Merv Tweed

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Mervin C. Tweed
Member of Parliament for Brandon—Souris
In office
2004 – August 31, 2013
Preceded by Rick Borotsik
Succeeded by Larry Maguire
MLA for Turtle Mountain
In office
1995–2004
Preceded by Bob Rose
Succeeded by Cliff Cullen
Personal details
Born (1955-08-06) August 6, 1955 (age 58)
Medora, Manitoba
Political party Conservative
Residence Brandon, Manitoba
Profession Automobile dealer

Mervin C. Tweed, MP (born August 6, 1955 in Medora, Manitoba) is a retired politician in Manitoba, Canada. He represented Brandon—Souris in the Canadian House of Commons from 2004 to August 31, 2013. Prior to that he was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1995 to 2004, representing the constituency of Turtle Mountain.[1]

Tweed was born in Medora, Manitoba,[1] and was educated at Brandon University. He operated a used car dealership for seventeen years, and was for a time an executive member of the Killarney and Area Recreation Committee.

Municipal politician[edit]

Tweed began his political career in municipal politics, serving as a councillor in the rural municipality of Brenda for five years, and as deputy reeve for three.[1]

Provincial politician (1995-2004)[edit]

In 1995, he was elected to the Manitoba legislature as a Progressive Conservative in Turtle Mountain, a safe seat for the party. He served as a parliamentary assistant to a variety of ministers in the government of Premier Gary Filmon before being appointed Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism with responsibility for the Development Corporation Act on February 5, 1999.[2]

Tweed was easily re-elected in the 1999 provincial election, although the Progressive Conservatives were defeated at the provincial level by the New Democratic Party under Gary Doer. Tweed resigned his cabinet portfolio with the rest of the Filmon ministry.[2]

Despite the NDP's landmark election win of 2003, Tweed was again re-elected in Turtle Mountain without difficulty, receiving 3,956 votes against 1,893 for New Democrat Lonnie Patterson.

Federal politician (2004-2013)[edit]

When federal Conservative MP Rick Borotsik (Brandon—Souris), announced his retirement in 2004, Tweed resigned his provincial seat and won the Conservative nomination for the riding. He received 18,209 votes in the general election, against 8,522 for Liberal Murray Downing.[3]

Following the 2004 election, Tweed was named opposition critic for Western Economic Diversification by Conservative leader Stephen Harper. In April 2006, Tweed was elected chairperson of House of Commons of Canada's Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, a post he held until September 25, 2012 when he was elected chairperson of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food.[1] His resignation takes effect on August 31, 2013.[4] Tweed is now President of OmniTRAX Canada,[5] which operates, amongst others, the Port of Churchill.

Electoral record[3][edit]

Canadian federal election, 2011
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Merv Tweed 22,386 63.7 +6.6
New Democratic Jean Luc Bouché 8,845 25.2 +7.5
Green Dave Barnes 2,012 5.7 -10.1
Liberal Wes Penner 1,882 5.4 -2.9
Total valid votes/Expense limit 35,125 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 139 0.4 +0.1
Turnout 35,264 58.4 +2
Eligible voters 60,402
Canadian federal election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Merv Tweed 19,557 57.1 +2.7 $40,902
New Democratic Jean Luc Bouché 6,024 17.7 -2.5 $16,762
Green Dave Barnes 5,408 15.8 +11.2 $39,823
Liberal Martha Jo Willard 2,836 8.3 -9.7 $12,178
Christian Heritage Jerome Dondo 292 0.9 +0.1 $728
Communist Lisa Gallagher 124 0.4 +0.1 $622
Total valid votes/Expense limit 34,275 100.0   $85,829
Total rejected ballots 112 0.3 -0.1
Turnout 34,387 56 -4
Canadian federal election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative (x)Merv Tweed 20,247 54.4 +2.7 $51,606
New Democratic Bob Senff 7,528 20.2 +1.1 $7,255
Liberal Murray Downing 6,696 18.0 -6.2 $20,605
Green Brad Bird 1,707 4.6 +1.0 $15.50
Independent Mike Volek 611 1.6 $4,238
Christian Heritage Colin Atkins 290 0.8 -0.2 $1,380
Communist Lisa Gallagher 120 0.3 0.0 $295
Total valid votes 37,119 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 138 0.4 -0.1
Turnout 37,337 60 +4
Canadian federal election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ∆% Expenditures
Conservative Merv Tweed 18,209 51.7 -17.5 $54,647
Liberal Murray Downing 8,522 24.2 +6.4 $26,903
New Democratic Mike Abbey 6,740 19.1 +6.8 $13,512
Green David Kattenburg 1,264 3.6 $1,322
Christian Heritage Colin Atkins 351 1.0 +0.7 $683
Communist Lisa Gallagher 118 0.3 +0.1 $665
Total valid votes 35,204 100.0  
Total rejected ballots 194 0.5 +0.2
Turnout 35,398 56.2 -10.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Parliament Webpage
  2. ^ a b "MLA Biographies - Living". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Retrieved 2014-07-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Brandon—Souris, Manitoba (1952 - )". History of Federal Ridings since 1867. Parliament of Canada. 
  4. ^ "Tory MP Merv Tweed quits to pursue 'private sector opportunities'". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  5. ^ cbc.ca: "Manitoba MP quits, takes top job at rail company. Tory MP second in matter of weeks to resign in Manitoba" 12 Aug 2013

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