Filomena Tassi

Justin Trudeau Liberal Party of Canada House of Commons of Canada

Filomena Tassi

Minister of Seniors Filomena Tassi (cropped).jpg
Minister of Labour
Assumed office
November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byPatty Hajdu
Minister of Seniors
In office
July 18, 2018 – November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byDeb Schulte
Deputy Government Whip
In office
January 30, 2017 – August 31, 2018
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byGinette Petitpas Taylor
Succeeded byLinda Lapointe
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byDavid Sweet
Personal details
Born1962 (age 57–58)
Hamilton, Ontario
Political partyLiberal
Alma mater
  • Attorney
  • Chaplain

Filomena Tassi PC MP is a Canadian politician, who was elected to represent the riding of Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas in the House of Commons of Canada in the 2015 federal election.[1] She is now a member of the Liberal Party of Canada, and currently serves as the Minister of Labour.[2] In the past, she held the position of Minister of Seniors and Deputy Government Whip.[3]

Education and early career

She is of Italian descent, from the regions of Marche and Abruzzo, and raised Catholic.[4] Tassi studied law at the University of Western Ontario, and then practised corporate law for six years. She subsequently left the legal profession and studied philosophy and religious education at the University of Waterloo, and began working as the chaplain at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School, a job she held until her election to the House of Commons.[5]

Political career

Tassi's first run for elective office was as a candidate for the Ontario Liberal Party in the 1995 provincial election, where she finished a narrow second to NDP incumbent David Christopherson. Two decades later, she became the federal Liberal candidate in Hamilton during the 2015 federal election. Her candidacy attracted some media controversy, as she had made statements in the past suggesting that her Roman Catholic faith made her personally opposed to abortion, which seemingly put her in conflict with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's requirement that all candidates agree to vote in favour of abortion rights. Trudeau clarified that Tassi had agreed to support the legal right to abortion.[6]

Electoral record


2019 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Filomena Tassi 30,214 46.6 -1.08
Conservative Bert Laranjo 17,340 26.7 -5.13
New Democratic Yousaf Malik 11,527 17.8 +1.53
Green Victoria Galea 4,770 7.3 +3.07
People's Daniel Ricottone 894 1.4
Rhinoceros Spencer Rocchi 156 0.2
Total valid votes/Expense limit 64,901 100.00  
Total rejected ballots 415 0.64
Turnout 65,316 74.57 +0.41
Eligible voters 87,587
Liberal hold Swing
Source: Elections Canada[7]
2015 Canadian federal election: Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Filomena Tassi 29,694 47.68 +22.76
Conservative Vincent Samuel 19,821 31.83 -10.57
New Democratic Alex Johnstone 10,131 16.27 -11.92
Green Peter Ormond 2,633 4.23 +0.5
Total valid votes/Expense limit 62,279 100.0   $221,675.78
Total rejected ballots 272
Turnout 62,551 74.1%
Eligible voters 84,350
Liberal notional gain from Conservative Swing +16.66%
Source: Elections Canada[8][9]


1995 Ontario general election: Hamilton Centre
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
New Democratic David Christopherson 8,012 36.81 -18.49 $40,543.33
Liberal Filomena Tassi 7,322 33.64 +2.84 $34,483.85
Progressive Conservative Angie Tomasic 5,723 26.29 +17.99 $18,222.88
Family Coalition Tom Wigglesworth 376 1.72 +0.32 $1,548.28
Natural Law Monique Poudrette 331 1.53 $0.00
Total valid votes 21,764 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 372 1.68 -0.04
Turnout 22,136 54.71 -5.07
Eligible voters 40,459
New Democratic hold Swing -10.66


  1. ^ "Liberals pick up two Hamilton ridings, Marston defeated". CBC Hamilton, October 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Bharti, Bianca (2019-11-20). "Justin Trudeau's cabinet: Some new faces, some old faces, and some faces in new places | National Post". National Post. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  3. ^ Wright Allen, Samantha (July 25, 2018). "Rodriguez, Tassi staying as government whips for now, changes expected soon". The Hill Times. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
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  5. ^ Meet Filomena Tassi,
  6. ^ Susana Mas, Justin Trudeau says Filomena Tassi agreed to vote pro-choice if elected in 2015, CBC News, November 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  8. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas, 30 September 2015
  9. ^ Elections Canada – Preliminary Election Expenses Limits for Candidates Archived August 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine