1995 in Canada
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Events from the year 1995 in Canada.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 See also
- 8 References
Main article: 1995 Canadian incumbents
- Governor general – Ray Hnatyshyn (until February 8) then Roméo LeBlanc (viceregal consort – Gerda Hnatyshyn then Diana Fowler)
- Prime minister – Jean Chrétien
- Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – Gordon Towers
- Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – David Lam (until April 21) then Garde Gardom
- Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – Yvon Dumont
- Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – Margaret McCain
- Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland – Frederick Russell
- Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – James Kinley
- Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – Hal Jackman
- Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Marion Reid (until August 30) then Gilbert Clements
- Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Martial Asselin
- Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – Jack Wiebe
- Premier of Alberta – Ralph Klein
- Premier of British Columbia – Mike Harcourt
- Premier of Manitoba – Gary Filmon
- Premier of New Brunswick – Frank McKenna
- Premier of Newfoundland – Clyde Wells
- Premier of Nova Scotia – John Savage
- Premier of Ontario – Bob Rae (until June 26) then Mike Harris
- Premier of Prince Edward Island – Catherine Callbeck
- Premier of Quebec – Jacques Parizeau
- Premier of Saskatchewan – Roy Romanow
- Commissioner of Yukon – John Kenneth McKinnon (until June 23) then Judy Gingell
- Commissioner of Northwest Territories – Daniel L. Norris (until January 16) then Helen Maksagak
- Premier of the Northwest Territories – Nellie Cournoyea (until November 22) then Don Morin
- Premier of Yukon – John Ostashek
January to March
- January 5 - Rogers Communications withdraws the unpopular negative option billing system after wide-scale consumer protest.
- January 7 - The opening of Parliament is televised for the first time.
- January 18 - A video of the Canadian Airborne Regiment's brutal hazing rituals is made public.
- January 23 - As a result of the Somalia Affair and the hazing video, the Airborne Regiment is disbanded.
- January 23 - Guy Paul Morin's conviction for murder that had seen him jailed for 11 years is overturned.
- February 21 - The inquiry into the April 1994 uprising in the Kingston Prison For Women rules that authorities used excessive force in putting it down.
- February 23 - American President Bill Clinton addresses Parliament.
- March 9 - As part of Brian Tobin's Turbot War Canadian officials seize the Spanish trawler the Estai.
- March 15 - Former Nova Scotia Premier Gerald Regan is charged with child abuse.
- March 18-March 27 - A major rail strike occurs; the workers are eventually legislated back to work.
- March 20 - Erichs Tobias is accused of war crimes.
- March 27 - Bell Canada announces major job cuts.
- March 31 - Perrin Beatty appointed head of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
April to June
- April - Chapters is officially incorporated.
- April 9 - Steve Stavro buys Maple Leaf Gardens from Harold Ballard's estate.
- April 16 - The Turbot War ends as Canada and the European Union reach an agreement.
- April 20 - A pipe bomb explodes outside Province House in Prince Edward Island.
- May 18 - The trial of Paul Bernardo begins.
- May 31 - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announce a $1 million reward in Air India flight 182 case and restarts its investigation.
- June 6 - Labatt is sold to a Belgian company.
- June 8 - Ontario election: Mike Harris's PCs win a majority, defeating Bob Rae's NDP.
- June 9 - Floods in Medicine Hat, Alberta force the evacuation of over 5000 people.
- June 13 - A strict new gun control law is passed banning most handguns and forcing all rifles to be registered.
- June 15-June 17 - The G7 meet in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- June 21 - Saskatchewan election: Roy Romanow's NDP win a second consecutive majority.
- June 28 - Mike Harris becomes premier of Ontario, replacing Bob Rae.
July to September
- July 17 - Christine Silverberg becomes Canada's first female police chief when she is promoted to that position in Calgary.
- July 20 - In Hill v. Church of Scientology of mexico the Supreme Court upholds Canada's largest ever libel award.
- July 27 - Thomson Corp. agrees to sell 27 Canadian newspapers to Hollinger Inc..
- August 1 - Popular Ottawa sportscaster Brian Smith is shot in the parking lot of CJOH by escaped mental patient Jeffrey Arenburg; Smith dies in hospital the following day.
- August 11 - The first fatal accident aboard a Toronto Transit Commission subway kills three.
- September 1 - Paul Bernardo is found guilty of the kidnapping, rape, and murder of Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French.
