1996 in Canada
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Events from the year 1996 in Canada.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- Governor general – Roméo LeBlanc (viceregal consort – Diana Fowler)
- Prime minister – Jean Chrétien
- Chief Justice – Antonio Lamer (Quebec)
- Parliament – 35th
- Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – Gordon Towers (until April 17) then Bud Olson
- Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – 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 – Gilbert Clements
- Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Martial Asselin (until August 8) then Jean-Louis Roux
- Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – Jack Wiebe
- Premier of Alberta – Ralph Klein
- Premier of British Columbia – Mike Harcourt (until February 22) then Glen Clark
- Premier of Manitoba – Gary Filmon
- Premier of New Brunswick – Frank McKenna
- Premier of Newfoundland – Clyde Wells (until January 26) then Brian Tobin
- Premier of Nova Scotia – John Savage
- Premier of Ontario – Mike Harris
- Premier of Prince Edward Island – Catherine Callbeck (until October 9) then Keith Milligan (October 9 to November 27) then Pat Binns
- Premier of Quebec – Jacques Parizeau (until January 29) then Lucien Bouchard
- Premier of Saskatchewan – Roy Romanow
- Premier of the Northwest Territories – Don Morin
- Premier of Yukon – John Ostashek (until October 19) then Piers McDonald
January to March
- January 14 - A free trade agreement with Israel is announced.
- January 15 - The Corel Centre opens in Ottawa.
- January 25 - Jean Chrétien launches a major cabinet shuffle. Pierre Pettigrew and Stéphane Dion are brought in, despite not having seats in Parliament.
- January 26 - Brian Tobin becomes premier of Newfoundland, replacing Clyde Wells.
- January 29 - Lucien Bouchard becomes premier of Quebec, replacing Jacques Parizeau.
- February 7 - Bob Rae, former premier of Ontario leaves politics.
- February 14 - Mr. Dressup does his last show.
- February 15 - At a ceremony marking the first National Flag of Canada Day, Chrétien throttles a protester in Hull, Quebec, launching a small controversy over the "Shawinigan Handshake".
- February 17 - Michel Gauthier is elected new leader of the Bloc Québécois.
- February 22 - Glen Clark becomes premier of British Columbia, replacing Michael Harcourt.
- February 22 - Brian Tobin leads the Newfoundland Liberal Party to victory in the 1996 Newfoundland election.
March to June
- March 6 - The federal budget continues the assault on the deficit.
- March 26- The Anik E-1 satellite malfunctions.
- March 27 - The Quebec budget proposes sweeping cuts to government funding.
- April 3 - All members of the Canadian Forces are ordered to spend the entire day searching for documents that may aid the Somalia inquiry.
- April 5 - Gunman Mark Chahal kills nine relatives in Vernon, British Columbia before killing himself.
- April 11 - The Ontario government announce a 15 per cent reduction in the civil service.
- April 22 - John Nunziata is expelled from the Liberal caucus for voting against the budget.
- April 23 - Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland agree to replace their provincial sales taxes and the Goods and Services Tax with a Harmonized Sales Tax.
- May 8 - The Ontario government cuts provincial income taxes by 30 per cent.
- May 10 - Member of Parliament Jan Brown resigns from the Reform Party of Canada.
- May 19 - Marc Garneau flies on a second space mission.
- May 24 - Conrad Black's Hollinger takes over the Southam newspaper chain.
- May 28 - The British Columbia New Democratic Party wins a surprise re-election.
- June 10 - The Quebec government reintroduces the "Language police".
- June 17 - Sheila Copps, who had resigned over the GST, wins back her Hamilton–Wentworth seat in a by-election.
- June 20 - Robert Thirsk flies aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia.
- June 24 - A riot in Quebec City causes a million dollars in damage.
July to September
- July 7-July 11 - A major AIDS conference is held in Vancouver.
- July 20-July 21 - Floods in Quebec kill ten.
- July 25 - Coach House Press closes.
- August 8 - Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell is named consul general to Los Angeles.
- August 8 - Jean-Louis Roux appointed Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec.
- August 29 - Former B.C. Premier W.R. Bennett is found guilty of insider trading.
October to December
- October 4 - Defence Minister David Collenette resigns.
- October 10 - Keith Milligan becomes premier of Prince Edward Island, replacing Catherine Callbeck.
- October 19 - Piers McDonald becomes government leader of Yukon, replacing John Ostashek.
- November - SaskTel becomes the first Canadian Internet Service Provider to roll out ADSL.
- November - The last federally run Indian residential school (the Gordon Residential School), closed in Punnichy, Saskatchewan.
- November 5 - Jean-Louis Roux forced to resign as Lieutenant Governor of Quebec when pictures of him at Nazi rallies in the 1930s are published.
- November 27 - Pat Binns becomes premier of Prince Edward Island, replacing Keith Milligan.
- December 1 - Dalton McGuinty is elected leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.
- December 16 - Chrétien formally apologizes for lying about the GST.
Full date unknown
- Karen Kain becomes the first Canadian to win the Cartier Lifetime Achievement Award.
- General Jean Boyle resigns over Somalia Affair controversy.
- Canada sends over a thousand troops to take part in IFOR.
- James McGill Statue unveiled.
