Scott Reid, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, was first elected in 2000. Reid is currently the Deputy House Leader of the Official Opposition and a member of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. It is the same position he held for the government before the 2015 election.
Reid has held five constituency referendums, in which the voters of his riding indicate how they would like him to vote on important pieces of legislation. As a result of his first referendum, his constituents advised him to opt in to the MP pay raise and then donate it to charity. Since that time, he has donated $140,000 to purchase Automated External Defibrillators and CPR training for his riding.
Before running for public office Reid worked as an author, journalist, researcher and lecturer.
Prior to his election, Reid served as chief constitutional advisor to Reform Party Leader Preston Manning. He has appeared before parliamentary committees, at both the provincial and federal levels as an expert witness on issues relating to national unity and democracy.
He also taught history at the University of Western Sydney in Australia.
Having grown up in the family business, Scott Reid is a member of the Board of Directors of Giant Tiger Stores Ltd.
Reid was born in Hull, Quebec. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Arts degree in Russian History from Carleton University in Ottawa.
Reid has published two books: Canada Remapped: How the Partition of Quebec Will Reshape the Nation (1992) and Lament for a Notion: The Life and Death of Canada’s Bilingual Dream (1993). In 2014, Reid and former Liberal MP Mario Silva coedited a book, Tackling Hate-Combatting Antisemitism: The Ottawa Protocol. He has also written chapters in a number of edited books, and published articles in magazines and academic journals. Many of his writings focus on subjects such as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the role of the judiciary, property rights, national unity (with an emphasis on the consequences of Quebec separation) and Official Bilingualism.