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Quebec

Quebec is the largest Canadian province. At 1.5 million km², its territory accounts for 15.5 per cent of Canada's total area. The province shares borders with Ontario, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Bonhomme Carnaval at the Quebec Winter Carnival, 2013.

June 24, 1636

Sports and Culture 

First Saint-Jean-Baptiste Celebrations in New France

The earliest record of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations in the colony of New France appears in the Jesuit Relations of 1636. The tradition has its origins in pagan Europe with the lighting of bonfires to mark the summer solstice. With the spread of Christianity in the middle ages, the custom became tied to the feast day of Saint John the Baptist (24 June). Saint-Jean-Baptiste celebrations have endured in French Canada, and the day is now officially known as the Fête nationale du Québec (national holiday of Québec).

June 22, 1774

People 

Quebec Act Passed

The Quebec Act was passed (effective 1 May 1775); it established French civil law, British criminal law, freedom of worship for Roman Catholics and government by appointed council. It extended the boundaries of the province to the Ohio Valley.

April 01, 1776

People 

First Loyalists Arrive

The first United Empire Loyalists — 1,124 refugees from New England — arrived in Halifax, NS. Another 40,000 or so followed them to NS and to Québec. The immigration resulted in the formation of New Brunswick and Upper Canada.

June 02, 1779

Communication and Transportation 

Gazette Littéraire Ceases Publication

The Gazette Littéraire pour la ville et district de Montréal ceased publication. It was the first entirely French newspaper in Canada.

June 02, 1779

Communication and Transportation 

Newspapermen Arrested

Newspapermen Fleury Mesplet and Valentin Jautard were arrested by order of the governor after criticizing a judge''s rulings in their paper Gazette Littéraire.

October 01, 1781

People 

Loyalist Reverend John Stuart Brings Slaves to Québec

Many Loyalists who settled in Upper Canada saw no conflict between the institution of slavery and their moral beliefs. The Reverend John Stuart of Kingston, the first minister of the Church of England in Upper Canada, recorded in his diary that he brought Black slaves with him from the Mohawk Valley.

August 25, 1785

Communication and Transportation 

Montreal Gazette Published

Fleury Mesplet published the Montreal Gazette/La Gazette de Montréal, the oldest newspaper still in existence in Canada.

December 26, 1791

People 

Constitutional Act

The Constitutional Act, which created the colonies of Upper and Lower Canada, came into effect. It had been passed 10 June and had received royal assent 19 June. The formal division of the Province of Québec had taken place 21 August.

January 05, 1805

Communication and Transportation 

Quebec Mercury Published

The first edition of the Quebec Mercury newspaper was published.

November 22, 1806

Communication and Transportation 

Le Canadien Published

The Parti canadien newspaper, Le Canadien, was first published in Québec City

April 11, 1807

People 

Hart Elected

Ezekiel Hart was the first Jewish politician to be elected in Québec (Lower Canada at the time), in Trois-Rivières. The session of the Assembly was coming to an end and Hart had to wait until January 1808 to be sworn in. He eschewed the Christian Oath of Office and was denied his seat.

December 12, 1828

Communication and Transportation 

Québec Newspaper Launched

Daniel Tracey launched the bi-weekly newspaper The Irish Vindicator and Canada General Advertiser, later the Vindicator and Canadian Advertiser, in Montreal.

January 01, 1832

People 

Cholera Epidemic Spreads

Grosse Île, near Québec, was opened as a quarantine station during the cholera epidemics and all ships stopped there for inspection. This station was a futile attempt by the government to control the disease that killed up to 10% of the population.

September 27, 1839

People 

Patriotes Banished to Australia

The transport ship Buffalo left Lower Canada carrying 58 Patriotes bound for Australia. The Patriotes were exiled for their involvement in the Lower Canada Rebellion of 1837–38. The rebels were imprisoned at Longbottom Stockade in Sydney, spending their time breaking rocks and collecting oyster shells to make lime. By 1844, all had received pardons. Most returned to Canada.

June 28, 1845

Disasters 

Fire at Saint-Jean (Que)

Fire struck Saint-Jean, Qué, jumping from house to house and destroying 1300 homes. In total, more than 18 000 people were left homeless.

April 25, 1849

Disasters 

Parliament Buildings Burned

The Parliament Buildings in Montréal were burned down in riots protesting Lord Elgin's signing of the Rebellion Losses Bill. The seat of government was removed from Montréal and the Parliament met alternatively in Toronto and Québec City.

January 27, 1850

Sports and Culture 

Birth of Louis-Philippe Hébert

Louis-Philippe Hébert, the principal Québec sculptor of his generation, was born at Ste-Sophie de Mégantic, Qué.

February 07, 1850

Indigenous Peoples  Resources and Environment 

Mica Bay Inquiry

The inquiry into the attack at Mica Bay, QC began with the testimony of agent John Bonner of the Quebec Mining Company. The Mica Bay Incident occurred in November 1849 when Indians and Métis, led by white businessman Allan Macdonell, attacked the company's mining installations in a dispute over mining rights in the area.

October 11, 1850

Communication and Transportation 

Railway to Longueuil Opens

The St Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad was opened from Longueuil to Richmond, Québec.

June 06, 1853

Disasters 

Gavazzi Riots

Riots occurred in Québec against a former Italian priest, Alessandro Gavazzi; another riot in Montréal on June 9 left 10 dead when troops fired on the crowd.

June 29, 1864

Disasters 

Rail Disaster at St Hilaire

A Grand Trunk Railway train plunged off the Beloeil Bridge into the Richelieu River at St-Hilaire, Qué, killing 99 people and injuring another 100. It was Canada's worst train wreck.

October 10, 1864

People 

Québec Conference

Confederation was debated at the Québec Conference, where the Québec Resolutions were agreed upon, paving the way for Confederation. John A. Macdonald is said to have written 50 of the 72 resolutions.

July 01, 1867

People 

Belleau Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Sir Narcisse-Fortunat Belleau was appointed Québec''s first lieutenant-governor, serving until his death on 11 February 1873.

