He represents the electoral district of Egmont in the House of Commons of Canada. Morrissey previously represented the electoral districts of 1st Prince from 1982 to 1996 and Tignish-DeBlois from 1996 to 2000 in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island. Provincial politics
Morrissey, a Liberal, was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the 1982 general election for 1st Prince.
He was re-elected in the 1986, 1989, and 1993 elections.
He was re-elected in the 1996 election in the new electoral district of Tignish-Deblois. On May 2, 1986, Morrissey was appointed to the Executive Council of Prince Edward Island as Minister of Transportation and Public Works.
He became Minister of Industry and Minister Responsible for the Prince Edward Island Development Agency in 1989 and was also named Minister Responsible for the redevelopment of CFB Summerside and the community following the base closure by the federal government. On April 15, 1993, Morrissey was named Minister of Economic Development and Tourism and Minister Responsible for Enterprise Prince Edward Island. Following the 1996 general election, he held the positions of Opposition House Leader and Opposition critic for finance.
While a Member, Morrissey served on the Standing Committee on Privileges, Rules and Private Bills, and the Standing Committee on Community Affairs and Economic Development.
He was the chair of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Morrissey did not reoffer for the 2000 general election. Federal politics
In November 2007, Morrissey was nominated as the Liberal candidate in Egmont for the 2008 Canadian federal election, following the retirement of Liberal Member of Parliament Joe McGuire.
However, he withdrew his candidacy on August 5, 2008, choosing instead to return to the private sector.
On November 22, 2014, Morrissey was nominated as the Liberal candidate in Egmont, for the 2015 federal election. Prior to entering politics in 1982 was employed in the fishery.
Since 2000, Consultant specializing in corporate/government relations, fisheries, labor market, and community development. President of PFI Group and President of Global Food Technologies.
Director of Royal Star Investments.
Morrissey served as a trustee of the Unit 1 School Board and was Chair of West Prince Community Advisory Board. He was also vice-chair of the Parish Council of Saint Simon and Saint Jude, and an organizer of the Tignish Irish Moss Festival prior to his election in 1982. Morrissey was born in Alberton, Prince Edward Island, the son of Bernard and Marie (née O"Connor) Morrissey, who lived in Seacow Pond near Tignish, Prince Edward Island.
He currently resides in Seacow Pond.