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John Nunziata (born January 4, 1955) is a Canadian politician. He served in the Canadian House of Commons from 1984 to 2000, initially as a Liberal and later as an independent member. is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1955 Gregorian calendar). ... The House of Commons (French: Chambre des communes) is a component of the Parliament of Canada, along with the Sovereign (represented by the Governor General) and the Senate. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... The Liberal Party of Canada (French: ), colloquially known as the Grits (originally Clear Grits), is a Canadian federal political party. ...


Nunziata was born in Revelstoke, British Columbia, and was educated at York University and Osgoode Hall Law School. He worked as a lawyer before entering public life. Revelstoke was also the name of a well-known Canadian chain of hardware and home improvement stores, now known as Rona. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo - Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 36 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 4th - Total 944,735 km... York University (French: Université York), located in Toronto, Ontario, is Canadas third-largest university and has produced several of the countrys top leaders in the fields of law, politics, business, space sciences, and fine arts. ... Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, is a Canadian law school, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...

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The early years

Nunziata started his career as a supporter of the New Democratic Party on a suburban Toronto city council, but left the party in the early 1980s. He campaigned as a Liberal for a 1982 provincial by-election in York South, but lost to new NDP leader Bob Rae. The Ontario New Democratic Party (formerly known as the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, Ontario Section) is a social democratic political party in Ontario, Canada. ... A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a center-right provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... A by-election or bye-election is a special election held to fill a political office when the incumbent has died or resigned. ... York South was the name of an electoral district or riding used for electing members to the Canadian House of Commons and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. ... Hon. ...


Nunziata was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1984 general election as a Liberal despite a national Progressive Conservative landslide. Nunziata thrived as a member of the opposition Rat Pack, a group of Liberal Members of Parliament (MPs) including Don Boudria, Brian Tobin, and Sheila Copps, who made it their business to bring misery to the government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. The House of Commons (French: Chambre des communes) is a component of the Parliament of Canada, along with the Sovereign (represented by the Governor General) and the Senate. ... The Canadian federal election of 1984 was called on July 4, 1984, and held on September 4 of that year. ... The Liberal Party of Canada (French: ), colloquially known as the Grits (originally Clear Grits), is a Canadian federal political party. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Rat Pack was the nickname given to a group of young, high-profile Canadian Liberal opposition Members of Parliament during the Progressive Conservative government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... Donald Don Boudria, PC (born August 30, 1949, in Hull, Quebec) is a former Canadian politician. ... Brian Vincent Tobin, PC (born October 21, 1954 in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador) is a Canadian politician. ... Sheila Maureen Copps, PC, HBA, LL.D (hc), (born November 27, 1952, in Hamilton, Ontario) is a Canadian journalist and former politician. ... Regions Political culture Foreign relations Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      The Prime Minister of Canada (French: Premier ministre du Canada), is the Minister of the Crown who is head of the Government of Canada. ... Martin Brian Mulroney, PC, CC, GOQ, LLD (born March 20, 1939), was the eighteenth Prime Minister of Canada from September 17, 1984, to June 25, 1993 and was leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1983 to 1993. ...


Nunziata's ideological position in the Liberal Party was not clearly defined at this stage. He was opposed to abortion, but his views on other issues were not always socially conservative. During the national debate on capital punishment in 1986, he was one of the strongest parliamentary opponents of any restoration of the death penalty. He was re-elected without difficulty in the 1988 election. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the execution of a convicted criminal by the state as punishment for crimes known as capital crimes or capital offences. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Map of the Popular Vote with bar graphs showing seat totals in the provinces and territories The Canadian Parliament after the 1988 election The Canadian federal election of 1988 was held November 21, 1988, to elect members of the Canadian House of Commons. ...


