Michael Savage (politician)

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Michael John Savage
3rd Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality
Assumed office
November 6, 2012 [1]
Political party Liberal
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Residence(s) Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
ProfessionConsultant, Recruiting Executive, Sales Manager

Michael John Savage (born May 13, 1960) is an Irish-born Canadian politician, who was elected Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality on October 20, 2012. [3] He previously served as a Liberal Party of Canada Member of Parliament for the riding of Dartmouth—Cole Harbour from 2004 to 2011.

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Biography

Savage was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and spent his early years in South Wales before moving to Canada at age six. [4] Savage is the son of former Nova Scotia premier John Savage. He grew up in Dartmouth, graduating from Prince Andrew High School and Dalhousie University.

Before being elected, Savage was active in the community. He is a past president of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia and was a member of the board of directors of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada from 1998 to 2003. He has also supported literacy through his involvement with the Dartmouth Book and Writing Awards and the Peter Gzowski Golf Tournament for Literacy.

Savage has most recently been involved with community organizations such as Junior Achievement, the Red Cross, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Alderney Landing, and is a former member of the Neptune Theatre Board. He was president of the Halifax Executive Association in 1995–1996 and is a member of the Metropolitan Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

Savage has also served as General Manager of S. Cunard & Co., a home and heating retailer in Nova Scotia, and later became the director, residential/general business marketing and sales for Nova Scotia Power.

In April 2002, he joined Ray & Berndtson as vice-president of business development and senior consultant.

Political career

Savage's first attempt at elected politics was when he ran in the riding of Dartmouth in the 1997 election. [5] He finished second behind Wendy Lill of the New Democratic Party. [6]

Savage was elected Member of Parliament for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour in June 2004, [7] and was re-elected in 2006. He was the critic for Human Resources Development. He has served on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health and was chair of the Liberal Caucus Committee on Post-Secondary Education and Research during the 38th Parliament. He was also the vice-chair of the standing committee on Human Resources, Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

He has served as president of both federal and provincial organizations and has managed campaigns at both levels.

On December 4, 2006, it was reported that Savage was considering a run for the leadership of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party. [8] On December 19, Savage announced that he would not seek the leadership. [9]

On May 2, 2011, Savage lost his federal seat to Robert Chisholm of the NDP. [10]

On February 6, 2012, Savage announced that he would run for Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality in that year's municipal elections. [11] On October 20, 2012, Savage was elected Mayor of Halifax. [3] He was re-elected in the 2016 election [12] and 2020 election. [13]

Electoral history

2011 Canadian federal election : Dartmouth—Cole Harbour
PartyCandidateVotes%±%Expenditures
New Democratic Robert Chisholm 15,67836.27+4.73$51,111.67
Liberal Michael Savage 15,18135.12-4.37$70,147.67
Conservative Wanda Webber10,70224.76+2.30$51,126.57
Green Paul Shreenan1,6623.85-2.11$0.00
Total valid votes/expense limit43,22399.41 $83,954.73
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots255 0.59-0.01
Turnout43,47861.45+2.72
Eligible voters 70,756
New Democratic gain from Liberal Swing +4.55
Sources: [14] [15]
2008 Canadian federal election : Dartmouth—Cole Harbour
PartyCandidateVotes%±%Expenditures
Liberal Michael Savage 16,01639.49-2.83$63,901.48
New Democratic Brad Pye12,79331.55-0.95$56,900.80
Conservative Wanda Webber9,10922.46-0.36$64,746.58
Green Paul Shreenan2,4175.96+3.69$444.09
Christian Heritage George Campbell2190.54$351.78
Total valid votes/expense limit 40,554100.0    $80,942
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots2450.60+0.23
Turnout40,79958.73-3.71
Eligible voters69,469
Liberal hold Swing -0.94
2006 Canadian federal election : Dartmouth—Cole Harbour
PartyCandidateVotes%±%Expenditures
Liberal Michael Savage 19,02742.32+0.25$67,910.96
New Democratic Peter Mancini 14,61232.50±0$60,717.57
Conservative Robert A. Campbell10,25922.82+1.72$41,775.58
Green Elizabeth Perry1,0052.24-0.92$582.70
Marxist–Leninist Charles Spurr560.12-0.05none listed
Total valid votes/expense limit44,959100.0   $76,265
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots1660.37-0.07
Turnout45,12562.44+0.51
Eligible voters72,264
Liberal hold Swing +0.12
2004 Canadian federal election : Dartmouth—Cole Harbour
PartyCandidateVotes%±%Expenditures
Liberal Michael Savage 17,42542.07+8.18$62,046.28
New Democratic Susan MacAlpine-Gillis13,46332.50-2.82$59,335.19
Conservative Michael MacDonald8,73921.10-9.34$54,707.19
Green Michael Marshall1,3113.16$200.00
Progressive Canadian Tracy Parsons4151.00$1,140.15
Marxist–Leninist Charles Spurr700.17none listed
Total valid votes/expense limit41,423 100.0   $73,009
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots1810.44
Turnout41,60461.93
Eligible voters67,176
Liberal notional gain from New Democratic Swing +5.50
Changes from 2000 are based on redistributed results. Conservative Party change is based on the combination of Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party totals.
1997 Canadian federal election : Dartmouth—Cole Harbour
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
New Democratic Wendy Lill 12,32632.57+25.48
Liberal Michael Savage 10,29827.21-23.60
Progressive Conservative Rob McCleave10,18326.91+3.33
Reform John Cody4,44611.75-3.87
Independent Cliff Williams4381.16-0.63
Natural Law Claude Viau1560.41-0.71
Total valid votes37,847 100.00
Change for Independent candidate Cliff Williams is shown based on his results as a National Party candidate in 1993.

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