July 15, 1867

People 

Chauveau Becomes Premier

Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau, leader of the provincial Conservative Party, became Québec''s first premier.

September 25, 1871

People 

Death of Louis-Joseph Papineau

Politician and defender of French Canada’s national heritage Louis-Joseph Papineau died in Montebello, Québec. Initially a supporter of British government systems, Papineau’s perspective changed, believing that the English merchant class directly opposed French Canadian interests. His increasingly radical approach greatly influenced the actions of the Patriotes in the Rebellion of 1837.

February 04, 1873

Sports and Culture 

Birth of Étienne Desmarteau

Étienne Desmarteau, first Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal, was born at Boucherville, Quebec.

February 17, 1873

People 

Caron Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable René-Édouard Caron was appointed Québec''s second lieutenant-governor, serving until his death on 13 December 1876.

February 27, 1873

People 

Ouimet Becomes Premier

Gédéon Ouimet, leader of the provincial Conservative party, became Québec''s second premier.

September 22, 1874

People 

Boucher de Boucherville Becomes Premier

Charles-Eugène Boucher de Boucherville, leader of the provincial Conservative party, became Québec''s third premier.

February 23, 1875

People 

Secret Ballot in Québec

A new electoral law was instated in Québec, enforcing the secret ballot for the first time.

December 15, 1876

People 

Letellier de Saint-Just Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Luc Letellier de Saint-Just was appointed Québec''s third lieutenant-governor, serving until 25 July 1879.

March 08, 1878

People 

Joly De Lotbinière Becomes Premier

Henri-Gustave Joly De Lotbinière, leader of the provincial Liberal party, became Québec''s fourth premier.

February 09, 1879

Communication and Transportation 

North Shore Railway Complete

The North Shore Railway between Montréal and Québec City was completed.

July 26, 1879

People 

Robitaille Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Théodore Robitaille was appointed Québec''s 4th lieutenant-governor, serving until 6 November 1884.

October 31, 1879

People 

Chapleau Becomes Premier

Joseph-Adolphe Chapleau, leader of the provincial Conservative Party, became Québec''s fifth premier.

July 17, 1880

Sports and Culture 

Birth of Mack Sennett

Early Hollywood director, producer and actor Mack Sennett (born Mikall Sinnott) was born in Danville, QC. In 1912, he co-founded the Keystone film company, and in the next few years created there a style of wild and rambunctious comedy that made his name a byword for delirious, uninhibited slapstick.

July 31, 1882

People 

Mousseau Becomes Premier

Joseph-Alfred Mousseau, leader of the provincial Conservative Party, became Québec''s sixth premier.

October 20, 1884

Communication and Transportation 

La Presse Published

The first issue of La Presse newspaper was published in Montréal.

November 07, 1884

People 

Masson Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Louis-François-Rodrigue Masson was appointed Québec''s 5th lieutenant-governor, serving until 24 October 1887.

January 25, 1887

People 

Taillon Becomes Québec's 8th Premier

Louis-Olivier Taillon, leader of the provincial Conservative Party, became Québec''s eighth premier.

January 29, 1887

People 

Mercier Becomes Premier

Honoré Mercier, leader of the Liberal Party, was sworn in as Québec''s ninth premier.

October 29, 1887

People 

Angers Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Auguste-Réal Angers was appointed Québec''s 6th lieutenant-governor, serving until 5 December 1892.

September 19, 1889

Disasters 

Rockslide in Québec

A massive rockslide smashed much of Champlain Street in Québec City, killing 45.

December 21, 1891

People 

Boucher de Boucherville Becomes Premier Again

Charles Eugene Boucher de Boucherville, leader of the Conservative Party, became premier of Québec for the second time.

December 12, 1892

People 

Chapleau Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Joseph-Adolphe Chapleau was appointed Québec''s 7th lieutenant-governor, serving until 29 January 1898.

December 16, 1892

People 

Taillon Becomes Premier

Louis-Olivier Taillon, leader of the Conservative Party, became premier of Québec for the second time.

May 11, 1896

People 

Flynn Becomes Premier

Edmund James Flynn, leader of the Conservative Party, became Québec''s 12th premier.

May 24, 1897

People 

Marchand Becomes Premier

Félix-Gabriel Marchand, leader of the Liberal Party, became Québec''s 13th premier.

February 01, 1898

People 

Jetté Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Louis-Amable Jetté was appointed Québec''s 8th lieutenant-governor, serving until 15 September 1908.

March 17, 1900

Disasters 

Fire at Académie de musique de Québec

The 1600 seat theatre of the Académie de musique de Québec was destroyed by fire.

April 26, 1900

Disasters 

Fire in Hull

Some 15 000 people lost their homes and several died as the worst fire in Canadian history destroyed two-thirds of Hull, Québec.

October 03, 1900

People 

Parent Becomes Premier

Simon-Napoléon Parent, leader of the Liberal Party, became Québec''s 14th premier.

November 28, 1902

Sports and Culture 

First Quebec Symphony Orchestra Concert

The Quebec Symphony Orchestra played its first concert, at Tara Hall on rue Sainte-Anne. Joseph Vézina was the conductor.

March 31, 1904

Communication and Transportation 

Cars in Montréal

A city-wide survey revealed that there were 45 cars in Montréal. That number would increase to 102 the next year, forcing the Québec government to change its law on cars.

March 23, 1905

People 

Gouin Becomes Premier

Lomer Gouin, leader of the Liberal Party, became Québec''s 15th premier.

April 23, 1905

People 

Death of Gédéon Ouimet

Gédéon Ouimet, premier of Québec from 1873-1874, died at Saint-Hilaire, Québec.

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August 29, 1907

Disasters 

Québec Bridge Disaster, 1907

Part of the Québec Bridge, the longest cantilever bridge in the world, collapsed, killing 75 workmen. Blame for the collapse was placed on the American engineer Theodore Cooper and faulty we plates.

June 12, 1908

Communication and Transportation 

Birth of Joseph-Alphonse Ouimet

CBC president Joseph-Alphonse Ouimet, under whose leadership the national television service was established from coast to coast and in both languages, was born at Montréal.

