One of the many talents of the late great Canadian Rock Icon Gord Downie was his ability to script some poetic tunes. On Thursday, a private member’s bill from Percy Hatfield, NDP MPP for Windsor-Tecumseh, was officially passed and forever enshrined Downie’s name into Provincial law.
The Poet Laureate of Ontario Act was named in memory of Downie – who died at age 53 of an incurable form of brain cancer. The job description is to be an ambassador for poetry and literature in Ontario.
There is already a poet laureate here in Canada and in many Ontario cities, including Barrie. The new role at the Ontario Legislature is meant to boost the profile of the province’s $27-billion arts sector.