When Senator David Smith chats, he easily drops names like Jean Chretien, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and even Bill Clinton. And it's not some ego thing. Smith has lived a life of politics which has included running a national election campaign for former Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
During a recent visit to the Rotary Club of Cobourg, Smith reflected on a career which dates back to the 1960s. In that time, he has become acquainted with every prime minister since "Dief" (former prime minister John Diefenbaker). And when he spends time at his summer home in Cobourg, he has hosted the likes of Chretien and former Prime Minister Paul Martin during quiet, no media, low key dinners.
In 1972, David Smith was elected to Toronto City Council and re-elected in 1974 and 1976, moving to federal politics as a an MP for the riding of Don Valley East from (more…)