Linda Reid was 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 Official Opposition Critic for Seniors and sits on the Select Standing Committee on Education. Previously, Linda served as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly from June 2013 until June 2017 and was the Chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians from 2014 to 2017. She also served as Minister of Advanced Education.
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.
Linda’s volunteer record began as a First Aid Cadet with St. John Ambulance and as leader of young women in the Guiding movement, and continued through 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. 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.