|Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
May 28, 1996 – June 23, 1998
|Preceded by||Leonard Krog|
|Succeeded by||Judith Reid|
January 22, 1948 |
|Political party||British Columbia Liberal Party|
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.