Stewart McInnes, Canadian lawyer & politician, died at 78

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Stewart Donald McInnes, born on July 24, 1937 and died October 3, 2015, Stewart was a lawyer, arbitrator and former federal politician.

In 1954, while studying at Dalhousie University, he became a brother in the Sigma Chi fraternity, who later named him a Significant Sig.

From 1961 to 1999, McInnes was a senior partner in the Halifax, Nova Scotia law firm of McInnes, Cooper, and appeared before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Stewart also served as the president of the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Bar Association from 1983 to 1984.

In the 1984 general election, Stewart was elected to the Canadian House of Commons as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament for Halifax, defeating Liberal Cabinet minister and former Premier of Nova Scotia Gerald Regan.

In 1985, he was appointed to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s cabinet as Minister of Supply and Services.

From 1986 until 1988, Stewart concurrently held the positions of Minister of Public Works and Minister responsible for CMHC.

Stewart was defeated in the 1988 federal election by Liberal Mary Clancy due, in part, to the unpopularity of the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement in Atlantic Canada. He returned to his law practice full-time.

Stewart McInnes died at age 78 on October 3, 2015.