Tony Tomassi

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Tony Tomassi
MNA for LaFontaine
In office
May 1, 2003 May 3, 2012
Preceded by Jean-Claude Gobe
Succeeded by Marc Tanguay
Personal details
Born (1971-01-15) January 15, 1971 (age 49)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Political party Independent (2010-Present)
Other political
affiliations
Provincial:
Quebec Liberal Party (2003-2010) Federal:
Progressive Conservative Party of Canada (1993)
Spouse(s) Clementina Teti-Tomassi

Tony Tomassi (born January 15, 1971 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Quebec politician. He is the former Member of National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of LaFontaine in Montreal. He formerly represented the Quebec Liberal Party and was the Minister for Family, but was an independent until May 3, 2012, date of his resignation.

Tomassi studied at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université de Montréal but did not receive a university degree. He was a political aide for Liberal members for Bourget and Jeanne-Mance. He later became a general manager at Group Genco. He was also a member of the Montreal Board of Trade.

Tomassi was a candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel, in the 1993 federal elections but was not elected as the Conservatives were reduced to just two seats in the House of Commons. He would run in provincial politics and was elected in 2003 in LaFontaine as a Liberal. He was re-elected in 2007 and named the parliamentary secretary to Premier Jean Charest. Following the 2008 elections, he was named for the first time in the Cabinet being designated as the Minister for Family replacing Michelle Courchesne who kept the portfolios of Education, Recreation and Sport.

On May 6, 2010, after much controversy around the attribution of publicly subsidized daycare licenses, Tony Tomassi was asked to resign as Minister for Family and to leave the Liberal caucus, after it was revealed he was using a business credit card in the name of Canadian Bureau of Investigations and Adjustments while sitting as an MNA. His portfolio was given to Yolande James.

On May 3, 2012, he resigned his seat in the Quebec National Assembly. In a brief statement, Tomassi, said he had represented the east-end Montreal LaFontaine riding “with pride.” “And I recognize the confidence they showed in me on three occasions since 2003,” he wrote. “In the circumstances, I tried to remain an MNA present in my riding, accessible and listening to citizens.” [1]

In October 2013, his name came up again in the Charbonneau Commission when François Crête, former chief of staff for then-environment minister Line Beauchamp, told the Charbonneau Commission that Tomassi had been lobbying for company called Carboneutre which was run by Domenic Arcuri, who has ties to the Rizzuto clan, and mob enforcer Raynald Desjardins. While the two men were seeking funds from the investment arm of Quebec's largest labour movement, Tomassi, then Minister for Family, was lobbying environment minister Beauchamp to grant the company a permit to decontaminate soil.

He is married to Clementina Teti-Tomassi, a former Montreal City Councillor. [2]

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References

  1. "MNA Tony Tomassi quits Quebec National Assembly". montrealgazette.com. Retrieved 2012-05-03.
  2. "Beauchamp surprise guest at Bourassa—Sauvé nomination". The Gazette , August 4, 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Michelle Courchesne
Minister of Family
20082010
Succeeded by
Yolande James