|Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Sainte-Anne|
|Preceded by||Frank Hanley|
|Succeeded by||Jean-Marc Lacoste|
|Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for Westmount|
|Preceded by||Thomas Kevin Drummond|
|Succeeded by||Richard French|
|Born|| May 12, 1938|
Born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Walter L. Springate and Eleonor Woodhouse, he received a Bachelor of Arts from Sir George Williams University. He also received a Bachelor of Civil Law degree in 1968 and a Bachelor of Common Law degree in 1969 from McGill University. From 1958 to 1969, he was a police officer with the Montreal Police. From 1966 to 1968, he was a member of the McGill Redmen football team.
In 1970, he was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec as a Liberal for the riding of Sainte-Anne. He was re-elected in 1973 and again in 1976 for the riding of Westmount. During the Bill 22 crisis, he controversially compared Québec to both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. He did not run in 1981.
In 1989, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
He was a teacher in criminal and civil law at John Abbott College. He was one of the founding members of the "Police Technology" program at John Abbott College. He has since retired from teaching in 2008. He is a columnist for The Chronicle, a local Montreal newspaper.
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