First elected to the House of Commons in 2004, Francis Scarpaleggia was re-elected to Parliament in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. He is the Chair of the National Liberal Caucus.
Francis has made the protection of Canada’s freshwater a personal priority. With this goal in mind, he has submitted several water-related bills and motions to the House of Commons. Namely, he has introduced bills on drinking water, water efficiency and against bulk-water exports and motions calling for a national water strategy and the creation of a Council of the St. Lawrence to better protect this vital waterway. He also initiated an in-depth study by the House of Commons environment committee into the impact of the oil sands on Canada’s water resources and wrote The Hidden Dimension: Water and the Oil Sands, the Liberal report from the study.
Since first being elected, Francis has served on the following House of Commons committees: Public Safety and National Security (Vice Chair), Environment and Sustainable Development (Vice Chair), Transport, Canadian Heritage, and Government Operations and Estimates. He was also Chair of the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform.
Francis was also a founding member of the all-party Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care. In this capacity, he organized and chaired hearings in Montreal in the fall of 2010 to hear testimony for the Committee’s report, entitled Not to be Forgotten: Care of Vulnerable Canadians.
Before entering politics, first as senior political advisor to his predecessor Clifford Lincoln, Francis taught business administration at Montreal’s Dawson College. Prior to that, he spent several years working in the private sector, including as a corporate financial analyst.
Francis did his undergraduate work in economics at McGill University and earned a master’s degree in economics from Columbia University, in New York. He later obtained an MBA from Concordia University.
Francis lives with his wife and two children in Kirkland.
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