ONTARIO GETS POET LAUREATE IN MEMORY OF GORD DOWNIE

Dec 12, 2019

By Christine Ross

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Ontario MPP’s passed a private members bill to create a poet laureate post in memory of Gord Downie.

The Poet Laureate of Ontario Act in memory of the late frontman for the Tragically Hip will promote the arts and literacy in Ontario and raise the profile of poets. Downie’s Secret Path turned the story of a young indigenous boy into a national movement for reconciliation. The private member’s bill by Percy Hatfield, NDP MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh, was first introduced in 2017, after Downie died at age 53 of brain cancer.

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