Denise Savoie

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Denise Savoie
Denise Savoie.jpg
Savoie in 2006.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada
In office
June 2011 – September 17, 2012
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralDavid Johnston
Prime MinisterStephen Harper
Preceded byAndrew Scheer
Succeeded byJoe Comartin
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Victoria
In office
January 23, 2006 – August 31, 2012
Preceded byDavid Anderson
Succeeded byMurray Rankin
Personal details
Born (1943-11-21) November 21, 1943 (age 75)
Saint Boniface, Manitoba, Canada
Political partyNew Democratic Party
ResidenceVictoria, British Columbia

Denise Savoie (/sæˈvwɑː/; born November 21, 1943 in St. Boniface, Manitoba) is a Canadian politician, who served as the federal Member of Parliament for Victoria from 2006 until 2012 representing the New Democratic Party. She was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 2006 federal election as a candidate of the New Democratic Party. She resigned from parliament effective August 31, 2012 citing health reasons.[1]

Entrance to federal politics[edit]

The riding of Victoria had been Liberal since 1993, previously represented by high-profile Liberal MP David Anderson. Savoie defeated former mayor David Turner and former councillor Laura Acton for the NDP nomination.

Denise Savoie was the NDP's Intergovernmental Affairs Critic, Post-Secondary Education Critic, Literacy Critic and Human Resources Deputy Critic (for Training).

In November 2008, she was named Deputy Chair of Committees of the Whole,[2] the second of three chair occupants who assist the Speaker of the House of Commons of Canada. In June 2011, she was named Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole.

Savoie supported a 2009 proposal that the federal NDP change its name to the 'Democratic Party of Canada'.[3]

She was re-elected in the May 2, 2011 federal election with a majority of the votes.[4] She ran against Liberal candidate and former Mayor of Oak Bay, Christopher Causton and Conservative candidate Patrick Hunt. Hunt ran previously in Victoria as a Reform candidate.

On August 23, 2012, Savoie announced she was resigning her seat in the House of Commons for health reasons.[1][5] "After 6 years in the House of Commons and nearly 13 years as an elected official, I have decided to return to private life," Savoie said in a written statement. "My doctor gave me a health warning this spring and recommended that I adopt a more balanced lifestyle, without the travel and physical demands of the job of an MP from Western Canada. I am therefore resigning as the Member of Parliament for Victoria."[6]


  1. ^ a b Denise Savoie resigns. Maclean's, August 23, 2012.
  2. ^ "House of Commons Journal, No. 4, 40th Parliament, 1st Session". November 21, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2008.
  3. ^ "Drop the 'New' in NDP, branding expert urges". National Post, June 10, 2009.
  4. ^ "Elections Canada 2011 General Election - Validated results for Victoria".
  5. ^ NDP MP Denise Savoie cites health in resigning Commons seat. CBC News, August 23, 2012.
  6. ^ "Victoria, B.C. MP was Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons". CBC News. CBC News. Retrieved September 9, 2012.

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Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Andrew Scheer
Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Joe Comartin