Donald MacKeen Smith

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Donald MacKeen Smith
MLA for Halifax Citadel
In office
Preceded by new riding
Succeeded by Ronald Wallace
MLA for Halifax Centre
In office
Preceded by Gordon S. Cowan
Succeeded by riding dissolved
Personal details
Born November 26, 1923
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Died February 16, 1998(1998-02-16) (aged 74)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Progressive Conservative
Occupation business executive

Donald MacKeen Smith (November 26, 1923 – February 16, 1998) was a Canadian politician. He represented the electoral districts of Halifax Centre and Halifax Citadel[1] in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1960 to 1970 as a member of the Progressive Conservatives.[2]

Born in 1923 at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Smith was educated at the University of King's College and Dalhousie University.[2] He married Helen Elizabeth Guildford in 1949.[2] A business executive by career, Smith was president of J.E. Morse and Co. Ltd.[2]

Smith entered provincial politics in the 1960 election, defeating Liberal incumbent Gordon S. Cowan by 270 votes in the Halifax Centre riding.[3] In December 1961, Smith was appointed to the Executive Council of Nova Scotia as Minister of Mines.[2] He was re-elected in 1963, defeating Cowan by 1603 votes.[4] In the 1967 election, Smith was re-elected in the newly established Halifax Citadel riding.[5] Smith resigned from cabinet in February 1969,[6] and was defeated by Liberal Ron Wallace when he ran for re-election in 1970.[7] In January 1980, Smith was appointed Agent General for Province of Nova Scotia in London.[2] Smith died at Halifax on February 16, 1998.[8]


  1. Normandin, Pierre G.; Normandin, A. L. (A. Léopold) (1970). The Canadian parliamentary guide. P. G. Normandin. p. 634. Retrieved 13 August 2012. SMITH, DONALD MACKEEN, (Halifax Citadel).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Elliott, Shirley B. (1984). The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758–1983 : a biographical directory (PDF). Public Archives of Nova Scotia. p. 201. ISBN 0-88871-050-X. Retrieved 2015-05-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1960" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. p. 32. Retrieved 2015-05-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1963" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. p. 31. Retrieved 2015-05-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1967" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. p. 40. Retrieved 2015-05-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Mines minister gives up post for N.S. firm". The Globe and Mail. February 22, 1969.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Returns of General Election for the House of Assembly 1970" (PDF). Elections Nova Scotia. p. 42. Retrieved 2015-05-12.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Donald MacKeen Smith". The Chronicle Herald. February 17, 1998.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>