Joe Peschisolido was first elected as the MP for Richmond in 2000 as a member of the Reform Party. He crossed the floor in 2002, and in 2015 he was elected as a Liberal in the new riding of Stevenston–Richmond East.
Peschisolido had previously been a Liberal, working as a youth coordinator for Jean Chretien’s 1990 leadership campaign and was a candidate for the party in two elections.
As an MP, Peschisolido helped broker the Garden City land deal, which transferred lands from the federal government to the City of Richmond.
He has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and to the President of the Privy Council. He was also vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and a member of the Standing Committees on Fisheries and Oceans, Citizenship and Immigration, and Finance.
Before he was elected to the House of Commons, Peschisolido was a lawyer practicing with Ryan, Peschisolido & Company, a firm he founded. He specialized in corporate law, commercial law, wills and estates, real estate and immigration law.
Before starting his own law firm, Peschisolido was Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs at Bing Han Enterprises’ Canadian office. Peschisolido has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Trinity College at the University of Toronto and a law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. He is fluent in English, French and Italian.
Peschisolido’s main policy priorities are environment and civil rights.