Paul Reitsma

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Paul Reitsma
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Parksville-Qualicum
In office
May 28, 1996 – June 23, 1998
Preceded by Leonard Krog
Succeeded by Judith Reid
Personal details
Born (1948-01-22) January 22, 1948 (age 69)
Political party British Columbia Liberal Party

Paul Reitsma (born January 22, 1948) is a former member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Canada, for the electoral district of Parksville-Qualicum.

He was born in 1948 in the Netherlands.[1] Reitsma served as the mayor of Port Alberni and Parksville, prior to his move to provincial politics.

Reitsma was elected in the 1996 BC provincial election for the BC Liberals, defeating New Democratic Party of British Columbia incumbent Leonard Krog.

In early 1998, Reitsma was accused of writing letters to newspapers under assumed names, praising himself and attacking his political opponents. A Parksville newspaper had asked a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police handwriting expert to compare a sample of Reitsma's handwriting to that of letters to the editor submitted by a "Warren Betanko", and then ran a story entitled "MLA Reitsma is a liar and we can prove it".

Reitsma was ejected from the BC Liberal caucus although he chose to remain as a member of the BC Legislative Assembly. However, he resigned his legislative seat on June 23, 1998 when it appeared that a recall petition led by proponent Mark Allan Robinson had enough signatures from the electorate to force a by-election that almost certainly would have resulted in his recall. [2] [3]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-02. Retrieved 2005-06-03. 
  2. ^ Reitsma Resigns, CBC News, November 13, 1998, retrieved 2007-12-10 
  3. ^ Recall Petition R98005 Parksville-Qualicum (– Scholar search), Elections BC, 1998, retrieved 2007-12-10 [dead link][dead link]