James Smith (Canadian politician)

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James Smith
Commissioner of Yukon
In office
November 7, 1966 – July 1, 1976
Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson
Pierre Trudeau
Preceded by Gordon Robertson Cameron
Succeeded by Arthur MacDonald Pearson
Personal details
Born (1919-12-31)December 31, 1919
Revelstoke, British Columbia
Died April 14, 2017(2017-04-14) (aged 97)[1]
Spouse(s) Dorothy Matson (m. 1947)
Profession businessman

James Smith (December 31, 1919 – April 14, 2017) was the longest serving commissioner of the Yukon Territory from November 7, 1966 to June 30, 1976.[2] During his tenure, he was instrumental in the creation of Kluane National Park and Reserve and the designation of the Chilkoot Trail as a National Historic Site of Canada.[citation needed] He was also responsible for creating the Arctic Winter Games along with Northwest Territories commissioner Stuart Hodgson and Alaska governor Walter Joseph Hickel.[3]


  1. ^ "Longtime Yukon commissioner James Smith dies at the age of 97". National Newswatch. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "History of Yukon Commissioners". Government of Yukon. Archived from Commissioners of the Yukon Territory the original Check |url= value (help) on 2007-08-28. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 
  3. ^ "About the Arctic Winter Games". Arctic Winter Games. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-11-11. 

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