Marco Mendicino

Liberal Party of Canada Eglinton—Lawrence Justin Trudeau

Marco Mendicino

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Assumed office
November 20, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byAhmed Hussen
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
In office
August 31, 2018 – November 20, 2019
MinisterFrançois-Philippe Champagne
Preceded byMarc Miller
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
In office
January 30, 2017 – August 30, 2018
MinisterJody Wilson-Raybould
Preceded byBill Blair
Succeeded byArif Virani
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Eglinton—Lawrence
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byJoe Oliver
Personal details
Born (1973-07-28) July 28, 1973 (age 47)
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Diana Iannetta
ResidenceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materCarleton University
University of Windsor
York University

Marco Mendicino PC MP (Italian: [ˈmarko mendiˈtʃiːno]; born July 28, 1973) is a Canadian Liberal politician, who has represented the riding of Eglinton—Lawrence in the House of Commons of Canada since 2015.[1] On November 20, 2019, Mendicino became the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.[2][3]


Mendicino was born to Italian immigrants.[4] Mendicino studied political science at Carleton University prior to attending law school at the University of Windsor. Later in his career he also studied human resources management at York University's Schulich School of Business.[5] He worked as a federal prosecutor for ten years, during which time he was involved in the handling of the Toronto 18 terrorism case.[6] He also worked for the Law Society of Upper Canada, served as the president of the Association of Justice Counsel, and taught as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.[6]


An occasional member of the Eglinton—Lawrence Liberal riding executive, and having served as legal counsel to Mike Colle's provincial Liberal campaign in 2014, Mendicino stood for the federal nomination for the 2015 general election. He faced a major battle for the nomination after Eve Adams crossed the floor to join the Liberal Party[7] and, with the support of party leader Justin Trudeau, sought the Liberal nomination in Eglinton—Lawrence. Mendicino secured the support of former interim Liberal leader Bob Rae and nearby incumbent MP Judy Sgro.[6] He defeated Adams at the July 26, 2015, nomination meeting by 1,936 to 1,100 votes.[8]

In the general election, Mendicino faced the incumbent Conservative MP and then-current Finance Minister Joe Oliver and a surprise New Democratic Party nominee in former Saskatchewan finance minister Andrew Thomson. Mendicino attacked Thomson as a parachute candidate.[9] Ultimately, Mendicino won the election.[1][10]

He was re-elected in the 2019 federal election and subsequently named Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

On August 8, 2020 his leadership duties as head of Canada's Immigration ministry came under wide scrutiny during Canada-wide protest rallies, as protestors demanded that he honor the family reunification mandates of the IRCC.[11]

Electoral record

2019 Canadian federal election: Eglinton—Lawrence
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Marco Mendicino 29,850 53.3 +4.41
Conservative Chani Aryeh-Bain 18,549 33.1 -10.14
New Democratic Alexandra Nash 4,741 8.5 +2.12
Green Reuben DeBoer 2,278 4.1 +3.27
People's Michael Staffieri 586 1.0 -
Total valid votes/Expense limit 56,004 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 394
Turnout 56,398
Eligible voters 82,811
Source: Elections Canada[12]
2015 Canadian federal election: Eglinton—Lawrence
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
Liberal Marco Mendicino 27,278 48.89 +10.47 $155,849.60
Conservative Joe Oliver 23,788 42.64 -4.18 $183,256.52
New Democratic Andrew Thomson 3,505 6.28 -5.32 $114,205.95
Green Matthew Chisholm 799 1.43 -1.74 $217.60
Libertarian Ethan Buchman 308 0.55
Animal Alliance Rudy Brunell Solomonvici 114 0.20 $5,129.72
Total valid votes/Expense limit 55,792 100.00   $210,250.86
Total rejected ballots 328 0.58
Turnout 56,120 72.45
Eligible voters 77,463
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing +7.32
Source: Elections Canada[13][14]


  1. ^ a b Ngabo, Gilbert. "Liberal Marco Mendicino unseats finance minister Joe Oliver". Metro News. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  2. ^ "Marco Mendicino appointed new Canadian immigration minister | Canada Immigration News". 2019-11-20. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  3. ^ "The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino". Prime Minister of Canada. 2019-11-18. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  4. ^ "Marco Mendicino, who beat Eve Adams to the nomination, on staying in Justin Trudeau's good books". Toronto Life. August 31, 2015.
  5. ^ Marco Mendicino LinkedIn Profile.
  6. ^ a b c Zilio, Michelle (July 26, 2015). "The man who defeated Eve Adams: Who is Marco Mendicino?". CTV News.
  7. ^ "Eve Adams, former Conservative MP, joins Liberal caucus". CBC News. February 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "Tory defector Eve Adams defeated by Marco Mendicino in Liberal nomination fight". National Post. Retrieved 2015-10-22.
  9. ^ Curry, Bill (August 14, 2015). "NDP recruits former Saskatchewan finance minister to run against Joe Oliver". The Globe & Mail.
  10. ^ "Canada Votes". The Toronto Star. October 20, 2015. pp. GT13–GT15.
  11. ^ "Protests held across Canada urging politicians to help reunite families amid COVID-19 pandemic". CTV News. Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  12. ^ "List of confirmed candidates". Elections Canada. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  13. ^ Elections Canada – Confirmed candidates for Eglinton—Lawrence, 30 September 2015
  14. ^ Elections Canada – Final Candidates Election Expenses Limits