Alfonso Gagliano, politician (born in Italy in 1942). Elected as a trustee to the school board of Jérôme-Le Royer, Québec, in 1977, he became chair of the board in 1983. For a number of years, he worked as a certified general accountant. Elected Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Saint-Léonard-Anjou in 1984, he initially served as the official opposition critic for small and medium-sized businesses, Revenue Canada and Canada Post.
After being elected MP for the new federal riding of Saint-Léonard in 1988, Gagliano became a member of the House Standing Committee on Finance. He became official opposition critic for immigration in 1990 and chief opposition whip in 1991. From 1988 until February 1991, he chaired the Québec Liberal Caucus. Re-elected for a third term in the Liberal victory of 1993, Gagliano became chief government whip. In 1994, he was promoted to secretary of state for Parliamentary Affairs and deputy government leader in the House of Commons. In January 1996, he became minister of Labour and deputy government leader while also becoming chair of the Electoral Commission of the Liberal Party of Canada (Québec). Re-elected MP for Saint-Léonard-Saint-Michel in 1997, Gagliano was appointed minister of Public Works and Government Services. He also became responsible for Canada Post, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Royal Canadian Mint and Canada Lands Company Ltd.