1917 in Canada
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Events from the year 1917 in Canada.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 References
- Governor general – Victor Cavendish (viceregal consort – Evelyn Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire)
- Prime minister – Robert Borden
- Chief Justice – Charles Fitzpatrick (Quebec)
- Parliament – 12th (until 6 October)
- Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – Robert Brett
- Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – Francis Stillman Barnard
- Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – James Albert Manning Aikins
- Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – Josiah Wood (until June 29) then Gilbert Ganong (June 29 to October 31) then William Pugsley (from November 6)
- Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – MacCallum Grant
- Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – John Strathearn Hendrie
- Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Augustine Colin Macdonald
- Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Pierre-Évariste Leblanc
- Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – Richard Stuart Lake
- Premier of Alberta – Arthur Sifton (until October 30) then Charles Stewart
- Premier of British Columbia – Harlan Brewster
- Premier of Manitoba – Tobias Norris
- Premier of New Brunswick – George Johnson Clarke (until February 1) then James A. Murray (February 1 to April 4) then Walter Foster
- Premier of Nova Scotia – George Henry Murray
- Premier of Ontario – William Hearst
- Premier of Prince Edward Island – John Mathieson (until June 21) then Aubin Arsenault
- Premier of Quebec – Lomer Gouin
- Premier of Saskatchewan – William Melville Martin
- Commissioner of Yukon - George Norris Williams (acting)
- Gold Commissioner of Yukon – George P. MacKenzie
- Commissioner of Northwest Territories – Frederick D. White
January to June
- February 1 - James Alexander Murray becomes premier of New Brunswick, replacing George Johnson Clarke
- April 4 - Walter Foster becomes premier of New Brunswick, replacing Murray
- April 9 - April 14 - Battle of Vimy Ridge.
- June 7 - Alberta election: Arthur Sifton's Liberals win a fourth consecutive majority. Louise McKinney and Roberta MacAdams are elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and the first woman on elected in Canadian history.
- June 21 - Aubin Arsenault becomes premier of Prince Edward Island, replacing John Mathieson
- June 26 - Saskatchewan election: William Martin's Liberals win a fourth consecutive majority.
July to December
- July 1: Canada celebrates its 50th Dominion Day.
- August: The government introduces conscription triggering the Conscription Crisis of 1917
- September 20: The Income War Tax Act receives royal assent, establishing a “temporary” tax, which remains in force to this day.
- September 20: The Wartime Elections Act gives female relatives of servicemen the vote.
- October 26 - November 10: Second Battle of Passchendaele.
- October 30: Charles Stewart (1868–1946) becomes premier of Alberta, replacing Arthur Sifton
- November 1 to 30: Swanson Bay, British Columbia records 88.01 inches (2,235.5 mm) of precipitation for the month, which remains the highest officially recorded for one calendar month in North America.
- December 6: Halifax Explosion kills 1900 people and injures 9000. The largest ever man-made explosion pre-Hiroshima atomic bomb.
- December 17: Federal election: Robert Borden’s Conservatives win a second consecutive majority
Arts and literature
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- November 26 - The NHL is established in Montreal.
- December 19 - The first NHL game is played: Montreal Wanderers 10, Toronto Arenas 9.
January to June
- January 6 - Sydney Banks, broadcaster and producer (d.2006)
- January 11 - John Robarts, lawyer, politician and 17th Premier of Ontario (d.1982)
- April 25 - George R. Gardiner, businessman, philanthropist and co-founder of the Gardiner Museum (d.1997)
- May 12 - Frank Clair, Canadian Football League coach (d.2005)
- May 19 - Robert Gordon Robertson, civil servant and 7th Commissioner of the Northwest Territories (d.2013)
- May 21 - Raymond Burr, actor (d.1993)
- May 22 - Lude Check, ice hockey player (d.2009)
- May 24 - Ross Thatcher, politician and 9th Premier of Saskatchewan (d.1971)
- June 17 - Dufferin Roblin, businessman, politician and 14th Premier of Manitoba (d.2010)
- June 18 - Arthur Tremblay, politician and Senator (d.1996)
- June 29 - Archie Green, folklorist and musicologist (d.2009)
July to December
- September 12 - Pierre Sévigny, soldier, author, politician and academic (d.2004)
- September 15 - Alf Pike, ice hockey player and coach (d.2009)
- September 26 - Réal Caouette, politician (d.1976)
- November 2 - Ann Rutherford, actress (Gone with the Wind, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty). (d. 2012)
- November 11 - Abram Hoffer, orthomolecular psychiatrist (d.2009)
- November 28 - Jacob Froese, politician (d.2003)
Full date unknown
- John Hayes, harness racing driver, trainer and owner (d.1998)
- Jack Singer, businessman and philanthropist (d.2013)
January to June
- January 14 - Alexander Cameron, physician and politician (b.1834)
- February 17 - Ralph Smith, coal miner, labour leader and politician (b.1858)
- February 26 - George Johnson Clarke, lawyer, journalist, politician and 14th Premier of New Brunswick (b.1857)
- June 13 - Louis-Philippe Hébert, sculptor (b.1850)
July to December
- July 8 - Tom Thomson, artist (b.1877)
- July 15 - Lemuel John Tweedie, politician and 9th Premier of New Brunswick (b.1849)
- August 6 - Richard McBride, politician and Premier of British Columbia (b.1870)
- August 29 - Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey, 9th Governor General of Canada (b.1851)
- October 31 - Gilbert Ganong, businessman, politician and Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick (b.1851)
- November 10 - Thomas Simpson Sproule, politician and Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons (b.1843)
- December 10 - Mackenzie Bowell, politician and 5th Prime Minister of Canada (b.1823)