Thursday June 8, 2017
Socialize over refreshments: 1:00 pm
Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
TV host Steve Paikin discusses his new book about Bill Davis, the longest-serving Premier of Ontario in the 20th century. Davis’ legacy includes creation of the community college system and TVO.
William Davis was one of the most important premiers in Canadian history. The longest-serving premier of Ontario in the twentieth century, he won four elections and carried on a Tory dynasty in Ontario politics that would last a total of forty-two years. But he was also an indispensable ally of Pierre Trudeau in the patriation of the Constitution, with its entrenched Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Before he became premier, Davis was arguably the most important education minister in Ontario history, responsible for the creation of the community college system and TVOntario. As premier, he went on to lead Ontario through buoyant and recessionary economic times, leaving a legacy Ontarians continue to enjoy. Now 87, Davis still lives on Main Street in his beloved Brampton.
Steve Paikin Anchor, The Agenda with Steve Paikin
Steve Paikin is the host of TVO’s flagship current affairs program, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, the gold standard for depth of analysis and thoughtful debate in Canadian media. In more than 30 years in the business, Steve has built a sterling reputation as an eminently fair journalist who has moderated federal and Ontario election debates. Earlier in his career, Steve worked at CBC News as an anchor and correspondent, a reporter for the Hamilton Spectator and CHFI radio, as well as radio and television stations in Boston. Steve has authored seven books including his latest, Bill Davis: Nation Builder, and Not So Bland After All, has produced several feature-length documentaries, and reported from two different war zones. In October 2013, Steve became an educational ambassador beginning a five-year term as Chancellor of Laurentian University in Sudbury, where he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. Steve also has honorary degrees from Victoria University at the University of Toronto, McMaster University in Hamilton, and an honorary diploma from Humber College. In December of 2013, Steve was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions as a journalist who engages, informs and educates viewers on a broad range of public policy issues, and was invested into the Order of Ontario in 2014. Steve was born in Hamilton, Ontario and lives in Toronto.