Gilbert Clements, 80, served in numerous cabinet portfolios in Liberal governments from the 1970s to the 1990s. One portfolio he asked for was environment. He became the Islands first Environment minister and created the P.E.I. Environmental Award in 1987. Last month, Clements long since retired from government was honoured with the award he created for his long-time work in protection and promotion of the Islands landscape and resources. Guardian photo by Steve Sharratt
MONTAGUE — A rookie councillor’s eager recommendation to pay tribute to a native son by renaming a street in his honour has been deferred until those affected are notified and concur.
“I want the town to remember Gilbert Clements by naming a street after him,’’ said Coun. Wayne Spin, his first public declaration since being elected in November.
Fellow colleagues were in total agreement and noted that changing a street name should be done with concern both for the family and such logistical issues as 911 emergency calls.
Spin suggested that Riverside Drive be renamed Gilbert Clements Drive, or Gilbert’s Way, as a tribute to the veteran politician who won seven elections and went on to become lieutenant-governor of the province. He died Nov. 27 at age 84.
Coun. Peggy MacLeod requested the town contact the family first for approval and Coun. Jim Bagnall noted that emergency operations like the fire department and 911 should be contacted to ensure there is no mix up should a change be made.
Council also recommended that businesses and residents of Riverside Drive, where Clements lived until his death, be notified about the possible change. The motion for a name change was deferred until February for official approval.