Harman Patil

1996 in Canada

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1996 in Canada

Events from the year 1996 in Canada.

Contents

Crown

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

  • Governor general – Roméo LeBlanc (viceregal consort – Diana Fowler)
  • Prime minister – Jean Chrétien
  • Lieutenant governors

  • Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – Gordon Towers (until April 17) then Bud Olson
  • Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – Garde Gardom
  • Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – Yvon Dumont
  • Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – Margaret McCain
  • Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland – Frederick Russell
  • Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – James Kinley
  • Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – Hal Jackman
  • Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Gilbert Clements
  • Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Martial Asselin (until August 8) then Jean-Louis Roux
  • Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – Jack Wiebe
  • Premiers

  • Premier of Alberta – Ralph Klein
  • Premier of British Columbia – Mike Harcourt (until February 22) then Glen Clark
  • Premier of Manitoba – Gary Filmon
  • Premier of New Brunswick – Frank McKenna
  • Premier of Newfoundland – Clyde Wells (until January 26) then Brian Tobin
  • Premier of Nova Scotia – John Savage
  • Premier of Ontario – Mike Harris
  • Premier of Prince Edward Island – Catherine Callbeck (until October 9) then Keith Milligan (October 9 to November 27) then Pat Binns
  • Premier of Quebec – Jacques Parizeau (until January 29) then Lucien Bouchard
  • Premier of Saskatchewan – Roy Romanow
  • Commissioners

  • Commissioner of Yukon – Judy Gingell
  • Commissioner of Northwest Territories – Helen Maksagak
  • Premiers

  • Premier of the Northwest Territories – Don Morin
  • Premier of Yukon – John Ostashek (until October 19) then Piers McDonald
  • January to March

  • January 14 - A free trade agreement with Israel is announced.
  • January 15 - The Corel Centre opens in Ottawa.
  • January 25 - Jean Chrétien launches a major cabinet shuffle. Pierre Pettigrew and Stéphane Dion are brought in, despite not having seats in Parliament.
  • January 26 - Brian Tobin becomes premier of Newfoundland, replacing Clyde Wells.
  • January 29 - Lucien Bouchard becomes premier of Quebec, replacing Jacques Parizeau.
  • February 7 - Bob Rae, former premier of Ontario leaves politics.
  • February 14 - Mr. Dressup does his last show.
  • February 15 - At a ceremony marking the first National Flag of Canada Day, Chrétien throttles a protester in Hull, Quebec, launching a small controversy over the "Shawinigan Handshake".
  • February 17 - Michel Gauthier is elected new leader of the Bloc Québécois.
  • February 22 - Glen Clark becomes premier of British Columbia, replacing Michael Harcourt.
  • February 22 - Brian Tobin leads the Newfoundland Liberal Party to victory in the 1996 Newfoundland election.
  • March to June

  • March 6 - The federal budget continues the assault on the deficit.
  • March 26- The Anik E-1 satellite malfunctions.
  • March 27 - The Quebec budget proposes sweeping cuts to government funding.
  • April 3 - All members of the Canadian Forces are ordered to spend the entire day searching for documents that may aid the Somalia inquiry.
  • April 5 - Gunman Mark Chahal kills nine relatives in Vernon, British Columbia before killing himself.
  • April 11 - The Ontario government announce a 15 per cent reduction in the civil service.
  • April 22 - John Nunziata is expelled from the Liberal caucus for voting against the budget.
  • April 23 - Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland agree to replace their provincial sales taxes and the Goods and Services Tax with a Harmonized Sales Tax.
  • May 8 - The Ontario government cuts provincial income taxes by 30 per cent.
  • May 10 - Member of Parliament Jan Brown resigns from the Reform Party of Canada.
  • May 19 - Marc Garneau flies on a second space mission.
  • May 24 - Conrad Black's Hollinger takes over the Southam newspaper chain.
  • May 28 - The British Columbia New Democratic Party wins a surprise re-election.
  • June 10 - The Quebec government reintroduces the "Language police".
  • June 17 - Sheila Copps, who had resigned over the GST, wins back her Hamilton–Wentworth seat in a by-election.
  • June 20 - Robert Thirsk flies aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
  • June 24 - A riot in Quebec City causes a million dollars in damage.
  • July to September

