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Frank Valeriote

Frank Valeriote
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Guelph
In office
Preceded by Brenda Chamberlain
Succeeded by Lloyd Longfield
Personal details
Born (1954-08-15) August 15, 1954 [1]
Guelph, Ontario[1]
Political party Liberal

Frank Valeriote (born August 15, 1954 in Guelph, Ontario)[1] is a Canadian politician. He was elected as the Liberal Member of Parliament in 2008 by a small margin over the Progressive Conservative candidate Gloria Kovach and subsequently served as MP until October 2015. Valeriote chose not to run in the 2015 federal election. In an interview with the Guelph Mercury newspaper in November 2014, he cited a desire to spend more time with his two young children. "I feel it is important in a meaningful way to be there for their millionth step as they enter their teenage years as it was to see their first step."[2] In a later interview, he confirmed his plan to return to legal practice, "I'm physically, emotionally, and psychologically preparing for the move from member of parliament to an active lawyer at Smith Valeriote." [3] On October 26, 2015, SmithValeriote Law Firm LLP welcomed Frank Valeriote back to the practice[4] where he had been a senior partner until his election as a Member of Parliament.


Valeriote is the grandson of Italian immigrants and was raised in Guelph, Ontario. His father, Domenic (Mico) Valeriote, was an accomplished long distance runner and one of the longest-serving members of Guelph City Council. He earned an undergraduate degree in history and economics from the University of Western Ontario before earning his law degree from the University of Ottawa. He was called to the bar in 1981[5] and returned to Guelph to co-found the law firm of SmithValeriote LLP, where he served as a senior partner until his election.[6]

He served on the local Catholic School Board for 18 years including several as chair. He also served as a member of the Guelph and Wellington Housing Authority for 9 years.[6]

Valeriote married Catherine Berry, a psychotherapist and counsellor[7] in 2001;[8] they have two children. The couple separated in 2013.[9]

Political career

Valeriote was initially selected as the Liberal candidate in the 2008 Guelph by-election, following the resignation of Brenda Chamberlain from the House of Commons. However, the issuance of writs for the 2008 federal election pre-empted the Guelph by-election.

On election day, Valeriote defeated the Conservative candidate, longtime city councillor Gloria Kovach, by less than 1,800 votes.

In 2011, he was re-elected, with 25,574 votes (43.37%), to 19,252 (32.65%) for Conservative Marty Burke, 9,836 (16.68%) for New Democrat Bobbi Stewart, 3,711 (6.29%) for Green John Lawson, and scatterings for four other candidates.

Based on an incident during the 2011 election campaign, Valeriote's Liberal riding association was fined by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission for violations of the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules. As reported by the National Post,[10] this fine was based on a robocall message sent on April 30, 2011 that anonymously attacked his Conservative opponent’s alleged position on abortion. The call failed to identify its originator and did not give a callback number, according to the National Post article. Under a settlement agreement with Valeriote, the CRTC assessed a $4,900 fine. According to CBC News, "Valeriote admitted the robocalls originated with his team but said it was an attempt to respond to an issue raised during the campaign and was not meant to suppress votes".[11]

On November 13, 2014, Valeriote announced that he would not be seeking re-election in 2015.[2]At the time of that announcement, Valeriote was the Liberal critic for veterans affairs, and the vice chair of the standing committee on veterans affairs, according to CBC News.[12] He subsequently endorsed the new Liberal candidate, Lloyd Longfield[13] who went on to win the riding by an overwhelming majority in the federal election held on Oct. 19, 2015.

Electoral record

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Frank Valeriote (X) 25,574 43.37 +11.15
Conservative Marty Burke 19,252 32.65 +3.47
New Democratic Bobbi Stewart 9,836 16.68 +0.19
Green John Lawson 3,711 6.29 -14.86
Libertarian Phillip Bender 192 0.32 +0.05
Marijuana Kornelis Klevering 171 0.29 +0.01
Animal Alliance Karen Levenson 123 0.20 +0.08
Communist Drew Garvie 104 0.17 +0.04
Total valid votes 59,021 100.00
Total rejected ballots 260 0.44 +0.12
Turnout 58,963 64.48 -0.11
Electors on the lists 91,062
Canadian federal election, 2008: Guelph
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Liberal Frank Valeriote 18,974 32.22 −6.17 $87,844
Conservative Gloria Kovach 17,186 29.18 −0.58 $63,415
Green Mike Nagy 12,454 21.15 +12.43 $76,344
New Democratic Tom King 9,713 16.49 −5.51 $60,470
Marijuana Kornelis Klevering 166 0.28 none listed
Libertarian Philip Bender 159 0.27 $0.00
Communist Drew Garvie 77 0.13 −0.05 $374
Animal Alliance Karen Levenson 73 0.12 $5,039
Independent John Turmel 58 0.10 none listed
Marxist–Leninist Manuel Couto 29 0.05 −0.02 none listed
Total valid votes/Expense Limit 58,889 100.00
Total rejected ballots 191 0.32 −0.03
Turnout 59,080 64.59 −6.17
Electors on the lists 91,463


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External links

  • Frank Valeriote – Parliament of Canada biography
  • Official website
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