As B.C.’s longest serving MLA, Linda Reid offers a balanced perspective from her experience across multiple portfolios on both the government and opposition sides of the House. Linda was re-elected to represent Richmond South Centre and appointed Minister of Advanced Education in 2017. She is the Chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, Canadian Region (2014-2017).
Linda served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of B.C. from 2013 – 2017 and Deputy Speaker from 2009 – 2013. She She was also the Minister Responsible for Early Childhood Development (2001-2005) and for Child Care (2005-2009), providing the perfect opportunity to apply her solid professional credentials to these critical areas of public policy. While in Opposition, she served as Caucus Chair and held numerous critic and committee roles.
Linda’s volunteer record in the community demonstrates her lifelong commitment to public service that is the foundation of her distinguished record in government. From her beginnings as a First Aid Cadet with St. John Ambulance and as leader of young women in the Guiding movement, to her participation as BC Chair for the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, as Director of the Garden City Hospice Society, and as a founding member of the Richmond Chinatown Lions Club, Linda makes a positive difference which people can feel in their lives. In 2012, Linda won the Ethel Tibbits Award for Community in recognition of her leadership in Richmond, and was honoured with the inaugural award for Outstanding Leadership by the BC Youth Parliament, an organization that Linda has been passionately involved with since 1986. She is also a Lions Club International Melvin Jones Fellow.
Linda is the recipient of three commemorative medals – the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. And the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Linda and her husband Sheldon live in Richmond with their children Olivia and Will.
Member Since: 1992