Thomas Reid (Canadian politician)

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The Hon.
Thomas Reid
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for New Westminster
In office
Preceded by William Garland McQuarrie
Succeeded by William Malcolm Mott
Senator from British Columbia
In office
Appointed by Louis St. Laurent
Personal details
Born(1886-04-18)April 18, 1886
Cambuslang, Scotland
Died October 12, 1968(1968-10-12) (aged 82)
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Mary Jeanie Masson
Portfolio Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Fisheries (1948)
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Revenue (1948-1949)
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Health and Welfare (1949)

Thomas Reid (April 18, 1886 October 12, 1968) was a Canadian businessman and politician in the province of British Columbia.

Canadians citizens of Canada

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British Columbia Province of Canada

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Reid was born in Cambuslang, Scotland. In 1909, he moved to Canada and in 1911 married Mary Jeanie Masson, also from Scotland. Together they raised a family of two sons and two daughters. The Reids moved to Surrey in 1918 where Thomas Reid managed the Pacific Car and Foundry Company. [1]

Cambuslang town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland

Cambuslang is a suburban town on the south-eastern outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland. It is within the local authority area of South Lanarkshire and directly borders the town of Rutherglen to the west. Historically, it was a large civil parish incorporating the nearby hamlets of Newton, Flemington and Halfway.

Scotland country in Northwest Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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In 1922 Reid was elected to office as a Councillor for Surrey and served two years in this capacity. From 1924 to 1930 he was elected annually to the position of Reeve. During this time he was twice appointed head of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. In 1930, Reid entered federal politics and was elected Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for the New Westminster riding. He represented this riding for nineteen years. Reid was a founding member of the International Pacific Coast Sockeye Salmon Commission and served as chairman from 1937 to 1967. He became Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministers of Fisheries and of National Revenue in 1948 and in 1949 assisted the Minister of National Health and Welfare. In 1948 he was summoned to the Senate. [1]

A Councillor is a member of a local government council.

The politics of Canada function within a framework of parliamentary democracy and a federal system of parliamentary government with strong democratic traditions. Canada is a constitutional monarchy, in which the monarch is head of state. In practice, the executive powers is directed by the Cabinet, a committee of ministers of the Crown responsible to the elected House of Commons of Canada and chosen and headed by the Prime Minister of Canada.

New Westminster was a federal electoral district in the province of British Columbia, Canada, that was represented in the House of Commons of Canada from 1871 to 1979.

Election results (partial)

Canadian federal election, 1945 : New Westminster
Liberal Thomas Reid 14,158 33.80 −10.52
Co-operative Commonwealth Albert Thomas Alsbury 12,229 29.20 +0.68
Progressive Conservative George Oswald Twiss 11,133 26.58 −0.59
Liberal–Progressive Harold John Griffin 2,640 6.30
Social Credit George Anderson Pollock 1,403 3.35
Democratic Spencer Herbert Broatch 315 0.75
Total valid votes41,878100.00  
Liberal hold Swing −5.60


  1. 1 2 "British Columbia Archival Union List (BCAUL)". Archival record. British Columbia Archival Information Network. Retrieved 2009-04-24.[ dead link ]

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