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1961 in Canada

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1961 in Canada

Events from the year 1961 in Canada.

Contents

Crown

  • Head of state (monarch) – Queen Elizabeth II (consort – Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh)
  • Federal government

  • Governor general – Georges Vanier (viceregal consort – Pauline Vanier)
  • Prime minister – John Diefenbaker
  • Lieutenant governors

  • Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – John Percy Page
  • Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – George Pearkes
  • Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – Errick Willis
  • Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – Joseph Leonard O'Brien
  • Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland – Campbell Leonard Macpherson
  • Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – Edward Chester Plow
  • Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – John Keiller MacKay
  • Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Frederick Walter Hyndman
  • Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Onésime Gagnon (until October 12) then Paul Comtois
  • Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – Frank Lindsay Bastedo
  • Premiers

  • Premier of Alberta – Ernest Manning
  • Premier of British Columbia – W.A.C. Bennett
  • Premier of Manitoba – Dufferin Roblin
  • Premier of New Brunswick – Louis Robichaud
  • Premier of Newfoundland – Joey Smallwood
  • Premier of Nova Scotia – Robert Stanfield
  • Premier of Ontario – Leslie Frost (until November 8) then John Robarts
  • Premier of Prince Edward Island – Walter Shaw
  • Premier of Quebec – Jean Lesage
  • Premier of Saskatchewan – Tommy Douglas (until November 7) then Woodrow Lloyd
  • Commissioners

  • Commissioner of Yukon – Frederick Howard Collins
  • Commissioner of Northwest Territories – Robert Gordon Robertson
  • January to June

  • February 3 – The Canadian Bank of Commerce and the Imperial Bank of Canada merge to form Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
  • June 1 – Census Day for the 1961 Census of Canada, which finds Canada has a population of 18,238,247.
  • June 6 – CUSO is formed
  • June 13 – The NCC study of Ottawa's new Green Belt is completed
  • June 14 – James Elliott Coyne, the Governor of the Bank of Canada resigns due to disagreements with the federal government's fiscal policies
  • July to December

  • August 3 – Tommy Douglas is elected leader of the newly formed New Democratic Party
  • August 14 – 15 – The Premiers meet in Charlottetown
  • August 26 – The new home for the Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto, at the Canadian National Exhibition.
  • October 1 – CTV, Canada's second major television network, begins broadcasting
  • November 7 – Woodrow Lloyd becomes premier of Saskatchewan, replacing Tommy Douglas
  • November 8 – John Robarts becomes premier of Ontario, replacing Leslie Frost
  • November 17 – Saskatchewan passes a bill creating Canada's first government run health system
  • December 28 – Canada's first BOMARC Missile squadron is formed
  • Full date unknown

  • The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation becomes the New Democratic Party
  • The Massey Lectures are created
  • The transatlantic telephone system is officially launched with a call from Elizabeth II to Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.
  • The Canadian Conference of the Arts is established.
  • New books

  • Morley Callaghan: A Passion in Rome
  • Max Aitken: Courage
  • Margaret Atwood: Double Persephone
  • Farley Mowat: Owls in the Family
  • Awards

  • See 1961 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
  • Stephen Leacock Award: Norman Ward, Mice in the Beer
  • January to March

  • January 11 – Graham Welbourn, swimmer
  • January 15 - Yves Pelletier, film director and actor
  • January 18 – Mark Messier, ice hockey player
  • January 26 – Wayne Gretzky, ice hockey player and coach
  • January 27 – Tony Clement, politician and Minister
  • January 28 – Normand Rochefort, ice hockey player and coach
  • February 4 – Connor O'Brien, Canadian skier
  • February 10 – Steve Pagendam, boxer
  • February 21 – Paul Edwards, politician and lawyer
  • February 23 – Sylvia Ruegger, long-distance runner
  • February 27 – Ann Peel, race walker
  • February 28 - René Simard, singer
  • March 16 – Todd McFarlane, cartoonist, comic book artist, writer, toy designer and entrepreneur
  • March 24 – Pat Turner, rower and Olympic gold medalist
  • April to June

  • April 6 – Gene Eugene, actor, record producer, engineer, composer and musician (died 2000)
  • April 10 – Barb Tarbox, anti-smoking activist (died 2003)
  • May 1 – Clint Malarchuk, ice hockey player
  • May 8 – Greg Thomey, comedian
  • May 9 – Darren Praznik, politician
  • May 10 – Randy Cunneyworth, Canadian ice hockey player and coach
  • June 1 – Paul Coffey, ice hockey player
  • June 9 – Michael J. Fox, actor, author and voice over artist
  • July to September

  • July 1 – Michelle Wright, singer-songwriter
  • July 17 – Blair Horn, rower and Olympic gold medalist
  • July 23
  • André Ducharme, author, comedian and humorist
  • Richard Martineau, journalist
  • Rob Stewart, actor
  • July 24 – Brian McMahon, coxswain and Olympic gold medalist
  • July 26 – Alan Lowe, politician
  • August 12 – Peter Szmidt, swimmer
  • August 20 – Lizanne Bussières, long-distance runner
  • August 23 – François Lapointe, racewalker
  • August 25 – Dave Tippett, ice hockey player and coach
  • September 12 – Mylène Farmer, singer, songwriter, actress and author
  • September 16 – Jen Tolley, voice actress
  • September 18 – Denis Lambert, boxer
  • September 24
  • Nancy Garapick, swimmer and Olympic bronze medalist
  • Luc Picard, actor
  • September 27 – Randy Vancourt, composer and entertainer
  • September 30 – Erica Ehm, video jockey, songwriter and actress
  • October to December

  • October 16 - Pierre Karl Péladeau, president and CEO of Quebecor Inc., Quebecor Media Inc. and Sun Media Corporation
  • October 25 – Alison Webb, judoka
  • November 2 – k.d. lang, singer-songwriter
  • November 23 – Floyd Roland, politician and 11th Premier of the Northwest Territories
  • December 8 – André Bachand, politician
  • December 10 – Mark McKoy, hurdler and Olympic gold medalist
  • December 11 - Michel Courtemanche, actor
  • December 13 – Ranza Clark, middle distance runner
  • December 18 – Brian Orser, figure skater, double Olympic silver medalist and World Champion
  • December 30
  • Douglas Coupland, novelist
  • Ben Johnson, Jamaica-born sprinter, double Olympic bronze medalist, Olympic gold medal rescinded as disqualified for doping
  • January to June

  • May 12 - Janis Babson (born 1950)
  • May 14 – Albert Sévigny, politician (born 1881)
  • May 28 – Frank Boyes, politician (born 1874)
  • May 29 – Gilbert Layton, businessman and politician (born 1899)
  • June 6 – William Anderson, politician and businessman (born 1905)
  • June 19 – Richard Ernest William Turner, soldier and recipient of the Victoria Cross (born 1871)
  • July to December

  • July 12 – Mazo de la Roche, author (born 1879)
  • July 15 – John Edward Brownlee, politician and 5th Premier of Alberta (born 1884)
  • September 12 – Joseph-Arthur Bradette, politician (born 1886)
  • September 16 – Percy Chapman Black, politician (born 1878)
  • September 21 – William Duncan Herridge, politician and diplomat (born 1888)
  • September 30 - Onésime Gagnon, politician and the 20th Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (born 1888)
  • October 15 – Peter Dickinson, architect (born 1925)
  • October 22 – Harry Nixon, politician and 13th Premier of Ontario (born 1891)
  • Full date unknown

  • Anne Wilkinson, poet (born 1910)
  • References

    1961 in Canada Wikipedia


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