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Thomas Reid (April 18, 1886 – October 12, 1968) was a Canadian businessman and politician in the province of British Columbia.

The Hon.

Thomas Reid
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for New Westminster
In office
Preceded byWilliam Garland McQuarrie
Succeeded byWilliam Malcolm Mott
Senator from British Columbia
In office
Appointed byLouis St. Laurent
Personal details
Born(1886-04-18)April 18, 1886
Cambuslang, Scotland
DiedOctober 12, 1968(1968-10-12) (aged 82)
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Mary Jeanie Masson
PortfolioParliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Fisheries (1948)
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Revenue (1948-1949)
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of National Health and Welfare (1949)

Reid was born in Cambuslang, Scotland. In 1909, he moved to Canada and in 1911 married Mary Jeanie Masson, also from Scotland. Together they raised a family of two sons and two daughters. The Reids moved to Surrey in 1918 where Thomas Reid managed the Pacific Car and Foundry Company.[1]

In 1922 Reid was elected to office as a Councillor for Surrey and served two years in this capacity. From 1924 to 1930 he was elected annually to the position of Reeve. During this time he was twice appointed head of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. In 1930, Reid entered federal politics and was elected Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for the New Westminster riding. He represented this riding for nineteen years. Reid was a founding member of the International Pacific Coast Sockeye Salmon Commission and served as chairman from 1937 to 1967. He became Parliamentary Assistant to the Ministers of Fisheries and of National Revenue in 1948 and in 1949 assisted the Minister of National Health and Welfare. In 1948 he was summoned to the Senate.[1]

Election results (partial)Edit

1945 Canadian federal election: New Westminster
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Reid 14,158 33.80 −10.52
Co-operative Commonwealth Albert Thomas Alsbury 12,229 29.20 +0.68
Progressive Conservative George Oswald Twiss 11,133 26.58 −0.59
Liberal–Progressive Harold John Griffin 2,640 6.30
Social Credit George Anderson Pollock 1,403 3.35
Democratic Spencer Herbert Broatch 315 0.75
Total valid votes 41,878 100.00  
Liberal hold Swing −5.60


  1. ^ a b "British Columbia Archival Union List (BCAUL)". Archival record. British Columbia Archival Information Network. Retrieved 2009-04-24.[dead link]

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