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Dominic Agostino (October 14, 1959 - March 24, 2004) was a Canadian politician, who represented the riding of Hamilton East for the Liberal Party in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. October 14 is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 24 is the 83rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (84th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the British Isles since Anglo-Saxon times, a riding is traditionally a sub-division (especially in three) of a county, in Australia analogous. ... Nickname: Ambitious City, Steeltown, The Hammer Motto: Together Aspire - Together Achieve Location in the province of Ontario, Canada Coordinates: Country  Province Canada  Ontario Incorporated June 9, 1846 [1] Mayor Fred Eisenberger City Council Hamilton City Council Representatives MPs and MPPs Area    - City 1,138. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a centrist provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... The Ontario Legislature Building at Queens Park The Legislative Assembly of Ontario, is the legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario. ...


Born in Sicily, Italy, Agostino was raised in Hamilton, Ontario and attended Mohawk College in that city. He worked as rehabilitation counsellor with the Ontario March of Dimes, and was a special assistant to Ontario Minister of Culture Lily Munro from 1985 to 1987. Sicily (Sicilia in Italian, Latin, Sicilian and Spanish, Σικελία in Greek) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,700 km² and 5 million inhabitants. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Official languages None Flower White Trillium Tree Eastern White Pine Bird Common Loon Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Parliamentary representation  - House seats  - Senate seats 106 24 Area Total... Mohawk College is a college in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. ... Ontario March of Dimes (officially Rehabilitation Foundation for the Disabled) is a Canadian charitable organization which provides services to people with physical disabilities, including people with post-polio syndrome. ... Lily Oddie, former known as Lily Oddie Munro (born September 27, 1937 in England) is a former provincial politican in Ontario, Canada. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Agostino was elected as a Catholic separate school board trustee in the Hamilton-Wentworth board at the age of 21, serving from 1980 to 1987. He campaigned in the 1985 provincial election in Hamilton Mountain, and finished third against New Democrat Brian Charlton. He then served as an alderman on the Hamilton City Council from 1987 until the provincial election of 1995, when he was elected as the Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Hamilton East. A separate school is a publicly funded school which includes religious education in its curriculum, as opposed to a private school or public school. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... David Petersons Liberals, with support from Bob Raes New Democrats, form a minority government despite having fewer seats than Frank Millers Progressive Conservatives. ... Hamilton Mountain refers to either the Niagara Escarpment in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, or the federal and provincial electoral district located on it. ... The Ontario New Democratic Party (formerly known as the Ontario Cooperative Commonwealth Federation) is a social democratic political party in Ontario, Canada. ... Brian Albert Charlton (born May 22, 1947 in Hamilton, Ontario) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. ... An alderman is a member of a municipal legislative body in a town or city with many jurisdictions. ... The Ontario general election of 1995 was held on June 8, 1995, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly of the province of Ontario, Canada. ... A Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) is an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... Hamilton East is both a federal and provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada. ...


Agostino was the first Liberal candidate to win the riding since 1937, and the first member of Hamilton's Italian community to win a provincial election anywhere in the city. He defeated Andrew MacKenzie, the son of outgoing New Democratic Party Labour Minister Robert W. MacKenzie, by about 4,000 votes. 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Robert Warren Mackenzie (born June 26, 1928 in Orillia, Ontario) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. ...


The 1995 election was won by the Progressive Conservative Party, and Agostino quickly emerged as a prominent figure in the parliamentary opposition. He became a leading spokesperson for the Liberal Party's left-wing, and gained particular praise for his performance as the party's Environment Critic from 1996 to 1999. 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party of Ontario) is a right-of-centre political party in Ontario, Canada. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


In 1996, Agostino supported Gerard Kennedy's unsuccessful bid for the party leadership. He was re-elected without difficulty in the provincial election of 1999, and served as Chief Opposition Whip from 1999 to 2002. Unlike some others in his party, he supported the City of Hamilton's amalgamation in 2000. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Gerard Kennedy, (born 1960 in The Pas, Manitoba) is a Canadian politician. ... Map of Ontarios ridings and their popular vote for their party elected The Ontario Legislature after the 1999 election. ... In politics, a whip is a member of a political party in a legislature whose task is to ensure that members of the party attend and vote as the party leadership desires. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


