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Ian Angus Ross Reid, PC (born July 31, 1952) is a Canadian politician.

Political career

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 the 1988 federal election, he ran for and won a seat in the Canadian House of Commons as Member of Parliament for St. John's East. 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. However, both he and the Campbell government went down to defeat in the subsequent 1993 federal election.

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

Career after politics

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...
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