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George Philip Gregory Springate CM (May 12, 1938 – November 21, 2019) was a Canadian police officer, politician, football player, professor, and Citizenship Judge.

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
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
DiedNovember 21, 2019(2019-11-21) (aged 81)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Alma materSir George Williams University
McGill University
Football career
Career information
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career history
As player
1970–72Montreal Alouettes
Career highlights and awards
  • Grey Cup champion (1970)

Life and careerEdit

Born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Walter L. Springate and Eleanor 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. In 1974 he was removed from the Liberal Caucus for voting against the French-only language bill along with John Ciaccia. During the Bill 22 crisis, he compared Québec to both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. After leaving the Liberal Party he was elected as an independent candidate in 1976 for the riding of Westmount. He did not run in 1981, and thereafter being completely disillusioned by the Liberal Party's direction threw his support behind Brian Mulroney to lead the Conservative Party and as the future PM.

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 retired from teaching in 2008. He was also 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.[2] George was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in April 2018 and very bravely fought it with his usual dignity and grace, enduring chemo treatments every two weeks. In October the doctors decided that his cancer was too advanced and that he was no longer strong enough to continue with treatment. Springate died in Ottawa on November 21, 2019 at the age of 81.[3]


External linksEdit

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