Interesting Facts About the Man Who Became Known as "Brampton Billy"
As you most likely know, Brampton has produced more than a few legends. The city of over half a million people has made its mark as the hometown of Russell Peters, Michael Cera, Alessia Cara, Brampton Batman and more.
But not every local legend makes movies, music or muscle suits.
The next time you travel on the 410, you should think about how, without a man affectionately nicknamed "Brampton Billy, it wouldn't exist.
Who is "Brampton Billy" you ask?
He is The Honourable William G. Davis, P.C., C.C., Q.C., MPP who represented Brampton, Peel, and North Peel at Queen's Park for 26 years. And he was Premier of Ontario from 1971 to 1985.
The Honourable William Grenville "Bill" Davis - also lovingly known as "Brampton Billy — was born in 1929. He grew up in Brampton and still lives here at the age of 88!
Bill Davis' father, A. Grenville Davis Q.C., was an eminent lawyer and Crown Attorney for Peel County. In 1916, he founded a local law firm, which is now called "Davis, Webb". Bill Davis' son is a partner in the firm, the third generation of the family to work there.
Bill Davis was appointed Minister of Education in 1962, and he helped to create Trent and Brock Universities as well as 22 community colleges. He also gets credit for the founding of the TVOntario (TVO) educational network in 1970!
In the early 1980s, as Premier of Ontario, Bill Davis played a pivotal role in the negotiations that "patriated" the Canadian Constitution including the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
He has worked hard in support of the environment. In the mid-1980s Mr. Davis served as Canada's Special Envoy on Acid Rain.
Since 1986, Bill Davis has been a Companion of the Order of Canada. He was invested with the Order of Ontario in 1987. In 2001 he was inducted as a Knight in l'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur of France.
In 2000, the A. Grenville and William Davis Courthouse opened on Hurontario Street, in Brampton. It is named in honour of both Bill Davis and his father.
Mr. Davis is still active in the community and educational issues. He sits on the committee responsible for bringing the new university to Brampton!
You can meet "Brampton Billy" — The Honourable William G. Davis, P.C., C.C., Q.C.— at a Book Talk and Signing with Steve Paikin, TVO Host and Author of Bill Davis, Nation Builder and Not So Bland After All. It is being held 7 to 8:30 pm, Thursday, May 25 at the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) in Brampton.
Photos and content courtesy of PAMA