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Former Ontario Minister Bill Davis dies at 92




“Mr. Davis spent more than 25 years serving his province and was the second longest-serving prime minister in Ontario. He led the province for 14 years during a transformative time in its history.” Trudeau said in a statement.

“As prime minister and as a long-time Minister of Education, he established TVOntario and oversaw the creation of several new universities and the province’s community college system,” Trudeau said.

Davis established Canada’s first environmental land use plan and played a role in the constitution’s patrimony, which led to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Trudeau said in his statement Sunday.

Davis was also “a skilled statesman,” according to Trudeau, and a man who championed efforts on key issues such as diversity and human rights alongside Trudeau’s father, former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

“In recognition of his many accomplishments, Mr. Davis was invested as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada in 1982. He was invested as a Fellow of the Order of Canada in 1986 and as a Fellow of the Order of Canada. ‘Ontario in 1987, and enlisted as a knight in the French Legion of Honor in 2001,’ Trudeau said.

Trudeau offered his condolences to Davis’ family and friends and referred to Davis as a “remarkable leader.”