Ross Reid

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The Honourable
Ross Reid
Chief of Staff, Premier's Office
In office
August 6, 2013 – May 30, 2014
Premier Kathy Dunderdale
Tom Marshall
Preceded by Brian Taylor
Succeeded by Darrell Hynes
Personal details
Born (1952-07-31) July 31, 1952 (age 65)
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Political party Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador
Profession Consultant

Ian Angus "Ross" Reid, PC (born July 31, 1952) is a former Canadian politician who mostly recently served as the Chief of Staff to Newfoundland and Labrador Premier's Kathy Dunderdale and Tom Marshall. 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.

Political career[edit]

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 September 1988, Reid defeated former provincial cabinet minister Jim Morgan for the Progressive Conservative nomination in St. John's East for the 1988 federal election.[1] On November 21, 1988, he won the seat, defeating New Democrat incumbent Jack Harris.[2][3] 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.[4][5] However, both he and the Campbell government went down to defeat in the subsequent 1993 federal election.[6][7]

Reid remained active in the party as National Director of the federal Progressive Conservative party while Jean Charest was party leader.[8]

Career after politics[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] In January 2013, it was announced that Reid would be appointed Deputy Minister Responsible for the Provincial Population Growth Strategy.[12] On August 6, 2013, Premier Kathy Dunderdale's announced that Reid would become her new Chief of Staff.[13] Reid replaced Brian Taylor, who had taken a leave of absence from the premier's office several weeks earlier.[14]


  1. ^ "Former PM aide wins nomination". The Globe and Mail. 12 September 1988. 
  2. ^ "Atlantic tide turns Liberal 2 ministers go down to defeat". Toronto Star. 22 November 1988. 
  3. ^ "NDP lost only eastern seat". The Financial Post. 22 November 1988. 
  4. ^ "Slimmed-down federal cabinet contains seven newcomers". The Globe and Mail. 26 June 1993. 
  5. ^ "Not much new in new Conservative cabinet". Hamilton Spectator. 26 June 1993. 
  6. ^ "Liberals sweep Atlantic region". The Globe and Mail. 26 October 1993. 
  7. ^ "Tory cabinet ministers take beating". The Toronto Star. 26 October 1993. 
  8. ^ "Charest readies Tory makeover". The Globe and Mail. 27 November 1997. 
  9. ^ "Reid quits premier's office to lead PC campaign". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 4 January 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Reid takes on volunteerism project". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 13 December 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "PC campaign organizers reappointed". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 25 October 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Aging demographics 'scary,' Dunderdale says". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "Ross Reid tapped to run premier's office". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Dunderdale's chief of staff taking leave of absence". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

25th Ministry – Cabinet of Kim Campbell
Cabinet posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
John Crosbie Minister of Fisheries and Oceans
Brian Tobin
John Crosbie Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
David Dingwall
Parliament of Canada
Preceded by
Jack Harris, NDP
Member of Parliament for St. John's East
Succeeded by
Bonnie Hickey, Liberal