Joe Fontana has been a dynamic presence in the Liberal Caucus since first being elected in 1988.
Currently he is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with special emphasis on Science and Small Business. This position was created by Prime Minister Paul Martin to focus the Government’s commitment on science and small business and to build effective partnerships in order to move our country into the 21st century economy.
From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Fontana served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport – playing a key role in, among other things, the introduction of the National Airports Policy. He also served on three House of Commons Standing Committees: Transport, Industry, and Finance.
In recognition of the esteem with which he is held by his Caucus colleagues, he was elected to three consecutive terms as Chair of the National Caucus.
Mr. Fontana was also the Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and is currently the Chair of the Southwestern Ontario Liberal Caucus.
In Opposition, he served as Critic for Urban Affairs and Housing, as well as Ontario Caucus Chair. He also headed Task Forces on VIA Rail, and the Economy and Recession.
Prior to entering federal politics, Mr. Fontana was a Councillor for the City of London, in 1978, and a member of the City of London Board of Control, in 1985.
Born in Italy in 1950, Mr. Fontana and his wife, Vicky, have three children.