1977 in Canada
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Events from the year 1977 in Canada.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- Governor general – Jules Léger (viceregal consort – Gabrielle Léger)
- Prime minister – Pierre Trudeau
- Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – Ralph Steinhauer
- Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – Walter Stewart Owen
- Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – Francis Lawrence Jobin
- Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – Hédard Robichaud
- Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland – Gordon Arnaud Winter
- Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – Clarence Gosse
- Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – Pauline Mills McGibbon
- Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Gordon Lockhart Bennett
- Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Hugues Lapointe
- Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – George Porteous
- Premier of Alberta – Peter Lougheed
- Premier of British Columbia – Bill Bennett
- Premier of Manitoba – Edward Schreyer (until November 24) then Sterling Lyon
- Premier of New Brunswick – Richard Hatfield
- Premier of Newfoundland – Frank Moores
- Premier of Nova Scotia – Gerald Regan
- Premier of Ontario – Bill Davis
- Premier of Prince Edward Island – Alexander B. Campbell
- Premier of Quebec – René Lévesque
- Premier of Saskatchewan – Allan Blakeney
- Commissioner of Yukon – Arthur MacDonald Pearson
- Commissioner of Northwest Territories – Stuart Milton Hodgson
- January 1 - Canada's offshore exclusive economic zone is extended to 200 nautical miles (370 km).
- February 6 - René Lévesque is embroiled in scandal after he, while driving in a car with a woman who is not his wife, hits and kills a homeless man.
- February 27 - Royal Canadian Mounted Police raid Keith Richards's Toronto hotel suite while he is sleeping and seize 22 grams of heroin, 5 grams of cocaine, and narcotics paraphernalia.
- February 28 - Canadian passenger rail services are amalgamated into Via Rail.
- May 5 - Willie Adams becomes the first Inuk to enter Parliament when he is appointed to the Senate.
- May 9 - The final report of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry is released.
- June: Elizabeth II tours Canada as part of her Silver Jubilee goodwill tour.
- June 9 - Ontario election: Bill Davis's PCs win a second consecutive minority.
- August - Murder of Emanuel Jaques.
- August 26 - The Charter of the French Language is passed by the Parti Québécois.
- September 3 - September 5 - All Canadian road signs are converted to metric units.
- October 18 - Deliberations of the House of Commons are televised for the first time making Canada the first country to broadcast the complete proceedings of its national legislature.
- November 21 - Gerald Hannon's controversial article "Men Loving Boys Loving Men" is published in The Body Politic
- November 24 - Sterling Lyon becomes premier of Manitoba, replacing Edward Schreyer.
Full date unknown
- The Eaton Centre opens in Toronto.
- Prime Minister Trudeau separates from his wife Margaret Sinclair.
- Quebec becomes the first jurisdiction (larger than a city or county) in the world to prohibit discrimination in the public and private sectors based on sexual orientation.
- Etobicoke introduces the Reduce Impaired Driving in Etobicoke programme which, eventually, spreads across the province as Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere.
Arts and literature
- Margaret Atwood: Dancing Girls
- Elizabeth Smart: A Bonus
- Timothy Findley: The Wars
- Irving Layton: The Covenant
- Roch Carrier: Il n'ya pas de pays sans grand-père
- Gabrielle Roy: Ces Enfants de ma vie
- Morley Callaghan: Close to the Sun Again
- Antonine Maillet: La Veuve enragée
- Marshall McLuhan: City as Classroom: Understanding Language and Media
- See 1977 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
- Books in Canada First Novel Award: Michael Ondaatje, Coming Through Slaughter
- Stephen Leacock Award: Ray Guy, That Far Greater Bay
- Vicky Metcalf Award: James Archibald Houston
- April 7 - The Toronto Blue Jays play their first game, defeating the Chicago White Sox.
- 16 July - Gilles Villeneuve makes his Formula One debut, with Team McLaren, at the British Grand Prix. He is the first Canadian driver in the top formula.
January to March
- February 11 - Stephanie Richardson, swimmer
- February 20 - Gail Kim, wrestler
- March 13 - Barney Williams, rower and Olympic silver medalist
- March 27 - Buffy-Lynne Williams, rower and Olympic bronze medalist
- March 28 - Trevor Stewardson, boxer
April to June
- April 5 - Zach Whitmarsh, track and field athlete
- April 21 - Jamie Salé, pair skater, Olympic gold medalist and World Champion
- April 26 - Craig Adams, ice hockey player
- May 4 - Emily Perkins, actress
- May 9 - Michelle Fournier, hammer thrower
- May 16 - Jean-Sébastien Giguère, ice hockey player
- June 12 - Wade Redden, ice hockey player
- June 22 - Chris Wolfenden, volleyball player
- June 27 - Kristen Taunton, field hockey player
July to September
- July 1 - Jarome Iginla, ice hockey player
- July 8 - Sandra Lizé, water polo player
- August 1 - Marc Denis, ice hockey player
- August 14 - Tonya Verbeek, wrestler and Olympic silver medalist
- August 15 - Martin Biron, ice hockey player
- August 24 - Murray Grapentine, volleyball player
- September 17 - Kim Sarrazin, softball player
- September 29 - Wade Brookbank, ice hockey player
October to December
- October 3 - Kristy Odamura, softball player
- October 6 - Daniel Brière, ice hockey player
- October 8 - Viktor Berg, squash player
- October 15 - Jen Button, swimmer
- October 18 - Paul Stalteri, soccer player
- October 27 - Erin White, softball player
- October 29 - Matt Higgins, ice hockey player
- November 18 - Shahier Razik, squash player
- December 16 - Éric Bélanger, ice hockey player
- December 29 - Christin Petelski, swimmer
- January 24 - Jack Bush, painter (b.1909)
- February 17 - Edward LeRoy Bowerman, politician (b.1892)
- March 14 - Benjamin Chee Chee, artist (b.1944)
- May 5 - Stuart Garson, politician, Minister and 12th Premier of Manitoba (b.1898)
- June 24 - André-Gilles Fortin, politician (b.1943)
- July 3 - Hugh Le Caine, physicist, composer and instrument builder (b.1914)
- August - Emanuel Jaques, murder victim (b.1965)
- August 14 - Wilfred Curtis, Chief of the Air Staff of the Royal Canadian Air Force (b.1893)
- November 3 - William Kurelek, artist and writer (b.1927)
- November 5 - Guy Lombardo, bandleader and violinist (b.1902)
- November 25 - Tommy Prince, one of Canada's most decorated First Nations soldiers (b.1915)