September 15, 1908

People 

Pelletier Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Charles-Alphonse-Pantaléon Pelletier was appointed Québec''s 9th lieutenant-governor, serving until his death on 29 April 1911.

May 14, 1912

People 

Ottawa Transfers Land

The federal government divested itself of responsibility for vast tracks of northern land by granting boundary extensions to Manitoba, Ontario and Québec.

May 15, 1912

People 

Québec Border Extended

The Québec border was extended to incorporate the Ungava district.

February 12, 1915

People 

LeBlanc Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Pierre-Évariste LeBlanc was appointed Québec''s 11th lieutenant-governor, serving until his death on 18 October 1918.

September 08, 1915

People 

Birth of Father Benoît Lacroix

Father Benoît Lacroix, a leading religious and intellectual figure in Québec whose career spanned nearly 75 years, was born in Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse, QC. "Père Lacroix" was a theologian, philosopher, medievalist, journalist and teacher who published some 50 books on science and religion. The popular priest was an Officer of the Order of Canada and the National Order of Québec.

September 11, 1916

Disasters 

Québec Bridge Disaster, 1916

A new centre span of the Québec Bridge fell into the river as it was being hoisted into position, killing 13 men.

July 05, 1918

Communication and Transportation 

Birth of René Lecavalier

Sports announcer René Lecavalier, who called the first hockey game broadcast on television by Radio-Canada, was born at Montréal.

October 23, 1918

People 

Fitzpatrick Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Right Honourable Charles Fitzpatrick was appointed Québec''s 12th lieutenant-governor, serving until 31 October 1923.

December 13, 1918

Communication and Transportation 

Birth of Michelle Tisseyre

Mary Jane Michelle Tisseyre (née Ahern), OC, television host, journalist and translator was born in Montréal, QC. The first woman to present a "Grand Journal" newscast for CBC French services (Radio-Canada), Tisseyre also hosted the very first talk show in Canada.

April 10, 1919

Sports and Culture 

Referendum on Alcoholic Drinks

Québec held a referendum on the sale of alcoholic drinks in the province. Over 70 per cent of Quebeckers voted yes to the sale of liquor in the province.

April 17, 1919

People 

Birth of Gilles Lamontagne

Former Québec City mayor and federal Member of Parliament Gilles Lamontagne was born in Montréal. Lamontagne served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War and survived two years as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down over the Netherlands. In addition to his tenure as mayor of Québec City from 1965 to 1977, his distinguished political career included positions as defence minister in Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal government and as lieutenant-governor of Québec. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990.

July 09, 1920

People 

Taschereau Becomes Premier

Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, leader of the Liberal Party, became Québec''s 16th premier.

November 13, 1922

People 

Birth of Madeleine Sherwood

Actor Madeleine Sherwood was born in Montréal, Québec. She had a long career in the United States, performing in Broadway shows, plays by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, and the 1960s TV series The Flying Nun. A civil rights activist, she was blacklisted for a time in the 1950s, during the McCarthy era, and was arrested for participating in a Freedom Walk in Alabama in 1963. She returned to Canada later in life.

October 07, 1923

Sports and Culture 

Birth of Jean-Paul Riopelle

Painter Jean-Paul Riopelle, who was an original member of the Automatistes and is the most internationally acclaimed Canadian painter, was born at Montréal.

October 31, 1923

People 

Brodeur Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Louis-Philippe Brodeur was appointed Québec''s 13th lieutenant-governor, serving until his death on 2 January 1924.

January 10, 1924

People 

Pérodeau Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Narcisse Pérodeau was appointed Québec''s 14th lieutenant-governor, serving until 10 January 1929.

January 10, 1929

People 

Gouin Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Lomer Gouin was appointed Québec''s 15th lieutenant-governor, serving until his death on 28 March 1929.

April 04, 1929

People 

Carroll Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Henry George Carroll was appointed Québec''s 16th lieutenant-governor, serving until 3 May 1934.

January 01, 1930

Indigenous Peoples  Resources and Environment 

​Hudson’s Bay Company Beaver Management Program

During the Depression, the HBC saw decreased demand for beaver furs, and realized that to keep the price competitive the number of furs taken in Northern Québec would have to be limited. The company’s main suppliers in the area, the Cree, were also suffering because the beaver had been over-trapped. The company embarked on a conservation program that put the Cree in charge of a sanctuary system, a program that was successful and lasted into the 1950s.

January 03, 1930

People 

Birth of Marcel Dubé

Québec playwright Marcel Dubé, who also wrote for TV and radio, was born in Montréal. In addition to his literary career, Dubé held several distinguished positions related to the promotion of the French language, serving as the first secretary of the Conseil de la langue française from 1977 to 1979.

August 09, 1930

People 

Birth of Jacques Parizeau

Jacques Parizeau, who nearly led Québec to sovereignty in the 1995 referendum as premier and head of the Parti Québécois, was born in Montréal. An economist by training, Parizeau was a key figure in the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s, helping to establish public institutions such as the Québec Pension Plan and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

May 03, 1934

People 

Patenaude Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Ésioff-Léon Patenaude was appointed Québec''s 17th lieutenant-governor, serving until 30 December 1939.

September 21, 1934

People 

Birth of Leonard Cohen

Poet, novelist, singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen was born in Westmount, Québec. Cohen was one of the most iconic Canadian artists of the 20th century. A sage, mystic, bohemian and romantic, he built an acclaimed body of literary work and a revered career in pop music.

June 11, 1936

People 

Godbout Becomes Premier

Joseph-Adélard Godbout, leader of the Liberal Party, became Québec''s 17th premier.

August 12, 1938

People 

Birth of Jean-Paul L'Allier

Jean-Paul L'Allier, who served as a Québec's minister of Communications during the October Crisis and later as mayor of Québec City from 1989 to 2005, was born in Hudson, Québec.

December 30, 1939

People 

Fiset Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Major General the Honourable Eugène Fiset was appointed Québec''s 18th lieutenant-governor, serving until 3 October 1950.