Federal Liberal leadership bid

When John Turner resigned as Liberal leader, Nunziata ran to succeed him in the 1990 Liberal leadership convention. He was unable to develop a strong support base, and placed last in a field of five candidates. Nunziata alleged that Liberals for Life, an anti-abortion group working within the Liberal Party, had offered to support his candidacy in exchange for money. (A pro-life group in the Liberal Party did endorse the candidacy of Tom Wappel.) The Right Honourable John Napier Turner ,CC,PC (born June 7, 1929) was the seventeenth Prime Minister of Canada from June 30, 1984 to September 17, 1984. ... The first three leaders of the Liberal Party of Canada were not chosen at a convention. ... Liberals for Life was an anti-abortion pressure group that worked within the Liberal Party of Canada during the 1980s and early 1990s. ... Thomas William Wappel, MP (born February 9, 1950) is a Canadian Member of Parliament. ...


Marginalization in the Liberal Party

In the buildup to the 1993 federal election, Nunziata criticized Liberal leader Jean Chrétien for appointing Art Eggleton over a local candidate in York Centre. He was forced to apologize for his comments, and was excluded from cabinet when the Liberals won a majority government in the election. He was the only member of the "Rat Pack" who was never included in cabinet. Popular vote map with bar graphs showing seat totals in the provinces and territories. ... Joseph Jacques Jean Chrétien, usually known as Jean Chrétien, PC, QC, BA, BCL, LLD (h. ... Arthur (Art) C. Eggleton, PC (born September 29, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario) is a former Canadian Cabinet minister and Mayor of Toronto, and is currently a Senator representing Ontario. ... York Centre is a federal riding of Canada, a provincial riding of the province of Ontario and two municipal wards of the city of Toronto. ... The Cabinet of Canada plays an important role in the Canadian government in accordance with the Westminster System. ...


Nunziata became increasingly outspoken in both his socially-conservative views and his criticisms of the Liberal government. On April 21, 1996, he was expelled from the Liberal caucus after he voted against the government's budget in protest over the government breaking a promise to rescind the Goods and Services Tax. is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... A caucus is most generally defined as being a meeting of supporters or members of a political party or movement. ... Look up budget in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Canadian Goods and Services Tax (GST) (French: Taxe sur les produits et services, TPS) is a multi-level value-added tax introduced in Canada on January 1, 1991, by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and finance minister Michael Wilson. ...


Nunziata as an independent

Despite the difficulties of winning a seat as an independent, Nunziata ran and won re-election in the 1997 general election without the support of any party. He defeated Toronto councillor Judy Sgro by 4,431 votes to retain his riding, and so became the only independent member elected to the new parliament. Nunziata's campaign signs in this election featured the same shade of red as that used by the Liberal Party, and many voters likely considered him an independent Liberal. 36th Parliament The Canadian federal election of 1997 was held on June 2, 1997, to elect members of the Canadian House of Commons. ... The Honourable Judy Sgro, PC MP (born December 16, 1944, Moncton, New Brunswick) is a Canadian politician. ...


Shift to the right

After the 1997 election, Nunziata's policy views shifted dramatically to the right on a number of subjects. He reversed his previous opposition to capital punishment, campaigned for Progressive Conservative candidate Annamarie Castrilli in the 1999 provincial election and drew closer to the right-wing Canadian Alliance party on a variety of issues. There were suggestions throughout 2000 that he might join the Canadian Alliance, but this did not happen.[1] The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party of Ontario) is a right-of-centre political party in Ontario, Canada. ... Anna-Marie Castrilli is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Map of Ontarios ridings and their popular vote for their party elected The Ontario Legislature after the 1999 election. ... The Canadian Alliance, formally the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance, was a Canadian conservative political party that existed from 2000 to 2003. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


Nunziata was also suspected of planning a challenge to Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman in the 2000 municipal election, but Nunziata nixed the rumours when it was found that he could not hold onto his seat in Parliament while campaigning for Mayor. This is a list of mayors of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Melvin Douglas (Mel) Lastman (born March 9, 1933) is a former businessman and politician. ...


Seen as being too conservative for Toronto, he was defeated in the 2000 election by Liberal candidate Alan Tonks. The 2000 Canadian federal election was held on November 27, 2000, to elect 301 Members of Parliament to the House of Commons of Canada. ... Alan Tonks (born April 2, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian politician, and was the final Metro Toronto Chairman before the amalgamation of Metro Toronto into the new City of Toronto. ...


