Brown, George (1818–1880), a Canadian journalist and statesman, one of the fathers of Canadian confederation. A leader of the Reform, or Liberal, party, Brown dominated his party for two decades through his editorship of the influential Toronto Globe. By joining his Conservative party rivals in a coalition government seeking federal union, he helped bring about confederation of the British colonies in North America (1867).
Brown was born in Scotland. He lived in New York City briefly before moving in 1843 with his father to Toronto, where they founded the Globe. Brown was elected to the assembly of Canada in 1851. There he advocated representation based on population rather than geographical area to end what he considered to be French-Catholic domination of Canada. Brown was defeated in the first federal elections, held in 1867. He was appointed to the Senate in 1873 but devoted most of his time to the Globe. He was shot and killed by a discharged employee.