|Mervin C. Tweed|
|Member of Parliament for Brandon—Souris|
2004 – August 31, 2013
|Preceded by||Rick Borotsik|
|Succeeded by||Larry Maguire|
|MLA for Turtle Mountain|
|Preceded by||Bob Rose|
|Succeeded by||Cliff Cullen|
August 6, 1955 |
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.
Tweed was born in Medora, Manitoba, 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.
Provincial politician (1995-2004)
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.
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.
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)
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.
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. His resignation takes effect on August 31, 2013. Tweed is now President of OmniTRAX Canada, which operates, amongst others, the Port of Churchill.
|Canadian federal election, 2011|
|New Democratic||Jean Luc Bouché||8,845||25.2||+7.5||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||35,125||100.0||–|
|Total rejected ballots||139||0.4||+0.1|
|Canadian federal election, 2008|
|New Democratic||Jean Luc Bouché||6,024||17.7||-2.5||$16,762|
|Liberal||Martha Jo Willard||2,836||8.3||-9.7||$12,178|
|Christian Heritage||Jerome Dondo||292||0.9||+0.1||$728|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||34,275||100.0||$85,829|
|Total rejected ballots||112||0.3||-0.1|
|Canadian federal election, 2006|
|New Democratic||Bob Senff||7,528||20.2||+1.1||$7,255|
|Christian Heritage||Colin Atkins||290||0.8||-0.2||$1,380|
|Total valid votes||37,119||100.0||–|
|Total rejected ballots||138||0.4||-0.1|
|Canadian federal election, 2004|
|New Democratic||Mike Abbey||6,740||19.1||+6.8||$13,512|
|Christian Heritage||Colin Atkins||351||1.0||+0.7||$683|
|Total valid votes||35,204||100.0||–|
|Total rejected ballots||194||0.5||+0.2|
- Parliament Webpage
- "MLA Biographies - Living". Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
- "Brandon—Souris, Manitoba (1952 - )". History of Federal Ridings since 1867. Parliament of Canada.
- "Tory MP Merv Tweed quits to pursue 'private sector opportunities'". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- 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