A member the Ontario legislature is looking to honour late Tragically Hip frontman and Canadian musical icon Gord Downie through the creation a poet laureate position for the province in Downie’s name.
NDP member Percy Hatfield introduced the Poet Laureate Ontario Act (In Memory Gord Downie) in the legislature Tuesday (December 5), noting the entirety Canada and numerous cities within the province have the position.
Duties the poet laureate would include writing poetry, advising the legislative library on acquisitions and its current collection works, visiting schools, assisiting with writing workshops, presenting or arranging poetry readings and more.
“It’s fitting that we remember Downie] by creating the position Ontario’s poet laureate in his name,” Hatfield said. “Downie viewed Canada through a distinctly poetic lens, and I believe this is a beautiful way to honour him, and to continue his legacy.”
Downie passed away at age 53 on October 17 from glioblastoma, an incurable form brain cancer.