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Encyclopedia > Bill Davis
William Grenville Davis

In office
March 01, 1971 – February 08, 1985
Preceded by John Robarts
Succeeded by Frank Miller

Born July 30, 1929 (1929-07-30) (age 78)
Brampton, Ontario
Political party Ontario PC Party
Religion United Church

William Grenville "Bill" Davis, PC, CC, O.Ont., QC (born July 30, 1929 in Brampton, Ontario) was the Progressive Conservative Premier of Ontario, Canada, from 1971 to 1985. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Bill Davis in 2007 William Robert Davis, aka Bill Davis (b. ... The Premier of Ontario is the first minister for the Canadian province of Ontario. ... For the recipient of the Victoria Cross see John Robarts (VC). ... This article is about Frank Miller, the Canadian politician. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in the Region of Peel, in the Province of Ontario Coordinates: , Country Province Region Peel Incorporation 1853 (village)   1873 (town)   1974 (city) Government  - Mayor Susan Fennell  - Governing Body Brampton City Council (click for members)  - MPs Navdeep Bains, Colleen Beaumier, Ruby Dhalla, Gurbax Malhi  - MPPs Vic Dhillon, Linda Jeffrey... The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party of Ontario, also known as Tories) is a right-of-centre political party in Ontario, Canada. ... The United Church of Canada (French: lÉglise Unie du Canada) is Canadas second largest church (after the Roman Catholic Church), and its largest Protestant denomination. ... The Premier of Ontario is the first minister for the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Bill Davis is a NASCAR car owner that won the Daytona 500 with Ward Burton in 2002. ... The Privy Council Office as it appeared in the 1880s The Queens Privy Council for Canada (French: Conseil privé de la Reine pour le Canada) is the council of advisers to the Queen of Canada, whose members are appointed by the Governor General of Canada for life on the... Seal of the Order of Canada The Order of Canada is Canadas highest civilian honour, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the Orders Latin motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam, which means (those) desiring a better country (Hebrews 11. ... The Order of Ontario is an award given in the Canadian province of Ontario. ... For information about The Times satire Queens Counsel, see Queens Counsel (comic strip). ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in the Region of Peel, in the Province of Ontario Coordinates: , Country Province Region Peel Incorporation 1853 (village)   1873 (town)   1974 (city) Government  - Mayor Susan Fennell  - Governing Body Brampton City Council (click for members)  - MPs Navdeep Bains, Colleen Beaumier, Ruby Dhalla, Gurbax Malhi  - MPPs Vic Dhillon, Linda Jeffrey... The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (PC Party of Ontario, also known as Tories) is a right-of-centre political party in Ontario, Canada. ... The Premier of Ontario is the first minister for the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government - Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...

Contents

Youth

Davis was politically active from a young age. Local Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Gordon Graydon was a frequent guest at his parents' house, and Davis himself became the first delegate younger than seventeen years to attend a national Progressive Conservative convention in Canada. He frequently campaigned for local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Thomas Laird Kennedy, who briefly served as Premier of Ontario in 1949. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... Gordon Graydon, BA , QC , LL.D (December 7, 1897, Snelgrove, Ontario - September 19, 1953) was a Canadian politician. ... A Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) is an elected member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... Thomas Laird Kennedy (August 15, 1878 - February 13, 1959) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Year 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1951 and attended Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. Davis was a football player during his university years, and his teammates included Roy McMurtry and Thomas Leonard Wells, both of whom would later serve in his cabinet. The University of Toronto (U of T) is a public research university in the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, is a Canadian law school, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... York University (French: Université York), located in Toronto, Ontario, is Canadas third-largest university and has produced several of the countrys top leaders in the fields of law, politics, business, space sciences, and fine arts. ... Diagram of a Canadian football field. ... Roy McMurtry (right) accompanied by his wife, daughter, and a sample of his art work Roland Roy McMurtry (born May 31, 1932) is a judge and former politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Thomas Leonard (Tom) Wells (May 2, 1930—October 11, 2000) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. ...


