Darrel Reid

Dr. Darrel Reid, a native of Grande Prairie, Alberta, is Executive Director of the Manning Center for Building Democracy.

Darrel’s experience includes that of a Canadian policy advisor, political manager, and candidate in two federal elections. Most recently he has served in the Office of the Prime Minister as Deputy Director of Policy and Research, as Director of Policy, and as Deputy Chief of Staff. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Project Development at Cardus, then called the Work Research Foundation. Darrel was president of Focus on the Family Canada from 1998 to 2004. He holds a B.A. in History/English from University of Regina, an M.A. in History from the University of Toronto, an M.L.S. (Master of Library Science) from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in History from Queen’s University.

Letter to a Young Political Staffer

It is essential that you actually believe something. I have been surprised to discover how many people getting into politics arrive there because of circumstance and adopt the views of others uncritically.


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