Rahul Sharma

1968 in Canada

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1968 in Canada

Events from the year 1968 in Canada.

Contents

Crown

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

  • Governor general – Roland Michener (viceregal consort – Norah Michener)
  • Prime minister – Lester B. Pearson (until April 20) and then Pierre Trudeau
  • Lieutenant governors

  • Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – Grant MacEwan
  • Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – George Pearkes (until July 2) then John Robert Nicholson
  • Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – Richard Spink Bowles
  • Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – John B. McNair (until January 31) then Wallace Samuel Bird
  • Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland – Fabian O'Dea
  • Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – Henry Poole MacKeen (until July 22) then Victor de Bedia Oland
  • Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – William Earl Rowe (until July 4) then William Ross Macdonald
  • Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Willibald Joseph MacDonald
  • Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Hugues Lapointe
  • Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – Robert Hanbidge
  • Premiers

  • Premier of Alberta – Ernest Manning (until December 12) and then Harry Strom
  • Premier of British Columbia – W.A.C. Bennett
  • Premier of Manitoba – Walter Weir
  • Premier of New Brunswick – Louis Robichaud
  • Premier of Newfoundland – Joey Smallwood
  • Premier of Nova Scotia – G.I. Smith
  • Premier of Ontario – John Robarts
  • Premier of Prince Edward Island – Alexander B. Campbell
  • Premier of Quebec – Daniel Johnson, Sr. (until September 26) and then Jean-Jacques Bertrand (from October 2)
  • Premier of Saskatchewan – Ross Thatcher
  • Commissioners

  • Commissioner of Yukon – James Smith
  • Commissioner of Northwest Territories – Stuart Milton Hodgson
  • January to June

  • February 1 – The three branches of the Canadian Forces are merged into one, adopting a common green uniform and Army-derived ranks
  • February 20 – Prime Minister Pearson gives the first ever televised address to the nation as he tells Canadians that he will table a confidence motion the next day to prove his party still has control. After a week of filibustering by the Opposition, the motion passes.
  • April 1 – The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is formed
  • April 6 – Pierre Trudeau wins 1968 Liberal Party leadership election
  • May 14 – The grand opening of the Toronto-Dominion Centre is held
  • June 1 – The flag of Alberta is authorized
  • June 24 – Separatists riot in Montreal on St-Jean-Baptiste Day
  • June 25 – Federal election: Pierre Trudeau's Liberals win a majority
  • July to December

  • July 1 – The laws creating Canada's Medicare system come into effect
  • July 18–August 9 – Canada Post workers represented by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers go on strike
  • August 20 – Warsaw Pact troops invade Czechoslovakia to end the "Prague Spring" of political liberalization. Thousands of refugees flee to Canada.
  • September 26 – Daniel Johnson, Sr, Premier of Quebec, dies in office
  • October 2 – Jean-Jacques Bertrand becomes premier of Quebec
  • October 15 – The Mouvement Souveraineté-Association merges with the Ralliement National to create the Parti Québécois, René Lévesque is selected as the party's first leader
  • December 12 – Harry Strom becomes premier of Alberta, replacing Ernest Manning
  • December 31 – Quebec's Legislative Assembly is renamed the National Assembly
  • Full date unknown

  • IMAX technique invented
  • Canada's new Divorce Act introduces no fault divorce
  • The Rochdale College experiment begins in Toronto
  • New works

  • Alice Munro – Dance of the Happy Shades
  • Mordecai Richler – Hunting Tigers Under Glass
  • Margaret Atwood – The Animals in That Country
  • Robert Fulford – This Was Expo
  • John Newlove – Black Night Window
  • Kildare Dobbs – Reading the Time
  • Mordecai Richler – Cocksure
  • Robert Kroetsch – Alberta
  • Marian Engel – No Clouds of Glory
  • Gordon R. Dickson – Soldier, Ask Not
  • Farley Mowat – This Rock Within the Sea: A Heritage Lost
  • Harold Cardinal – The Unjust Society
  • Poetry

