Ontario's Historical Plaques
Learn a little Ontario history as told through its plaques
Sir William H. Hearst 1864-1941
Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005
Photo from Google Street View ©2011 Google - Posted January, 2011
Coordinates: N 44 28.589 W 81 08.705
Born in Arran Township, Hearst was educated at the Collingwood Collegiate and Osgoode Hall. He practised law at Sault Ste. Marie and was first elected to the provincial legislature as Conservative member for that community in 1908. He was appointed minister of lands, forests and mines in 1911 during the administration of Sir James Whitney, and following the latter's death in September, 1914, became Ontario's seventh prime minister. Hearst retained that post throughout the first World War and was knighted for his services. Following his government's defeat in 1919 by the United Farmers of Ontario, he retired from politics, but served as a member of the International Joint Commission on Boundary Waters, 1920-40.
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Posted February 9, 2011
Some plaques like this one refer to the "prime minister" of Ontario, while other (and all modern ones) ones refer to the "premier". I wonder when the change happened, and why; and, conversely, why PM was ever used, since it can lead to provincial-federal confusion. Officially, the term has been Premier since 1990 (Executive Council Act), but the term was applied long before then. -Wayne
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