|Chief of Staff, Premier's Office|
August 6, 2013 – present
|Prime Minister||Kathy Dunderdale|
|Preceded by||Brian Taylor|
July 31, 1952 |
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Political party||Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador|
Ian Angus "Ross" Reid, PC (born July 31, 1952) is a former Canadian politician and the current Chief of Staff to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale. Reid is a former Progressive Conservative member of Parliament who served as the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency under Prime Minister Kim Campbell.
A consultant, Reid has been active with the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada since 1975. During the government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, he served as chief of staff to the Minister of Finance, and as an advisor to the Prime Minister.
In the 1988 federal election, he ran for and won a seat in the Canadian House of Commons as Member of Parliament for St. John's East. He became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in 1989, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in 1991.
When Kim Campbell succeeded Mulroney as prime minister in 1993, she brought Reid into Cabinet as Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. However, both he and the Campbell government went down to defeat in the subsequent 1993 federal election.
Reid remained active in the party as National Director of the federal Progressive Conservative party while Jean Charest was party leader.
Career after politics
Since leaving the House of Commons, Reid has worked as an international consultant on human rights and democratic development, notably for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Ukraine, among other countries. He currently serves on the board of directors of IMPACS, the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society.
In the 2003, Newfoundland and Labrador provincial election Reid served as the Progressive Conservative Party's campaign chair. The party went on to form government under Danny Williams and Reid was appointed Deputy Minister to the Premier. In January 2007, he resigned his post as Deputy Minister to be re-appointed as the party's campaign chair for the 2007 election. The Progressive Conservatives were re-elected in the October election and in December 2007, Reid was appointed Deputy Minister for the Voluntary and Non-Profit Sector. Reid resigned as Deputy Minister in June 2011, so he could once again chair the PC Party's campaign in the upcoming election. The party was re-elected for a third term in October and Reid was reappointed to his post as Deputy Minister for the Voluntary Non-Profit Sector in December. In January 2013, it was announced that Reid would be appointed Deputy Minister Responsible for the Provincial Population Growth Strategy. On August 6, 2013, Premier Kathy Dunderdale's announced that Reid would become her new Chief of Staff. Reid replaced Brian Taylor, who had taken a leave of absence from the premier's office several weeks earlier.
- "Reid quits premier's office to lead PC campaign". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 January 2007. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
- "Reid takes on volunteerism project". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 December 2007. Retrieved 6 August 2013.
- "PC campaign organizers reappointed". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "Aging demographics 'scary,' Dunderdale says". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "Ross Reid tapped to run premier's office". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "Dunderdale's chief of staff taking leave of absence". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
|25th Ministry – Cabinet of Kim Campbell|
|Cabinet Posts (2)|
|John Crosbie||Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
|John Crosbie||Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
|Parliament of Canada|
Jack Harris, NDP
|Member of Parliament for St. John's East
Bonnie Hickey, Liberal