- September 6 - The government announces plans to sell off most of its remaining holdings in Petro-Canada.
October to December
- October 14 - Alexa McDonough is elected head of the New Democratic Party, replacing Audrey McLaughlin.
- October 24 - The James Bay Cree  vote 96.3% in favour of their territory remaining part of Canada in the event of Quebec sovereignty.
- October 27 - A massive rally is held in Montreal by the No side in the referendum.
- October 30 - The 1995 Quebec referendum is held on sovereignty. The No side narrowly wins.
- October 31 - Newfoundland passes a constitutional amendment to overhaul its school system.
- November 4 - Radarsat, Canada's first observation satellite is launched.
- November 5 - André Dallaire breaks into 24 Sussex Drive and the Prime Minister fends him off with an Inuit sculpture.
- November 5 - Paul Bernardo is declared a dangerous offender, meaning he will be ineligible for parole.
- November 11 - Journalist Judy Steed, in a conference speech, attacks the chair of Ryerson University's journalism program for employing Gerald Hannon as a part-time instructor; the controversy spans the next three weeks.
- November 15 - British Columbia premier announces his resignation because of the bingogate scandal.
- November 20 - Former PM Brian Mulroney sues the government over the Airbus Affair.
- November 22 - Don Morin becomes premier of the Northwest Territories, replacing Nellie Cournoyea.
- November 23 - Jean Chrétien unveils a law that would give each of Canada's four regions a constitutional veto. The West complains that it deserves more than one.
- November 28 - Canadian National Railway, the nation's largest Crown corporation and one of the largest state-run enterprises in the industrialized world is privatized.
- December - Representatives of aboriginal peoples gather and issue the Sacred Assembly Proclamation; from this was developed the Reconciliation Proclamation and the Statement of Principles and Priorities.
- December 6 - Canada agrees to send 1000 peacekeepers to Bosnia.
- December 11 - Voters in what will become Nunavut select Iqaluit as the capital of the new territory.
- December 20 - Lieutenant General Jean Boyle becomes Chief of the Defence Staff.
- December 21 - The Krever Commission holds its final hearings.
- December 28 - Premier of Newfoundland Clyde Wells announces his retirement.
Arts and literature
- bill bissett - Th influenza uv logik
- Ann-Marie MacDonald - The Arab's Mouth
- Douglas Coupland - Microserfs
- Stevie Cameron - On the Take
- Dave Duncan - The Hunters' Haunt
- Antonine Maillet - La Fontaine ou la Comédie des animaux
- Farley Mowat - Aftermath: Travels in a Post-War World
- Timothy Findley - The Piano Man's Daughter
- Carol Shields wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Stone Diaries
- Robert J. Sawyer wins the Nebula Award for his work The Terminal Experiment
- Giller Prize: Rohinton Mistry - A Fine Balance
- See 1995 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
- Books in Canada First Novel Award: Shyam Selvadurai, Funny Boy
- Geoffrey Bilson Award: Joan Clark, The Dream Carvers
- Gerald Lampert Award: Keith Maillard, Dementia Americana
- Marian Engel Award: Bonnie Burnard
- Pat Lowther Award: Beth Goobie, Scars of Light
- Stephen Leacock Award: Josh Freed, Fear of Frying and Other Fax of Life
- Trillium Book Award English: - Margaret Atwood, Morning in the Burned House and Wayson Choy, The Jade Peony
- Trillium Book Award French: - Maurice Henrie, Le Balcon dans le ciel
- Vicky Metcalf Award: Sarah Ellis
- Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill released
- Shania Twain's The Woman in Me released
- Ashley MacIsaac, Hi™ How Are You Today?
- Susan Aglukark, This Child
- Art Bergmann, What Fresh Hell is This?
- April 26 - Direct-to-home satellite television is made legal in Canada.
- Long running quiz show Front Page Challenge is cancelled by the CBC
- 28 May - Jacques Villeneuve becomes first Canadian to win the Indianapolis 500; Canadian Scott Goodyear is third.
- November 19 - At the 83rd Grey Cup the Baltimore Stallions defeat the Calgary Stampeders at Taylor Field in Regina.
- December 7 - The Montreal Canadiens trade Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche.
