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1950 in Canada

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1950 in Canada

Events from the year 1950 in Canada.

Contents

Crown

  • Head of state (monarch) – King George VI (consort – Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon)
  • Federal government

  • Governor general – Earl Alexander of Tunis (viceregal consort – Margaret Alexander, Countess Alexander of Tunis)
  • Prime minister – Louis Saint Laurent
  • Lieutenant governors

  • Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – John C. Bowen (until February 1) then John J. Bowlen
  • Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – Charles Arthur Banks (until October 1) then Clarence Wallace
  • Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – Roland Fairbairn McWilliams
  • Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – David Laurence MacLaren
  • Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland – Leonard Outerbridge
  • Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – John Alexander Douglas McCurdy
  • Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – Ray Lawson
  • Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Joseph Alphonsus Bernard (until October 4) then Thomas William Lemuel Prowse
  • Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Eugène Fiset (until October 3) then Gaspard Fauteux
  • Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – John Michael Uhrich
  • Premiers

  • Premier of Alberta – Ernest Manning
  • Premier of British Columbia – Byron Johnson
  • Premier of Manitoba – Douglas Campbell
  • Premier of New Brunswick – John McNair
  • Premier of Newfoundland – Joey Smallwood
  • Premier of Nova Scotia – Angus Macdonald
  • Premier of Ontario – Leslie Frost
  • Premier of Prince Edward Island – J. Walter Jones
  • Premier of Quebec – Maurice Duplessis
  • Premier of Saskatchewan – Tommy Douglas
  • Commissioners

  • Commissioner of Yukon – John Edward Gibben (until August 15) then Andrew Harold Gibson
  • Commissioner of Northwest Territories – Hugh Llewellyn Keenleyside (until November 14) then Hugh Andrew Young
  • Events

  • January 14 - The first non-stop trans-Canada flight is made
  • February 14 - Nancy Hodges of BC becomes the first woman in the Commonwealth elected speaker of a legislature in Canadian history.
  • Early May - The Winnipeg Flood along the Red River causes immense damage and one death in Winnipeg
  • May 29 - The St. Roch becomes the first vessel to circumnavigate North America
  • August 7 - Canada joins a United Nations force to fight in Korean War
  • August 22 – August 30 - Rail workers strike shuts down much of the Canadian economy
  • 29 October – 7 November 1956 - The Suez Crisis
  • October 31 - The oil pipeline linking Edmonton to Sarnia is completed
  • November 28 - Canada joins onto the Colombo Plan
  • December 18 - Korean War: First Canadian troops arrive in Korea.
  • Full date unknown

  • Cité libre magazine is first published
  • British Columbia Provincial Police are disestablished.
  • Awards

  • See 1950 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and nominees for those awards.
  • Stephen Leacock Award: Earle Birney, Turvey
  • January to March

  • January 5 - John Manley, lawyer, businessman, politician and Minister
  • January 13 - Joe Fontana, politician
  • January 17 - Jean Poirier, politician
  • January 18 - Gilles Villeneuve, motor racing driver (d.1982)
  • February 8 - Keith Milligan, politician
  • February 9 - Tom Wappel, politician
  • February 12 - Michael Ironside, actor, voice actor, producer, film director and screenwriter
  • March 6 - Bruce Simpson, pole vaulter
  • March 17 - Jackson Davies, actor
  • March 23 - Jerry Storie, politician
  • March 23 - Ralph Eichler, politician
  • March 26 - Martin Short, comedian, actor, writer, singer and producer
  • April to June

  • April 1 - Daniel Paillé, leader of the Bloc Québécois
  • April 19 - Gérard Asselin, politician and MP for Charlevoix and Manicouagan (1993-2011) (d. 2013)
  • May 2 - Jose Kusugak, Inuit politician (d. 2011)
  • May 12 - Louise Portal, actress, singer, and director
  • May 27 - Brent St. Denis, politician
  • June 1 - Perrin Beatty, corporate executive and politician
  • June 7 - John Wood, Olympic canoeist (d. 2013)
  • June 21 - Anne Carson, poet, essayist, translator and professor of Classics and comparative literature
  • July to September

  • July 5 - Deepak Obhrai, politician
  • July 6 - Hélène Scherrer, politician and Minister
  • July 7 - Leon Benoit, politician
  • July 18 - Jack Layton, politician, leader of New Democratic Party of Canada (2003-2011) and Leader of the Official Opposition (2011) (d.2011)
  • August 2 - Sue Rodriguez, advocate for assisted suicide (d.1994)
  • August 6 - Carole Pope, rock singer-songwriter
  • August 15 - Ron Lemieux, ice hockey player and politician
  • August 16 - Stockwell Day, politician
  • August 31 - Anne McLellan, academic, politician, Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
  • September 8 - Richard Henry Bain, criminal who is charged with the September 4, 2012, Montreal, Quebec, shooting that killed Denis Blanchette.
  • September 9 - Janis Babson (d.1961)
  • September 16 - Sheila Fraser, Auditor General of Canada
  • September 18 - Darryl Sittler, ice hockey player
  • October to December

  • October 17 – Val Ross, writer and journalist (d.2008)
  • October 31 - John Candy, comedian and actor (d.1994)
  • November 2 - Wendy Lill, playwright and politician
  • November 2 - Daryl Reid, politician
  • November 5 - Susan Nattrass, sport shooter
  • November 8 - Dennis Fentie, politician and 7th Premier of the Yukon
  • November 14 - Colleen Peterson, singer (d.1996)
  • December 18 - Martha Johnson, pop singer and songwriter
  • December 20 - Carolyn Bennett, politician
  • December 21 - Lap-Chee Tsui, geneticist
  • Full date unknown

  • David Barr, Commander of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command
  • Denis Simpson, singer and actor (d. 2010)
  • January to June

  • February 7 - Thomas Langton Church, politician and Mayor of Toronto (b.1870)
  • April 7 - Walter Huston, actor (b.1884)
  • May 15 - Hervé-Edgar Brunelle, politician and lawyer (b.1891)
  • June 28 - James Allison Glen, politician, Minister and Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons (b.1877)
  • July to December

  • July 22 - William Lyon Mackenzie King, lawyer, economist, university professor, civil servant, journalist, politician and 10th Prime Minister of Canada (b.1874)
  • July 25 - Gleason Belzile, politician (b.1898)
  • August 1 - Humphrey Mitchell, politician and trade unionist (b.1894)
  • August 2 - Pierre-François Casgrain, politician and Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons (b.1886)
  • November 11 - John Knox Blair, politician, physician and teacher (b.1875)
  • Full date unknown

  • William Sanford Evans, politician (b.1869)
  • References

    1950 in Canada Wikipedia


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