April 25, 1940

People 

Québec Women Get Vote

Québec women were the last in Canada to earn the rights to vote and run for office in provincial elections.

January 20, 1941

Sports and Culture 

Birth of Pierre Lalonde

Beloved Québec crooner and television personality Pierre Lalonde was born in Montréal. Lalonde began his singing career at age four and started releasing music in the early 1960s. Having mastered English during his studies in the United States as a teen, he achieved success in Canada and across the border, where he performed under the name Peter Martin. In 2011, he was awarded the Québec National Assembly’s Medal of Honour.

November 08, 1942

People 

German Agent Lands

The first German agent landed from a U-boat off New Carlisle, Québec and was promptly arrested by the police.

January 13, 1943

People 

HMCS Ville de Quebec Sinks U-Boat

HMCS Ville de Quebec sank the German submarine U-224 in the western Mediterranean Sea.

June 29, 1944

Indigenous Peoples  People 

Birth of Charlie Watt

Inuk leader Charlie Watt, who negotiated the James Bay Agreement, was born at Fort Chimo, Qué.

August 30, 1944

People 

Duplessis Becomes Premier Again

Maurice Le Noblet Duplessis, leader of the Union Nationale, became premier of Québec for the second time.

September 09, 1949

Disasters 

Airliner Sabotaged

Twenty-three people were killed when a Québec Airways DC-3 was sabotaged with a bomb and exploded and crashed near St-Joachim, Québec. J.A. Guay and two accomplices were convicted and hanged for the crime.

January 26, 1950

Resources and Environment 

Record Temperatures in Southern Québec

Unseasonable temperatures across the province of Québec created one of the most erratic fluctuations in the province''s history. Temperatures in the northwestern part of the province hovered near zero while heat records in the 15o C range were set in Montréal, Sherbrooke and Chicoutimi.

October 03, 1950

People 

Fauteux Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Gaspard Fauteux was appointed Québec''s 19th lieutenant-governor, serving until 14 February 1958.

January 09, 1953

People 

Pitre Hanged

Marguerite Pitre, the last woman to be hanged in Canada, was executed at the Bordeaux jail. She was accused of participating in a plot to crash a Québec Airways DC-3 out of l'Ancienne-Lorette (Québec City), which killed 23 people. It was the first plane crash caused by a criminal act in North America.

June 16, 1955

Sports and Culture 

Death of Ozias Leduc

Ozias Leduc, whose paintings of daily life and nature have both a symbolic and spiritual dimension, died at St-Hyacinthe, Qué.

October 28, 1956

Communication and Transportation 

Lévesque's Point de mire

The first episode of René Lévesque's Point de mire aired on Radio-Canada. He quickly became a star journalist, much appreciated by his viewers.

March 06, 1957

People 

Padlock Act Nullified

The Supreme Court of Canada nullified the Québec "Padlock Law" of 1937. The Act was a 1937 law in Québec that allowed police to close, or padlock, for one year any building where "communism or bolshevism" was being promoted.

August 11, 1957

Disasters 

First Civilian Air Disaster

The first major civilian air disaster in Canada occurred during a violent thunderstorm over Issoudun, 40 km southwest of Québec City, when a chartered Maritime Central Airways DC-4 crashed, killing all 79 aboard.

February 14, 1958

People 

Gagnon Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Onésime Gagnon was appointed Québec''s 20th lieutenant-governor, serving until his death on 30 September 1961.

September 11, 1959

People 

Sauvé Becomes Premier

Joseph-Mignault-Paul Sauvé, leader of the Union Nationale, became Québec''s 21st premier.

January 08, 1960

People 

Barrette Becomes Premier

Antonio Barrette, leader of the Union Nationale, became Québec''s 22nd premier.

September 10, 1960

People 

Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale Founded

The Rassemblement pour l'indépendance nationale, a left-wing independence movement in Québec, was founded.

March 24, 1961

Sports and Culture 

Parent Commission

The Royal Commission of Inquiry on Education (Parent Commission) was created in Québec. Chaired by Alphonse-Marie Parent, the commission was the impetus for Québec's major school reforms in the 1960s.

October 11, 1961

People 

Comtois Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Paul Comtois was appointed Québec''s 21st lieutenant-governor, serving until his death on 21 February 1966.

July 06, 1962

Resources and Environment 

Société Générale de Financement

The Québec government formed Société générale de financement (SGF) to facilitate industrial development in Québec.

March 26, 1963

Sports and Culture 

Birth of Roch Voisine

Roch Voisine, popular award winning Quebec singer, was born at St Basile, NB.

April 20, 1963

Disasters 

FLQ Bombing

Wilfred O'Neill was killed by a bomb blast at a Montréal army recruiting centre. The bomb was the work of the terrorist group Front de libération du Québec (FLQ).

November 16, 1963

Resources and Environment 

Recycled Paper

Cascades Inc. began producing the first recycled paper in Québec.

November 29, 1963

Disasters 

Airliner Crashes in Québec

A TCA airliner with 111 passengers and a crew of 7 crashed after take-off near Ste-Thérèse-de-Blainville, Qué, killing all 118 persons aboard.

June 18, 1964

People 

Married Women in Québec Gain Legal Capacity

Under Bill 16, Québec women were able to act independently of their husbands, i.e., make decisions without their husband’s approval. This ability to have legal capacity had a huge impact, particularly on contractual transactions. The bill was championed by Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain, Québec’s first female member of the Legislative Assembly.

October 10, 1964

People 

Queen Visits Québec

Queen Elizabeth II visited Québec. She was met with hostility by Québec separatists who saw her as the symbol of past colonial oppression, and the day is remembered as “Samedi de la matraque” or Truncheon Saturday.

February 27, 1965

People 

Québec Signs Agreement with France

The first international agreement of Québec was signed with France, beginning periodic clashes with the federal government over the role and presence of Québec in international affairs.

August 06, 1965

People 

City of Laval Charter

The 14 municipalities of Île Jésus merged, creating the new city boundaries of Laval and making it the second largest city in Québec.

