William G. "Bill" Davis
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: 1929.07.30 - Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
OCCUPATION: Lawyer. Political Organizer.
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Leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party (February 1971 - February 1985). In the 1971 elections, the PC won 78 seats (a gain of 9 seats) and majority governing status. In the 1975 elections, the PC won 51 seats (loss of 27 seats) and minority governing status. In the 1977 elections, the PC won 58 seats (gain of 7 seats) and minority governing status. In the 1981 elections, the PC won 70 seats (a gain of 19 seats) and majority governing status. Davis retired as Leader in February 1985.
Candidate for Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, 1983. Withdrew before the convention.
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.
Canada Special Envoy on Acid Rain, 1985-1986.
Davis played a significant role in the successful 2003 negotiations that merged the federal Progressive Conservatives with the Canadian Alliance to create the Conservative Party of Canada.
WEBSITES: Torys LLP: William G. Davis (Law Firm)
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