How Legislators Shape Policy: A Chat with MP Marco Mendicino
January 10, 2019 | By Piali Roy |
Join the MPPSA for a conversation between MP Marco Mendicino and Professor Mel Cappe on January 24.
The MPPSA presents a talk with Member of Parliament for Eglinton Lawrence and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Marco Mendicino and Professor Mel Cappe. MP Mendicino will speak to the role of legislators in shaping Canadian public policy. He will address the interaction between evidence-based approaches to policy and role of elected officials, and how MPs own experiences influence their contributions to policymaking. Moreover, he will discuss how Canadian discourse is shaped by our representatives’ words and actions, and the responsibilities associated with this in the contemporary political climate.
The Honourable Marco Mendicino was elected as the Member of Parliament for Eglinton-Lawrence in 2015. Marco is currently serving as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. In this capacity, he speaks on behalf of the Minister in the House of Commons and is helping to advance government infrastructure priorities including transit, green infrastructure, and social infrastructure here in Toronto, and across the country. During his tenure as MP, Marco has served in his capacity as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security and Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations while serving as Ontario Caucus Chair. In 2017, MP Mendicino was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, where he helped to advance important government priorities such as Criminal Justice Reform, Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and Restorative Justice.
Prior to being elected a Member of Parliament, Marco ran his own law practice, focusing on regulatory, labour and employment matters. He was an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. As a federal prosecutor for nearly a decade, he fought against organized crime and terrorism. Marco was also the president of a national association representing nearly 3,000 federal prosecutors and Government of Canada lawyers. While in this position, he testified before the House of Commons and Senate to advocate for better laws and access to justice.