February 22, 1966

People 

LaPointe Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Hugues LaPointe was appointed Québec''s 22nd lieutenant-governor, serving until 27 April 1978.

April 24, 1966

People 

Fédération des femmes Convention

The first convention of the Fédération des femmes du Québec opened, with Thérèse Casgrain as president. The group's mission was to gain equal pay for women and an increase in family allowance.

June 16, 1966

People 

Johnson Becomes Premier

Daniel Johnson Sr, leader of the Union Nationale, became Québec''s 24th premier.

January 01, 1967

Indigenous Peoples 

Equal Rights for Indian Women Association Created

Equal Rights for Indian Women (ERIW) was established in Québec. A provincial organization, ERIW was founded by Mohawk women’s rights activist Mary Two-Axe Earley, who fought the loss of Indian status suffered by Aboriginal women married to non-Status Indians. ERIW faced strong resistance from male leaders in First Nations communities.

July 24, 1967

People 

De Gaulle Incites Separatists

French president Charles De Gaulle boosted Québec's separatist movement with a speech in Montréal in which he declared "Vive le Québec libre!"

November 19, 1967

People 

Mouvement Souveraineté-Association Formed

René Lévesque formed the Mouvement Souveraineté-Association to promote sovereignty in Québec. Levesque published the organization's manifesto, Option Québec, the following year.

February 22, 1968

Communication and Transportation 

Radio Québec Formed

Radio Québec was created by the Government of Quebec.

August 28, 1968

Sports and Culture 

Premier of Les Belles-Sœoeurs

The Théâtre du Rideau Vert premiered Michel Tremblay's Les Belles-Sœoeurs, becoming the first play to use Québec joual instead of Parisian French.

October 02, 1968

People 

Bertrand Becomes Premier

Jean-Jacques Bertrand, leader of the Union Nationale, became Québec''s 25th premier.

April 29, 1970

People 

Québec Liberals Defeat Union Nationale

Robert Bourassa's Liberals defeated the governing Union Nationale in the Québec provincial election.

October 06, 1970

People 

FLQ Issues Demands

The FLQ began sending ransom notes to radio station CKAC, threatening James Cross' life if their demands were not met. Several Québec newspapers published the FLQ manifesto the same day, though none of the ransom demands were met.

October 10, 1970

People 

Pierre Laporte Kidnapped

Québec labour minister Pierre Laporte was kidnapped in the Montréal suburb of St Hubert by FLQ terrorists.

November 07, 1970

Communication and Transportation 

Pierre-Laporte Bridge Opens

The Pierre- Laporte Bridge, over the St Lawrence River, was opened. The bridge originally was to be named the Frontenac Bridge, but it was changed to honour Laporte, Québec minister of labour and immigration, following his murder during the October Crisis.

April 05, 1971

Resources and Environment 

First CANDU

Gentilly nuclear power plant opened in Québec, the world's first nuclear plant with a reactor fuelled by natural uranium and cooled by ordinary water (the CANDU system).

May 04, 1971

Disasters 

Landslide at Saquenay

During the night, the worst landslide in Québec''s history destroyed 40 houses in the small city of Saint-Jean-Vianney, Saquenay. There were 31 deaths and hundreds were left homeless.

October 27, 1971

Communication and Transportation 

La Presse Strike

Strikers forced La Presse to close down. Two days later, the unions defied a municipal ban to organize a huge march in solidarity with the newspaper workers. More than 12 000 people clashed with 100 Montréal policemen.

May 29, 1972

Resources and Environment 

Ban on Fishing off Gaspé

Québec banned fishing off the Gaspé Peninsula due to low fish stocks.

September 17, 1972

Sports and Culture 

Cartier-Brébeuf Site Opens

Cartier-Brébeuf National Historical Site opened in Québec City.

January 01, 1974

Indigenous Peoples 

Québec Native Women Inc. Established

Québec Native Women Inc. (QNW) was founded. The bilingual QNW represents Aboriginal women from Québec. Working to achieve equal rights for all Aboriginal women, the QNW promotes issues such as non-violence and justice. It is a member organization of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

September 11, 1975

People 

First Policewoman (Qué)

Nicole Juteau became the first policewoman in Québec. She worked in Shawinigan, had to learn to drive and became a night-time patrol officer.

June 20, 1976

Communication and Transportation 

Pilots and Air-traffic Strike

Pilots and air-traffic controllers went on strike over bilingualism at Québec airports.

January 31, 1978

Indigenous Peoples 

Northeastern Québec Agreement

The Northeastern Québec Agreement was settled. The Agreement was an amendment to the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement, incorporating the Naskapi of Northern Québec. The Naskapi received funds, lands and rights equal to those obtained by the Cree and Inuit peoples who had signed the original agreement in 1975.

April 27, 1978

People 

Côté Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Jean-Pierre Côté was appointed Québec''s 23rd lieutenant-governor, serving until 28 March 1984.

January 01, 1979

People 

Maternity Leave in Québec

Québec''s maternity leave policy came into effect. It granted women 18 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, with the guarantee that their jobs would be held for them.

January 09, 1979

NHL Hockey

Sports and Culture 

NHL Merges with WHA

The NHL Players' Association ratified the merger of the National Hockey League and the World Hockey Association. Former WHA teams Québec, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Hartford joined the NHL.

July 19, 1979

Indigenous Peoples 

“Indian Women’s March” Protests the Indian Act

Twenty-eight Aboriginal women from the Tobique First Nation’s women’s group organized a 160 km walk from the Oka Reserve in Québec to Ottawa. They aimed to bring national attention to gender discrimination in the Indian Act.

November 01, 1979

People 

PQ White Paper

The Parti Québécois released its White Paper on Sovereignty Association, titled Québec-Canada: A New Deal. The paper outlined the party''s plans for an upcoming sovereignty referendum.

December 31, 1979

Disasters 

Fire at Le Club Opemiska

Arsonists set fire to Le Club Opemiska in Chapais, Qué, during a New Year's Eve party, killing 42.

