Albina Guarnieri has been representing the interests of Mississauga East residents in the House of Commons since 1988. In December 2004, she was sworn in as Associate Minister of National Defence and Minister of State (Civil Preparedness).
Ms. Guarnieri’s previous parliamentary roles have included serving as Chair of the Standing Committee on Human Resources Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, Chair of the Standing Committee on Government Operations, and Co-Chair of the Standing Committee on Official languages. She has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and has been a member of the Standing Committee on Finance.
In Parliament, through Private Members’ Bills and committee work, Ms. Guarnieri has promoted initiatives to retrain older workers, establish personal training accounts for lifelong learning, combat identity fraud by reforming the Social Insurance Numbering system, impose consecutive sentencing for multiple murderers, toughen laws against child pornography, and lower middle-income tax rates.
As a member of the Special Joint Committee on a Renewed Canada in 1992, Ms. Guarnieri initiated the Liberal position that the Constitution should enshrine not only a commitment but an obligation of governments to provide universal, publicly funded hospital and medical care to all citizens.
Fluent in both official languages, Ms. Guarnieri was educated at McGill University, where she graduated with a Master's degree in English. She and her husband live in Mississauga.