David Lametti

David T. Lametti PC QC MP (born August 10, 1962) is a Canadian legal scholar and Liberal politician. He was a Professor of Law at McGill University, a member of the Institute of Comparative Law, and a founding member of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy.[1] Lametti was elected as the Member of Parliament for the riding of LaSalle—Émard—Verdun in the 2015 Canadian federal election.[2] He was sworn in as the 52nd Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada on January 14, 2019.

David T. Lametti

52nd Minister of Justice
Attorney General of Canada
Assumed office
January 14, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byJody Wilson-Raybould
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
In office
January 30, 2017  January 14, 2019
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byGreg Fergus
Succeeded byTBD
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade
In office
December 2, 2015  January 27, 2017
Prime MinisterJustin Trudeau
Preceded byParm Gill
Succeeded byPamela Goldsmith-Jones
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for LaSalle—Émard—Verdun
Assumed office
October 19, 2015
Preceded byHélène LeBlanc
Personal details
Born (1962-08-10) August 10, 1962
Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Geneviève Saumier
Academic background
Alma mater
ThesisThe Deon-Telos of Private Property (1998)
Academic work
Sub-disciplineIntellectual property law
InstitutionsMcGill University

Early life and career

Lametti was born on August 10, 1962, in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada, to Italian immigrants. Lametti earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science from the University of Toronto in 1985, and his Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees at McGill University in 1989. He then served as a clerk to Justice Peter Cory[3] of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1989–90. In 1991, Lametti completed a Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School and in 1999, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in law at Exeter College, Oxford,[4][5] with a thesis, The Deon-Telos of Private Property: Ethical Aspects of the Theory and Practice of Private Property.[6]

In 1995, after having been a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick, Lametti accepted a lecturing position at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, where he taught and conducted research.[7] He became an assistant professor in 1998, an associate professor in 2003, and was promoted to full professor in 2015.[8] He lectured and wrote on subjects related to civil and common law property, intellectual property, property theory and ethics. His work led to the creation of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, which he co-founded in 2003[9] and for which he served as director from 2009 to 2011. He was Associate Dean (Academic) of the McGill Faculty of Law between 2008 and 2011, was a member of McGill University's Senate from 2012 to 2015, and was formerly a Governor of the Fondation du Barreau du Québec.[10]

Lametti is the author of academic publications on the subjects of property, intellectual property, and social norms.[11]

Lametti served as co-captain of the Oxford University Ice Hockey Club alongside Mark Carney,[12] and was a youth soccer coach in Montreal leagues.[13]

Political career

David Lametti became interested in politics as a teenager, when he worked as a volunteer for the Liberal Party in the 1979 Canadian federal election, and then subsequent provincial and federal elections for Liberal candidates. Among candidates for whom he volunteered are the former Canadian member of Parliament and Speaker of the House Gilbert Parent. Lametti co-founded the Erie Riding New Liberals, the youth wing of the Liberal Party of Canada in southern Niagara.

On June 16, 2014, Lametti launched his bid to become the official candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada in the new riding of LaSalle-Émard-Verdun. Lametti won the contested nomination race on February 8, 2015,[14] and won the riding's seat in Parliament in the 2015 Canadian federal election.[15] On December 2, 2015, Lametti was named parliamentary secretary to then Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland.[16] On January 26, 2017, Lametti was reshuffled to parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains.[17]

On January 14, 2019, Lametti was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

On April 15, 2019, Lametti was appointed as a Queen's Counsel, granting him the post-nominal letters QC.[18]

Personal life

Lametti is married to Geneviève Saumier, a professor at the Faculty of Law, McGill University.[19] They have three children.

Electoral record

2015 Canadian federal election
Party Candidate Votes%±%Expenditures
LiberalDavid Lametti23,60343.90+25.60
New DemocraticHélène LeBlanc15,56628.95-16.22
Bloc QuébécoisGilbert Paquette9,16417.05-6.39
ConservativeMohammad Zamir3,7136.91-2.83
GreenLorraine Banville1,7173.19+0.63
Total valid votes/Expense limit 53,763100.00 $221,667.78
Total rejected ballots 8231.51
Turnout 54,58665.12
Eligible voters 83,824
Source: Elections Canada[20][21]


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  2. "David Lametti". Liberal Party of Canada. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  3. "David Lametti Faculty of Law". McGill Faculty of Law. McGill University. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  4. http://convegni.unicatt.it/meetings_FL_bio_lametti.pdf
  5. "Examinations and Boards". Oxford University Gazette. February 11, 1999. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  6. "David Lametti | Improvisation, Community and Social Practice". www.improvcommunity.ca. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  7. Social Science and Humanities Research Council (April 1, 2008). "ProActive Disclosure for SSHRC's Grants and Contributions" (PDF). Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  8. "Shauna Van Praagh and David Lametti promoted to Full Professors". Faculty of Law. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  9. "About Us — History — Centre for Intellectual Property Policy". www.cipp.mcgill.ca. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  10. "Gouverneurs". Fondation du Barreau du Québec. Fondation du Barreau du Québec. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  11. "Lametti, David". Social Science Research Network. Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  12. "Mark Carney not only played goal for the Oxford Blues hockey team, he also managed it". Retrieved February 14, 2019 via The Globe and Mail.
  13. NDG Soccer Association. "U16M AA Champions (Hiver)" (in French). Archived from the original on February 1, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  14. Limoges, Par : Vanessa (February 9, 2015). "David Lametti élu candidat libéral dans LaSalle-Émard-Verdun". Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  15. Canada, Elections. "Election Night Results - Electoral Districts". enr.elections.ca. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  16. "Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries" (PDF). Office of the Prime Minister of Canada. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  17. Siekierski, BJ. "Trudeau announces parliamentary secretaries". iPolitics. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  18. Canada, Government of. "Orders In Council - Search". orders-in-council.canada.ca. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  19. "Geneviève Saumier promoted to Full Professor". Faculty of Law. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  20. Canada, Elections. "Voter Information Service - Find your electoral district". www.elections.ca. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  21. Canada, Elections. "Error page". www.elections.ca. Archived from the original on August 15, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
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