Current MLA: Mavis Tailleu, PC Party

 

Riding profile: A rural riding located in the south of the province, it includes Morris, St. Malo, Niverville, Starbuck, Headingley, Otterburne, Rosemont, St. Claude, Ste. Agathe, St. Pierre-Jolys, St. Eustache and St. Francois-Xavier.

It is bordered to the south by Emerson, to the north by Lakeside, to the east by Carman and Portage La Prairie, and to the west by Steinbach, La Verendrye and Winnipeg.

It was created by redistribution in 1879 and has existed continuously since that time. The constituency is named after Alexander Morris, who served as Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba from 1872 to 1877.

Voter turnout

  • 2007: 54.14 per cent
  • 2003: 52.56 per cent

 

 

Candidates


Mavis Tailleu, PC Party 

  • First woman to represent Morris in the Manitoba legislature.
  • First elected as MLA for Morris in 2003.

Demographics


Population: 20,275

Average family income: $83,055

Unemployment: 2.7 per cent

  • In March 2011, named Manitoba PC House leader — the first female House leader for the Manitoba PC Caucus.
  • Critic for advanced education, Manitoba Public Insurance, Workers' Compensation Board, regulatory reform and privacy issues.
  • Sits on the steering committee of the Legislators Forum, a bipartisan group of legislators from North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba that meet annually to discuss issues of cross border mutual interest.
  • Founder and former owner/publisher of the Headingley Headliner newspaper.
  • Former fitness instructor and laboratory technologist.
  • Has bachelor of arts degree from the University of Winnipeg, where she studied both private and public administration, economics, psychology and political science.
  • Hobbies include writing, golf and gardening.
  • Tailleu and husband, Wilf, reside in Headingley and have two grown sons.

 

Mohamed Alli, NDP

  • Originally from Guyana, moved to Canada in 1972.
  • Advocate for human rights and the rights of workers.
  • Active with the Canadian Auto Workers and on his workplace’s compensation and health and safety committees.
  • Holds a certificate in labour studies from the University of Manitoba.
  • Facilitator at various anti-racism and human rights conferences.
  • Secretary for the Innovative Cultural Approaches in the Prevention of Elder Abuse (ICAPEA) program.
  • Active member of the Guyanese Association of Manitoba.

 

Janelle Mailhot, Liberal

  • Red River College graduate (Creative Communications).
  • Works as part of the Liberal policy team.
  • Grew up south of St. Norbert in the Francophone Red River Valley and has roots in the constituency.  

Results from 2007 provincial election

Candidate

Party

Total votes

Percentage of votes cast

 Mavis Taillieu

PC Party 

 4,404

 56.98

 Kevin Stevenson

NDP

 2,517

 32.57

 Michael Sherby

Liberal

 808

 10.45

 

Political history


  • 2003: Mavis Taillieu (PC) defeated NDP John Auger by 2,408 votes.
  • 1999: Frank Pitura (PC) defeated Liberal Herm Martens by 2,494 votes.
  • 1995: Frank Pitura (PC) defeated Liberal Bill Roth by 3,333 votes.
  • 1990: Clayton Manness (PC) defeated Liberal Bill Roth by 3,317 votes.
  • 1988: Clayton Manness (PC) defeated Liberal Barbara Plas by 2,746 votes.
  • 1986: Clayton Manness (PC) defeated NDP Audreen Hourie by 3,238 votes.
  • 1981: Clayton Manness (PC) defeated NDP Peter Francis by 2,758 votes.
  • 1969: Walter Jorgenson (PC) won byelection, and was re-elected in the 1969, 1973, and 1977 elections.