|Preceded by||William George Martin|
|Succeeded by||Louis Hagey|
|Preceded by||Joseph Henry Ham|
|Succeeded by||Riding abolished|
Morrison Mann MacBride
August 20, 1877
White Lake, Ontario
|Died||June 5, 1938 (aged 60)|
|Political party||Labour (1919-1926)|
|Spouse(s)||Louisa Elizabeth Hoff (m. 1899)|
|Relations||John Ferguson (nephew)|
Morrison Mann MacBride (August 20, 1877 – June 5, 1938) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who represented the riding of Brant South from 1919 to 1926 and the riding of Brantford from 1934 to 1938. He served in the cabinet of Mitchell Hepburn. He entered politics as a member of the Labour party. From 1934 to 1937 he served as an Independent and from 1937 to 1938 he was a member of the Liberal party.
Born in White Lake, Ontario in 1877 to Archibald MacBride and Janet Strang. MacBride was educated nearby in Arnprior. He was the nephew of John Ferguson, who represented Renfrew South from 1887 to 1900, and was also related to Richard McBride, a former Premier of British Columbia.
In 1900, MacBride went to Brantford to play with its lacrosse team until 1903. From 1904 to 1905, he worked in the composing room of the Winnipeg Free Press, and in 1908 he returned to Brantford to set up a printing company there.
MacBride was also a poet (in a style similar to that of Edgar Guest), having published many poems over the years through various media, and his works were collated and published in several volumes after his death.
MacBride was elected as an alderman in Brantford in 1917 and went on to become mayor four separate times, from 1918 to 1920, in 1925, from 1933 to 1934 and from 1936 to 1937. Always active in pursuing economic opportunities for his city, he once met Herbert Fisk Johnson, Sr. on a train, and convinced him to set up the Canadian head office of S. C. Johnson & Son in Brantford.
He represented Brant South in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1919 to 1926 as a Labour member. MacBride broke with the United Farmers of Ontario-Independent Labour Party coalition that took power following the election after the Labour contingent voted to nominate Walter Rollo rather than MacBride for the position of Minister of Labour. MacBride, however, argued that his departure from the caucus was due to its acquiescence to the United Farmers in the selection of cabinet members. MacBride remained a Labour MLA but sat in the Opposition benches and ran for re-election as a Conservative-Labour candidate in 1923. After his second term in the legislature ended in 1926, he did not run for re-election and was appointed Supervisor of Highways by the Conservative provincial government of Howard Ferguson.
He returned to the legislature in the 1934 provincial election, representing Brantford from 1934 to 1938 as an Independent Liberal member. He served as Minister of Labour in the provincial cabinet from 1937 to 1938. He died in Brantford in 1938, while still in office.
|Ontario Provincial Government of Mitchell Hepburn|
|Cabinet post (1)|
|Peter Heenan||Minister of Labour
- "Ontario Cabinet Member M.M. MacBride Dies". Toronto Daily Star. June 6, 1938. p. 11.
- "Morrison Mcbride, 'Ontario Births, 1869-1912'". familysearch.org. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- Reville 1920, p. 383.
- "Morrison M Mcbride, 'Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927'". familysearch.org. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- Acquired by the Ottawa Journal in 1919.
- "Publish Poems Of M.M. MacBride, Late Labor Minister". The Globe and Mail. July 27, 1938. p. 1.
- Selected poems from the pen of Morrison Mann MacBride. Brantford: R.V. MacBride. 1938. OL 17464212M.
- "Past Mayors". City of Brantford. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
- Leo Groarke (2009). Reinventing Brantford: A University Comes Downtown. Toronto: Dundurn Press. pp. 26–27. ISBN 978-1-55488-459-9.
- "Detailed Election Results". The Globe. Toronto. June 21, 1934. p. 3.
- "M. M. MacBride, Ontario Labor Minisiter, Dies: Heart Attack Fatal at ...". The Globe and Mail. June 6, 1938. p. 1.
- Ontario Legislative Assembly parliamentary history
- Reville, F. Douglas (1920). History of the county of Brant. Brantford: Hurley Printing Company.