Former Premier of Ontario Bill Davis dies at 92

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(CNN)The 18th Premier of Ontario, Bill Davis, passed distant connected Sunday morning, according to Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He was 92.

"Mr. Davis spent much than 25 years serving his state and was the 2nd longest serving Premier of Ontario. He led the state for 14 years during a transformative clip successful its history," Trudeau said successful a statement.

Davis, whose afloat sanction was William Grenville Davis, was premier from 1971 until 1985.

    "As Premier, and arsenic a long-serving Minister of Education, helium established TVOntario and oversaw the instauration of respective caller universities and the province's assemblage assemblage system," Trudeau said.

      Davis established Canada's archetypal biology land‑use program and played a relation successful the patriation of the Constitution, starring to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Trudeau noted successful his connection Sunday.

      Davis was besides "a skilled statesman," according to Trudeau, and a antheral who championed efforts connected cardinal issues specified arsenic diverseness and quality rights alongside Trudeau's father, erstwhile Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

      "In designation of his galore accomplishments, Mr. Davis was sworn successful arsenic a subordinate of the Queen's Privy Council of Canada successful 1982. He was invested arsenic a Companion of the Order of Canada successful 1986 and arsenic a Companion of the Order of Ontario successful 1987, and inducted arsenic a Knight successful France's Legion of Honor successful 2001," said Trudeau.

      Trudeau offered his condolences to Davis's household and friends and referred to Davis arsenic a "remarkable leader."

      Current Ontario Premier Doug Ford said successful a statement that Davis had served the state "with honour and distinction."

        "While his accomplishments arsenic Premier are excessively galore to list, helium volition beryllium remembered astir for the kindness and decency with which helium carried himself each day," Ford said.

        He thanked the Davis household for sharing Bill Davis with Ontario. "We are amended for it, and helium volition beryllium profoundly missed by all," Ford said.

        CNN's Amanda Watts and Susannah Cullinane contributed to this report.

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