Mike Savage

The Basics: Mike Savage is the Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Halifax. His first foray into electoral politics came in 1997, as the Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Dartmouth. He finished second in that election. Seven years later, in 2004, he was elected as the MP for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour. He was re-elected twice, in 2006 and 2008, and narrowly defeated in 2011. In early 2012, he filed to run for Mayor and he was elected with 57.7% of votes cast. He was re-elected in 2016 with 68.4% of votes cast.

Background: Before entering politics, Savage worked in the private sector as an executive at several different businesses, including S. Cunard & Co, an executive search firm, Nova Scotia Power and M5 Marketing Communications. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University.

Things You (Really) Should Know: The Regional Municipality of Halifax was formed in 1996 by amalgamating the four municipalities of Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Halifax County. Its land area of 5,496 km2 is so large that it 10 of the 11 largest cities in Canada by population—Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton, Mississauga, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Brampton, Hamilton and Quebec City—can fit within its boundaries (the one that doesn't fit? Ottawa).

Fun Fact: Savage was born in Belfast, Northen Ireland and immigrated to Canada when he was six years old. His father, John Savage, was Premier of Nova Scotia.


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Mike Savage is the Mayor of Halifax, in Nova Scotia.