Horace Bolton Smith

Horace Bolton Smith


Horace Smith was born on March 17, 1914, in Saint John, NB. He was educated in Hoyt, NB, at Saint John Vocational School, Rothesay Collegiate and Fredericton Business College.

For a number of years, Horace operated the family farm in Hoyt. He served his community as a Sunbury County Councillor from 1940 to 1955. From 1956, he was secretary-treasurer of Sunbury County and county secretary from 1965 to 1970. As executive secretary of the Progressive Conservative Association of New Brunswick, he was chief organizer of the party during its years in Opposition in the 1960s.

In the 1970 New Brunswick general election Horace was elected as the Progressive Conservative Party candidate in the Sunbury riding. He would be reelected three more times, serving for seventeen years until 1987.

Horace served in Premier Hatfield’s cabinet as Minister of Municipal Affairs for ten years. Political observers described him as “a person well versed in municipal matters.” In this capacity, he oversaw the implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force on Municipal Structure and Financing (1973), which gave responsibility for many services to village councils. He introduced municipal and finance training initiatives for municipal officials. He also instituted cost-sharing agreements between the federal, provincial and municipal government for infrastructure such as libraries, recreation centres and municipal buildings.

Horace was also Past President of the Union of New Brunswick Municipalities, a life member of the New Brunswick Village Association of Assessing Officers. For his service he received the Certificate of Commendation from the Maritime Municipal Training and Development Board.

Donated by: Peticodiac PC Association, New Maryland-Sunbury West PC Association, Allan Woodworth, Bob & Geneva Hirsch, Darrell Bishop, David Smith, Doug Smith, E.A.C. Investments Inc., Francis Alexander, Fred Blair, Gary Mersereau, Irvine Bridges, J. Stuart Bridges, Jack Carr, John Brown, Larry Gullison, Laurie Leger, Lloyd Perley, Margaret Wetmore, Max White, Patricia Davis, Raymond Wilson, Robert Lockhart, Ron & Georgette Roy, Ross Creelman, Russell Smith, Terry Andow, Tommy Jellinek, William Leonard, Wulastook Industries Ltd.

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