Elisabetta de Calvacamp

The Right Honorable

Elisabetta de Calvacamp

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Speaker of the National Assembly
Assumed office
16 January 2019
MonarchMelisende III
DeputyNikola Bellizzi
Preceded byNikola Bellizzi
Secretary-General of Franġiskani
Assumed office
12 January 2015
DeputyThe Lord Zammut
ChairmanKonsu Ebejer
Preceded byparty established
Seneschal of the County of Sydalon
In office
18 October 2017 – 16 January 2019
MonarchMelisende III
Preceded byRokku Chetcuti
Succeeded byFredu Seracino
Member of National Assembly
Assumed office
6 June 2014
ConstituencySydalon
Personal details
Born
Emmanuelle Katerina Elisabetta de Calvacamp

(1978-02-28) 28 February 1978 (age 41)
Il-Kappara, Hayan, Sydalon
Political partyFranġiskani
Other political
affiliations
Democratic Movement (2012–2018)
Social Democratic Party (2000–2014)
Spouse(s)
John Sabarte (m. 1999)
Children7
Alma materUniversity of Ghish (BS); (MA)

Elisabetta de Calvacamp de Sabarte (born 28 February 1978) is a Sydalene politician, and Speaker of the National Assembly since January 2019.

She was educated at the University of Ghish, in Ghant, where she studied history and pre-law. She earned her Masters Degree from the Haribec School of International Affairs at the University of Ghish.

Calvacamp is a Senator as a member of the National Assembly after being elected as a party list member in 2014. After the Sydalene Revolution and restoration of royal control over the country, she and a group of center-left leaning political figures established Franġiskani, of which she serves as Secretary-General. Calvacamp is one of the first women to serve as the leader of a major political party, and as Speaker of the National Assembly.

Early life and education

Emmanuelle Katerina Elisabetta de Calvacamp was born in Il-Kappara, Hayan, in 1978. She is the youngest of four children of Manouel de Calvacamp and Ċettina Garuf. She is a descendant of Hughes de Calvacamp, a crusader knight from {Part of Audonia}, who settled near Ostracine in the 13th century as minor lord. Her paternal great-grandparents were forcibly converted from Judaism before the Yarden Accords. While her mother is a retired school teacher in Hayan, her father worked as a low level civil servant until he was fired in 1987 for his affiliation with the neo-fascist Sydalene National Party. Her father continues to hold membership in far-right political and social groups. She credits her maternal grandparents, paternal uncle, and "Christian charity" as the only reasons her family avoided losing her childhood home after her father lost his job.

At 18, de Calvacamp enrolled at Balzac University where she first studied law. She began her second term at University of Ghish, in Ghant, for a study abroad program; she transferred to Ghish full time in 1997. While at Ghish she studied history and pre-law. While studying at Ghish, de Calvacamp became a member of the Social Democratic Party's student group. She was also a member of the university's Christian student groups. After graduating from Ghish she obtained a master's degree from Ghish's Haribec School of International Affairs.

Career

During her masters degree studying, de Calvacamp worked as an aid with the Ghantish Legebiltzarra.

After completing her education, de Calvacamp worked as a consultant at FIRM in Ghish until 2012. Upon returning to Sydalon, she started a political consultancy firm with her husband, which continues to operate. During this time, she began using her husband's surname and became known as "Elisabetta de Calvacamp de Sabarte".

Early political career

Senate election

In 2014, Calvacamp joined Democratic Movement, and was nominated as a list candidate for the National Assembly. She was elected to the National Assembly after the 2014 election, as one of 40 additional members elected by list, and served as a backbencher to the In Avante controlled Assembly. By early 2015, she became Chairwoman of the Franġiskani wing of her party within the Assembly.

Calvacamp won re-election in 2016, again as a list member of Democratic Movement. She was nominated for party leader after Abbi Venier‎ challenged Desiderius Germelqart after the 2016 election. Calvacamp withdrew after the third ballot. After her re-election, Calvacamp joined the Assembly Committee for Energy, and the Assembly Committee for Health and Labor. Calvacamp introduced legislation for a nationwide universal healthcare system, though it failed to pass committee.

Prior to the Sydalene Revolution, was outspoken in her support the Queen Melisende's decision to remove and later charge Adeodatus du Caeseti as Chancellor-General of the Order of the Holy Lance. Calvacamp said that "A man who acts with wanton disregard to laws of the land and teachings of the Bible does not belong in a position of power." Calvacamp remained in Ostracine and was considered a chief opponent of the Adeodatus du Caeseti before and after his appointment to Dictator. Calvacamp and her supporters voted against Caeseti's appointment and subsequently left Ostracine.

Seneschal

Calvacamp was appointed Seneschal of the County of Sydalon by Queen Melisende III, as one of her first appointments for leader of a Domain government. Calvacamp appointed many left-leaning ministers to the domain's Council.

