Brian Smith (politician)

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Brian Ray Douglas Smith
QC OBC
Member of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly
for Oak Bay-Gordon Head
In office
May 10, 1979 – November 15, 1989
Preceded by Riding Established
Succeeded by Elizabeth Cull
Attorney General of British Columbia
In office
May 26, 1983 – June 29, 1988
Premier Bill Bennett
Bill Vander Zalm
Preceded by Allan Williams
Succeeded by Bud Smith
Personal details
Born (1934-07-07) July 7, 1934 (age 84)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Political party Social Credit

Brian Ray Douglas Smith (born July 7, 1934) is a Canadian politician and business executive.[1] Smith who served for a decade on Oak Bay municipal council[2] and was mayor of Oak Bay from 1974 to 1979,[3] was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the 1979 election to represent the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head for the Social Credit Party.[4] He was reelected in the 1983[5] and 1986 election.[6]

Under the Bill Bennett government, he served as Minister of Education and then Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and was appointed to the post of Attorney General of the Province on May 26, 1983.[7]

In 1986, after Bennett's decision to step down, Smith was a candidate for the leadership of the Social Credit Party. In a field of twelve candidates, he finished second to Bill Vander Zalm, losing on the fourth ballot.

Vander Zalm reappointed Smith to the post of Attorney General. Smith resigned his post in a speech to the Legislature on June 28, 1988.[8]

On October 19, 1989, he announced that he was resigning his seat, effective November 15, 1989, and became chairman of CN Rail until 1994.[9] He was the Chairman of BC Hydro from 1996 to 2001.

In 2016, Smith was appointed to the Order of BC as a "long-serving elected official who led social innovations in the arena of sports, education, law and business".[10]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Brian R.D. Smith QC". Gowlings. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Causton landslide buries retiree's mayoralty bid". Times Colonist. Victoria. November 16, 2008. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 
  4. ^ "32nd General Election (continued)". Electoral History of British Columbia 1871-1986. Elections BC. Archived from the original on 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  5. ^ "33rd general election (continued)". Electoral History of British Columbia 1871-1986. Elections BC. Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  6. ^ "34th general election (continued)". Electoral History of British Columbia 1871-1986. Elections BC. Archived from the original on 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  7. ^ "Alumni Profiles: The Hon. Brian R.D. Smith, Q.C." (PDF). UBC Law Faculty Newsletter. Victoria. 1988. Retrieved 2017-01-12. 
  8. ^ "Hansard -- Tuesday, June 28, 1988 -- Afternoon Sitting". Victoria, B.C.: Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. p. 5498. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  9. ^ Barbara McClintock & Brian Kiernan (1989-10-20). "Another Byelection; Smith to Become Chairman". Vancouver Province. p. 6. 
  10. ^ Bruce Claggett (2016-06-14). "Spirit of the West founder among the Order of BC recipients". Vancouver: News 1130. Retrieved 2017-01-12.