1990 in Canada
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Events from the year 1990 in Canada.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
Main article: 1990 Canadian incumbents
- Governor general – Jeanne Sauvé (until January 29) then Ray Hnatyshyn (viceregal consort – Maurice Sauvé then Gerda Hnatyshyn)
- Prime minister – Brian Mulroney
- Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – Helen Hunley
- Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – 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 – Lloyd Crouse
- Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – Lincoln Alexander
- Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Lloyd MacPhail (until August 16) then Marion Reid
- Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Gilles Lamontagne (until August 9) then Martial Asselin
- Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – Sylvia Fedoruk
- Premier of Alberta – Don Getty
- Premier of British Columbia – Bill Vander Zalm
- Premier of Manitoba – Gary Filmon
- Premier of New Brunswick – Frank McKenna
- Premier of Newfoundland – Clyde Wells
- Premier of Nova Scotia – John Buchanan (until September 12) then Roger Bacon
- Premier of Ontario – David Peterson (until October 1) then Bob Rae
- 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 – Daniel L. Norris
January to June
- January 5 – 1300 jobs are lost in Newfoundland when Fishery Products International decides to close three plants
- January 15 – Massive cuts to Via Rail come into effect leading to the rerouting of The Canadian and many intercity trains
- January 24 – The Tories introduce legislation that would create the Goods and Services Tax (GST), a national sales tax
- January 24 – Jean Charest resigns from cabinet after he was found to have spoken with a judge
- January 29 – Ramon John Hnatyshyn replaces Jeanne Sauvé as governor general
- January 29 – A controversial resolution is passed by the city council of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, declaring the city "English-only"
- February: The federal government announces that it will privatize Petro-Canada; the legislation to do so is introduced in October.
- February 12 – A massive tire fire begins near Hagersville, Ontario. It takes 17 days to put out.
- March 9 – Newfoundland Premier Clyde Wells confirms he will rescind Newfoundland's approval of the Meech Lake Accord
- March 15 – The federal government decides that Sikhs may wear turbans while serving as Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers following the Baltej Singh Dhillon case
- March 22 – Canadian arms designer Gerald Bull is assassinated in Brussels
- May 12 – The Bloc Québécois Party is formed as several MPs led by Lucien Bouchard quit the Tories and Liberals
- May 24 – The Edmonton Oilers win the 1990 Stanley Cup Finals.
- May 29 – Mikhail Gorbachev arrives in Ottawa for a 29-hour visit.
- June 6 – Stanley Charles Waters is the first elected senator
- June 12 – Elijah Harper prevents Manitoba accepting the Meech Lake Accord
- June 17–30 – Nelson Mandela tours North America, visiting three Canadian and eight U.S. cities.
- June 23 – Meech Lake Accord officially dead
- June 23 – Jean Chrétien elected leader of the Liberal Party of Canada at a leadership convention held in Calgary
July to December
- July 11 – The Oka crisis begins
- September 6 – Bob Rae's Ontario New Democratic Party wins a surprise majority in Ontario.
- September 12 – Roger Bacon becomes premier of Nova Scotia, replacing John Buchanan
- September 26 – Oka crisis ends peacefully
- September 27 – Brian Mulroney temporarily increases the size of the Senate to ensure passage of the GST
- October 1 – Bob Rae become premier of Ontario, replacing David Peterson
- November 1 – Brian Mulroney launches the Citizen's Forum on Canada's Future to get Canadians' input on constitutional reform
- December 10 – Jean Chrétien is returned to the House of Commons after winning a by election for the New Brunswick riding of Beauséjour
- December 13 – The Senate of Canada approves the GST.
- December 17 – The GST becomes law
Full date unknown
- Canada Post Systems Management Limited founded.
- Richard Taylor wins the Nobel Prize in Physics for verifying the Quark Theory.
- Canada joins to the Organization of American States.
Arts and literature
- March 6 – The National Gallery of Canada acquires Barnett Newman's Voice of Fire for $1.8 million, causing a storm of controversy.
- Swann by Carol Shields published
- The Evening News by Arthur Hailey
- A Tenured Professor by John Kenneth Galbraith
- TekWar by William Shatner
- Magic Casement by Dave Duncan
- Golden Fleece by Robert J. Sawyer
- Medicine River by Thomas King
- The Magic Machine: A Handbook of Computer Sorcery by Alexander Dewdney
- Whylah Falls by George Elliott Clarke
- The Wild Blue Yonder by Audrey Thomas
- L'Oursiade by Antonine Maillet
- See 1990 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
- Books in Canada First Novel Award: Sandra Birdsell, The Missing Child
- Geoffrey Bilson Award: Kit Pearson, The Sky Is Falling
- Gerald Lampert Award: Steven Heighton, Stalin's Carnival
- Marian Engel Award: Carol Shields
- Pat Lowther Award: Patricia Young, The Mad and Beautiful Mothers
- Stephen Leacock Award: W.O. Mitchell, According to Jake and the Kid
- Trillium Book Award: Alice Munro, Friend of My Youth
- Vicky Metcalf Award: Bernice Thurman Hunter
- November 25 – In the 78th Grey Cup the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeat the Edmonton Eskimos at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.
- Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup four games to one over the Boston Bruins. It is their fifth cup victory in seven years.
- Doug Flutie returns to Canada to play with the BC Lions.
- May 13 – Jane Creba, murder victim (d. 2005)
- May 27 – Danny McKinnon, actor
- August 7 – Jake Allen, hockey goaltender
- September 7 – Megan McNeil, singer (d. 2011)
- September 28 – Kirsten Prout, actress
- October 23 – Dalmar Abuzeid, actor
- December 10 – Reda Agourram, soccer player
January to June
- January 7 – Bronko Nagurski, American football player (b. 1908)
- March 16 – Dalton McGuinty Senior, politician and father of premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty and the politician David McGuinty (b. 1926)
- March 22 – Gerald Bull, engineer and artillery designer (b. 1928)
- March 24 - Jim St. James, actor and HIV/AIDS activist
- April 11 – Harold Ballard, owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs (b. 1903)
July to September
- July 18
- August 25 – Morley Callaghan, novelist, short story writer, playwright, and television and radio personality (b. 1903)
- September 6 – Stan Roberts, politician (b. 1927)
- September 11 – Lela Brooks, speed skater and world record holder (b. 1908)
October to December
- October 22 – Carl Klinck, literary historian and academic (b. 1908)
- October 30 – Craig Russell, female impersonator (b. 1948)
- November 2 – Frederick Thomas Armstrong, politician (b. 1907)
- November 9 – Hugh MacLennan, author and professor of English (b. 1907)
- December 7 – Jean Paul Lemieux, painter (b. 1904)
- December 24 – Tammy Homolka, murder victim (b. 1975)
- December 31 – Robina Higgins, track and field athlete (b. 1915)