In the provincial election of 1986, Smith was elected in the Winnipeg riding of Ellice, defeating Progressive Conservative Seech Gajadharsingh by over 2,000 votes. He was not appointed to the cabinet of Howard Pawley, and lost to Liberal Avis Gray by 724 votes in the 1988 election.
In 1998, Smith came out of political retirement to run for the Winnipeg City Council again, representing the Daniel McIntyre Ward on city council. In 2002, he was re-elected over Maureen Pendergast by almost 3000 votes. Despite being the incumbent candidate, Smith lost the endorsement of the NDP going into the 2010 civic election in favour of Pat Martin's constituency assistant Keith Bellamy. Smith decided to contest this decision and ran as an independent in the 2010 Winnipeg civic election.On October 27, 2010, Smith won a narrow victory over four other candidates and retained his seat as councillor for the Daniel McIntyre ward.
In 2004, he filled out the NDP nomination forms for a provincial by-election in the riding of Minto, but soon withdrew from the race. Harvey had a secret...
CBC April, 2007:
The apartment of a Winnipeg city councillor has been deemed insanitary by the city's environmental health services department.
Harvey Smith, who represents the Daniel McIntyre ward in Winnipeg, has moved out of his suite in the Marie Apartments on Alverstone Street in the West End neighbourhood he represents.
Building caretaker Normand McKay says earlier media reports that Smith was evicted are incorrect.
"He wasn't evicted, and if he would have cleaned up, he'd still be living here," McKay said.
"If you don't abide by the health rules, by the health department and stuff — like, they even told him to clean up because it was unsafe for anybody to live in.The way it was, I wouldn't even let my dog live here."
McKay says he found mouse droppings and year-old food in Smith's apartment.
"I filled out three bins of his garbage and I'm still cleaning up the apartment, the way he left it," McKay said.
The closing order for Smith's suite indicates inspectors found a "large accumulation of household garbage, debris, filth and hoarding of items throughout the suite," according to a report in the Winnipeg Free Press.
For his part, Smith says he's not surprised his apartment was ruled unfit for human habitation.
"I mean, I agree with it. It's the walls. It's the physical condition of the apartment," he says.
"When the roof leaked, they repaired the roof but they didn't bother repairing the wallpaper where the water had come down."
Smith admits he had a lot of belongings, including thousands of books, records and old furniture, such as an old radio from the 1930s.
"But it was all neat and clean."
Smith believes he was forced out of his apartment by the landlord after he stood up for another tenant.
"I made the landlord angry… because I went to bat for the tenant across the way," he says. "They tried to evict him and the Rentalsman's decision quoted me as saying the tenant was quiet and responsible."
I wonder if Harvey has strange odours?