January 01, 1980

Sports and Culture 

Ernest Cormier Dies

Architect and engineer Ernest Cormier, whose main building of the Université de Montréal is recognized as the first modern building in Québec, died at Montréal.

January 09, 1980

People 

"Beige Paper" Released in Québec

Québec''s Liberal Party released its “Beige Paper,” a proposal outlining constitutional reforms for a renewed federation.

May 20, 1980

People 

Québec Referendum

In the Québec referendum on sovereignty-association, Quebeckers voted 60 per cent against giving the provincial government the right to negotiate sovereignty.

October 09, 1980

People 

Duchaîne Report Released

The Duchaîne Report was officially released, concluding that politicians did not provoke or prolong the October Crisis in Québec.

March 06, 1981

People 

Keable Report Released

The Keable Report, commissioned by the government of Québec to look into police wrongdoing following the October Crisis, presented its findings. Jean Keable claimed that there had been undue interference by the police.

June 12, 1981

People 

RCMP Charged in October Crisis

Seventeen present or past members of the RCMP were charged with a total of 44 offences following the Keable Report. The offences were connected to illegal operations conducted after the October Crisis.

June 09, 1983

People 

Bill 101 Violates Charter

The Québec Court of Appeal ruled that Bill 101, Québec's language law, violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

January 01, 1984

Resources and Environment 

​Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve Established

Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve was established. The park reserve, which consists of some 40 small limestone islands, extends for 155 km between the communities of Longue-Pointe and Aguanish, QC, along the north shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

March 28, 1984

People 

Lamontagne Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Gilles Lamontagne was appointed Québec''s 24th lieutenant-governor, serving until 9 August 1990.

May 08, 1984

Disasters 

Shooting Spree at the National Assembly

Former soldier Denis Lortie went on a shooting spree at the National Assembly in Québec, killing 3 and injuring 13.

June 20, 1984

Sports and Culture 

National Order of Québec Created

The National Order of Québec was created.

October 03, 1985

People 

Johnson Becomes Premier

Pierre Marc Johnson, leader of the Parti Québécois, became Quebec's 28th premier.

March 19, 1988

People 

Parizeau New PQ Leader

Jacques Parizeau became leader of the Parti Québécois. He told party members that their primary goal must be independence for Québec.

August 08, 1988

Sports and Culture 

Death of Félix Leclerc

Singer-songwriter and poet Félix Leclerc, who was a major influence on the Québec chanson, died at Île d'Orléans, Qué.

March 13, 1989

Disasters 

Solar Storm in Québec

A solar magnetic storm caused a province-wide blackout in Québec that lasted nine hours.

July 11, 1990

Indigenous Peoples 

Oka Standoff

A standoff began at Oka, Québec, when police attempted to storm a barricade erected by the Mohawk to block the expansion of a golf course onto land claimed by the Mohawk. The protesters surrendered to soldiers on September 26, after a 2-month-long siege.

August 09, 1990

People 

Asselin Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Martial Asselin was appointed Québec''s 25th lieutenant-governor, serving until 12 September 1996.

August 17, 1990

Indigenous Peoples 

Canadian Forces Called in at Oka

Québec premier Robert Bourassa asked that the Canadian Forces replace the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) to resolve the Oka Crisis, a standoff by the Mohawk of the Kanesatake Reserve who had set up a blockade to protest the expansion of a golf course across land they claimed. Corporal Marcel Lemay, of the SQ, was killed on July 11 when the SQ stormed the blockade. The standoff ended peaceably 78 days after it began.

June 20, 1991

People 

Bill 150 Passed

Robert Bourassa's government passes Bill 150, also known as an Act respecting the process for determining the political and constitutional future of Québec.

January 06, 1992

People 

Nancy B.

The Québec Superior Court gave paralysed patient Nancy B. the right to be disconnected from a respirator, which would result in her death.

February 20, 1992

Sports and Culture 

Women 's Short-Track Speed Skaters Win Olympic Gold

The women's short-track speed skating relay team consisting of Angela Cutrone, Sylvie Daigle, Nathalie Lambert and Annie Perreault won the Olympic gold medal in the 3,000 m race at Albertville. Initially thought to be a contest between Canada and China, a fall by a Chinese skater in the final qualifying round clinched the competition for the women from Québec, who easily beat their nearest competitor, the US, by 1.23 seconds.

August 16, 1992

Indigenous Peoples 

Gros-Louis Elected Grand Chief

The Huron-Wendat Nation of Wendake (located near Québec City) elected Jocelyne Gros-Louis as Grand Chief. She was the first woman to be named as the leader of a First Nation in Canada.

January 01, 1994

People 

Québec Civil Code

The Civil Code of Québec, the legal text defining civil laws in the province, came into effect.

January 11, 1994

People 

Johnson (JR) Becomes Premier

Daniel Johnson Jr, leader of the Liberal Party, became Québec''s 30th premier.

September 12, 1994

People 

PQ Victory in Québec

The Parti Québécois won an overall majority in the Québec legislature. Jacques Parizeau was sworn in as premier on 26 September.

May 25, 1995

Sports and Culture 

Nordiques Sold

The Québec Nordiques were sold to Comsat Corporation for US $75 millions. The new team was moved to Denver, Colorado, and renamed the Avalanche. The new team won the Stanley Cup the following year.

October 24, 1995

Indigenous Peoples 

James Bay Cree Referendum

The James Bay Cree held a referendum to decide if their territory should remain a part of Canada should Québec vote to separate in its own forthcoming referendum. With a voter turnout of 77 per cent, 96.3 per cent voted in favour of staying with Canada. The vote was a political statement to the Government of Québec, asserting sovereignty over traditional Cree lands that had been appropriated without consent in 1898 and 1912, and formalizing opposition to Québec separatism.

October 30, 1995

People 

Second Sovereignty Referendum

Québec held its second sovereignty referendum in 15 years. The “"no"” side won, with a 50.6 per cent majority, in a vote that saw 93.2 per cent of the population participating. In a public speech a shocked Premier Jacques Parizeau blamed the result on money and ethnic voters, and resigned the next day.

