Former York South–Weston MP John Nunziata has been fined $5000 (plus $6000 in costs) by the Law Society for lying under oath. Nunziata was the MP for our riding for many years. He won for the Liberals in 1984, 88, 93, and as an independent in 1997.
John Nunziata, the brother of Councillor Frances Nunziata, lied to a justice in a hearing about kicking the boyfriend of his ex-wife. He denied kicking Murray Milthorpe at a hockey game, but later admitted to the assault at his trial in 2010.
Nunziata was a high-flying member of the Liberal Party and once ran for its leadership. He was ejected for opposing Jean Chretien, when the PM broke his promise to rescind the GST. According to The Star, Nunziata’s life has since been quite difficult:
… after leaving the public spotlight to work as a lawyer and lobbyist, Nunziata’s private life took a hit when he and his wife, Caroline Brett, divorced. The divorce was finalized in 2007 and the pair was granted joint custody of their three children.
“With my marriage breaking down, I just couldn’t cope. I had very dark thoughts . . . suffering from severe depression,” Nunziata said, describing the “valley of darkness” he struggled to navigate in the years following the split.