Linda Reid, former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia and Minister responsible for child care join Mackenzie Taylor and Hannah Ruuth as part of our Women in Politics Speaker Series to discuss serving 29 years as an elected official.
First elected in 1991, Linda Reid was re-elected MLA for Richmond South Centre in 2017. She has built her reputation in the BC Legislative Assembly on her professional background in education, management, and community service. The longest-serving MLA in the current parliament, Linda has been elected to represent Richmond seven consecutive times since 1991 and is the longest serving woman in B.C. history.
Linda is the Chair of BC and Alberta Guide Dogs and a Director of the Richmond Chinatown Lions Club.
Linda served as Assistant Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from September 2017 until February 2019 and was a Member of the Select Standing Committee on Education.
Linda served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly during the 40th Parliament (June 2013 until April 2017) and was the Chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians from 2014 to 2017. She served as Minister of Advanced Education in 2017.
From 2009 to 2013, Linda served as Deputy Speaker. 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.
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