June 24, 1996

Disasters 

Québec City Riot

An estimated 2000 people rioted in Québec City after a rock concert, looting shops and damaging the National Assembly building.

July 19, 1996

Disasters 

Saguenay Flooding

Flooding caused by torrential rains killed 10 people, destroyed 22 488 homes and left thousands homeless in the Saguenay region of Québec. An inquiry later reported that the region's system of dams was poorly maintained.

July 20, 1996

Disasters 

Floods Hit Québec

Devastating floods hit the Charlevoix and Lower North Shore regions of Québec after 277 mm of rain fell in a short time onto already saturated earth. The floods killed 7, left 10 000 homeless and destroyed the area's industry.

December 14, 1996

Sports and Culture 

Death of Gaston Miron

Poet Gaston Miron died at Montreal. The first publication of his collection L'homme rapaillé (1970) was the first of 7 editions, as he refined his craft. The official version was completed just before his death. The internationally acclaimed book was a stepping stone for Québec poetry.

January 20, 1997

Sports and Culture 

Jacques Brault wins Prix Gilles-Corbeil

One of Québec's major poets, Jacques Brault, won the Prix Gilles-Corbeil for his body of work.

January 30, 1997

People 

Thibault Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Lise Thibault was appointed Québec''s 27th lieutenant-governor, serving until 7 June 2007.

October 01, 1997

People 

Referendum Law Struck Down

The Supreme Court of Canada struck down Québec's controversial law limiting spending on referenda.

October 13, 1997

Disasters 

Worst Bus Crash in Canada

A bus crashed into a ravine near Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive, Québec, killing 43 people, leaving only 5 survivors. It was the worst crash in Canadian history.

November 18, 1997

Sports and Culture 

Constitution Act Amended

Parliament voted to amend the 1982 Constitution Act in order to allow Québec to replace its religion-based school system with one drawn along linguistic lines.

January 04, 1998

Disasters 

Ice Storm Hits East

A severe winter ice storm raged across eastern Canada causing an estimated $2 billion damage and leaving 25 dead and 3 million without electric power.

February 16, 1998

People 

Unilateral Secession Dispute

The Supreme Court of Canada began to hear arguments on whether unilateral secession by Québec would be legal.

March 02, 1998

People 

Daniel Johnson Resigns

Québec Liberal leader Daniel Johnson resigned.

August 20, 1998

People 

Supreme Court Rules on Separation

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Québec could not secede from Canada without first negotiating the terms of secession with the federal government and the other provinces.

March 16, 1999

Sports and Culture 

Gratien Gélinas Dies

Gratien Gélinas, whose many activities as actor, director and playwright laid the base for contemporary Québec theatre, died at Montréal.

May 27, 1999

Communication and Transportation 

Julie Payette in Space

Canadian astronaut Julie Payette took part in a space shuttle mission. She and a co-worker repaired faulty parts in the Russian space station Zarya's battery pack.

September 06, 1999

Communication and Transportation 

Death of René Lecavalier

Radio-Canada's “voice of hockey” René Lecavalier died at Montreal. From 1952 to 1985, he was the commentator for “La Soirée du hockey” at the Montréal Forum. He bid adieu to his beloved Forum when it closed 11 Mar 11, 1999.

September 15, 1999

People 

Church Refuses to Apologize

Québec's Roman Catholic Church refused to apologize to 3,000 orphans who claimed that they were sexually and physically abused in church-run institutions. The children had been declared mentally ill to qualify for federal subsidies.

October 06, 1999

People 

Federalism Conference

The first international conference on federalism was held in Mont-Tremblant, Qué. More than 600 delegates from 25 nations attended. Lucien Bouchard upstaged the conference with his diatribe against Canadian federalism.

November 30, 1999

Resources and Environment 

Freshwater Protest

BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Québec rejected a national accord that would have prohibiedt the export of fresh water.

March 15, 2000

People 

House Passes Clarity Bill

The House of Commons passed its "clarity bill," setting guidelines for a referendum on secession of Québec and stating that the referendum question must be clearly worded and supported by a clear majority.

July 12, 2000

Indigenous Peoples 

New First Nations Leader

The Assembly of First Nations elected Matthew Coon Come as its new leader. The former grand chief of the Cree of northern Québec defeated incumbent Phil Fontaine.

June 30, 2001

People 

Duplessis Orphans

Some 1500 Duplessis Orphans received an apology and a “fault-free” offer of compensation. Each received a lump sum payment of $10 000 and an additional $1000 for each year spent in an asylum, roughly $25 000 per person.

April 14, 2003

People 

Charest Wins Election

Jean Charest, leader of the Québec Liberal party, defeated the Parti Québécois led by Bernard Landry. He was sworn in as premier 29 April.

March 19, 2004

People 

Same-Sex Marriage Legalized

A Court of Appeal ruling legalized same-sex marriage in Québec.

September 07, 2004

People 

Gomery Commission Begins Hearings

The Gomery Commission, appointed by PM Paul Martin, began public hearings into the misuse of funds during the federal sponsorship program. Justice John Gomery of the Superior Court of Québec was the sole commissioner.

March 16, 2005

People  Sports and Culture 

Student Protest in Québec

One of the biggest protests ever, involving 80,000 students, took place in downtown Montréal. At issue was a $103 million cut to bursary funds by the government. As many as 200,000 college and university students from nearly every region went on strike for six weeks.

March 26, 2005

Communication and Transportation 

Death of Gérard Filion

Gérard Filion, the former Le Devoir publisher who played an influential role in Québec's Quiet Revolution and helped redefine French Canadian nationalism, died in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, QC.

November 01, 2005

People 

Gomery Commission Released

The Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities, which investigated the misuse of funds by the federal sponsorship program, was released. According to the report, the Québec wing of the federal Liberal Party received illegal kickbacks from individuals involved in the sponsorship program, designed to promote federalism in Québec by advertising at community, cultural, and sporting events in the wake of the 1995 Québec referendum.

