On This Day
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|1990||GST GOES THROUGH AFTER 6 MONTH FILIBUSTEROttawa Ontario – The Senate passes the 7% Goods and Services Tax 55-49; replaces old Manufacturers Tax which penalized Canadian goods.|
Also On This Day...
Ottawa Ontario – Joe Clark 1939- loses a 139-133 vote of non-confidence in the House, during debate on John Crosbie’s ‘no pain, no gain’ budget, after displeasing the Créditistes whose support they needed; Clark Prime Minister of the minority government since June; calls election for Feb. 18, 1980.
And in Today's Canadian Birthdays...
Emily Carr 1871-1945
And in Other Canadian Birthdays...
Christopher Plummer 1927-
Also Chester Ronning 1894-1984
Also William Lewis (W.L.) Morton 1908-1980
Also Nick Weslock 1918-
Also Ron Taylor 1937-
Also Ken Mitchell 1940-
Also Ferguson Jenkins 1943-
Also Bob Gainey 1953-
Also Marie-Odile Raymond 1973-
|In Other Events…|
|1995||Ottawa Ontario – Lucien Bouchard resigns his seat in the House of Commons and his Bloc québécois leadership to run for the leadership of the Parti québécois.|
|1995||Montreal Quebec – New Montreal Forum named the Centre Molson.|
|1993||Ottawa Ontario – Kim Campbell 1947- resigns as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, six months to the day after she won the leadership to succeed Brian Mulroney; led the Tories to an electoral disaster, reducing the Party to only two seats in the Commons; later appointed Canada’s Consul General in Los Angeles; the MP for Vancouver Centre was Prime Minister June 15, 1993 to Nov. 04, 1993; will be replaced as leader by Jean Charest.|
|1993||Quebec Quebec – Yellow birch chosen as provincial tree of Quebec.|
|1992||Saint John, New Brunswick – Kenneth Colin (‘K.C.’) Irving 1899-1992 dies; industrialist born at Buctouche Mar. 14, 1899. Irving studied at Dalhousie and Acadia universities; served in the Royal Flying Corps in World War I; 1938 acquired Canada Veneers, which became the world’s largest supplier of aircraft plywood; moved into pulp and paper, oil refining, shipping, publishing and broadcasting interests; 1971 settled in Bermuda for tax purposes.|
|1988||Quebec Quebec – NHL Quebec Nordiques fire head coach Guy Lapointe.|
|1983||Edmonton Alberta – Oiler Wayne Gretzky scores his 300th NHL goal.|
|1979||Ottawa Ontario – Supreme Court of Canada unanimously strikes down Quebec and Manitoba laws which created unconstitutional unilingual courts and legislatures; also declares three chapters of Bill 101 unconstitutional; Quebec responds by bringing in 311 new bilingual laws, replacing laws passed in French only.|
|1976||Canada – International Commission for the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries accepts Canada’s 370 km (200 nautical mile) limit.|
|1968||Quebec Quebec – Quebec abolishes Legislative Council, changes name of Legislative Assembly to National Assembly; effective Dec. 31.|
|1968||Montreal Quebec – FLQ terrorists explode another bomb in Westmount.|
|1963||Montreal Quebec – FLQ member Mario Bachand sentenced to four years in prison for his part in May 17 bomb explosion.|
|1949||Quebec Quebec – Jean Béliveau joins the Quebec Citadelles junior hockey team; later Canadiens star.|
|1947||New York City – Rangers GM Frank Boucher says face masks for goaltenders will become standard equipment in the NHL, after one of his goalies fractures a cheekbone; detractors say dressing rooms will become salons for sissies; Canadien Jacques Plante the first pro goalie to wear a face mask in Nov. 1959.|
|1945||Windsor Ontario – Justice Ivan Rand of the Supreme Court of Canada gets Ford Motor Company and 17 000 United Auto Workers, on strike since Sept. 12, to agree to binding arbitration, and end their strike Dec. 20; issues the ‘Rand Formula’ on Jan 29, 1946, denying the UAW’s demand for a union shop, and making the union liable to penalties payable from union dues in the event of an illegal strike, but provides for compulsory checkoff of union dues for all employees whether they are union members or not.|
|1941||Hong Kong – British Governor rejects Japanese demand for the surrender of Hong Kong; defence of the Island organized into a West Brigade, commanded by Brigadier J.K. Lawson, and including The Winnipeg Grenadiers; and an East Brigade, under Brigadier C. Wallis, including The Royal Rifles of Canada; General Maltby deploys both Canadian units to defend the southern beaches against a seaborne attack, as heavy Japanese artillery fire and air raids begin.|
|1927||Montreal Quebec – L’Université de Montréal becomes a self-governing body separate from Laval.|
|1905||Saskatchewan – Walter Scott leads the Liberal Party to victory in the first provincial election, winning 17 out of 25 seats; former NWT Premier F. W. G. Haultain leader of the opposition Provincial Rights Party.|
|1898||Montreal Quebec – First passenger train runs over newly reconstructed Victoria Railway Bridge, Montreal; original 1859 tube replaced by a double track steel bridge.|
|1894||St. John’s, Newfoundland – Daniel Joseph Greene 1850-1911 sworn in as Liberal Prime Minister of Newfoundland replacing Conservative Augustus Goodridge, after corrupt 1893 elections, and the Dec. 10 collapse of 2 major Newfoundland financial institutions; passed the Disabilities Removal Act, that let candidates disqualified because of election irregularities seek re-election; this lets William Whiteway get back into the House, and resume the premiership on Greene’s resignation Feb. 08, 1895.|
|1893||PEI – Prince Edward Island votes for prohibition of alcoholic beverages.|
|1883||Ottawa Ontario – Border fixed between Ontario and Manitoba.|
|1849||Toronto Ontario – George Brown 1818-1880 popularizes the term ‘Clear Grit’ in the Toronto ‘Globe’; originally named by party founder Peter Perry; Clear Grits were radical Canada West Reformers opposed to the policies of Baldwin & LaFontaine.|
|1837||Montreal Quebec – John Colborne, Baron Seaton 1778-1863 sets out toward St-Eustache with 2,000 British Army regulars in two brigades commanded by Wetherall and Maitland.|
|1837||Buffalo New York – William Lyon Mackenzie 1795-1861 sets up a provisional government and proclaims a Canadian Republic on Navy Island in the Niagara River; disgusted by a lack of support, he leaves Jan. 14, 1838 and settles in New York City.|
|1786||Montreal Quebec – Gregory & McLeod merge with the North West Company on 20-share basis.|
|1783||Halifax Nova Scotia – Rough census shows 30,000 United Empire Loyalists now living in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.|
|1665||Quebec Quebec – Alexandre de Prouville, Marquis de Tracy c1596-1670 makes a temporary peace with Iroquois.|
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