Early political career

He was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 1959 provincial election, for the southern Ontario constituency of Peel. Although Peel was an extremely safe Conservative seat for most of its history, Davis's majority in this election was surprisingly narrow. The election took place soon after the federal Progressive Conservative government of John Diefenbaker cancelled the Avro Arrow program. Most of the 14,000 Canadians put out of work by this decision were residents of Peel, and many cast protest ballots against Diefenbaker by supporting Bill Brydon, the provincial Liberal candidate. Davis won, but by only 1,203 votes. The Provincial Parliament of Ontario, is the legislature of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... The Ontario general election of 1959 was held to elect the 98 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ... Peel was a federal electoral district represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1867 to 1968. ... John George Diefenbaker, CH, PC, QC, BA, MA, LL.B, LL.D, DCL, FRSC, FRSA, D.Litt, DSL, (18 September 1895 – 16 August 1979) was the 13th Prime Minister of Canada (1957 – 1963). ... Avro Arrow The A.V.Roe CF-105 Arrow was a delta-wing interceptor aircraft, designed and built in Toronto, Ontario, Canada by Avro Canada during a short period of time in the 1950s. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a centre-left provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ...


Davis served for two years as a backbench supporter of Leslie Frost's government. When Frost announced his retirement in 1961, Davis became the chief organizer of Robert Macaulay's campaign to succeed him as premier and party leader. Macaulay was eliminated on the next-to-last ballot, and, with Davis, delivered crucial support for John Robarts to defeat Kelso Roberts on the final vote. A backbencher is a Member of Parliament or a legislator who does not hold governmental office and is not a Front Bench spokesperson in the Opposition. ... Leslie Miscampbell Frost, P.C., C.C., Q.C., LL.D., D.C.L. (September 20, 1895 – May 4, 1973) was a politician in Ontario, Canada. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Robert Macaulay was a Canadian politician. ... For the recipient of the Victoria Cross see John Robarts (VC). ... Archibald Kelso Roberts was a politician in Ontario, Canada. ...


Minister of Education

Davis was appointed to Robarts's cabinet as Minister of Education on October 25, 1962, and was re-elected by a greatly increased margin in the 1963 provincial election. The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities are the agencies of the Government of Ontario in the Canadian province of Ontario responsible for government policy, funding, curriculum planning and direction in all levels of public education, including elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Ontario general election of 1963 was held to elect the 108 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ...


Davis was given additional responsibilities as Ontario's Minister of University Affairs on May 14, 1964, and held both portfolios until 1971. He soon developed a reputation as a strongly interventionist minister, and oversaw a dramatic increase in education expenditures throughout the 1960s (education spending in Ontario grew by 454% between 1962 and 1971). He established many new public schools, often in centralized locations to accommodate larger numbers of students. Davis also undertook dramatic revisions of Ontario's outdated and inefficient school board system, reducing the 3,676 boards of 1962 to only 192 in 1967. Many boards had presided over a single school prior to Davis's reforms. May 14 is the 134th day of the year (135th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ...


Davis also created new universities, including Trent University and Brock University, and established twenty-two community colleges, the first of which opened its doors in 1966. He established the TVOntario educational television network in 1970. Trent University is a liberal arts oriented institution located along the Otonabee River in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. ... Brock University is a modern comprehensive university located in St. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... TVOntario, officially the Ontario Educational Communications Authority, is an educational public television broadcaster in the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Davis's handling of the education portfolio made him a high-profile minister, and there was little surprise when he entered the leadership contest to succeed Robarts in 1971. He was quickly dubbed as the frontrunner, though his awkward speaking style and image as an "establishment" candidate hindered his campaign. He defeated rival candidate Allan Lawrence by only 44 votes on the final ballot, after receiving support from third-place candidate Darcy McKeough. Shortly after the convention, Davis invited Lawrence's campaign team to join his inner circle of advisors. This group became known as the Big Blue Machine, and remained the dominant organizational force in the Progressive Conservative Party until the 1980s. The Honourable Allan Frederick Lawrence, PC (born November 8, 1925) is a retired Canadian politician. ... W. Darcy McKeough is a Canadian businessman and former politician. ... Big Blue Machine can refer to: Big Blue Machine (Ontario) - the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party political machine This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Premier

