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.

Biography[edit]

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[3] and served in Robert Stanfield's cabinet when the Tories formed government in 1956.[4] When Stanfield moved to federal politics, Smith became Premier of Nova Scotia.[5][6] Under his government the faltering Sydney Steel was nationalised.[7] 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[8] and Smith resigned as party leader the next year.[9] 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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References[edit]

  1. ^ George Isaac Smith – Parliament of Canada biography
  2. ^ Now Lieutenant Colonel, Major George Isaac Smith, Newspaper clipping, The North Nova Scotia Highlanders
  3. ^ "N.S. re-elects Liberals, PC's gain eight seats". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1949. 
  4. ^ "N.S. Premier names cabinet of 8 men". The Globe and Mail. November 21, 1956. 
  5. ^ "G.I. Smith sworn in as N.S. Premier; Stanfield gets ready for Ottawa move". The Globe and Mail. September 14, 1967. 
  6. ^ "Premier named party leader by N.S. Tories". The Globe and Mail. November 4, 1967. 
  7. ^ "N.S. is likely to pay $10 million for mill". The Globe and Mail. November 21, 1967. 
  8. ^ "PCs rebuffed, Liberals surge to N.S. victory". The Globe and Mail. October 14, 1970. 
  9. ^ "N.S. Tories to pick leader at March rally". The Globe and Mail. January 11, 1971. 

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