  • July 7-July 11 - A major AIDS conference is held in Vancouver.
  • July 20-July 21 - Floods in Quebec kill ten.
  • July 25 - Coach House Press closes.
  • August 8 - Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell is named consul general to Los Angeles.
  • August 8 - Jean-Louis Roux appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec.
  • August 29 - Former B.C. Premier W.R. Bennett is found guilty of insider trading.
  • October to December

  • October 4 - Defence Minister David Collenette resigns.
  • October 10 - Keith Milligan becomes premier of Prince Edward Island, replacing Catherine Callbeck.
  • October 19 - Piers McDonald becomes government leader of Yukon, replacing John Ostashek.
  • November - SaskTel becomes the first Canadian Internet Service Provider to roll out ADSL.
  • November - The last federally run Indian residential school (the Gordon Residential School), closed in Punnichy, Saskatchewan.
  • November 5 - Jean-Louis Roux forced to resign as Lieutenant Governor of Quebec when pictures of him at Nazi rallies in the 1930s are published.
  • November 27 - Pat Binns becomes premier of Prince Edward Island, replacing Keith Milligan.
  • December 1 - Dalton McGuinty is elected leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.
  • December 16 - Chrétien formally apologizes for lying about the GST.
  • Full date unknown

  • Karen Kain becomes the first Canadian to win the Cartier Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • General Jean Boyle resigns over Somalia Affair controversy.
  • Canada sends over a thousand troops to take part in IFOR.
  • James McGill Statue unveiled.
  • New books

  • John Ralston Saul: The Unconscious Civilization
  • Nancy Huston: Slow Emergencies
  • Pierre Berton: Farewell to the Twentieth Century
  • Elisabeth Harvor: Let Me Be the One
  • Yann Martel: Self
  • Timothy Findley: You Went Away
  • Di Brandt: Dancing Naked: Narrative Strategies for Writing Across Centuries
  • Douglas Coupland: Polaroids from the Dead
  • Guy Vanderhaeghe: The Englishman's Boy
  • Awards

  • Giller Prize for Canadian Fiction: Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
  • See 1996 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
  • Books in Canada First Novel Award: Keath Fraser, Popular Anatomy
  • Geoffrey Bilson Award: Marianne Brandis, Rebellion: A Novel of Upper Canada
  • Gerald Lampert Award: Maureen Hynes, Rough Skin
  • Marian Engel Award: Barbara Gowdy
  • Pat Lowther Award: Lorna Crozier, Everything Arrives at the Light
  • Stephen Leacock Award: Marsha Boulton, Letters from the Country
  • Trillium Book Award English: Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces
  • Trillium Book Award French: Nancy Vickers, Le Pied de Sappho and Alain Bernard Marchand, Tintin au pays de la ferveur
  • Vicky Metcalf Award: Margaret Buffie
  • New music

  • Barenaked Ladies: Born on a Pirate Ship
  • Bruce Cockburn: The Charity of Night
  • The Tragically Hip: Trouble at the Henhouse
  • Sloan: One Chord to Another
  • Various artists: 20 Years of Stony Plain
  • Sport

  • February 27 - The Los Angeles Kings trade Wayne Gretzky to the St. Louis Blues.
  • March 16- The Montreal Canadiens play their first game at the Molson Centre against the New York Rangers.
  • July 1 - The Winnipeg Jets leave Canada and become the Phoenix Coyotes.
  • July 19 - The Atlanta Olympics open, Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey wins the 100-metre dash.
  • July 26 - Gretzky signs with the New York Rangers.
  • November 24 - At the 84th Grey Cup the Toronto Argonauts defeat the Edmonton Eskimos at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton.
  • January to June

  • January 18 - Brittany Jones, pair skater
  • January 20 - Roland McKeown, ice hockey defenceman
  • February 5 - Megan McKinnon, actress
  • February 7 - Aaron Ekblad, hockey player
  • February 18 - Mohammed Fawad Ahmed, Scientist
  • March 2 - Gig Morton, actor
  • March 26 - Alaine Chartrand, figure skater
  • March 30 - Madeleine Peters, actress, singer and dancer
  • April 26 - Jennifer Gillis, actress, dancer and singer
  • May 1 - William Nylander-Altelius, ice hockey player
  • June 12 - Mitchell Gordon, figure skater
  • June 14 - Madeline Edwards, ice dancer
  • July to December

