George Isaac Smith
George Isaac Smith
|18th Premier of Nova Scotia|
September 13, 1967 – October 28, 1970
|Lieutenant Governor||Henry P. MacKeen
Victor deB. Oland
|Preceded by||Robert Stanfield|
|Succeeded by||Gerald Regan|
|MLA for Colchester|
June 9, 1949 – April 2, 1974
Serving with Robert Stanfield, Gerald Ritcey
|Preceded by||Gordon Purdy
Robert F. McLellan
|Succeeded by||Melinda MacLean
|Senator for Colchester|
August 7, 1975 – December 19, 1982
|Appointed by||Pierre Trudeau|
April 6, 1909|
Stewiacke, Nova Scotia
|Died||December 19, 1982
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.
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.
- George Isaac Smith – Parliament of Canada biography
- Now Lieutenant Colonel, Major George Isaac Smith, Newspaper clipping, The North Nova Scotia Highlanders
- "N.S. re-elects Liberals, PC's gain eight seats". The Globe and Mail. June 10, 1949.
- "N.S. Premier names cabinet of 8 men". The Globe and Mail. November 21, 1956.
- "G.I. Smith sworn in as N.S. Premier; Stanfield gets ready for Ottawa move". The Globe and Mail. September 14, 1967.
- "Premier named party leader by N.S. Tories". The Globe and Mail. November 4, 1967.
- "N.S. is likely to pay $10 million for mill". The Globe and Mail. November 21, 1967.
- "PCs rebuffed, Liberals surge to N.S. victory". The Globe and Mail. October 14, 1970.
- "N.S. Tories to pick leader at March rally". The Globe and Mail. January 11, 1971.