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Scott Reid is the Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston. He was first elected in November 2000.

He has previously served as the Shadow Minister (or opposition critic) for Democratic Institutions (2015-2018), Deputy Opposition House Leader (2015-2016), and Deputy Government House Leader (2006-2015).

He also served as the chairman of the subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (2008-2015).

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Democratizing the Notwithstanding Clause

June 11, 2021

In a 1996 essay, “Penumbras for the People”, I advocated the adoption of a law that would permit Parliament to invoke Section 33 of the Charter of Rights (the so-called “Notwithstanding Clause“, which permits Parliament and the provincial legislatures to re-enact laws that have been struck down by the courts as being in violation of the Charter), only if its…

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Response to today’s Tay Valley Township press release

June 22, 2020

Dear Tay Valley Township Councillors, Today’s press release contains a few errors that ought to be corrected. Do you mind if I draw these points to your attention? —–o0o—– Incorrect statement #1: “In Mr. Reid’s recent blog post on his federal government website, he makes a number of allegations ….” Correction: Actually, the website (www.scottreid.ca) was purchased by me independently,…

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A letter to Tay Valley Councillors (cost of Integrity Commissioner hearings)

June 17, 2020

Dear TVT Councillors, I was disturbed to learn, yesterday evening, that $16,000 of taxypayers’ money was spent on the recently-completed Integrity Commissioner hearing into Councillor Darling’s alleged violation of the Code of Conduct for TVT Councillors. I suspect that you, in turn, will be disturbed to learn just how much these Integrity Commissioner hearings are costing the taxpayers. A…

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Why I am in the House today

March 24, 2020

UPDATE AT 1:24pm, March 24, 2020: If you read my essay below, I make it clear that my objections are completely procedural. I have no objection to the relief measures bill passing today as long as the government provides it to MPs with enough time to read and understand it. The reason the House of Commons is suspended right…

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COVID Spending Must Have On-going Parliamentary Oversight

March 19, 2020

Yesterday, Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez announced that the House of Commons will be recalled to authorize the largest spending package in Canadian history, and that he’d like Parliament to do so by means of an expedited process, in which all of the normal procedural protections are stripped away. Normally any draft legislation can expect to go through the following…

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Essay #2: On Constituency Referenda

March 3, 2020

By Scott Reid Member of Parliament for Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston Open the PDF here: On Constituency Referenda   —————o0o————— This is the second in a series of essays that I will be publishing, during the course of the 2020 Conservative Party leadership race, with the goal of persuading any and all leadership candidates to borrow what I believe to be intelligent…

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Essay #1: Conservatives should be leading on democracy issues

December 30, 2019

By Scott Reid Member of Parliament for Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston Open the PDF here: CONSERVATIVES SHOULD BE LEADING, INSTEAD OF LAGGING, ON DEMOCRACY ISSUES   —————o0o————— Like one of the patriarchs in the Book of Genesis, I’ve been around Parliament Hill for a very, very long time. My colleague Cheryl Gallant and I are jointly the longest-serving MPs in the Conservative…

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Scott Reid is the Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston. He was first elected in November 2000.

He has previously served as the Shadow Minister (or opposition critic) for Democratic Institutions (2015-2018), Deputy Opposition House Leader (2015-2016), and Deputy Government House Leader (2006-2015).

He also served as the chairman of the subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (2008-2015).

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