George Isaac Smith

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The Honourable
George Isaac Smith
MBE
18th Premier of Nova Scotia
In office
September 13, 1967 – October 28, 1970
Monarch Elizabeth II
Lieutenant Governor Henry P. MacKeen
Victor deB. Oland
Preceded by Robert Stanfield
Succeeded by Gerald Regan
MLA for Colchester
In office
June 9, 1949 – April 2, 1974
Preceded by Gordon Purdy
Robert F. McLellan
Succeeded by Melinda MacLean
Floyd Tucker
Personal details
Born (1909-04-06)April 6, 1909
Stewiacke, Nova Scotia
Died December 19, 1982(1982-12-19) (aged 73)
Truro, Nova Scotia
Political party Progressive Conservative

George Isaac Smith (April 6, 1909 – December 19, 1982), usually referred to as G.I. Smith, was a Canadian lawyer and politician who served as the 18th Premier of Nova Scotia from 1967 to 1970. He was a Canadian senator from 1975 until his death. G.I. Smith is noted for having recruited Robert Stanfield to help rebuild the Progressive Conservatives in Nova Scotia.

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Born in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia on April 6, 1909, Smith practiced law in Truro.[1] He served overseas during World War II and was mentioned in dispatches.[2]

Smith was elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in 1949 and served in Robert Stanfield's cabinet when the Tories formed government in 1956. When Stanfield moved to federal politics, Smith became Premier of Nova Scotia. Under his government the faltering Sydney Steel was nationalised. Smith argued in favour of regional equalization payments which transferred funds from rich provinces to poorer provinces like Nova Scotia.

Smith's government was defeated by the Liberals in 1970 and Smith resigned as party leader the next year. In 1975 he was summoned to the Senate of Canada and represented the senatorial division of Colchester, Nova Scotia.

Smith died in office in Truro, Nova Scotia on December 19, 1982.

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