George Springate

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George Springate
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Sainte-Anne
In office
Preceded byFrank Hanley
Succeeded byJean-Marc Lacoste
Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Westmount
In office
Preceded byThomas Kevin Drummond
Succeeded byRichard French
Head of the Citizenship Commission
In office
Preceded byMichel Simard
Succeeded byRenata Brum Bozzi
Citizenship Judge of the Citizenship Commission
In office
Personal details
Born (1938-05-12) May 12, 1938 (age 80)
Montreal, Quebec
Alma materSir George Williams University
McGill University
George Springate
Career information
CollegeMcGill Redmen
Career history
As player
1970-72Montreal Alouettes
Awards1970 - Grey Cup champion

George P.G. Springate, CM (born May 12, 1938) is a Canadian police officer, politician, football player, professor, and Citizenship Judge.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Walter L. Springate and Eleonor Woodhouse, he received a Bachelor of Arts from Sir George Williams University. He also received a Bachelor of Civil Law degree in 1968 and a Bachelor of Common Law degree in 1969 from McGill University. From 1958 to 1969, he was a police officer with the Montreal Police. From 1966 to 1968, he was a member of the McGill Redmen football team.

In 1970, he played 11 games with and was part of the Grey Cup winning Montreal Alouettes. In total he played 17 games with the Larks over 3 seasons.

In 1970, he was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec as a Liberal for the riding of Sainte-Anne. He was re-elected in 1973 and again in 1976 for the riding of Westmount. During the Bill 22 crisis, he controversially compared Québec to both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. He did not run in 1981.

George Springate was also a television sportcaster for CBC Montreal in the 1980s and hosted the local daily current affairs program "MIDDAY".

In 1989, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

He was a teacher in criminal and civil law at John Abbott College. He was one of the founding members of the "Police Technology" program at John Abbott College. He has since retired from teaching in 2008. He is a columnist for The Chronicle, a local Montreal newspaper.

In 2000 and again in 2006, he was appointed a Citizenship Judge. In 2008 he was appointed Canada's Senior Citizenship Judge for a five-year term.[1]


External links[edit]

  • "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.