  • Mary Alice Downie and Barbara Robertson, editors, The Wind Has Wings, anthology of 77 Canadian poems for children (anthology)
  • Dennis Lee, editor, T. O. Now, anthology of 13 "apprentice poets living in Toronto" (anthology)
  • Joe Rosenblatt, Winter of the Luna Moon
  • Irving Layton, The Shattered Plinths, 60 new poems
  • Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968
  • Alfred Purdy, Wild Grape Wine
  • Dorothy Livesay, The Documentaries, poems from the 1930s and 1940s, and including "Roots", a long poem
  • Awards

  • David Suzuki wins UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science writing
  • See 1968 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
  • Stephen Leacock Award: Max Ferguson, And Now...Here's Max
  • Vicky Metcalf Award: Lorraine McLaughlin
  • Theatre

  • August 28 – Michel Tremblay's Les Belles-Sœurs premiers in Montreal.
  • Art

  • December 18 – Henry Moore donates hundreds of works to the Art Gallery of Ontario.
  • Sport

  • May 27 – Montreal is awarded a Major League Baseball franchise that would eventually be the Montreal Expos.
  • January to March

  • January 5 – Joé Juneau, ice hockey player
  • January 7 – Tara Croxford, field hockey player
  • January 13 – Pat Onstad, international soccer player
  • January 14 – Michael Meldrum, swimmer
  • January 28 – Sarah McLachlan, musician, singer and songwriter
  • February 1 – Mark Recchi, ice hockey player
  • February 9 – Joel Brough, field hockey player
  • February 22 – Shawn Graham, politician and 31st Premier of New Brunswick
  • February 27 – Matt Stairs, baseball player
  • March 17 – Patty Sullivan, television personality
  • March 30 – Celine Dion, singer, songwriter and actress
  • April to June

  • April 18 – David Hewlett, actor who was born in the United Kingdom before emigrating to Canada
  • May 8 – Louise Stratten, actress and younger sister of the murdered actress Dorothy Stratten
  • May 12 – Jane Kerr, swimmer
  • May 20 – William Irwin, boxer
  • May 30 – Jason Kenney, politician and Minister
  • June 7 - Macha Grenon, actress
  • June 10 – Susan Haskell, actress
  • June 16 – Lyne Poirier, judoka
  • June 27 – Pascale Bussières, actress
  • June 29 – Theoren Fleury, ice hockey player
  • July to September

  • July 2 – Mark Tewksbury, swimmer and Olympic gold medalist
  • July 11 – Michael Cram, actor and singer-songwriter
  • July 22 – Harry Taylor, swimmer
  • August 20 – Jody Holden, beach volleyball player
  • September 20 – Leah Pinsent, actress
  • September 23 – Donna McGinnis, swimmer
  • October to December

  • October 2 – Sandy Goss, swimmer
  • October 2 – Glen Wesley, ice hockey player
  • October 26 – Tom Cavanagh, actor
  • November 1 – Andrea Nugent, swimmer
  • November 14 – Serge Postigo, actor
  • November 19 – Gord Fraser, road racing cyclist
  • November 25 – Jill Hennessy, actress and musician, and Jacqueline Hennessy, actress and journalist
  • December 2 – Darren Ward, swimmer
  • December 3 – Brendan Fraser, actor
  • December 10 – Caroline Wittrin, hammer thrower
  • December 17 – Paul Tracy, racing car driver
  • Full date unknown

  • Shawn Doyle, actor
  • Evan Solomon, writer, magazine publisher and television host
  • Deaths

  • January 31 – George Arthur Brethen, politician (b.1877)
  • February 5 – Frances Loring, sculptor (b.1887)
  • February 13 – Portia White, singer (b.1911)
  • February 16 – Healey Willan, organist and composer (b.1880)
  • February 17 – Ernest Charles Drury, politician, writer and 8th Premier of Ontario (b.1878)
  • April 29 – Aubin-Edmond Arsenault, politician and Premier of Prince Edward Island (b.1870)
  • May 30 – Charles Gavan Power, politician, Minister and Senator (b.1888)
  • June 14 – John B. McNair, lawyer, politician, judge and 22nd Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick (b.1889)
  • August 1 – Maurice Spector, Chairman of the Communist Party of Canada (b.1898)
  • September 26 – Daniel Johnson, Sr., politician and 20th Premier of Quebec (b.1915)
  • December 15 – Antonio Barrette, politician and 18th Premier of Quebec (b.1899)
  • References

    1968 in Canada Wikipedia


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