1999 in Canada
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Events from the year 1999 in Canada.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
Main article: 1999 Canadian incumbents
- Governor general – Roméo LeBlanc (until October 7) then Adrienne Clarkson (viceregal consort – Diana Fowler then John Ralston Saul)
- Prime minister – Jean Chrétien
- Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – Bud Olson
- Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – Garde Gardom
- Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – Yvon Dumont (until March 2) then Peter Liba
- Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – Marilyn Trenholme Counsell
- Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland – Arthur Maxwell House
- Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – James Kinley
- Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – Hillary Weston
- Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Gilbert Clements
- Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Lise Thibault
- Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – Jack Wiebe
- Premier of Alberta – Ralph Klein
- Premier of British Columbia – Glen Clark (until August 25) then Dan Miller
- Premier of Manitoba – Gary Filmon (until October 5) then Gary Doer
- Premier of New Brunswick – Camille Thériault (until June 21) then Bernard Lord
- Premier of Newfoundland – Brian Tobin
- Premier of Nova Scotia – Russell MacLellan (until August 16) then John Hamm
- Premier of Ontario – Mike Harris
- Premier of Prince Edward Island – Pat Binns
- Premier of Quebec – Lucien Bouchard
- Premier of Saskatchewan – Roy Romanow
- Commissioner of Yukon – Judy Gingell
- Commissioner of Northwest Territories – Helen Maksagak (until March 26) then Daniel Joseph Marion
- Commissioner of Nunavut – Helen Maksagak (from April 1)
- Premier of the Northwest Territories – Jim Antoine
- Premier of Nunavut – Paul Okalik (from April 1)
- Premier of Yukon – Piers McDonald
January to June
- January 1 – An avalanche destroys a school gymnasium during New Year's celebrations in Kangguspoo in far northern Quebec, killing 9.
- February 9 – Brian Tobin's Liberals are re-elected in Newfoundland.
- April 1 – Nunavut becomes the newest territory. Paul Okalik becomes the first premier.
- April 6 – A disgruntled employee kills four people, then killed himself in OC Transpo of Ottawa.
- April 28 – W. R. Myers High School shooting: in Taber, Alberta, a 15-year-old boy, who had recently been withdrawn from public school to escape bullying, walks into W.R. Myers High School and shoots two students with a .22 rifle, killing one (Jason Lang) and injuring the other.
- May 1 – Sponsorship scandal: The federal government issues a $615,000 contract for a report from Groupaction into its own activities.
- May 11 – Chevron announces a major natural gas find in the Northwest Territories.
- May 17 – The Saskatchewan government awards[clarification needed] David Milgaard after he was jailed for 23 years for a murder he did not commit.
- May 20 – The Supreme Court expands gay spousal rights.
- May 27 – Julie Payette becomes the first Canadian to board the International Space Station.
- June 3 – Ontario election: Mike Harris's PCs win a second consecutive majority.
- June 3 – Canada and the United States sign a treaty to divide the Pacific salmon fishery.
- June 4 – An agreement on split-run magazines prevents looming trade war with the United States.
- June 7 – Bernard Lord's Conservatives win a surprise election victory in New Brunswick.
- June 10 – The Reform Party of Canada votes to become the Canadian Alliance.
- June 17 – Canadian citizen Stanley Faulder is executed in Texas, despite diplomatic complaints by the Canadian government.
- June 21 – Bernard Lord becomes premier of New Brunswick, replacing Camille Thériault.
- June 30 – A British Columbia court strikes down Canada's child pornography laws.
July to December
- July 27 - Nova Scotia election: The Conservatives win a majority government in Nova Scotia.
- August 16 - John Hamm becomes premier of Nova Scotia, replacing Russell MacLellan.
- August 20 - The Supreme Court rules that Quebec cannot secede unilaterally, but that Canada is obliged to recognize a clear "yes" vote.
- August 20 - Eaton's files for bankruptcy.
- August 24 - Onex announces a plan to buy and merge Air Canada and Canadian Airlines.
- August 25 - Dan Miller, as interim leader of the NDP, becomes premier of British Columbia, replacing Glen Clark who resigned on the 21st.
- September 15 - Louise Arbour appointed to the Supreme Court replacing Antonio Lamer.
- September 19 - Saskatchewan election: Roy Romanow's NDP wins only a minority but forms a coalition with the Liberals to maintain control of the Legislative Assembly.
- September 25 - The federal government refuses requests for aid by the six remaining Canadian NHL franchises.
- October 5 - Gary Doer of the NDP becomes premier of Manitoba, replacing Gary Filmon of the Conservatives.
- October 7 - Adrienne Clarkson becomes Governor General.
- October 8 - Bill Clinton dedicates the new Embassy of the United States in Ottawa.
- October 15 - Robert Mundell wins the Nobel Prize for economics.