Arts and literature
- John Ralston Saul: The Unconscious Civilization
- Nancy Huston: Slow Emergencies
- Pierre Berton: Farewell to the Twentieth Century
- Elisabeth Harvor: Let Me Be the One
- Yann Martel: Self
- Timothy Findley: You Went Away
- Di Brandt: Dancing Naked: Narrative Strategies for Writing Across Centuries
- Douglas Coupland: Polaroids from the Dead
- Guy Vanderhaeghe: The Englishman's Boy
- Giller Prize for Canadian Fiction: Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
- See 1996 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
- Books in Canada First Novel Award: Keath Fraser, Popular Anatomy
- Geoffrey Bilson Award: Marianne Brandis, Rebellion: A Novel of Upper Canada
- Gerald Lampert Award: Maureen Hynes, Rough Skin
- Marian Engel Award: Barbara Gowdy
- Pat Lowther Award: Lorna Crozier, Everything Arrives at the Light
- Stephen Leacock Award: Marsha Boulton, Letters from the Country
- Trillium Book Award English: Anne Michaels, Fugitive Pieces
- Trillium Book Award French: Nancy Vickers, Le Pied de Sappho and Alain Bernard Marchand, Tintin au pays de la ferveur
- Vicky Metcalf Award: Margaret Buffie
- Barenaked Ladies: Born on a Pirate Ship
- Bruce Cockburn: The Charity of Night
- The Tragically Hip: Trouble at the Henhouse
- Sloan: One Chord to Another
- Various artists: 20 Years of Stony Plain
- February 27 - The Los Angeles Kings trade Wayne Gretzky to the St. Louis Blues.
- March 16- The Montreal Canadiens play their first game at the Molson Centre against the New York Rangers.
- July 1 - The Winnipeg Jets leave Canada and become the Phoenix Coyotes.
- July 19 - The Atlanta Olympics open, Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey wins the 100-metre dash.
- July 26 - Gretzky signs with the New York Rangers.
- November 24 - At the 84th Grey Cup the Toronto Argonauts defeat the Edmonton Eskimos at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton.
January to June
- January 18 - Brittany Jones, pair skater
- January 20 - Roland McKeown, ice hockey defenceman
- February 5 - Megan McKinnon, actress
- February 7 - Aaron Ekblad, hockey player
- February 18 - Mohammed Fawad Ahmed, Scientist
- March 2 - Gig Morton, actor
- March 26 - Alaine Chartrand, figure skater
- March 30 - Madeleine Peters, actress, singer and dancer
- April 26 - Jennifer Gillis, actress, dancer and singer
- May 1 - William Nylander-Altelius, ice hockey player
- June 12 - Mitchell Gordon, figure skater
- June 14 - Madeline Edwards, ice dancer
- June 20 - Michael Dal Colle, ice hockey player
July to December
- July 6 - Robert Naylor, actor
- July 19 - Hayleigh Bell, pair skater
- August 7 - Liam James, actor
- August 9 - Cedric Payne, actor
- August 12 - Torri Webster, actress
- August 23 - Cesar Flores, actor
- August 29 - Linden Porco, actor
- September 1 - Alexandra Kamieniecki, Polish figure skater
- September 5 - Helaina Cyr, basketball player
- September 7 - Bilaal Rajan, author
- September 26 - Cesar Corrales, Mexico-born actor and dancer
- October 28 - Hanson Boakai, Guinea-born soccer player
- November 5 - Victoria Moors, gymnast
- November 7 - Julianne Séguin, figure skater
- December 10 - Jérémy Gabriel, singer and actor
Full date unknown
January to March
- January 21 – René Marc Jalbert, soldier
- February 7 – Lucien Maynard, leader of Alberta francophones
- February 19 – Ernest Manning, politician and 8th Premier of Alberta (born 1908)
- February 29 – Sinclair Ross, banker and author (born 1908)
- March 28 – Edith Fowke, folk song collector, author and radio presenter (born 1913)
April to June
- April 1 – Jean Le Moyne, journalist and politician (born 1913)
- April 13 – Stewart McLean, politician (born 1913)
- April 23 – Jean Victor Allard, general and first French-Canadian to become Chief of the Defence Staff (born 1913)
- May 5 – Salli Terri, singer, arranger, recording artist and songwriter (born 1922)
- May 9 - Eria Fachin, pop singer (born 1960)
- May 22 – Robert Christie, actor and director (born 1913)
- June 11 – George Hees, politician and Minister (born 1910)
July to September
- July 1 – Harold Greenberg, film producer (born 1930)
- July 3 – Rebecca Jane Middleton, murder victim (born 1979)
- July 5 – Fred Davis, broadcaster and moderator of Front Page Challenge (born 1921)
- July 18 – Robert Needham, journalist
- July 22 – Carl Goldenberg, lawyer, arbitrator, mediator and Senator (born 1907)
- August 10 – Walter MacNutt, organist (born 1910)
- September 22 – Ludmilla Chiriaeff, ballet dancer, choreographer and director (born 1924)
- September 23 – Joe Borowski, politician and activist (born 1933)
October to December
- October 2 – Robert Bourassa, politician and 22nd Premier of Quebec (born 1933)
- October 9 – Colleen Peterson, singer (born 1950)
- October 11
- October 14 – Marcel Bourbonnais, politician (born 1918)
- October 17 – Laura Sabia, social activist and feminist (born 1916)
- October 19 – James Bourque, First Nations activist (born 1935)
- October 23
- October 27 – Arthur Tremblay, politician and Senator (born 1917)
- October 28 – Reuben Baetz, politician (born 1923)
- November 9 – Joe Ghiz, politician and 29th Premier of Prince Edward Island (born 1945)
- November 18 – John Josiah Robinette, lawyer (born 1906)
- December 1 – Peter Bronfman, businessman (born 1928)
- December 5 – Wilf Carter, country music singer, songwriter, guitarist and yodeller (born 1904)
- December 21 – Clarence Gosse, physician and Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (born 1912)
- December 24 – Al Adair, politician, radio broadcaster and author (born 1929)
- December 29 – Dorothy Livesay, poet (born 1909)
Full date unknown
- Leo Landreville, politician and judge implicated in the Northern Ontario Natural Gas scandal (born 1910)