Quinto Martini

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Quinto Martini
Member of Parliament
for Hamilton East
In office
Preceded by Thomas Hambly Ross
Succeeded by John Munro
Personal details
Born (1908-08-15)August 15, 1908
Hamilton, Ontario
Died July 27, 1975(1975-07-27) (aged 66)
Hamilton, Ontario
Political party Progressive Conservative
Spouse(s) Lucy Caiazzo
m. 25 Jun 1931[1]
Profession real estate broker

Quinto Antonio Martini (August 15, 1908 – July 27, 1975) was a Canadian politician and real estate broker, born in Hamilton, Ontario. He was the first Italian Canadian elected to Parliament, where he represented Hamilton East from 1957 until he was defeated by Liberal John Munro in 1962.[2]

He first ran for the position of Member of Parliament for Hamilton East in 1953. He lost (receiving 30%), placing second to Liberal incumbent Thomas Hambly Ross.

He ran again in 1957, this time beating a new Liberal candidate and receiving 38.5% of the vote. He was easily re-elected in the national Progressive Conservative landslide, receiving 51.3% of the vote. Near the end of his second term, he was appointed as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Transport, a position in which he served from 1961 to 1962.

In 1962, Martini received only 30% of the vote, and placed second to John Munro. He ran again in 1963 and again placed second, with his share of the vote reduced to 27.2%.

Martini, a textile union organizer before entering politics, was interned during World War II along with other members of the Italian Canadian community, as a suspected subversive.


  1. ^ Normandin, P.G.; Normandin, A.L. (1965). Guide Parlementaire Canadien. P.G. Normandin. ISSN 0315-6168. Retrieved 2015-06-22. 
  2. ^ "Hamilton Spectator article: "The Greatest Hamiltonian".". Retrieved 2007-02-11. 

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