Shortly after taking office as premier, Davis announced that his government would not permit construction of the proposed Spadina Expressway in downtown Toronto (an initiative that had been unpopular with many of the area's residents). He also rejected a proposal to grant full funding to Ontario's Catholic high schools, which some regarded as an appeal to the Progressive Conservative Party's rural Protestant base. Davis's team ran a professional campaign in the 1971 provincial election, and was rewarded with an increased majority government. The Spadina Expressway, now known as Allen Road, was proposed in the mid-1960s as part of a network of freeways in Metropolitan Toronto. ... The Ontario general election of 1971 was held to elect the 117 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ...


Davis's first full term as premier was by most accounts his least successful, with public confidence in his government weakened by a series of scandals. There were allegations that the Fidinam company had received special consideration for a Toronto development program in return for donations to the Progressive Conservative Party. In 1973, it was revealed that Davis's friend Gerhard Moog had received a valuable untendered contract for the construction of Ontario Hydro's new head office and related projects. Attorney General Dalton Bales, Solicitor General John Yaremko and Treasurer McKeough were all accused of conflicts-of-interest relating to government approval for developments on properties they owned. The government was cleared of impropriety in all cases, but its popular support nonetheless declined. The Conservatives lost four key by-elections in 1973 and 1974. For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... The Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario was established in 1906 by the provincial Power Commission Act to build transmission lines to supply municipal utilities with electricity generated by private companies already operating at Niagara Falls. ... The Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario is responsible for providing a fair and accessible justice system which reflects the needs of the diverse communities it serves across government and the province. ... The office of the Solicitor-General is a former cabinet position in the Canadian province of Ontario. ... John Yaremko (1918 – ) was the first Ukrainian-Canadian member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. ... The Ministry of Finance is responsible for managing the fiscal, financial and related regulatory affairs of the Canadian province of Ontario. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ...


On the policy front, the Davis administration introduced regional governments for Durham, Hamilton-Wentworth, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Waterloo but shelved further plans in response to popular protests. The government was also forced to cancel a planned 7% energy tax in 1973 following protests from the Progressive Conservative backbench. In the buildup to the 1975 provincial election, Davis imposed a ninety-day freeze on energy prices, temporarily reduced the provincial sales tax from 7% to 5%, and announced rent controls for the province. The Regional Municipality of Durham, commonly called Durham Region (2003 population 525,000), is a regional political area located east of Toronto, Ontario. ... The Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth was proclaimed by the Progressive Conservative government of Ontario on January 1, 1974 (with legislation being passed the previous year). ... The Regional Municipality of Waterloo is a regional municipality located in Ontario, Canada. ... The Ontario legislature after the 1975 general election The Ontario general election of 1975 was held on September 18, 1975, to elect the 125 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ...


Minority governments

The 1975 campaign was far more bitter than that of 1971, with Davis and Liberal leader Robert Nixon repeatedly hurling personal insults at one another. Polls taken shortly before the election had the Liberals in the lead. The Progressive Conservatives won only 51 seats out of 125, but were able to remain in power with a minority government. The New Democratic Party (NDP) won 38 seats under the leadership of Stephen Lewis, while Nixon's Liberals finished third with 36. Soon after the election, Davis hired Hugh Segal as his legislative secretary. Robert Fletcher Nixon (born July 17, 1928 in St. ... For minority governments in general, see dominant minority. ... The Ontario New Democratic Party (formerly known as the Ontario Cooperative Commonwealth Federation) is a social democratic political party in Ontario, Canada. ... This article is about the Canadian politician and broadcaster. ... The Honourable Hugh Segal, CM, LLD (born October 13, 1950) is a Canadian senator and political strategist. ...


