Served a combined twenty years at the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government. During her 11 years as a Member of Parliament, Val served as the official Reform-Conservative opposition critic in numerous portfolios such as Justice and Legal Affairs, National Security, Immigration, Intergovernmental Affairs & Unity, Transportation, Canada - US Border Issues and Auditor General. Val served on the Executive of the Canada/U.S. Inter-parliamentary Group for over six years.
Val Meredith served as a town councilor and Mayor for the community of Slave Lake, Alberta, from 1973 to 1980 and was was a founding member of the Reform Party of Canada, and was an executive on the National Board from 1987 to 1989.
Val represented the Reform Party in 1988 general election and was successful in 1993 for Reform in Surrey, White Rock, South Langley. She was re-elected in 1997 and again in 2000 for the renamed riding of South Surrey, White Rock, Langley until 2004.
Val grew up in Edmonton and is the daughter of Dr. J. Donovan and Lillian Ross. Dr. Ross was a member of the Alberta Legislature from 1952-71, serving as Cabinet Minister for 15 years. Val's great-grandmother was Charlotte Whitehead Ross, the first female doctor to practice medicine in both Quebec and Manitoba. Val's great-great-grandfather, Joseph Whitehead, was a member of the Confederation House of Commons, serving from 1867 to 1872.