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George Smitherman

Entrepreneur and investor with a focus in sustainability and Medical Marihuana

George Smitherman serves as Chairman and Principal of G&G Global Solutions a Toronto-based business focussing on global trade and investment. G&G Global Solutions has ownership affiliations with numerous businesses in the health care, technology and global investment spheres.

George Smitherman has over 30 years of experience in public life as a grassroots organizer and community activist. He was an elected official and senior advisor at the local, provincial and federal level. Most recently, he was a candidate for Toronto Mayor. Previously, he served as Ontario’s Deputy Premier. George was elected 3 times as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Toronto Centre. He served in both opposition, and on the McGuinty Government’s front bench. During his time in Cabinet, he was responsible for the allocation of more than $250 billion dollars.
Alamy

Searching for Dignity in Death

My personal experience with my father's end of life made me a champion for the development of Ontario's good palliative care model and it's why I believe that every Canadian should be compelled to initiate a Living Will in order to provide advance medical direction in the event of a catastrophic event.
09/27/2013 12:48 EDT
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Why I'm Voting For Chrystia Freeland -- And You Should Too

Chrystia Freeland is savvy and her capacity to build connection with community will be exceptional. It's an easy choice to endorse her formally and to lend full support to Justin Trudeau. I want to rid Canada of Harper. I am voting for Freeland and I think you should too.
08/26/2013 03:42 EDT
George Smitherman

Why I'm Not Running for Toronto Centre

The vacancy in Toronto Centre started a countdown for a permanent answer on the elephant in the room question. Would we return to active duty in elected life? In 2013 the only energy I can muster for politics is to help push and shove my leader forward. Forward to rid our country of a government that has a very different view of Canada than mine. I won't be a candidate now. I won't be contesting a riding in the 2015 general election or any other. I will, as always, be an active Liberal volunteer and I look forward to knocking on doors in Toronto Centre whenever the by election comes.
07/29/2013 05:10 EDT
Alamy

Trudeau Kicked the State Out of My Bedroom

This past February 18 marked a day that I always celebrate, the anniversary of the final election victory of Canada's Pierre Trudeau. On the 33rd anniversary of that final election I measured Trudeau's impact in a most personal way as I celebrated pure legal equality with my husband and our two adopted children.
02/26/2013 07:47 EST