In December 2017, she directed the County of Sydalon government to investigate the expansion of a regionalized health-care system to cover all citizens resided in the domain. She resigned on 26 October 2018 before any successful proposal passed the domain assembly.

Franġiskani leadership

After the 2018 revolution, and eventual restoration of Royal control, Calvacamp and members of the Franġiskani senatorial-wing established Franciscan Party of the Third Order. The party is affiliated with the Third Order of Saint Francis, a charitable organization operating throughout Sydalon, which itself is a member of Salvationists Worldwide. Since the party's creation, Calvacamp has drawn criticism from the political right for making wide, and public usage of Third Order soup kitchens, shelters, and charitable funds, claiming that the party trades charity for votes.

Speakership

Calvacamp was elected Speaker of the National Assembly on 16 January 2019, becoming the first female Speaker of the National Assembly.

Political views

Calvacamp is a self-described socialist who first took up her political views while a student at the University of Ghish. Since joining the National Assembly, Calvacamp has called for "new policies" to represent all people of Sydalon and not just the nobility.

Economy and taxation

Calvacamp has supported government policies that would see an expansion of the welfare system which includes plans for universal healthcare, as well as the implementation of a progressive fiscal policy to help achieve those goals. Calvacamp supports the formation and creation of labor unions, along with the expansion of currently existing labor unions to help strengthen the economy and workers rights. She supports the creation of new taxes, such as a financial transaction tax or bank taxes. During the 2018 legislative election campaign, Calvacamp announced that she would support a temporary cut to the current VAT rate.

Foreign affairs

Calvacamp is a supporter of the Yarden Accords, though regularly refers to the Accords as the "Ostracine Accords". While a supporter of the Yarden Accords and continued peace with Yisrael, Calvacamp has mentioned that she would not oppose a popular referendum in the Yarden Valley "if both Sydalene and Yisraeli governments come to mutually agreeable terms on a referendum, as well as the residents of the Valley," but warned that a referendum could upset the stability that has followed the Accords if not handled delicately.

Calvacamp opposes the hardline Islamic regimes of Marad, and Nahlia, calling both countries the largest danger to Scipia and the Periclean Sea. Calvacamp has spoken less harshly of Intermaria, and has called for the Sydalene government to normalize relations with the country in order to reign in other nearby Islamic nations. Calvacamp supports Sydalon entering into mutual defense agreements with Abalessa, and called on Christian nations to support the country and its large Coptic minority.

During the 2018 legislative election campaign, she supported Sydalon continuing its membership in the Belisarian Customs Union, but has called for a formal withdrawal of the country's stalled and "pointless" membership application. Instead, she supports greater integration with nearby north Scipian nations, particularly among the North Scipian Free Trade Association nations. She has not ruled out the possibility for considering Yisrael as a potential member of any future regional integration.

National issues

Constitutional matters

Calvacamp supports Queen Melisende's declaration for a liberal constitution, calling it "long overdue to overcome past injustices." She holds a pragmatic view, which she held prior to the 2014 Ghantish republican referendum, where she voiced support for the monarchy "in order to preserve the unity of the Ghantish nation." Calvacamp, a dual-citizen, claims she voted for the monarchy in 2014, despite once being a member of the Ghantish Social Democratic Party. In interview she has said that Sydalon doesn't risk collapse as much as Ghant without the Monarchy, but acknowledges "a true constitutional monarch is a great symbol for national pride and unity."

Social issues

Despite her otherwise left of center views, Calvacamp is against the decriminalization of homosexuality in Sydalon. Likewise, she does not support the legalization of same-sex marriage. Calvacamp considers herself a devout Catholic, and does not support any leniency on current Sydalene abortion laws, which allow for little to no legal abortion. This remains contentious among her party, where a much greater split exists.

In 2015, Calvacamp called for sweeping changes to voting laws in Sydalon, which includes a move to a national voter registration system instead of the current Domain-based registration. She supports automatic voter registration for eligible voters over the age of 20.

Personal life

Calvacamp lives in Sydalon with her husband, and children. They also maintain a residence in Ghant.

In 1999, she married John Sabarte, a descendant of Nori Sabarte, Prime Minister of Ghant from 1912 until 1920. She and her husband met while studying at the University of Ghish in 1997; Calvacamp credited meeting her husband as the primary reason she transferred to the University of Ghish full time. She gave birth to her first of seven children in 2000, and gave birth to her seventh child in June 2017. Her eldest child, NAME, is will be attending University of the Imperial Coast, in Ghant, in fall 2018. Her younger children attend private schooling near Sydalon.

Calvacamp is a devout Fabrian Catholic, and attends church services at least once a week. While living in Ghant, she taught catechism at her local parish, and continued when she moved back to Sydalon, though has since stopped since entering politics.

In interviews, Calvacamp has said that she is a supporter of GHL TEAM, and first became interested in watching ice hockey during her first term at Ghish. She also supports Ospital FC Hayan, in Sydalon's Ligu 1.

Ancestry

See also