|Preceded by||Riding established|
|Succeeded by||Linda Jeffrey|
|Preceded by||Carman McClelland|
|Succeeded by||Riding abolished|
21 September 1946 |
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
Joe Spina (born September 21, 1946) is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1995 to 2003, representing a Brampton-area riding for the Progressive Conservative Party.
Spina was educated at the University of Windsor, receiving a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1975. He was the owner and president of Amplexus Communications from 1981 to 1995 and served as president of the Brampton Board of Trade in 1989-90. He was also a founding chair of the Brampton and Vaughan Santa Claus Parades.
Spina was elected to the Ontario legislature in the provincial election of 1995, defeating incumbent Liberal Carman McClelland by just over 5,000 votes in the riding of Brampton North. This riding is located in "905 belt", a suburban region which provided the Ontario Tories with their strongest support base in this period. He increased his level of victory in the 1999 provincial election in the redistributed riding of Brampton Centre, defeating Liberal Gurjit Grewal by over 10,000 votes. In 2000, he supported Stockwell Day's bid to lead the Canadian Alliance on the second ballot of the new federal party's leadership vote.
Spina was an elected member in the Progressive Conservative Party, and was not appointed to cabinet in the governments of Mike Harris and Ernie Eves, but was PArliamentary Assistant (Jr. Minister portfolios)to 6 Cabinet Ministers. In 2001, he introduced a Private Member's Bill attempting to increase public awareness of congenital heart defects. He supported Tony Clement, then Jim Flaherty for the party's leadership in 2002.
In the 2003 provincial election, he was narrowly defeated by Liberal candidate Linda Jeffrey. In the Canadian federal election of 2004, Spina ran for the Conservative Party of Canada in the riding of Vaughan against high-profile Liberal incumbent Maurizio Bevilacqua. He was defeated, losing to Bevilacqua by almost 20,000 votes.
- Regina Leader Post, 28 June 2000.