Marion Loretta Reid CM OPEI (née Doyle; January 4, 1929 – June 22, 2023) was a Canadian politician who was the first female Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island, and the 24th as well as first female Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island.

Marion Loretta Reid
24th Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island
In office
August 16, 1990 – August 30, 1995
MonarchElizabeth II
Governors General
Preceded byLloyd MacPhail
Succeeded byGilbert Clements
MLA (Assemblyman) for 1st Queens
In office
April 23, 1979 – May 29, 1989
Preceded byJean Canfield
Succeeded byMarion Murphy
Personal details
Marion Loretta Doyle

(1929-01-02)January 2, 1929
North Rustico, Prince Edward Island, Canada
DiedJune 22, 2023(2023-06-22) (aged 94)
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Political partyProgressive Conservative
Lea P. Reid
(died 1999)
Alma materPrince of Wales College

Born in North Rustico, Prince Edward Island, the daughter of Michael Doyle and Loretta Whelan, she was first elected in 1979 to the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island as the Prince Edward Island Progressive Conservative Party candidate in the district of 1st Queens. She was re-elected in 1982 and 1986. She was Deputy Speaker, Speaker and Opposition House Leader. She was Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island from 1990 to 1995.

In 1994, the PEI Council of the Girl Guides of Canada created an award in her name in recognition of her contributions.[1] In 1996, she was awarded the Order of Prince Edward Island and was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Reid died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown on June 22, 2023, at the age of 94.[2] Upon her death, Premier Dennis King said she broke many barriers and greatly contributed to the province, as well as being part of PEI's Famous Five in 1993, when the top five legislative positions in a province were held by women for the first time in Canadian history.[3][4]

Arms edit

Coat of arms of Marion Reid
The arms of Marion Loretta Reid consist of:[5]
Above a helmet mantled Vert doubled Or on a wreath Or and Vert a coronet tréflé Vert rising therefrom a demi lamb Argent unguled Gules wearing a coronet fleurdelisé Vert holding between its forelegs a staff Or flying to the sinister a banner party per pale Vert and Or and over all an open book Argent bound counterchanged charged with a cross bottony party per pale of the field the banner bordered compony Vert and Or in the fly.
Or on a pale between eight anchors Vert each side two and two dexter in bend and sinister in bend sinister a representation of the mace of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Prince Edward Island Or.
Two bloods Or crined, langued, queued and unguled Gules gorged with a collar Vert pendant therefrom a pomeis charged with a lupin blossom Or.
A grassy meadow showing at the edge the soil of Prince Edward Island proper rising above waves of the sea Azure crested Argent.
Familia Et Ministerium

References edit

  1. ^ "Collections Canada".
  2. ^ Honourable Marion L. Reid obituary
  3. ^ "Statement by Premier Dennis King on the passing of Marion Reid".
  4. ^ "P.E.I's Marion Reid has died". CTV News Atlantic. June 22, 2023.
  5. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume II), Ottawa, 1992