Julian Fantino PC COM OOnt MP (Italian: Giuliano Fantino; born August 13, 1942) is a retired police official and the elected Member of the Parliament of Canada for the riding of Vaughan following a November 29, 2010 by-election. On January 4, 2011, Fantino was named Minister of State for Seniors, on May 18, 2011 he was as Associate Minister of National Defence and on July 4, 2012 to his current position as Minister for International Cooperation.
Prior to entering politics, Fantino was the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police from 2006 to 2010,Toronto's Chief of Police from 2000 to 2005, and Ontario's Commissioner of Emergency Management from 2005 until 2006, and also served as chief of police of London, Ontario from 1991 to 1998, and of York Region from 1998 until 2000. Prior to his London appointment, he had been a Toronto police officer since 1969.
Fantino was born in Italy and emigrated to Canada with his family when he was 11 years old. Fantino was born in Italy and emigrated to Canada with his family when he was 11 years old. After 23 years of service with the Metro Toronto Police, Fantino left to accept an appointment as Police Chief of London, Ontario in 1991.
- London Police Service chief (1991-1998)
- York Regional Police chief (1998–2000)
- Toronto Police Service chief (2000–2005)
- Commissioner of Emergency Management (2005–2006)
- Ontario Provincial Police commissioner (2006-2010)
Following the resignation of John Tory as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario Fantino's name was floated as a possible candidate in the in the ensuing leadership election.He ended speculation that he was interested in the job with a letter to the Globe and Mail.
On October 12, 2010 Fantino announced he would seek the nomination for the federal Conservative Party of Canada in the riding of Vaughan. It had been reported Prime Minister Stephen Harper had personally spoken to Fantino in early October about running as a Conservative and that the former police commissioner was "leaning" toward running. A federal by-election was necessary after the resignation of Liberal MP Maurizio Bevilacqua. Fantino was acclaimed as Conservative Party's candidate on October 14and the by-election was called for November 29, 2010. Canadian House of Commons on November 29, 2010 narrowly defeating Liberal candidate Tony Genco. The Globe and Mail noted that Fantino had "beat the Liberals out of one of their safest seats in Ontario, one they had held for 22 years."
Fantino was elected to the
On January 4, 2011, Fantino was named as Minister of State for Seniors. In Prime Minister Harper's cabinet shuffle following the 2011 federal election Fantino was promoted to Associate Minister of National Defence. Following the departure of Bev Oda, Harper named Fantino the new Minister for International Cooperation on July 4, 2012, replacing him at National Defence with Bernard Valcourt.
April 25, 2012