1987 in Canada
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Events from the year 1987 in Canada.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 References
Main article: 1987 Canadian incumbents
- Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – Helen Hunley
- Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – Robert Gordon Rogers
- Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – George Johnson
- Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – George Stanley (until August 20) then Gilbert Finn
- Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland – James McGrath
- Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – Alan Abraham
- Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – Lincoln Alexander
- Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Lloyd MacPhail
- Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Gilles Lamontagne
- Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – Frederick Johnson
- Premier of Alberta – Don Getty
- Premier of British Columbia – Bill Vander Zalm
- Premier of Manitoba – Howard Pawley
- Premier of New Brunswick – Richard Hatfield (until October 27) then Frank McKenna
- Premier of Newfoundland – Brian Peckford
- Premier of Nova Scotia – John Buchanan
- Premier of Ontario – David Peterson
- Premier of Prince Edward Island – Joe Ghiz
- Premier of Quebec – Robert Bourassa
- Premier of Saskatchewan – Grant Devine
- Commissioner of Yukon – John Kenneth McKinnon
- Commissioner of Northwest Territories – John Havelock Parker
- Premier of the Northwest Territories – Nick Sibbeston (until November 12) then Dennis Patterson
- Premier of Yukon – Tony Penikett
- January 1 - Frobisher Bay changes its name to Iqaluit.
- April 21 - The lifeless body of Claude Jutra was finally found in the Saint Lawrence River near Cap-Santé.
- April 30 - Provincial premiers agree to Meech Lake Accord.
- May 22 - Rick Hansen returns home to Vancouver after his Man in Motion world tour.
- June 30 - Canada introduces a $1 coin, commonly called loonie; the dollar bill is withdrawn in 1989.
- July 3 - Quebec City becomes the first city in North America to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- July 14 - Montreal is hit by a series of severe thunderstorms during the Montreal Flood of 1987.
- July 31 - The Edmonton Tornado kills 27 people.
- September 10 - Ontario election: David Peterson's Liberals win a majority.
- September 20 - Pope John Paul II visits the Northwest Territories.
- October - Canadian and American negotiators reach agreement on the Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement.
- October 27 - Frank McKenna becomes premier of New Brunswick, replacing Richard Hatfield.
- October 31 - The Reform Party of Canada is founded.
- November 12 - Dennis Patterson becomes government leader of the Northwest Territories, replacing Nick Sibbeston.
- November 30 - Several new Canadian specialty channels are licensed: YTV, VisionTV, CBC Newsworld, The Weather Network/MeteoMedia, and one pay-television channel: The Family Channel.
Arts and literature
- William Bell: Metal Head
- Dave Duncan: A Rose-Red City
- Michael Ignatieff: The Russian Album
- Irving Layton: Fortunate Exile
- Donald Jack: This One's on Me
- Steve McCaffery: Evoba
- Antonine Maillet: Margot la folle
- Farley Mowat: Virunga: The Passion of Dian Fossey
- Paul Quarrington, King Leary
- Mordecai Richler: Jacob Two-Two and the Dinosaur
- See 1987 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
- Books in Canada First Novel Award: Karen Lawrence, The Life of Helen Alone
- Gerald Lampert Award: Rosemary Sullivan, The Space a Name Makes
- Marian Engel Award: Audrey Thomas
- Pat Lowther Award: Heather Spears, How to Read Faces
- Stephen Leacock Award: W.P. Kinsella, The Fencepost Chronicles
- Trillium Book Award: Michael Ondaatje, In the Skin of a Lion
- Vicky Metcalf Award: Robert Munsch
- November 27 - Rock band Cowboy Junkies record their most famous album, The Trinity Session, at Toronto's Church of the Holy Trinity.
- April 27
- April 30 - Jeremy Bordeleau, canoeist
- May 17 - Con Kudaba, water polo player
- August 7 - Sidney Crosby, ice hockey player
- August 16 - Carey Price, ice hockey goaltender
- October 6 - Kia Byers, canoeist
- October 16 - Pascal Wollach, swimmer
January to June
- January 5 - Margaret Laurence, novelist and short story writer (b.1926)
- January 5 - Herman Smith-Johannsen, ski pioneer and supercentenarian (b.1875)
- January 27 - Norman McLaren, animator and film director (b.1914)
- February 19 - Russell Doern, politician (b.1935)
- March 21 - Walter L. Gordon, accountant, businessman, politician and writer (b.1906)
July to December
- September 11 - Lorne Greene, actor (b.1915)
- September 19 - Ralph Steinhauer, native leader, first Aboriginal to become the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta (b.1905)
- October 5 - Conrad Bourcier, ice hockey player (b.1915)
- November 1 - René Lévesque, politician, Minister and 23rd Premier of Quebec (b.1922)
- November 6 - George Laurence, nuclear physicist (b.1905)
- November 18 - George Ryga, playwright and novelist (b.1932)
- November 29 - Gwendolyn MacEwen, novelist and poet (b.1941)
Full date unknown
- (French) Bilan du Siècle