Linda Reid celebrates 20 years as MLA

Linda Reid with her baby daughter Olivia in Victoria 11 years ago. Early childhood issues have always been a passion for Reid as an MLA. - Visions West Photo Victoria photo
Linda Reid with her baby daughter Olivia in Victoria 11 years ago. Early childhood issues have always been a passion for Reid as an MLA.
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Linda Reid first campaigned on a desire to make a difference. Twenty years, and four elections later, the Richmond East MLA remains just as committed.

“I believe this role is about public service,” said Reid, who on Monday celebrated her 20th anniversary of getting elected as an MLA.

“Politics is about people and after an election they’re looking for solutions and expect you to be a solution person.

“I believe that as a mom too, and want my kids to learn to make good decisions.”

In her second year as deputy speaker, Reid, who is B.C.’s longest-serving MLA, has served in a variety of roles in government including Minister of State for Childcare, Minister of State for Early Childhood Development and Opposition Caucus Chair. In those capacities she has passionately championed for B.C. families.

“I loved the work as Minister of Early Childhood because it speaks to me,” said Reid, who between 2001 and 2005 oversaw the creation of more than 6,000 new childcare spaces.

A renowned advocate of quality public education, in her eights years at the cabinet table she displayed an unwavering focus on literacy, as well as promoting accessibility to health care and social programs.

Known for her easygoing disposition, Reid is tirelessly devoted to her constituents.

Through the years she has campaigned on a variety of issues in Richmond including funding for the Salvation Army Rotary Hospice House, the Canada Line, scholarships for each of the high schools in her riding, and flood protection.

She has also worked for improved patient access to medical care at Richmond Hospital, the Nelson Road interchange to free up Westminster Highway for residents and farm traffic and support for agriculture and farmers.

A resident of East Richmond, Reid believes it is important to live in the community she serves.

“We share the same issues and want the same solutions,” she said. “We’re growing together.”

Reid said she fully intends to run for public office at least once more.

“I don’t know what the future holds, but sometimes that’s half the adventure,” she said. “What I want for my kids is want I want for everyone in the province.”

Besides her role as an MLA, Reid has volunteered her time to many charities and organizations.

She was a founding member of the Richmond Chinatown Lions Club, a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow, chair of the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, and a director of the Garden City Hospice Society.

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