05/29/2013 09:01 EDT | Updated 07/29/2013 05:12 EDT

Bill Reid Dead: Former Social Credit MLA Remembered By Colleague

VANCOUVER - A former British Columbia tourism minister who was forced to resign from the cabinet in the late 1980s over a lottery-fund scandal — but later earned a Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Queen — has died.

Bill Reid represented constituents in Surrey from 1983 to 1991 and also served as a minister of tourism under the Social Credit government.

But in September 1989 former premier Bill Vander Zalm asked him to resign from cabinet after it was reported the MLA directed part of a lottery-fund grant to a company owned by two friends.

Still, Reid contributed greatly to his community, serving as executive director of the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce and sitting on the boards of the Cloverdale Rodeo and local heritage and rail societies.

He was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, and this past April the City of Surrey named him Good Citizen of the Year.

Moe Sihota, the president of the B.C. New Democratic Party and a former cabinet minister, says he was sorry to hear of Reid's passing, noting Reid was well intentioned, passionate about his community and a real cheerleader for the province.

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