- October 19 - Air Canada, backed by other airlines, announces a takeover bid for Canadian Airlines.
- November 3 - Beverley McLachlin becomes the first female chief justice of the Supreme Court.
- November 5 - A Quebec court decides that Onex's bid for Air Canada is illegal.
- November 5 - Quebec sign law is overturned.
- November 21 - Nimiq 1 Canada's first direct broadcast digital TV satellite launched by a Proton K Blok DM-3 rocket from the Tyuratam launch centre in Kazakhstan.
- December 8 - Air Canada takes over Canadian Airlines.
- December 11 - The verdict in the Just Desserts shooting case is handed down. Two of the accused are found guilty, the third is acquitted.
- December 14 - Montreal resident Ahmed Ressam is arrested in Seattle and found with large quantities of explosives.
Arts and literature
- Bonnie Burnard: A Good House
- Wayson Choy: Paper Shadows: A Chinatown Childhood
- Matt Cohen: Elizabeth and After
- Antonine Maillet: Chronique d'une sorcière de vent
- Russell Smith: Young Men
- Giller Prize for Canadian Fiction: Bonnie Burnard, A Good House
- See 1999 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
- Books in Canada First Novel Award: Andre Alexis, Childhood
- Gerald Lampert Award: Stephanie Bolster, White Stone: The Alice Poems
- Geoffrey Bilson Award: Iain Lawrence, The Wreckers
- Marian Engel Award: Janice Kulyk Keeger
- Norma Fleck Award: Andy Turnbull and Debora Pearson, By Truck to the North: My Winter Adventure
- Pat Lowther Award: Hilary Clark, More Light
- Stephen Leacock Award: Stuart McLean, Home from the Vinyl Cafe
- Trillium Book Award English: Alistair MacLeod, No Great Mischief
- Trillium Book Award French: Andrée Christensen and Jacques Flamand, Lithochronos ou le premier vol de la pierre
- Vicky Metcalf Award: Joan Clark
- February 13 - The last hockey game is played at Maple Leaf Gardens as the team moves to the new Air Canada Centre.
- April 16 - Wayne Gretzky retires from ice hockey.
- July 23–August 8 - The Pan American games are held in Winnipeg.
- November 13 - Lennox Lewis defeats Evander Holyfield to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World.
- November 28 - At the 87th Grey Cup the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat the Calgary Stampeders at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.
- February 19 - Quinn Lord, actor
- April 8 - Jacob Guay, singer
- April 27 - Brooklynn Proulx, actress
- July 9 - Claire Corlett, actress
- August 22 - Dakota Goyo, actor
- July 14 - Dawson Dunbar, actor
- September 7 - Michelle Creber, actress
- September 22 - Erin Pitt, actress
- October 29 - Olivia Waldriff, actress
- November 30 - Gage Munroe, actor
Full date unknown
January to March
- January 8 - James William Baskin, politician and businessman (born 1920)
- January 10 - Walter Harris, politician and lawyer (born 1904)
- February 8 - Denise Leblanc-Bantey, politician (born 1949)
- February 18 - Neil Gaudry, politician (born 1937)
- February 22 - Isidore Goresky, farm labourer, teacher and provincial politician (born 1902)
- March 3 - Gerhard Herzberg, physicist and physical chemist (born 1904)
- March 9 - Harry Somers, composer (born 1925)
- March 15 - Guy D'Artois, army officer (born 1917)
- March 23 - Osmond Borradaile, cameraman, cinematographer and veteran of First and Second World War (born 1898)
- March 24 - Edmund Tobin Asselin, politician (born 1920)
April to June
- April 4 - Greg McConnell, indie rock musician (born 1964)
- April 5 - Paul David, cardiologist and founder of the Montreal Heart Institute (born 1919)
- May 2 - Douglas Harkness, politician, teacher, farmer and former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Canadian Artillery. (born 1903)
- May 23 - Owen Hart, wrestler (born 1965)
- June 8 - Gordon Towers, politician and Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta (born 1919)
- June 17 - Stanley Faulder, murderer and first Canadian citizen to be executed in the United States since 1952 (born 1937)
July to December
- July 1 - Edward Dmytryk, Canadian-born American film director (born 1908)
- July 16 - Alan Macnaughton, politician (born 1903)
- August 12 - Jean Drapeau, lawyer, politician and Mayor of Montreal (born 1916)
- September 24 - Robert Bend, politician (born 1914)
- October 14 - Ian Wahn, politician and lawyer (born 1916)
- October 31 - Greg Moore, racecar driver (born 1975)
- December 2 - Matt Cohen, writer (born 1942)
- December 4 - Bert Hoffmeister, army officer (born 1907)
- December 10 - Rick Danko, musician and singer (born 1943)
- December 20 - Hank Snow, country music artist (born 1914)
- December 23 - Wallace Diestelmeyer, figure skater (born 1926)