1964 in Canada

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Events from the year 1964 in Canada.



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  • March 13 – Canada begins a decades-long peacekeeping mission in Cyprus
  • March 23 – George Stanley first describes and sketches the proposal for Canada's new flag that is eventually accepted
  • March 26 – The White Paper on Defence is tabled.
  • March 27 – Several towns in coastal British Columbia, including Prince Rupert, Tofino, Port Alberni and Zeballos, suffer damage from tsunamis associated with the Good Friday earthquake in Alaska. Overall damage is estimated at $10 million.
  • April – Canadians are issued Social Insurance cards for the first time
  • April 22 – Saskatchewan election: Ross Thatcher's Liberals win a majority, defeating Woodrow Lloyd's Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
  • May 2 – W. Ross Thatcher is sworn in as Premier of Saskatchewan
  • May 27 – The Prime Minister unveils the "Pearson Pennant", his preferred, but ultimately unsuccessful, design for a new national flag.
  • June 15 – The Great Canadian Flag Debate begins in the House of Commons.
  • June 19 - The Hall Commission Report recommending the creation of Canada's medicare programme was tabled in the House of Commons.
  • July 16 – Canada extends its exclusive fishing zone to 12 miles off-shore
  • September 10 – After almost three months of debate in the Commons, the flag question is referred to an all-party committee.
  • September 17 – The flag committee meets for the first time.
  • October 5 – Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh begin an eight-day visit to Canada.
  • October 22 – The flag committee makes its final selection of the design that will become the national flag.
  • November 9 - Max Saltsman wins Waterloo South by-election, campaigning against a mere flag taking priority over important social issues such as medicare
  • November 30 – John Diefenbaker launches a filibuster to try to prevent the introduction of a new Canadian flag
  • December 16 – Bill creating the new Flag of Canada passed in the House of Commons after much controversy.

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Arts and literature[edit]

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Rachel Notley
Paul Okalik

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Stephen McNeil

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See also[edit]


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