|Member of the Canadian Parliament
October 25, 1993 – January 23, 2006
|Preceded by||Dan Heap|
|Succeeded by||Olivia Chow|
January 2, 1957 |
|Cabinet||Minister of State for Families and Caregivers (2004-2006)|
Anthony "Tony" Ianno, PC (born January 2, 1957) is a businessman and a former Canadian politician. He served as a Liberal Party of Canada MP representing Trinity—Spadina (1993–2006) and Minister of Families and Caregivers (2004–06).
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Ianno graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science degree. He and his wife, Christine Innes, have four children. He is also the cousin of former Ontario MPP and cabinet minister Joseph Cordiano. His wife, Christine, was the Liberal candidate for Trinity-Spadina in the 2008 federal election and 2011 federal election, but was defeated by Olivia Chow both times.
Ianno was a long-time political organizer and helped a number of Italian-Canadians win federal and provincial Liberal nominations in Toronto in the 1980s. He also was a key figure in organizing support among Toronto's large Italian-Canadian population for Jean Chrétien during the 1990 Liberal leadership campaign. 
He first ran for Federal office in the 1988 election, as part of a group of four Liberals who, according to author William Johnson, "brought a new turbulence to the politics of Metro Toronto." The group, which included Joe Volpe, Armindo Silva, and Jasbir Singh, worked together and used aggressive tactics to secure nominations in the Toronto area. Ianno was nominated in the Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina, but was defeated by New Democratic Party incumbent Dan Heap.
He ran again in the 1993 election and was elected in a Liberal sweep where they won nearly every seat in Ontario. Ianno continued to represent Trinity-Spadina for the next 13 years until he was defeated in 2006.
While most Ontario seats were easily won by the Liberals under Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Trinity—Spadina was closely fought each time. Ianno narrowly held the diverse downtown riding through four federal elections, facing strong competition from New Democratic Party candidates. Much of his support came from the Italian, Portuguese and Chinese areas. Toronto's traditional Little Italy and Chinatown areas are in the riding. Ianno narrowly defeated Toronto city councillor Olivia Chow in the 1997 election and Globe and Mail journalist Michael Valpy who ran for the NDP in the 2000 election. In the 2004 election, Ianno again faced councillor Chow and managed to win re-election by a slim margin, as the Liberals were reduced to a minority government due to the Sponsorship Scandal.
During the 2006 election, Ianno faced off against Chow for the third time. This time she defeated him, winning 46% of the vote to Ianno's 40%. Some attributed Ianno's loss to his perceived support for the Toronto Port Authority and the Toronto City Centre Airport. Although Ianno did not have an official role in the Authority's creation or policies, he nonetheless defended a controversial payout to the Authority as compensation for the cancellation of the Island Airport Bridge.
His party's proposal redress the Head Tax also did not help his campaign, as the Liberals had not consulted many of the major Canadian-Chinese groups (despite claiming to), the promised amount was reduced to from $12.5 million to $2.5 million, and the pre-condition was that the government would make no apology, while the three opposition parties pledged to make a full apology. Several gaffes by the Liberals also reflected negatively on Ianno, including when Mike Klander (the executive vice-president of the federal Liberals' Ontario wing) made posts on his blog comparing Chow to a Chow Chow dog and calling her husband an "asshole". Klander apologized for the remark and resigned.
After the election, the Globe and Mail reported on February 11, 2006 that Ianno had been "burning up the caucus phone lines" testing the waters for a possible bid in the Liberal leadership campaign to replace Martin. On April 8, 2006, Mr. Ianno told Canadian Press that he decided to run for the party presidency, in which he was unsuccessful.
On March 9, 2010, the Ontario Securities Commission made allegations of market manipulation against Ianno. Ianno has denied the charges. The matter was heard before the commission in September 2011. Ianno accepted a plea deal which had him pay a $100,000 fine and was banned from working as a stock trader for five years.
Ianno is currently being investigated for insider trading in the shares of Aurelian resources.
|Canadian federal election, 1988: Trinity—Spadina|
|New Democratic||Dan Heap||15,565||38.55|
|Progressive Conservative||Joe Pimentel||8,618||21.34|
|Independent||Sukhdev S. Grewal||127||0.31|
|Total valid votes||40,379|
|Canadian federal election, 1993: Trinity—Spadina|
|New Democratic||Winnie Ng||10,430||26.98||-11.57|
|Progressive Conservative||Lee Monaco||3,129||8.09||-13.25|
|Natural Law||Ashley James Deans||391||1.01|
|Total valid votes||38,659|
|Canadian federal election, 1997: Trinity—Spadina|
|New Democratic||Olivia Chow||16,413||40.81||+13.83|
|Progressive Conservative||Danielle Wai Mascall||2,793||6.95||−1.15|
|Green||Sat Singh Khalsa||392||0.97||−0.64|
|Natural Law||Ashley Deans||194||0.48||−0.53|
|Independent||John Roderick Wilson||159||0.40||–|
|Canadian Action||Thomas P. Beckerle||130||0.32||–|
|Total valid votes||40,214||100.00|
|Canadian federal election, 2000: Trinity—Spadina|
|New Democratic||Michael Valpy||15,332||38.17||-2.64|
|Progressive Conservative||John E. Polko||2,199||5.47||-1.48|
|Natural Law||Ashley Deans||96||0.24||-0.24|
|Total valid votes||40,165|
|Note: Canadian Alliance vote is compared to the Reform vote in 1997 election.|
|Canadian federal election, 2004: Trinity—Spadina|
|New Democratic||Olivia Chow||22,397||42.04||+3.87||$77,070|
|Progressive Canadian||Asif Hossain||531||1.00||–||$24|
|Canadian Action||Tristan Alexander Downe-Dewdney||91||0.17||–||N/A|
|Total valid votes||53,276||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||329||0.61|
|Note: Conservative vote is compared to the total of the Canadian Alliance vote and Progressive Conservative vote in 2000 election.|
|Canadian federal election, 2006: Trinity—Spadina|
|New Democratic||Olivia Chow||28,748||46.03||+3.99||$78,702|
|Progressive Canadian||Asif Hossain||392||0.63||−0.37||$257|
|Canadian Action||John Riddell||82||0.13||−0.04||$25|
|Total valid votes||62,450||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||278||0.44||−0.17|
- https://web.archive.org/web/20051023022127/http://www.cbc.ca/news/viewpoint/vp_zolf/20020722.html. Archived from the original on October 23, 2005. Missing or empty
- Montreal Gazette, Jul 15 1988
- A Word on Two Retiring Incumbent MPs, Pundits' Guide to Canadian Federal Elections. October 2010.
- NDP's Olivia Chow wins bid for seat on third try. CTV News. January 24, 2006. 
- Liberal exec quits over his blog remarks about NDPers, CBC News. December 27, 2005.
- http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20060211.wxliberal0211/BNStory/National/home. Missing or empty
- Liberal hopefuls try out their lines in Edmonton meet, CBC News. April, 8, 2006.
- In the Matter of Anthony Ianno and Saverio Manzo, OSC Proceedings. March 8, 2010.
- Ex-MP Tony Ianno faces securities probe, Toronto Star. March 10, 2010.
- Before the Commission, Ontario Securities Commission. Last Accessed April 23, 2011.
- Rubin, Josh (2011-09-12). "Victims say ex-MP Ianno used politics to gather investors". Toronto Star.