Francis Scarpaleggia was first elected as an MP in 2004. He has been named the National Liberal Caucus Chair, and is on the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. He has previously served as the party’s associate critic for Canadian Heritage.
Scarpaleggia is passionate about the protection of Canada’s freshwater. He has submitted numerous motions and bills to the House for debate, including a motion that called for a national water strategy. As the vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development he initiated a study into the impact of the oil sands on water resources.
In addition to environment and sustainable development, Scarpaleggia has previously been vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security and has sat as a member of the Standing Committees on Transport, Canadian Heritage and Government Operations and Estimates.
He is a founding member of the all-party Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care. In this role he organized public hearings to gather testimony for a committee report entitled Not to be Forgotten: Care of Vulnerable Canadians. He was also vocal in his opposition to the reduction of flight attendant-to-passenger ratios on Canadian commercial flights. He is a member of the Canada-Italy Parliamentary Group.
Scarpaleggia broke with party lines to vote against Bill C-38 which legalized same-sex marriage in Canada and again on a Conservative motion to reopen the same-sex marriage debate.
Before running for election, Scarpaleggia had served as a senior political advisor to MP Clifford Lincoln.
Scarpaleggia has a Bachelor’s in economics from McGill University and a Master’s in economics from Columbia. He also earned an MBA from Concordia University and a diploma in business administration from McGill. Before entering politics he was an instructor of business administration at Dawson College. He also worked as a corporate financial analyst for Petro-Canada and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
He is married with two children.