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McGuinty Government Honours Former Attorneys General

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McGuinty Government Honours Former Attorneys General

Building Named In Honour Of Roy McMurtry And Ian Scott

Ministry of the Attorney General

TORONTO -- The McGuinty government will officially name the Ministry of the Attorney General building, located at 720 Bay Street in downtown Toronto, the "McMurtry-Scott Building," in honour of former attorneys general Roy McMurtry and Ian Scott, Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today.

"These two men epitomize the best in the tradition of public service," said Bryant. "Each has put his stamp on the post of the Attorney General and continues to define the office to this day. These exceptional Ontarians deserve public recognition for the impact they have had on this province."

Ian Scott served as attorney general from 1985 to 1990, during which time he led many important initiatives, including a comprehensive reform of the Ontario court system, amendments to the Ontario Human Rights Code to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and the implementation of a new provincial judicial appointment process that ensured the most highly qualified candidates be appointed to the bench. Before entering politics, Scott was a renowned lawyer and legal instructor. In 1994, he received the Order of Canada.

"I am pleased to learn that my name will join that of my old friend Roy McMurtry on the building that houses the Ministry of the Attorney General," said Scott. "I cannot speak for Roy, but I regard my time as Attorney General as the most exciting, challenging and rewarding of my career. Thank you for this tangible reminder of the best five years of my life."

Roy McMurtry served as attorney general from 1975 to 1985. While in office, the Ontario Legislature passed more than fifty provincial statutes which improved the administration of justice in Ontario, established a bilingual court system and launched a provincewide network of community legal clinics focusing on such issues as housing and workers' compensation. He played a key role in the negotiations on Canada's new constitution in the early 1980s, was Canada's High Commissioner to Britain from 1985 to 1988, and has been Chief Justice of Ontario since 1996.

"I am of course honoured that the government has decided to name the building of the Ministry of the Attorney General the McMurtry-Scott Building," said McMurtry. "I am particularly pleased that the naming of the building recognizes the distinguished public service of Ian Scott, with whom I have enjoyed a friendship for over 50 years."

"This is a very appropriate honour for two great attorneys general and two very fine men," said former premier David Peterson, who appointed Scott as attorney general in 1985.

"It is very appropriate that the building is being named after two of the finest attorneys general the province has had," said former premier William G. Davis, who appointed McMurtry as attorney general in 1975. "It is a fitting tribute to their contributions to the justice system of Ontario."

A dedication for the McMurtry-Scott Building ceremony will be held in spring 2005.

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