Lawyer by training, Mrs. Rita de Santis was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1981. She is married to Jean-Marcel de Magistris and has three children.
Mrs. De Santis was, until September 9, 2012, a partner in the Corporate/Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Corporate Finance & Securities and Public-Private Partnerships practices at Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg in Montreal. She specialized in mergers and acquisitions, real estate law and project financing.
She was elected Member of National Assembly for the Bourassa-Sauvé riding on September 4, 2012. She is the official opposition critic on matters relating to the Commission des droits de la personne et la protection de la jeunesse and the Commission d’accès à l’information. Rita de Santis questioned the government on these matters in the National Assembly, and sat as member of parliamentary commissions which examined, among other things, the 2013-2014 estimates of expenditure; the five-year report of the Commission d’accès à l’information entitled “Technologies et vie privée à l’heure des choix de société”; the annual reports of several health and social service agencies; the implementation of the Tobacco Act; a petition respecting a law authorizing people with disabilities to be accompanied by their service dogs; amendments to the Civil Code with respect to research (Bill 30); amendments to An Act respecting Héma-Québec (Bill 29); draft rules repealing the provisions that prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages inside gaming areas; and the management of the CHUM by its current director general and fiscal privilege (Bill 29). She is the spokesperson and standard bearer for the interests and concerns of the residents of Montréal-Nord, the majority of whom are in the riding of Bourassa-Sauvé. She insists on publicizing the accomplishments, the achievements of the people of Montréal-Nord and has presented more than twenty declarations to that effect in the National Assembly. She's re-elected on April 7th, 2014.
Rita de Santis strongly believes in the importance of good governance which, in her opinion, is a valuable cornerstone for democracy and the secret to success in the attainment of her objectives.