Gilles Morin

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Gilles Morin
Ontario MPP
In office
1985–1999
Preceded by Bob MacQuarrie
Succeeded by Riding abolished
Constituency Carleton East
Personal details
Born (1931-07-20) 20 July 1931 (age 85)
Dolbeau-Mistassini, Quebec
Political party Liberal
Occupation Investment dealer
Military service
Years of service 1951–1964
Rank Captain
Unit Royal 22e Régiment
Governor General's Foot Guards
Battles/wars Korea

Gilles Morin (born July 20, 1931) is a retired politician in Ontario, Canada. He served as a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1985 to 1999, and was briefly a cabinet minister in Ontario.[1]

Background[edit]

Morin was educated at the Séminaire de Québec, the Académie Commerciale de Québec and the École Supérieure Montcalm. He was a member of the Regular Forces of the Canadian Army from 1951 to 1959, and served in Korea with the 3rd Battalion of the Royal 22e Régiment. He was an aide-de-camp to Governors General Vincent Massey and Georges Vanier from 1957 to 1959, and served in the Governor General's Foot Guards from 1959 to 1964. He retired with the rank of captain.

Morin subsequently became an investment dealer, and was president of the Caisse populaire Montfort for three years. In 1976, he also served as Director of Regional Services for the Office of the Ombudsman in Ontario.

Politics[edit]

He was elected to the Ontario legislature in the 1985 provincial election, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Bob MacQuarrie by over 7,000 votes in the Carleton East constituency.[2] The Liberal Party formed a minority government after this election, and Morin served as an Assistant Speaker for the next two years.[3]

He was easily re-elected in the 1987 election.[4] From August 2, 1989, to October 1, 1990, he briefly served as a Minister without portfolio responsible for Senior Citizens Affairs in the government of David Peterson.[5]

Morin was easily returned again in the 1990 election, although the Liberals were upset by the New Democratic Party.[6] For the next five years, he served in parliament as Deputy Speaker.

He faced the most difficult election of his career in the 1995 election, defeating Progressive Conservative Jeff Slater by just over 4,000 votes.[7] The Progressive Conservatives won the election, and Morin again served as a Deputy Speaker for the next four years. He did not run for re-election in 1999. Morin endorsed Dalton McGuinty's bid to lead the Ontario Liberal Party in 1996.[8]

Later life[edit]

Since 1999, he has been a member of the Ontario Highway Transport Board, which regulates the intercity bus industry.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ontario Votes 2003". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Results of vote in Ontario election". The Globe and Mail. May 3, 1985. p. 13. 
  3. ^ Campbell, Cathy (May 3, 1985). "Area bucks trend, sticks by Tories". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Results from individual ridings". The Windsor Star. September 11, 1987. p. F2. 
  5. ^ Allen, Gene (August 3, 1989). "Veterans bear load as 8 ministers cut in Peterson shuffle". The Globe and Mail. p. A1. 
  6. ^ "Ontario election: Riding-by-riding voting results". The Globe and Mail. September 7, 1990. p. A12. 
  7. ^ "Summary of Valid Ballots by Candidate". Elections Ontario. June 8, 1995. Retrieved 2014-03-02. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ (Canada NewsWire, 19 August 1996)
  9. ^ "Ontario Highway Transport Board". Government of Ontario: Public Appointments Secretariat. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 

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