Joyce Savoline

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Joyce Savoline
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Cam Jackson
Succeeded by Jane McKenna
Constituency Burlington
Personal details
Born Joyce Davies
1946 (age 70–71)
Shanghai, China
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Burlington, Ontario

Joyce Savoline (born c. 1946) is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario representing the riding of Burlington from 2007 to 2011.


Savoline was born in Shanghai, China and moved to Canada with her parents and sister in 1953.[1] She and her husband moved to Burlington, Ontario in 1973. Savoline Boulevard in Milton, Ontario is named after the former Chair of Halton Region.


Savoline served as chair of the Regional Municipality of Halton from her original appointment in 1994 until her retirement in 2006. In 2000, as a result of changes to the Ontario Municipal Act, she became the first person to be directly elected to that position by the voters of Halton. She was reelected in 2003.

Following her departure from municipal office, Savoline sought the Progressive Conservative nomination to replace Cam Jackson as Member of Provincial Parliament from Burlington, after Jackson resigned to run for mayor. At the local party's nomination meeting on December 14, 2006, she narrowly defeated former Miss Canada Blair Lancaster, 251 votes to 205. Brad Reaume, a former journalist and assistant to Halton MPP Ted Chudleigh, was also a candidate.[2]

In the ensuing by-election, Savoline faced several opponents, but her closest competition was Liberal candidate Joan Lougheed, a former long-time Burlington city councillor who had narrowly lost to Jackson in the Burlington mayoral race the previous fall. She defeated Lougheed with 11,143 votes (49%) to her 9,365 (41.2%) according to unofficial election night tallies.[3]

Savoline was re-elected in the 2007 Ontario provincial election defeating Liberal candidate Marianne Meed Ward by a narrower margin of 21,517 votes (41.3%) to 19,693 votes (37.8%).[4] She did not contest the riding in 2011.[5]

Electoral record[edit]

Ontario provincial by-election, February 8, 2007: Burlington
Party Candidate Votes % ∆%
Progressive Conservative Joyce Savoline 11,143 49.0% +2.8
Liberal Joan Lougheed 9,365 41.2% −1.0
New Democratic Cory Judson 1,310 5.8% −1.4
Green Frank de Jong 734 3.2% 0.9
Freedom Barry Spruce 106 0.5%
Independent John Turmel 90 0.4%
Ontario general election, 2007
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Progressive Conservative Joyce Savoline 21,517 41.3
Liberal Marianne Meed Ward 19,693 37.8
New Democratic Cory Judson 5,731 11.0
Green Tim Wilson 4,750 9.1
Family Coalition Mark Gamez 395 0.8


  1. ^ "Seasoned politician eyes MPP's chair". Burlington Post. January 31, 2007. 
  2. ^ Misner, Jason (December 17, 2006). "Savoline gets nod to represent Conservatives in 2007 by-election". Burlington Post. 
  3. ^ Misner, Jason (February 9, 2007). "Savoline preserves Tory rule". Burlington Post. 
  4. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots Cast for Each Candidate" (PDF). Elections Ontario. October 10, 2007. p. 2 (xi). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 7, 2009. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^ Ferguson, Rob (February 21, 2011). "Burlington MPP Joyce Savoline won't seek re-election". Toronto Star. 

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