David Morse (politician)

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David Morse
Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly
for Kings South
In office
July 27, 1999 – June 9, 2009
Preceded byRobbie Harrison
Succeeded byRamona Jennex
Personal details
Born (1954-10-31) October 31, 1954 (age 65)
Nova Scotia, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative

David Morse (born October 31, 1954) is a Canadian politician in Nova Scotia. He represented the electoral district of Kings South in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1999 to 2009 as a member of the Progressive Conservatives.

Early life and education[edit]

Morse graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, and then received a master's degree in Business Administration from McMaster University. Morse was a self-employed life and disability insurance broker before running for politics in 1999.

Political career[edit]

Morse first attempted to enter provincial politics in 1998, running as the Progressive Conservative candidate in Kings South.[1] He finished third in the 1998 election, losing to Liberal incumbent Robbie Harrison.[2] In the 1999 election, Morse was again nominated as the Progressive Conservative candidate in the riding,[3] this time defeating Harrison.[4] Morse was re-elected in the 2003[5] and 2006 elections.[6]

On January 18, 2001, Morse was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Environment and Labour.[7] In a December 2002 cabinet shuffle, Morse was named Minister of Community Services.[8] He retained that post following both the 2003 election,[9] and the swearing-in of the Rodney MacDonald government in February 2006.[10] Following the 2006 election, Morse was shuffled to Minister of Natural Resources.[11] In January 2009, Morse was named Minister of Environment, Minister of Emergency Management, and Minister Responsible for Military Relations.[12] In the 2009 election, Morse was defeated by NDP candidate Ramona Jennex.[13][14]

On October 27, 2010, Morse announced that was he was seeking the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in the riding of Kings—Hants for the 2011 federal election.[15] He became the candidate on January 6, 2011, winning the nomination by acclamation.[16] On election night, Morse was defeated by Liberal incumbent Scott Brison.[17]

Morse was nominated again as the Conservative candidate in Kings—Hants for the 2015 federal election.[18] On October 19, 2015, Brison defeated Morse by over 24,000 votes.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Morse and his wife, Lynn Morse, have five children, three of whom are in the military.

Electoral record[edit]

2015 Canadian federal election: Kings—Hants
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Scott Brison 33,026 70.74 +31.18
Conservative David Morse 8,677 18.59 –18.04
New Democratic Hugh Curry 2,998 6.42 –13.61
Green Will Cooper 1,569 3.36 –0.42
Rhinoceros Megan Brown-Hodges 184 0.39
Independent Edd Twohig 132 0.28
Independent Cliff James Williams 100 0.21
Total valid votes 46,686 100.0    
Total rejected ballots 202 0.43 –0.07
Turnout 46,888 70.56 +8.80
Eligible voters 66,454
Liberal hold Swing +24.61
2011 Canadian federal election: Kings—Hants
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Scott Brison 15,887 39.56 -4.62
Conservative David Morse 14,714 36.63 +10.49
New Democratic Mark Rogers 8,043 20.03 -1.98
Green Sheila Richardson 1,520 3.78 -2.46
Total valid votes/Expense limit 40,164 100.0    
Total rejected, unmarked and declined ballots 200 0.50 +0.01
Turnout 40,364 61.76 +3.17
Eligible voters 65,355
Liberal hold Swing -7.56

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harrison opponents zero in on BST, P3, health cuts". The Chronicle Herald. March 9, 1998. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  2. ^ "Election Returns, 1998 (Kings South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-20. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  3. ^ "Morse gets Tory nod in Kings South". The Chronicle Herald. June 27, 1999. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  4. ^ "Election Returns, 1999 (Kings South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  5. ^ "Election Returns, 2003 (Kings South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  6. ^ "Election Returns, 2006 (Kings South)" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  7. ^ "Morse posted to environment, labour". The Chronicle Herald. January 19, 2001. Archived from the original on February 23, 2001. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  8. ^ "Purves new health boss". The Chronicle Herald. December 20, 2002. Archived from the original on March 26, 2003. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  9. ^ "New faces, new jobs among 15 in cabinet". The Chronicle Herald. August 16, 2003. Archived from the original on January 24, 2005. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  10. ^ "MacDonald mixes cabinet with old and new". CBC News. February 23, 2006. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  11. ^ "MacDonald's expanded cabinet has 3 rookies". CBC News. June 26, 2006. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  12. ^ "Morse returns to very active Environment portfolio". The Advertiser/Register. January 10, 2009. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  13. ^ "Nine Tory cabinet ministers bounced". The Chronicle Herald. June 10, 2009. Archived from the original on June 13, 2009. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  14. ^ "NDP gains in Annapolis, PCs lose 2 cabinet ministers". CBC News. June 9, 2010. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  15. ^ "David Morse throws hat in federal ring". The Advertiser/Register. November 3, 2010. Archived from the original on August 3, 2012. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  16. ^ "Conservatives choose David Morse". The Advertiser/Register. January 26, 2011. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  17. ^ "Brison wins Kings-Hants". The Advertiser/Register. May 2, 2011. Archived from the original on January 30, 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-15.
  18. ^ "Kings-Hants Conservative candidate optimistic about chances in next election". NovaNewsNow. April 14, 2015. Retrieved 2015-04-16.
  19. ^ "Jordan wins South Shore-St. Margarets, Brison back in Kings-Hants". The Chronicle Herald. October 20, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-20.

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