William Cusano

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William Cusano
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Viau
In office
1981–2007
Preceded by Charles-A. Lefebvre
Succeeded by Emmanuel Dubourg
Personal details
Born (1943-10-19)October 19, 1943
Sepino, Campobasso, Italy
Died November 14, 2012(2012-11-14) (aged 69)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political party Liberal

William Cusano (October 19, 1943 – November 14, 2012) was an Italian-born former politician in Quebec, Canada. He was a member of the National Assembly of Quebec from 1981 to 2007.

Born in Sepino-Campobasso, Italy, Cusano and his family moved to Canada in 1952. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola College as well as from the Université de Montréal in education and was a teacher and director for several schools in the Montreal region from 1962 to 1979.

Cusano was first elected to the National Assembly as a member of the Quebec Liberal Party in the Viau riding in the 1981 elections. He was re-elected in 1985, 1989, 1994, 1998 and 2003 before retiring prior to the 2007 elections. Cusano highest rank was chief whip of the government during Robert Bourassa's fourth term as Premier of Quebec from 1989 to 1994, while he was the Deputy Whip of the government from 1985 to 1989. Cusano was never named to the Cabinet by Bourassa, Daniel Johnson, Jr. or Jean Charest serving as Parliamentary Secretary of the Minister of Health and Social Services during Johnson's tenure as Premier in 1994.

During Jean Charest's First Mandate, he was named the National Assembly's First Vice-President.

He died in 2012 of complications from surgery.[1]

Electoral record (partial)[edit]

Quebec general election, 2003: Viau
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal William Cusano 17,703 65.13
Parti Québécois Maka Kotto 6,142 22.60
Action démocratique Paolo Tamburello 2,406 8.85
Bloc Pot Guillaume Blouin-Beaudoin 426 1.57
UFP Jocelyn Dupuis 384 1.41
  Non-affiliated Yannick Duguay 121 0.45
Total valid votes 27,182 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 524
Turnout 27,706 62.81
Electors on the lists 44,113
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
Quebec general election, 1998: Viau
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal William Cusano 18,774 70.08
Action démocratique Luc Leclerc 5,214 19.46
Bloc Pot Guillaume Blouin-Beaudoin 1,668 6.23
Socialist Democracy Caroline Perron 426 1.59
Innovator Patrick Ravet 326 1.22
Communist Kostas Miritis 207 0.77
Equality Jean-Paul Savoie 174 0.65
Total valid votes 26,789 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 1,111
Turnout 27,900 73.54
Electors on the lists 37,936
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
Quebec general election, 1994: Viau
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Liberal William Cusano 17,946 63.19
Parti Québécois Raphaël Delli Gatti 8,463 29.80
  New Democratic Party Paul Montpetit 1,482 5.22
Natural Law Pierre Bergeron 291 1.02
     Innovator Claire Cartier 218 0.77
Total valid votes 28,400 100.00
Rejected and declined votes 605
Turnout 29,005 79.73
Electors on the lists 36,378
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.
Quebec general election, 1985: Viau
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal William Cusano 17,086 66.12
Parti Québécois Marie-Claire Nivolon 7,428 28.75
New Democratic Giuseppe Sciortino 864 3.34
Humanist Doris Gervais 196 0.76
Commonwealth of Canada Martin Daoust 148 0.57
Christian Socialist Jean-François Grenier 118 0.46
Total valid votes 25,840
Rejected and declined votes 491
Turnout 26,331 71.05
Electors on the lists 37,062
Source: Official Results, Le Directeur général des élections du Québec.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L'ancien député William Cusano est mort". La Presse. November 14, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 

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