Davis appointed right-wingers Frank Miller and James Taylor to key cabinet portfolios after the election, but withdrew from a proposed austerity program following a negative public response. In 1977, he introduced a policy statement written by Segal which became known as the "Bramalea Charter", promising extensive new housing construction for the next decade. Davis called a snap election in 1977, but was again returned with only a minority. The Progressive Conservatives increased their standing to 58 seats, against 34 for the Liberals and 33 for the NDP. This article is about Frank Miller, the Canadian politician. ... For other persons named James Taylor, see James Taylor (disambiguation). ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... A snap election is an election called earlier than scheduled. ... The Ontario general election of 1977 was held to elect the 125 members of the Legislative Assembly (Members of Provincial Parliament, or MPPs) of the Province of Ontario, Canada. ...


The Conservatives remained the dominant party after the 1975 and 1977 elections due to the inability of either the New Democrats and the Liberals to become the clear alternative. The Conservatives were able to stay in power due to the competition between both opposition parties. As there was no serious consideration of a Liberal-NDP alliance after both campaigns, Davis was able avoid defeat in the legislature by appealing to other parties for support on particular initiatives. His government often moved to the left of the rural-based Liberals on policy issues. The opposition parties had also undergone leadership changes; Nixon and Lewis, who had posed a strong challenge to Davis, resigned after the 1975 and 1977 elections, respectively. Nixon's successor Stuart Lyon Smith proved unable to increase Liberal support, while new NDP leader Michael Cassidy lacked the support of the party establishment and could not measure up to Lewis's charismatic and dynamic figure. The Ontario New Democratic Party (formerly known as the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, Ontario Section) is a social democratic political party in Ontario, Canada. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a centre-left provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... Stuart Lyon Smith (born May 7, 1938) is a politician, psychiatrist, academic and public servant in Ontario, Canada. ... Michael Morris Cassidy (born 1937) is a Canadian politician. ...


This period of the Davis government was one of expansion for the province's public health and education systems, and Davis held a particular interest in ensuring that the province's community colleges remained productive. The government also expanded the provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code, and expanded bilingual services without introducing official bilingualism to the province.


National scene

Davis had an awkward relationship with federal Progressive Conservative leader Joe Clark. Clark and Davis held differing views over fuel prices, and the Davis government actively opposed Clark's 1979 austerity budget which included a gas tax. In the 1980 federal election, Davis's criticism of Clark's budget was used by the Liberal Party in official campaign documents and it played a role in the federal Tories' losses in Ontario; the swing in support enabled the Liberals to regain government. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Charles Joseph Joe Clark, PC, CC, AOE, MA, LLD (born June 5, 1939) was the sixteenth prime minister of Canada, from June 4, 1979, to March 3, 1980. ... The House of Commons after the 1980 election The 1980 Canadian federal election was called when the minority Progressive Conservative government led by Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. ... The Liberal Party of Canada (French: ), colloquially known as the Grits (originally Clear Grits), is a Canadian federal political party. ...


Unlike most provincial premiers in Canada, Davis strongly supported Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's 1981 plans to patriate the Canadian Constitution from the United Kingdom and add to it a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Davis's role in the constitutional negotiations of 1981 were pivotal in achieving a compromise that resulted in the passage of the 1982 Constitution. Regions Political culture Foreign relations Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      The Prime Minister of Canada (French: Premier ministre du Canada), is the Minister of the Crown who is head of the Government of Canada. ... “Trudeau” redirects here. ... Regions Political culture Foreign relations Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      The Constitution of Canada is the supreme law in Canada. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 2003, while Davis played a role in the successful negotiations to merge the federal Progressive Conservatives with the Canadian Alliance to create the Conservative Party of Canada, Clark refused to endorse the newly merged party. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Canadian Alliance, formally the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance, was a Canadian conservative political party that existed from 2000 to 2003. ... The Conservative Party of Canada (French: Parti conservateur du Canada), colloquially known as the Tories, is a conservative political party in Canada, formed by the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in December 2003. ...


Final term

The Progressive Conservatives were returned with a majority government in the 1981 provincial election, mostly at the expense of the NDP. Soon after the election, Davis announced that John Tory (who become leader of the PCs 23 years later) had been hired to succeed Hugh Segal as his principal secretary. He also announced that Ontario would purchase a 25% share in the energy corporation Suncor, despite opposition from within his own caucus. William Daviss Progressive Conservatives finally won a majority government after winning only minorities in the 1975 and 1977 elections. ... John Howard Tory, LL.B, BA, MPP (born May 28, 1954) is a Canadian businessman, political activist and leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (Ontario PC Party). ... The Honourable Hugh Segal, CM, LLD (born October 13, 1950) is a Canadian senator and political strategist. ... Suncor Energy Inc. ...


