| Dan Newman|
University of Toronto
Ontario Liberal Party
| 21 October 1961 (age 54)
Scarborough, Ontario (1961-10-21) |
Deputy Government Whip (2003-2007)
Michelle Berardinetti (m. 2004)
Scarborough, Toronto, Canada
Lorenzo Berardinetti Wikipedia
Lorenzo Berardinetti (born 21 October 1961) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is the member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for Scarborough Southwest, representing the governing Ontario Liberal Party.
Berardinetti was born and raised in Scarborough, and is a lawyer. He attended the University of Toronto and the University of Windsor Law School, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988. On October 25, 2010, Berardinetti's wife Michelle won election as a Toronto City Councillor.
Berardinetti was a councillor in the pre-amalgamation Scarborough Council from 1988 to 1996, and represented Ward 37 (Scarborough Centre) on the amalgamated Toronto City Council from 1997 to 2003. In 1997, he served as chair of Toronto's administration committee, which created the framework for a unified civic administration in the amalgamated city. Berardinetti was generally regarded as an ally of Toronto mayor Mel Lastman during his years on the Toronto council.
In the provincial election of 2003, Berardinetti defeated incumbent Progressive Conservative Dan Newman by about 6,000 votes in Scarborough Southwest. The Liberals won a majority government under Dalton McGuinty in this election, and Berardinetti was appointed the deputy government whip on 23 October 2003. He was re-elected in 2007, 2011, and 2014.
In 2004, he introduced a private member's bill, to outlaw what he called "gender-based pricing," whereby prices for equivalent or similar products and services, such as clothing, dry cleaning and haircuts, may vary between women and men. He contended women were charged much more for many products and services. The bill reached only second reading before it died on the order paper.
During his time in the government, Berardinetti has been a Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour (2010-2011) and PA to the Attorney General (2011–Present).