TORONTO, June 13 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Heritage Trust unveiled a
marker commemorating the gravesite of The Honourable Edward Blake, premier of
Ontario from 1871 to 1872.
"Edward Blake was one of the early political leaders in Ontario," said
The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust.
"The commemoration of his gravesite will highlight his service to the province
and stand as a reminder of his contributions."
Born in 1833 near Strathroy, Edward Blake was the second premier of
Ontario. As a prominent lawyer, he was the foremost expert on the constitution
following Confederation. He was elected simultaneously to the House of Commons
and the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. In 1871, he became premier of the
province and accomplished much during his short term in office. In 1872, Blake
decided to focus on federal politics. He died in Toronto on March 1, 1912.
"As Ontario's second premier, Edward Blake played a significant role in
the early growth and development of this province," said Minister of Culture
Aileen Carroll. "He is an important figure in our history and this gravesite
marker will ensure he is remembered."
The Premiers' Gravesites Program honours Ontario's former premiers and
their service to Ontario by marking their gravesites. Specially designed
bronze markers inscribed with the individual premier's name and dates of
service will be installed at each gravesite, along with flagpoles flying the
Ontario flag, where possible.
This program is administered by the Ontario Heritage Trust with funding
support from the Government of Ontario. The Trust is an agency of the
government dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting
Ontario's heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.
- Eighteen premiers will be commemorated through the Premiers'
- To date, this is the third marker to be unveiled through the program.
Markers commemorating the gravesites of The Honourable John Sandfield
Macdonald and The Honourable Harry Corwin Nixon were unveiled in late
2008 and early 2009.
For more information on the Premiers' Gravesites Program, visit
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For further information: Catrina Colme, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-5074, E-mail: