservative rule. After leaving the legislature, Di Santo was appointed director of the Office of the Worker Adviser.

The New Democratic Party won a majority government under Bob Rae's leadership in the 1990 provincial election, and Di Santo was appointed as chair of Ontario Workers' Compensation Board in 1991. His tenure in office proved controversial, with the WCB taking on a significant debt burden. In 1994, Rae transferred Di Santo to the Liquor License Board of Ontario.

He campaigned for the Canadian House of Commons in the 1997 federal election, but finished third against Independent candidate John Nunziata in York South—Weston.


  1. ^ "Table of vote results for all Ontario ridings". The Globe and Mail. September 19, 1975. p. C12. 
  2. ^ "Ontario provincial election results riding by riding". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1977. p. D9. 
  3. ^ Canadian Press (1981-03-20). "Election results for Metro Toronto". The Windsor Star. Windsor, Ontario. p. 22. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  4. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13. 

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