1988 in Canada
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Events from the year 1988 in Canada.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 References
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – Helen Hunley
- Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – Robert G. Rogers (until September 9) then David Lam
- Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – George Johnson
- Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – 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 (until September 7) then Sylvia Fedoruk
- Premier of Alberta – Don Getty
- Premier of British Columbia – Bill Vander Zalm
- Premier of Manitoba – Howard Pawley (until May 9) then Gary Filmon
- Premier of New Brunswick – 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
- January 28 – Canada's abortion laws are repealed by the Supreme Court.
- March 19 – Jacques Parizeau becomes leader of the Parti Québécois.
- May – HMCS Halifax, the first Halifax-class frigate is launched in Saint John, New Brunswick.
- May 9 – Gary Filmon becomes premier of Manitoba, replacing Howard Pawley.
- June 4 – The Canadian Heraldic Authority is established, with a mandate to grant armourial bearings to worthy Canadians and Canadian corporations. It is the first heraldic authority in the Commonwealth of Nations outside the United Kingdom.
- July 21 – The War Measures Act is replaced by the Emergencies Act.
- September 1 – Several new cable channels sign-on: YTV, VisionTV, Family, WeatherNow, MétéoMédia, TV5 Québec Canada.
- September 1 – All rail service is terminated in Newfoundland after CN Rail abandons its historic rail lines on the island operated by its Terra Transport subsidiary.
- September 22 – Prime Minister Brian Mulroney officially apologizes for the World War II internment of Japanese Canadians.
- November 1 – The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse is created.
- November 21 – In the federal election, Brian Mulroney's Progressive Conservative Party wins a second majority government in an election fought over the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement.
- December 15 – The Supreme Court rules that the Quebec Charter of the French Language is unconstitutional.
- December 21 – The Quebec government reinstates the language laws using the notwithstanding clause.
Full date unknown
- Svend Robinson becomes Canada's first Member of Parliament to come out as homosexual.
- Maher Arar emigrates to Canada.
- David Lam becomes Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia.
- CHUM Limited buys the CHUM-City Building at the corner of Queen and John streets in Toronto as their headquarters.
- Conrad Black gains control of The Spectator.
Arts and literature
- May 21 – The new National Gallery of Canada building opens in Ottawa.
- Timothy Findley – Stones
- Morley Callaghan – A Wild Old Man on the Road
- Jeffrey Simpson – Spoils of Power
- bill bissett – What We Have
- See 1988 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
- Books in Canada First Novel Award: Marion Quednau, The Butterfly Chair
- Geoffrey Bilson Award: 1988 – Carol Matas, 'Lisa
- Gerald Lampert Award: Di Brandt, Questions I Asked My Mother
- Marian Engel Award: Edna Alford
- Pat Lowther Award: Gwendolyn MacEwen, Afterworlds
- Stephen Leacock Award: Paul Quarrington, King Leary
- Trillium Book Award: Timothy Findley, Stones
- Vicky Metcalf Award: Barbara Smucker
- February 13 – The XV Olympic Winter Games open in Calgary.
- July – The 1988 World Junior Championships in Athletics take place in Sudbury, Ontario.
- August 9: Wayne Gretzky is traded to the Los Angeles Kings by the Edmonton Oilers with Mike Krushelnyski and Marty McSorley for Jimmy Carson, Martin Gélinas, the Los Angeles Kings 1989 First Round Draft Pick (later acquired by New Jersey Devils, who selected Jason Miller), 1991 (Martin Rucinsky), and 1993 (Nick Stajduhar) Entry Drafts and cash.
- September 26 – Sprinter Ben Johnson is stripped of his Olympic gold medal and world record when he tests positive for steroids.
- Figure skater Kurt Browning completes the first ever quadruple toe loop in competition.
- January 6 – Andrew Robinson, water polo player
- February 14 – Katie Boland, actress, writer, and producer
- February 27 – Dustin Jeffrey, hockey player
- April 29 – Jonathan Toews, hockey player
- May 3 – Kaya Turski, freestyle skier
- May 5 – Skye Sweetnam, singer-songwriter and actress
- May 9 – J. R. Fitzpatrick, race car driver
- May 18 – Ryan Cooley, actor
- May 26 – Kelly MacDonald, diver
- June 6 – Keshia Chanté, singer-songwriter, model, actress, and philanthropist
- June 7 – Michael Cera, actor
- July 2 – Seanna Mitchell, swimmer
- July 6 – Mathieu Bois, swimmer
- July 12 – Melissa O'Neil, singer
- July 25 – Heather Marks, model
- July 29 – Emily Csikos, water polo player
- August 4 – Carly Foulkes, model and actress
- September 24 – Kirsten Sweetland, triathlete
- November 8 – Jessica Lowndes, actress and singer-songwriter
- November 16 – Kier Maitland, swimmer
- November 22 – Reece Thompson, actor
Full date unknown
January to June
- February 2 – Louis-Marie Régis, philosopher, theologian, scholar and member of the Dominican Order (born 1903)
- March 20 – Gil Evans, jazz pianist, arranger, composer and bandleader (born 1912)
- June 19 – Fernand Seguin, biochemist, professor and television host (born 1922)
July to December
- July 4 – Donald MacLaren, World War I flying ace, businessman (born 1893)
- July 9 – Richard Spink Bowles, lawyer and Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (born 1912)
- August 8 – Félix Leclerc, folk singer, poet, writer, actor and political activist (born 1914)
- August 28 – Jean Marchand, trade unionist and politician (born 1918)
- September 8 – Joseph Algernon Pearce, astrophycisist (born 1893)
- September 25 – bpNichol, poet (b.1944)
- September 27 – George Grant, philosopher, teacher and political commentator (born 1918)
- October 15 – Victor Copps, politician and Mayor of Hamilton (born 1919)
- October 31 – Alfred Pellan, painter (born 1906)
- November 26 – John Dahmer, politician (born 1937)