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Alexander Garnet Brown

In office
July 8, 1969 (byelection) – 1978
Preceded by Duncan MacMillan
Succeeded by Tom McInnis

Born May 2, 1930
Died January 7, 2010 (aged 79)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Anne Lowe
Occupation businessman
Religion Roman Catholic

Alexander Garnet Brown (May 2, 1930[1] – January 7, 2010[2]), known as Garnet Brown, was a Canadian businessman and politician who served in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1969 to 1978. He represented the electoral district of Halifax Eastern Shore as a Liberal.

Brown was an athlete in his youth, and was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers, playing in their farm system for two years[3].

In the 1950's, Brown and his father founded Atlantic Canada's largest food brokerage, A.G. Brown and Sons Ltd[2]. He was also co-founder of Halifax Cablevision, and a founder and director of Dartmouth Cable Television[4].

First elected in a by-election on July 8, 1969[5], Brown was re-elected in 1970[6] and in 1974[7]. He served until he was defeated in the 1978 general election[8].

Brown served in the Executive Council of Nova Scotia for Premier Gerald Regan. His cabinet duties included Highways (1970-1972), Public Works (1970-1971), Recreation (1973-1978), and the Residential Tenancies Act (1972-1975).

In 2001, Brown was awarded a Doctorate of Commerce (honoris causa) by Saint Mary's University[9].

Brown died on January 7, 2010[3].


  1. ^ "Nova Scotia Government Hansard". May 19, 2005. Retrieved January 7, 2010.  
  2. ^ a b Jackson, David (January 7, 2010). "Former Liberal MLA Garnet Brown dead at 79". The Chronicle Herald. Retrieved January 7, 2010.  
  3. ^ a b "Obituary: BROWN - A. Garnet - Businessman, Community Activist". The Chronicle Herald. January 11, 2010. Retrieved January 11, 2010.  
  4. ^ "Saint Mary's University bio". Retrieved January 7, 2010.  
  5. ^ "Election Return 1969". [[Elections] Nova Scotia]]. 1970. Retrieved January 7, 2010.  
  6. ^ "Election Return 1970". Elections Nova Scotia. 1970. Retrieved January 7, 2010.  
  7. ^ "Election Return 1974". Elections Nova Scotia. 1974. Retrieved January 7, 2010.  
  8. ^ "Election Return 1978". Elections Nova Scotia. 1978. Retrieved January 7, 2010.  
  9. ^ "Nova Scotia Legislature Hansard". May 14, 2001. Retrieved January 7, 2010.  


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