05/14/2013 11:02 EDT | Updated 07/14/2013 05:12 EDT

Shannon Martin wins Manitoba Tory nomination unopposed for upcoming byelection

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's Opposition party has picked its candidate for an upcoming byelection in the Morris constituency south of Winnipeg.

Shannon Martin won the Progressive Conservative nomination unopposed.

Martin is a former Tory researcher and later served as Manitoba director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

The Morris constituency has been held by the Tories since 1966 — the party captured 73 per cent of the vote in the 2011 election.

The seat has been vacant since Mavis Taillieu (TAHL'-you) resigned in January.

Premier Greg Selinger has yet to set a date for the byelection, which could be held as late as January.