The Liberals won a majority government in the provincial election of 2003, although Agostino was re-elected with a somewhat reduced margin of victory. To the surprise of many in the province, he was not appointed to the first cabinet of Dalton McGuinty in October 2003. This was widely interpreted as a snub, but subsequent events cast the decision in a much different light. Map of Ontarios ridings and their popular vote for their party elected The Ontario general election of 2003 was held on October 2, 2003, to elect the 103 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... A cabinet is a body of high-ranking members of government, typically representing the executive branch. ... Dalton James Patrick McGuinty Jr. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Agostino died on March 24, 2004, of liver cancer. He had been battling the disease for some time and had undergone surgery during the 2003 campaign, although this information was not made public until his death. Hepatic tumors are tumors or growths on or in the liver (medical terms pertaining to the liver often start in hepato- or hepatic from the Greek word for liver, hepar). ...


In a by-election to fill his legislative seat held on May 13, 2004, his brother Ralph Agostino, a Catholic separate school board trustee, failed to retain the Hamilton East seat for the Liberal Party, falling far behind city councillor and NDP candidate Andrea Horwath. A by-election or bye-election is a special election held to fill a political office when the incumbent has died or resigned. ... May 13 is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (134th in leap years). ... A separate school is a publicly funded school which includes religious education in its curriculum, as opposed to a private school or public school. ... Ontario NDP MPP Andrea Horwath Andrea Horwath is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ...


Sexuality

Shortly after his death, the Toronto-based gay community magazine fab published an opinion piece titled "Why Did He Die a Straight Man?" The piece, by Eleanor Brown, noted that Agostino was gay, and alleged that he was in the closet about his sexuality. Agostino had participated in Toronto's Gay Pride parade, was active in the gay communities in Toronto and Hamilton, and had voted in favour of gay rights legislation, but his sexual orientation was not widely known outside of the gay community itself. For other articles with similar names, see Gay (disambiguation). ... fab is a Canadian gay magazine, which publishes biweekly in Toronto, Ontario. ... The expression being in the closet has been used to describe keeping secret ones sexual behavior or orientation, most commonly homosexuality or bisexuality, but also including transgender and transsexual people, paedophiles, and pederasts. ... Gay Pride Week or Pride Week is an event held in Toronto, Ontario during the last week of June each year. ...


Initial media reports on his death stated that he was married, erroneously naming Agostino's sister-in-law Rose as his wife. This was quickly retracted by the media, and attributed to a journalist's misinterpretation of the government press release announcing Agostino's death ("Our thoughts and love are with Dominic’s mother Theresa, his brother Ralph and his wife Rose, Dominic’s sister Mary and her husband Tony, and Dominic’s beloved nieces and nephews.") However, some gay activists in Ontario have alleged that the error was committed intentionally to protect Agostino's public image.


Some sources have also suggested that his cancer was AIDS-related, although Canada's laws around medical confidentiality make this impossible to prove in the absence of a clear statement from Agostino or his family. Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ...

Preceded by
Robert W. Mackenzie
MPP for Hamilton East
1995-2004
Succeeded by
Andrea Horwath

Robert Warren Mackenzie (born June 26, 1928 in Orillia, Ontario) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Hamilton East is both a federal and provincial electoral district in Ontario, Canada. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ontario NDP MPP Andrea Horwath Andrea Horwath is a politician in Ontario, Canada. ...

External link

  • "Why Did He Die a Straight Man?" in fab

  Results from FactBites:
 
Dominic Agostino - Definition, explanation (525 words)
Dominic Agostino (October 14, 1959 - March 24, 2004) was a Canadian politician, who represented the riding of Hamilton East for the Liberal Party in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
Agostino was elected as a Catholic separate school board trustee in the Hamilton-Wentworth board at the age of 21, serving from 1980 to 1987.
Agostino was the first Liberal candidate to win the riding since 1937, and the first member of Hamilton's Italian community to win a provincial election anywhere in the city.
Dominic Agostino at AllExperts (656 words)
Dominic Agostino (October 14, 1959 - March 24, 2004) was a Canadian politician, who represented the riding of Hamilton East for the Liberal Party in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
Agostino was elected as a Catholic separate school board trustee in the Hamilton-Wentworth board at the age of 21, serving from 1980 to 1987.
Agostino had participated in Toronto's Gay Pride parade, was active in the gay communities in Toronto and Hamilton, and had voted in favour of gay rights legislation, but his sexual orientation was not widely known outside of the gay community itself.
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