Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond South Centre, has built her reputation in the BC Legislative Assembly on her professional background in education, management, and community service. Linda’s first electoral success in 1991 represented a breakthrough for the BC Liberal Party, and she has been re-elected to represent Richmond ever since. Linda is the longest-serving MLA in the current parliament and the longest serving woman in B.C. history, making bold and steadfast efforts to drive positive change for more than 26 years.
Linda is the former Minister of Advanced Education. She also previously served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from June 2013 until June 2017. Linda also served as chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, Canadian Region from 2014 to 2017.
Previously, Linda served as Deputy Speaker from 2009 to 2013. She was also the Minister responsible for Early Childhood Development from 2001 to 2005, and for Child Care from 2005 to 2009, which provided 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 key critic and committee roles.
Linda’s volunteer record in the community demonstrates a lifelong commitment to public service that informs 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, through to her participation as BC Chair for the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, as a director of the Garden City Hospice Society, and as a founding member of the Richmond Chinatown Lions Club, Linda has made a positive difference. 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.