McGuinty Government Preserves Ontario Heritage By Commemorating Gravesites Of Former Premiers



    New Initiative Will Mark Gravesites With Flags And Bronze Plates

    CORNWALL, ON, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is honouring the
achievements and leadership of Ontario's deceased premiers by permanently
marking their gravesites with flags and commemorative plaques, Minister of
Culture Caroline Di Cocco announced today at Quinn's Inn, next to St. Andrew's
West Cemetery, the final resting place of Ontario's first premier, John
Sandfield Macdonald, 1865 to 1871.
    "Ontario's former premiers built the foundation for the excellent quality
of life we enjoy today," said Di Cocco. "Commemorating their gravesites with
flags and plaques is an important part of preserving our past and celebrating
their achievements, which made our province a better place to live, work and
play."
    The $412,000 program, to be developed and implemented by the Ontario
Heritage Trust (OHT), will include, for each gravesite, flags, small bronze
markers and unveiling ceremonies, as required.
    The OHT program was inspired by a private members bill brought forward by
Jim Brownell, Stormont-Dundas-Charlottenburgh MPP and Parliamentary Assistant
to the Minister of Tourism.
    Two years before becoming Premier, Mr. Macdonald built a hotel and
restaurant on the site of Quinn's Inn. Gutted by a fire in 1879, the building
was later used as a store, post office and barber shop. New owners purchased
the shop in 1989 and restored the inn and historic landmark.
    "Ontario's former premiers helped establish our schools, health care
system, provincial parks and highways," said Brownell. "By marking their
gravesites, the McGuinty government is formally recognizing their remarkable
vision and preserving Ontario's heritage for future generations."

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                       COMMEMORATING ONTARIO'S PREMIERS

    The McGuinty government is honouring the achievements and leadership of
Ontario's deceased premiers by permanently marking their gravesites with flags
and commemorative plaques.
    The gravesites of the following premiers will be included as part of a
program to be developed by the Ontario Heritage Trust:

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         Former Premiers       Years Served        Location of Cemetery
                                As Premier
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    John Sandfield Macdonald    1867-1871   St. Andrew's Cemetery, Cornwall
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          Edward Blake          1871-1872     St. James' Cemetery, Toronto
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        Sir Oliver Mowat        1872-1896   Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto
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      Arthur Sturgis Hardy      1896-1899     Greenwood Cemetery, Brantford
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     Sir George William Ross    1899-1905   Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto
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     Sir James Pliny Whitney    1905-1914   Morrisburg, near Chrysler's Farm
                                                      Battlefield
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    Sir William Howard Hearst   1914-1919   Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto
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       Ernest Charles Drury     1919-1923    Union Hill Cemetery, Crown Hill
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      George Howard Ferguson    1923-1930   Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto
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       George Stewart Henry     1930-1934   Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto
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    Mitchell Frederick Hepburn  1934-1942    St. Thomas Cemetery, St. Thomas
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       Gordon Daniel Conant     1942-1943       Oshawa Mausoleum, Oshawa
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        Harry Corwin Nixon      1943-1943    St. George's United Cemetery,
                                                      St. George's
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      George Alexander Drew     1943-1948       Woodlawn Cemetery, Guelph
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      Thomas Laird Kennedy      1948-1949   Dixie Union Cemetery, Mississauga
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    Leslie Miscampbell Frost    1949-1961      Riverside Cemetery, Lindsay
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     John Parmenter Robarts     1961-1971     St. James' Cemetery, Toronto
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          Frank Miller          1985-1985    Lakeview Cemetery, Gravenhurst
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    For more information on the accomplishments of Ontario's former premiers,
visit www.kids.premier.gov.on.ca/english/history/premiers.asp

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For further information:

For further information: Mark Thompson, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4071; Guy Lepage, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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