January to March
- January 3 - Victoria Duffield, singer, actress and dancer
- January 18 - Margaret Purdy, pair skater
- January 27 - Madeline Gardiner, artistic gymnast
- February 2
- February 8 - Jordan Todosey, actress
- February 23 - Andrew Wiggins, high school basketball player
- March 2
- March 5 - Zhao Kai Pang, ice dancer
- March 8 - Avery Tiplady, actor
- March 22 - Nicolas Petan, ice hockey player
- March 23 - Jan Lisiecki, pianist
- March 27 - Laurent Dauphin, ice hockey player
- March 28
April to June
- April 5 - Bo Horvat, ice hockey player
- April 11 - Erin Routliffe, New Zealand-born tennis player
- April 13 - Shavon John-Brown, footballer
- April 16 - Remi Elie, ice hockey player
- April 22 - Madison Bowey, ice hockey defenceman
- April 26
- April 29 - Tristan Jarry, ice hockey goaltender
- May 9 - Dillon Heatherington, ice hockey defenceman
- May 12 - Talia Chiarelli, artistic gymnast
- May 28 - Zachary Fucale, ice hockey goalie
- May 29 - Jordan Ju, figure skater
- June 6 - Sadi Jalali, Indian-born soccer player
- June 5 - Natasha Purich, figure skater
- June 13 - Mikaela Gerber, artistic gymnast
- June 20 - Carol Zhao, Chinese-born tennis player
- June 29 - Nicholas Latifi, racing driver
July to September
- July 4 - Jason Dickinson, ice hockey player
- July 6 - Eric Comrie, ice hockey goaltender
- July 11 - Tyler Medeiros, dancer, singer and songwriter
- July 12 - Samuel Morin, ice hockey defenceman
- July 17 - Austin MacDonald, actor
- August 5 - Shea Theodore, ice hockey defenceman
- August 26 - Anthony Duclair, ice hockey player
- August 27 - Cainan Wiebe, actor
- September - Ty Wood, actor
- September 1 - Nathan MacKinnon, ice hockey forward
- September 8 - Ellie Black, artistic gymnast
October to December
- October 12 - Lauren Dixon, actress
- October 25 - Conchita Campbell, actress
- November 6 - Sam Reinhart, ice hockey centre
- December 5 - Kaetlyn Osmond, figure skater
Full date unknown
- Dylan Everett, actor
- Ricardo Hoyos, actor
- Gabriel Maillé, actor
- James Valitchka, novelist
- Sammy Yatim, murder victim (d. 2013)
January to June
- January 19 - Gene MacLellan, Canadian singer-songwriter (born 1938)
- January 28 - George Woodcock, poet, essayist, critic, biographer and historian (born 1912)
- February 23 - Murray Cotterill, trade union activist
- March 14 - John Peters Humphrey, legal scholar, jurist and human rights advocate (born 1905)
- April 23 - Douglas Lloyd Campbell, politician and 13th Premier of Manitoba (born 1895)
- April 25 - Stuart Trueman, journalist and writer
- May 6 - John Black Aird, lawyer, politician and 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (born 1923)
July to September
- July 8 - George Johnson, politician and Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba (born 1920)
- August 2 - Brian Smith, ice hockey player and sportscaster (born 1940)
- August 25 - Francis Lawrence Jobin, politician and Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba (born 1914)
- September 3 - Earle Birney, poet (born 1904)
- September 23 - Philip Gaglardi, politician (born 1913)
- September 30 - Jean-Luc Pépin, academic, politician and Minister (born 1924)
October to December
- October 17 - Herbert J. Smith, president of General Electric Canada
- October 26 - Lucie Cavoukian, photographer
- October 27 - Artin Cavoukian, photographer
- November 3 - Gordon S. Fahrni, medical doctor (born 1887)
- November 11 - Emmett Matthew Hall, jurist, civil libertarian and Supreme Court justice (born 1898)
- November 21 - Bruno Gerussi, actor and television presenter (born 1928)
- November 30 - Philip Givens, politician, judge and Mayor of Toronto (born 1922)
- December 2 - Robertson Davies, novelist, playwright, critic, journalist and professor (born 1913)
- December 3 - Elsie Knott, first female band chief
- December 4 - Lionel Giroux, midget wrestler (born 1935)
Full date unknown
- "Bomb blast rocks PEI Legislature Man hurt as glass, wood go flying". The Globe and Mail, April 21, 1995.