Davis considered moving to federal politics by running to lead the federal Progressive Conservatives in 1983 when Joe Clark only received lukewarm support during a leadership review. Davis decided not to do so when he realized that he would not receive endorsements from western Canada because of his support for the Constitution patriation and the National Energy Program. His candidacy had been strongly opposed by Peter Lougheed, the Premier of Alberta. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... The National Energy Program (NEP) was an energy policy of the Government of Canada. ... Peter Lougheed, painting by C. Leeper The Honourable Peter Lougheed, PC , CC , QC (born July 26, 1928, in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian lawyer, politician and Canadian Football League player. ... Categories: Canada-related stubs | Alberta premiers ...


He retired a few months before the 1985 election, with him and his government still well ahead in polls against David Peterson's Liberals and Bob Rae's NDP. One of his last major acts as premier was to reverse his 1971 decision against the full funding of Catholic schools, and announce that such funding would be provided to the end of Grade Thirteen. Although the policy was supported by all parties in the legislature, it was unpopular with some in the Conservatives' traditional rural Protestant base, and many would stay home in the upcoming election because of this issue. David Petersons Liberals, with support from Bob Raes New Democrats, form a minority government despite having fewer seats than Frank Millers Progressive Conservatives. ... The Honourable David Robert Peterson, PC , LL.B , BA (born December 28, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario) was the twentieth Premier of the Province of Ontario, Canada, from June 26, 1985 to October 1, 1990. ... Hon. ... Protestantism is a general grouping of denominations within Christianity. ...


In retirement

Davis was succeeded by Frank Miller, who was elected leader at a February 1985 leadership convention over Larry Grossman, who was widely considered the successor to Davis and his Big Blue Machine. Although Miller was more conservative, the Progressive Conservatives still held a significant lead over the opposition when the election was called. However, after a poor campaign, they were reduced to minority government and lost the popular vote to the Ontario Liberal Party in the 1985 provincial election and were soon defeated by a motion of non-confidence by a Liberal-NDP accord, ending the party's 42 year period of rule over the province. This article is about Frank Miller, the Canadian politician. ... In 1985, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party held two leadership conventions: one in January, and one in November. ... Lawrence Larry Sheldon Grossman (born December 2, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario; died June 1997) was a politician in Ontario, Canada, and a noted baseball fan. ... Big Blue Machine can refer to: Big Blue Machine (Ontario) - the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party political machine This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... The Ontario Liberal Party is a centre-left provincial political party in the province of Ontario, Canada. ... David Petersons Liberals, with support from Bob Raes New Democrats, form a minority government despite having fewer seats than Frank Millers Progressive Conservatives. ...


Davis was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1985, and has served on numerous corporate boards since his retirement from politics. Seal of the Order of Canada The Order of Canada is Canadas highest civilian honour, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the Orders Latin motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam, which means (those) desiring a better country (Hebrews 11. ... This article is about the year. ...


Davis's reputation within the Ontario Progressive Conservatives was compromised during the 1990s by the party's shift to the right under Mike Harris. Many Conservatives parliamentarians were openly dismissive of Davis-era spending policies, and frequently highlighted the differences between Davis and Harris on policy issues. Davis remained a supporter of the party, but seldom appeared at official events. In a National Post editorial, on the tenth anniversary of Harris' 1995 electoral victory, Harris' chief of staff described the difference in their policies, saying that Davis retained power with a careful balancing act, while Harris used a bold platform to unexpectedly catapult the party from third place to first. Michael Deane Harris (born January 23, 1945, in Toronto, Ontario) was the twenty-second Premier of Ontario from June 26, 1995 to April 15, 2002. ...