  • July 6 - Robert Naylor, actor
  • July 19 - Hayleigh Bell, pair skater
  • August 7 - Liam James, actor
  • August 9 - Cedric Payne, actor
  • August 12 - Torri Webster, actress
  • August 23 - Cesar Flores, actor
  • August 29 - Linden Porco, actor
  • September 1 - Alexandra Kamieniecki, Polish figure skater
  • September 5 - Helaina Cyr, basketball player
  • September 7 - Bilaal Rajan, author
  • September 26 - Cesar Corrales, Mexico-born actor and dancer
  • October 28 - Hanson Boakai, Guinea-born soccer player
  • November 5 - Victoria Moors, gymnast
  • November 7 - Julianne Séguin, figure skater
  • December 10 - Jérémy Gabriel, singer and actor
  • Full date unknown

  • Diego Gomes
  • January to March

  • January 21 – René Marc Jalbert, soldier
  • February 7 – Lucien Maynard, leader of Alberta francophones
  • February 19 – Ernest Manning, politician and 8th Premier of Alberta (born 1908)
  • February 29 – Sinclair Ross, banker and author (born 1908)
  • March 28 – Edith Fowke, folk song collector, author and radio presenter (born 1913)
  • April to June

  • April 13 – Stewart McLean, politician (born 1913)
  • April 23 – Jean Victor Allard, general and first French-Canadian to become Chief of the Defence Staff (born 1913)
  • May 5 – Salli Terri, singer, arranger, recording artist and songwriter (born 1922)
  • May 9 - Eria Fachin, pop singer (born 1960)
  • May 22 – Robert Christie, actor and director (born 1913)
  • June 11 – George Hees, politician and Minister (born 1910)
  • July to September

  • July 1 – Harold Greenberg, film producer (born 1930)
  • July 3 – Rebecca Jane Middleton, murder victim (born 1979)
  • July 5 – Fred Davis, broadcaster and moderator of Front Page Challenge (born 1921)
  • July 18 – Robert Needham, journalist
  • July 22 – Carl Goldenberg, lawyer, arbitrator, mediator and Senator (born 1907)
  • August 10 – Walter MacNutt, organist (born 1910)
  • September 22 – Ludmilla Chiriaeff, ballet dancer, choreographer and director (born 1924)
  • September 23 – Joe Borowski, politician and activist (born 1933)
  • October to December

  • October 2 – Robert Bourassa, politician and 22nd Premier of Quebec (born 1933)
  • October 9 – Colleen Peterson, singer (born 1950)
  • October 11
  • Joe Morris, trade unionist and president of the Canadian Labour Congress (born 1913)
  • William Vickrey, professor of economics and Nobel Laureate (born 1914)
  • October 14 – Marcel Bourbonnais, politician (born 1918)
  • October 17 – Laura Sabia, social activist and feminist (born 1916)
  • October 19 – James Bourque, First Nations activist (born 1935)
  • October 23
  • Kurt Freund, physician and sexologist (born 1914)
  • Thomas Ide, educator and the founding Chairman of TVOntario (born 1919)
  • October 27 – Arthur Tremblay, politician and Senator (born 1917)
  • October 28 – Reuben Baetz, politician (born 1923)
  • November 9 – Joe Ghiz, politician and 29th Premier of Prince Edward Island (born 1945)
  • November 18 – John Josiah Robinette, lawyer (born 1906)
  • December 1 – Peter Bronfman, businessman (born 1928)
  • December 5 – Wilf Carter, country music singer, songwriter, guitarist and yodeller (born 1904)
  • December 21 – Clarence Gosse, physician and Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (born 1912)
  • December 24 – Al Adair, politician, radio broadcaster and author (born 1929)
  • December 29 – Dorothy Livesay, poet (born 1909)
  • Full date unknown

  • Leo Landreville, politician and judge implicated in the Northern Ontario Natural Gas scandal (born 1910)
  • References

    1996 in Canada Wikipedia


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