Plans call for Brampton statue of former Ontario Premier Bill Davis
Plans are in the works to build a statue in honour of Brampton's Bill Davis, the former premier of Ontario.
Former Brampton Mayor Peter Robertson brought the proposal to Peel Region Council today, saying the statue would be placed on the grounds of the Peel Art Gallery, Museum + Archives (PAMA).
He also asked the region and the City of Brampton to each contribute $100,000 for the project.
A professional artist would be commissioned to create the statue.
Davis, 91, was Ontario's 18th premier and led a Conservative government from 1971 until 1985.
A life-long resident of Main St. in Brampton, Davis is most notable for implementing full funding for Ontario's Catholic high schools in 1987 as well as the creation of regional government in 1974; which amalgamated many of the services of Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon under one umbrella as Peel Region.
Davis was first elected as an MPP in the riding of Peel in 1959 and then as riding distributions took place, was also re-elected in Peel North and then the riding of Brampton.
Peel councillors did not immediately commit to the statue, instead asking regional staff to come up with a policy on monuments and to propose a funding plan for the Davis tribute.
(Photo: A crude rendition of a statue honouring former Ontario Premier Bill Davis was presented to Peel Regional council)
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