2003 Toronto Mayoralty Race

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Nunziata ran to be Mayor of Toronto in the Toronto's 2003 municipal election as a right wing "law and order" candidate. He pledged support for the police, and to sweep the homeless off the streets. When he entered the race, he was a distant second, ahead of councillor David Miller and former Rogers Cable CEO John Tory but well behind frontrunner Barbara Hall. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... This is a list of mayors of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... The Toronto municipal election of 2003 was held on November 10, 2003. ... In politics, right-wing, the political right, or simply the right, are terms which refer, with no particular precision, to the segment of the political spectrum in opposition to left-wing politics. ... David Miller could refer to any of the following: David Miller (architect), University of Washington, Seattle Professor, FAIA David Miller (Canadian politician), mayor of Toronto David Miller (darts player), an American professional darts player David Miller (director), film director David Miller (editor), British writer and journalist Dave Miller (Mozilla), American... John Tory John H. Tory, LL.B, BA, MPP (born May 28, 1954) is a Canadian businessman and leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. ... Barbara Hall (born 1946) is a Canadian lawyer, public servant and former politician. ...


His campaign was dogged by allegations that he tried several times to introduce a private members bill in the House of Commons that called for the criminalization of abortion. Additionally, he called for jail terms for providers of abortion and also for women who underwent the procedure. During a debate, when he denied taking such a position, Miller produced a copy of the proposed legislation.


Late in the campaign, he claimed that the campaign of rival candidate John Tory had offered him $150,000 and the Deputy Mayor's position if he were to drop out of the race. Nunziata refused to release specifics, however, and a police investigation found no criminal wrongdoing. Nunziata was accused of at best smearing his opponent with unsubstantiated claim, and at worst mischief. He received only 5% of the vote. John Tory John H. Tory, LL.B, BA, MPP (born May 28, 1954) is a Canadian businessman and leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. ...


Attempt to re-enter federal politics

Nunziata tried to re-enter federal politics by running for the Conservative Party of Canada in York South—Weston, but failed to secure that party's nomination for the 2004 election. The Conservative Party of Canada (French: Parti conservateur du Canada), colloquially known as the Tories, is a conservative political party in Canada, formed by the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in December 2003. ... York South—Weston is a federal and Ontario riding or electoral district in the west-end of Toronto, Canada. ... The Canadian federal election, 2004 (more formally, the 38th general election), was held on June 28, 2004 to elect members of the Canadian House of Commons. ...


Family

Nunziata's sister, Frances Nunziata, was the last mayor of the city of York, Ontario before it was merged into the "megacity" of Toronto, and is now a Toronto city councillor for Ward 11 York South-Weston. Frances Nunziata is a Toronto city councillor representing one of the two York South—Weston wards. ... York is a very diverse and vibrant community in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... A megacity is usually defined as a recognized metropolitan area with a total population in excess of 10 million people. ...

Preceded by
Ursula Appolloni
Member of Parliament for York South—Weston
1984-2000
Succeeded by
Alan Tonks

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Reference.com/Encyclopedia/John Nunziata (841 words)
Nunziata was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the 1984 general election as a Liberal despite a national Progressive Conservative landslide.
Nunziata was also suspected of planning a challenge to Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman in the 2000 municipal election, but Nunziata nixed the rumours when it was found that he could not hold onto his seat in Parliament while campaining for Mayor.
Nunziata's sister, Frances Nunziata, was the last mayor of the city of York, Ontario before it was merged into the megacity of Toronto, and is now a Toronto city councillor for Ward 11 York South-Weston.
John Nunziata: Information from Answers.com (908 words)
John Nunziata (born January 4, 1955) is a Canadian politician.
Nunziata was born in Revelstoke, British Columbia, and was educated at York University and Osgoode Hall Law School.
Nunziata's sister, Frances Nunziata, was the last mayor of the city of York, Ontario before it was merged into the megacity of Toronto, and is now a Toronto city councillor.
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