Din­ner and Roast

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Hu­mour and good-na­tured po­lit­i­cal joust­ing will be on the menu dur­ing a char­ity roast of for­mer On­tario Premier Bill Davis who led the prov­ince from 1971 to 1985.

The Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive icon will be the Guest of Hon­our at the Chil­dren’s Treat­ment Cen­tre’s Din­ner and Roast at the Best West­ern Park­way Inn on Oct. 30.

“ We’re very pleased the Hon­ourable William Davis has of­fered his sup­port to the Cen­tre in such a sig­nif­i­cant way,” says Event Chair­man Sean Adams. “ We’re a com­mu­nity-based, com­mu­nity-sup­ported agency and money raised from events such as the Din­ner and Roast are cru­cial in main­tain­ing the ser­vices we pro­vide to abused chil­dren and their fam­i­lies.”

Those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Roast are Se­na­tor Sharon Carstairs, for­mer Lib­eral Op­po­si­tion Leader in the Man­i­toba Leg­is­la­ture; Se­na­tor Mike Duffy, for­mer CTV Broad­caster; Robert Fisher, a Corn­wall na­tive cur­rently with CBC Ra­dio and for­mer Queen’s Park Bureau Chief for Global TV; Ed Lum­ley, for­mer Corn­wall Mayor and Fed­eral Lib­eral Cab­i­net Min­is­ter; and Se­na­tor Hugh Se­gal, who served as a Se­nior Aide to Premier Bill Davis. Tick­ets can be or­dered by call­ing the Chil­dren’s Treat­ment Cen­tre at 613-9334400.

Po­lit­i­cally ac­tive from a young age, Bill Davis grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto in 1951 and went to Os­goode Hall Law School. He played foot­ball dur­ing his uni­ver­sity years with team­mates Roy McMurtry and Thomas Leonard Wells, who both served later in his cab­i­net.

First elected to the Leg­is­la­ture in 1959 to rep­re­sent the Con­stituency of Peel, Davis rose quickly through party ranks and was ap­pointed by Premier John Ro­barts as Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion in 1962. He over­saw a dra­matic in­crease in ed­u­ca­tion spending, stream­lined On­tario’s inef- fi­cient school board sys­tem, and es­tab­lished the TVOn­tario ed­u­ca­tional tele­vi­sion net­work. He also presided over the es­tab­lish­ment of On­tario’s 22 com­mu­nity colleges and two new uni­ver­si­ties, Trent and Brock.

In 1971, Davis be­came party leader and premier. Un­der his lead­er­ship, the prov­ince’s health sys­tem ex­panded, the On­tario Hu­man Rights Code was strength­ened, and bilin­gual ser­vices were greatly in­creased. Davis was also a key player in the pas­sage of Canada’s Con­sti­tu­tion in 1982.

Still ahead in the polls, Davis re­tired in 1985. He was made a Com­pan­ion of the Or­der of Canada that same year and has served on many cor­po­rate boards since leav­ing pol­i­tics. He played a cru­cial role in the merg­ing of the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive and Cana­dian Al­liance par­ties to form the Con­ser­va­tive Party of Canada, and re­mains one of On­tario’s most-re­spected politi­cians.

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