Mike Morris was elected as MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie in 2013, 2017, and 2020. He currently serves as the Official Opposition Critic for Public Safety and Solicitor General.
Morris has served as Parliamentary Secretary for Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and in that capacity, travelled the province conducting a wildlife habitat review. His report “Getting the Balance Right” was published in 2015, just prior to him being appointed the Minister for Public Safety and Solicitor General, a position he held until 2017.
Prior to becoming an MLA, Morris joined the RCMP in 1973, beginning his 32-year career in Prince George. He retired in 2005 after 14 transfers throughout much of northern B.C. For most of his last 10 years of service, Morris was in charge of policing for the northern 75 per cent of the province, visiting every First Nations community, village, town, district and city in his area of responsibility.
Morris has also been an adjudicator and mediator with the Health Professions Review Board, has served on the Drug Benefit Council for B.C. since 2009, and is the Past President of the B.C. Trappers Association.
Born in Quesnel, and with a passion for the outdoors, Morris has been an active hunter, fisherman, trapper and camper for more than 50 years. He started hunting in the central Interior in the early ’70s and bought his first registered trapline in the area in 1984. Using those early years as a benchmark, he saw the cumulative effects of resource development and silviculture practices causing him to take those concerns to the provincial government as part of his role on the executive of the B.C. Trappers Association starting in 2005.
Morris maintains a close association with policing and social justice issues through his two sons who are both RCMP members, a daughter-in-law who is a 9-1-1 dispatcher, and another daughter-in-law who is a social worker for First Nations children and families. He and his wife Chris have been married for 42 years.