1952 in Canada
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Events from the year 1952 in Canada.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 References
- Head of state (monarch) – King George VI (until February 6) then Queen Elizabeth II (consort – Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon then Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh)
- Governor general – Earl Alexander of Tunis then Vincent Massey (viceregal consort – Margaret Alexander, Countess Alexander of Tunis then Alice Massey)
- Prime minister – Louis Saint Laurent
- Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – John J. Bowlen
- Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – 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 (until September 1) then Alistair Fraser
- Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – Ray Lawson (until February 18) then Louis Orville Breithaupt
- Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Thomas William Lemuel Prowse
- Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Gaspard Fauteux
- Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – William John Patterson
- Premier of Alberta – Ernest Manning
- Premier of British Columbia – Byron Johnson (until August 1) then W.A.C. Bennett
- Premier of Manitoba – Douglas Campbell
- Premier of New Brunswick – John McNair (until October 8) then Hugh John Flemming
- 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
- Commissioner of Yukon – Frederick Fraser (until November 5) then Wilfred George Brown
- Commissioner of Northwest Territories – Hugh Andrew Young
- January 24 – Vincent Massey appointed first Canada-born Governor-General of Canada
- February 6 – Elizabeth II becomes Queen of Canada upon the death of her father George VI.
- June 11 – Saskatchewan election: Tommy Douglas's Co-operative Commonwealth Federation wins a third consecutive majority
- May 25 – Korean War: Canadian troops are dispatched to the troubled Geoje POW Camp
- August 1 – W.A.C. Bennett becomes premier of British Columbia, replacing Byron Johnson
- August 5 – Alberta election: Ernest Manning's Social Credit Party wins a fifth consecutive majority
- September 6 – The first CBC Television station, CBFT, goes on the air in Montreal, Quebec
- September 8 – CBLT (CBC Toronto) goes on air
- September 11 – Volkswagen of Canada is founded.
- September 16 – The Boyd Gang is captured
- October 2 – Korean War: HMCS Iroquois, while shelling an enemy train in Korea, is hit by return fire from shore batteries. Three sailors were killed and 10 wounded: the only Royal Canadian Navy casualties of the war.
- October 8 – Hugh John Flemming becomes premier of New Brunswick, replacing John McNair
- October 14 – Lester B. Pearson is elected President of the United Nations General Assembly.
Full date unknown
- Fighting in the Korean War drags on as the factions attempt to negotiate an armistice.
- The pension system is reformed with the introduction of the Old Age Security Act.
- Roy Thomson acquires The Scotsman and emigrates to Britain
- Painters Eleven founded.
- Atomic Energy Canada founded.
- Manitoba women were first permitted to serve on juries. (New Brunswick women become jurors in 1954, and PEI women in 1966).
Arts and literature
- Thomas B. Costain: The Silver Chalice
- See 1952 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
- Stephen Leacock Award: Jan Hilliard, The Salt Box
- February 14-February 25: Winter Olympics in Oslo, Canada wins men's hockey gold.
- February 24 – At the 1952 Winter Olympics the Canadian hockey team wins gold.
- The Detroit Red Wings sweep the Montreal Canadiens to win the Stanley Cup.
January to June
- February – Kathy Dunderdale, politician and 10th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
- February 3 – Wayne Erdman, judoka
- February 18 – Bernard Valcourt, politician and lawyer
- February 27 – Maureen McTeer, author and lawyer
- March 4 – Svend Robinson, politician, Canada's first openly homosexual elected official and prominent activist for gay rights
- May 13 – Mary Walsh, actress and comedian
- May 17 – Howard Hampton, politician
- June 2 – Ferron, folk singer-songwriter and poet
- June 22 – Graham Greene, actor
- June 29 – David Dingwall, politician, Minister and civil servant
July to September
- July 1 – Dan Aykroyd, comedian, actor, screenwriter and musician
- July 1 – Sam George, native rights activist (d.2009)
- July 1 – Deborah Grey, politician
- July 3 – Rohinton Mistry, author
- July 6 – George Athans, world-champion water skier
- July 7 – David Milgaard, wrongfully convicted of murder
- July 25 – Nancy Allan, politician
- August 9 – Gary Kowalski, politician
- September 8 – Sue Barnes, politician
- September 10 – Vic Toews, politician
- September 12 – Neil Peart, drummer and author
October to December
- October 2 – Marie Deschamps, jurist and puisne justice on the Supreme Court of Canada
- October 4 – Angela Coughlan, swimmer and Olympic bronze medalist (d.2009)
- October 22 – Peggy Baker, dancer
- November 10 – Jim Maloway, politician
- November 16 – Candas Jane Dorsey, poet and science fiction novelist
- November 27 – Sheila Copps, journalist and politician
- December 12 – Herb Dhaliwal, politician and Minister
- December 24 – Lorne Calvert, politician and 13th Premier of Saskatchewan
Full date unknown
- Di Brandt, poet and literary critic
- David Macfarlane, journalist, playwright and novelist
- Bob McLeod, politician and 12th Premier of the Northwest Territories
- June 21 – Wilfrid R. "Wop" May, World War I flying ace and pioneering bush pilot (b.1896)
- July 6 – Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, politician and 14th Premier of Quebec (b.1867)
- August 31 – Henri Bourassa, politician and publisher (b.1868)
- October 6 – Walter Stanley Monroe, businessman, politician and Prime Minister of Newfoundland (b.1871)
- October 18 – Joseph-Mathias Tellier, politician (b.1861)
- November 8 – Harold Innis, professor of political economy and author (b.1894)
Full date unknown
- Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. http://criaw-icref.ca/millenium