Pietro Rizzuto

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The Hon.
Pietro Rizzuto
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Senator for Repentigny, Quebec
In office
December 23, 1976 – August 3, 1997
Appointed by Pierre Trudeau
Preceded by J.-Eugène Lefrançois
Succeeded by Marisa Ferretti Barth
Personal details
Born (1934-03-18)March 18, 1934
Cattolica Eraclea, Italy
Died August 3, 1997(1997-08-03) (aged 63)
Montreal, Quebec
Political party Liberal

Pietro Rizzuto (March 18, 1934 – August 3, 1997) was a Canadian politician.

Born in Cattolica Eraclea, Italy, he came to Canada at the age of 20. In 1963, he founded Inter State Paving Inc., a construction company.

In 1976, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Pierre Trudeau representing the senatorial division of Repentigny, Quebec. He was the first Canadian of Italian origin to be appointed to the Senate. He was an "old and dear friend" of Jean Chrétien.

He was made a Grande Ufficiale of Italy's Order of Merit of the Republic.

He was married to Pina and had three children: Melina, Alfonso, and Maria Christina. He died in Montreal in 1997.


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