|Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly|
May 28, 1996 – June 23, 1998
|Preceded by||Leonard Krog|
|Succeeded by||Judith Reid|
|Born||January 22, 1948|
|Political party||British Columbia Liberal Party|
In early 1998, Reitsma was accused of writing letters to newspapers under assumed names, praising himself and attacking his political opponents. A Parksville newspaper had asked a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police handwriting expert to compare a sample of Reitsma's handwriting to that of letters to the editor submitted by a "Warren Betanko", and then ran a story entitled "MLA Reitsma is a liar and we can prove it".
Reitsma was ejected from the BC Liberal caucus although he chose to remain as a member of the BC Legislative Assembly. However, he resigned his legislative seat on June 23, 1998 when it appeared that a recall petition led by proponent Mark Allan Robinson had enough signatures from the electorate to force a by-election that almost certainly would have resulted in his recall.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-02. Retrieved 2005-06-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Reitsma Resigns". CBC News. November 13, 1998. Archived from the original on 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
- Recall Petition R98005 Parksville-Qualicum, Elections BC, 1998, archived from the original (– Scholar search) on 2001-02-16, retrieved 2007-12-10