Thomas Reid

Thomas Reid

Thomas Reid (born April 18, 1886 in Cambuslang, Scotland; died October 12, 1968) was a Liberal party politician who served as the MP for New Westminster from 1930 to 1949. Renowned for his long-standing anti-Asian Canadian racism, Reid took on a prominent role in advocating for the internment and deportation of Japanese Canadians in World War II. Rewarded for his 19 years of service as a Liberal MP, he was appointed to the senate in 1949, and served there until 1967. (Source: Kimura Appendix)


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