More recently, Davis has returned to an honoured position within the party. He was a keynote speaker at the 2004 Progressive Conservative leadership convention, and was singled out for praise in speeches by outgoing party leader Ernie Eves and new leader John Tory. Davis was also present for Tory's first session in the Ontario legislature, following the latter's victory in a 2005 by-election. On January 23, 2004, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Ernie Eves announced his intention to step down as leader before the fall of 2004. ... Ernest Eves (born June 17, 1946) was the twenty-third Premier of the province of Ontario, Canada, from April 15, 2002, to October 23, 2003. ... John Howard Tory, LL.B, BA, MPP (born May 28, 1954) is a Canadian businessman, political activist and leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (Ontario PC Party). ... A by-election or bye-election is a special election held to fill a political office when the incumbent has died or resigned. ...


In 2003, Davis played a role in the successful negotiations to merge the federal Progressive Conservatives with the Canadian Alliance, and create the new Conservative Party of Canada. In the 2006 federal campaign, he campaigned for Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and endorsed former provincial minister Jim Flaherty. Harper spoke favourably of Davis during the campaign, and said that he learned much from Davis's style of governing. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Canadian Alliance, formally the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance, was a Canadian conservative political party that existed from 2000 to 2003. ... The Conservative Party of Canada (French: Parti conservateur du Canada), colloquially known as the Tories, is a conservative political party in Canada, formed by the merger of the Canadian Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in December 2003. ... Rendition of party representation in the 39th Canadian parliament decided by this election. ... Stephen Joseph Harper (born April 30, 1959) is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Canada and leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. ... James Michael Jim Flaherty, PC, BA, LL.B, MP (born December 30, 1949) is Canadas Minister of Finance; he had formerly served as Ontarios Minister of Finance. ...


Throughout his political career, Davis often remarked upon the lasting influence of his hometown of Brampton, Ontario. He is known, primarily by Bramptonians, as "Brampton Billy". Nickname: Location in the Region of Peel, in the Province of Ontario Coordinates: , Country Province Region Peel Incorporation 1853 (village)   1873 (town)   1974 (city) Government  - Mayor Susan Fennell  - Governing Body Brampton City Council (click for members)  - MPs Navdeep Bains, Colleen Beaumier, Ruby Dhalla, Gurbax Malhi  - MPPs Vic Dhillon, Linda Jeffrey...


On October 24, 2006, Davis received Seneca College’s first Honorary degree where he was presented with an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies. “It is fitting that Bill Davis receives Seneca’s first honorary degree,” says Dr. Rick Miner, President of Seneca College. “As one of the architects of the college system in Ontario, he is responsible for a dynamic post-secondary education environment which continues to be a pillar of our province’s economy.” Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology (2005-10-24). Canada’s largest college confers first honorary degree to Bill Davis. Press release. Retrieved on 2005-10-25. Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology has approximately 90,000 part-time and 17,000 full-time students. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 297th day of the year (298th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For information on Wikipedia press releases, see Wikipedia:Press releases. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Quotes

  • "Bland works." (Davis explaining how his success in politics went with his unexciting public image.)

Trivia

At the University of Waterloo, a building built during the early 1980s to house Computer Research was named after the former premier. The building is called the William G. Davis Center for Computer Research, or more commonly called, the Davis Center (DC)


External links

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Preceded by
John Robarts
Premier of Ontario
19711985
Succeeded by
Frank Miller
Leader of the Ontario PC Party
19711985
Premiers of Ontario
Macdonald | Blake | Mowat | Hardy | Ross | Whitney | Hearst | Drury | Ferguson | Henry | Hepburn | Conant | Nixon | Drew | Kennedy | Frost | Robarts | Davis | Miller | Peterson | Rae | Harris | Eves | McGuinty
Leaders of the Ontario PC Party
Macdonald | Cameron | Meredith | Marter | Whitney | Hearst | Ferguson | Henry | Rowe | Drew | Kennedy | Frost | Robarts | Davis | Miller | Grossman | Brandt | Harris | Eves | Tory
Persondata
NAME Davis, William Grenville
ALTERNATIVE NAMES Bill
SHORT DESCRIPTION politician
DATE OF BIRTH July 30, 1929
PLACE OF BIRTH Brampton, Ontario, Canada
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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