July 23, 2006

Sports and Culture 

Death of Jean-Paul Desbiens

Jean-Paul Desbiens, whose pseudonym was Frère Untel, died at Château-Richer, Qué. A Marist Brother, he published Les insolences du Frère Untel(1960), in which he denounced Québec taboos, particularly the education system. His book opened the door to the Quiet Revolution and heralded a new era in Québec.

March 26, 2007

People 

Quebec Liberals Win Election

Jean Charest''s Liberal Party won the provincial election and formed the first minority government in Québec in 130 years. The ADQ unseated the Parti Québécois as the official opposition, and for the first time in 30 years the PQ formed neither the government nor the opposition.

April 30, 2007

Indigenous Peoples  Sports and Culture 

Death of Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk

Inuk author Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk died in Kangiqsujuaq, Québec. Nappaaluk is best remembered for her novel Sanaaq, the first novel written in Inuktitut syllabics. Published in 1987, Sanaaq follows the life of a young woman who leads a traditional life in Inuvik (northern Québec) in the 1920s. A French translation was published in 2002, and an English translation in 2014.

June 07, 2007

People 

Duchesne Appointed Lieutenant-Governor

The Honourable Pierre Duchesne was appointed Québec''s 28th lieutenant-governor.

July 03, 2007

Sports and Culture 

Commemorative Fountain in Québec

The Simons family offered the Tourny Fountain to Québec City for the 400th anniversary celebrations. One of 6 fountains made in the second half of the 19th century to grace opposite ends of Allées de Tourny in Bordeaux, France, the fountain was dismantled and reconstructed in Québec City.

November 21, 2007

Indigenous Peoples  People 

Ouellet Apology

In an open letter to Québec newspapers, Cardinal Marc Ouellet issued an apology for errors committed by the Roman Catholic Church, asking Quebeckers to forgive the institution for its former attitudes toward anti-Semitism and racism, indifference to First Nations, and discrimination against homosexuals and women.

December 31, 2007

Sports and Culture 

400th Anniversary Celebrations (Que)

An outdoor show outside of Québec City involving more than 400 performers kicked off celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the city's founding.

December 08, 2008

People 

Québec Liberals Win Majority

Jean Charest''s Liberal party won a majority in Québec, making him the first Québec premier since Maurice Duplessis to win three successive mandates in the province.

June 23, 2010

Disasters 

Earthquake Near Ottawa

An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale hit 60 km north of Ottawa, causing tremors that shook central Ontario and part of Québec. Though no lives were lost and only minimal damage occurred, the quake was unique in that it was felt as far away as New York.

April 30, 2011

Disasters 

Flooding of the Montérégie Region of Québec

Major flooding began in the Montérégie region as rapid snowmelt and heavy rains caused water levels to rise in Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River. All bordering municipalities would be affected, with nearly 3000 homes and much arable land flooded. In early May, Premier Jean Charest requested assistance from the Canadian Forces.

January 20, 2013

Communication and Transportation 

Death of Richard Garneau

Richard Garneau, Québec sports journalist and writer, died in Montréal, QC. A veteran sports reporter in Québec, Garneau was best-known for his Olympic coverage, having reported 23 Olympic Games.

February 05, 2013

Resources and Environment 

Small Hydropower Plant Program in Québec Ends

The PQ government under Pauline Marois announced the end of the Small Hydropower Plant Program created by the former Liberal government.

February 24, 2013

Sports and Culture 

Québec films nominated for Oscars

Feature length film Rebel by Kim Nguyen and short Henry by Yan England garnered Oscar nominations for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Short Film, respectively.

February 24, 2013

Sports and Culture 

Opening of the 2013 Higher Education Summit in Québec

Following the large student demonstrations of 2012, the Québec government introduced a two day summit on higher education in Québec to examine key issues such as tuition fees and funding.

March 06, 2013

Sports and Culture 

Mikaël Kingsbury named FIS World Champion in Moguls

Québec freestyle skier Mikaël Kingsbury won the World Championship in Moguls in Voss, Norway.

March 17, 2013

People 

Philippe Couillard elected leader of the Québec Liberal Party

Philippe Couillard was elected leader of the Québec Liberal Party with 58.5 per cent of the vote.

July 06, 2013

Disasters 

Lac-Mégantic Oil Train Explosion

A runaway train carrying crude oil exploded in Lac-Mégantic, Québec, killing at least 47 people. Approximately 2,000 were evacuated after explosions and subsequent fires destroyed the centre of town.

July 09, 2013

Sports and Culture 

Death of Gaétan Soucy

Gaétan Soucy, Québécois author of four novels, including The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches, which has been translated into 18 languages, died in Montréal, QC.

April 07, 2014

People 

Parti Québécois Defeated

The Québec Liberal Party lead by Philippe Couillard defeated the minority Parti Québécois government in early elections called by Premier Pauline Marois. The péquistes called the election in a bid to win a majority government and pass the Québec Values Charter. The Liberal Party won a majority of seats (70) in the National Assembly, reducing the Parti Québécois to 30. Marois resigned as party leader the night of the election.

May 13, 2014

Disasters 

Charges Laid in Lac-Mégantic Oil Train Explosion

Three employees of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway were charged with criminal negligence in the 6 July 2013 oil train crash that killed 47 people in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Québec. An investigation into the disaster determined, among other causes, that the handbrakes on the train were insufficient, causing the train to slide down a sloped length of track, derail and explode in downtown Lac-Mégantic.

May 24, 2014

Sports and Culture 

Xavier Dolan Wins the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival

Xavier Dolan’s Mommy tied with Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language for the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

July 03, 2014

Sports and Culture 

First Canadian Singles Player at Grand Slam Final

Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, QC, became the first Canadian women's singles tennis player to reach a Grand Slam final after defeating Romania's Simona Halep at Wimbledon.

October 06, 2014

Communication and Transportation  Sports and Culture 

Last Major Business Deal in Canadian Print?

Postmedia announced its purchase of 175 English-language publications from Quebecor Media Inc., including the Sun chain of dailies, for $316 million. Reporting on the deal, Maclean's speculated that it was "likely the last-ever blockbuster deal in Canadian print."

December 21, 2014

Communication and Transportation 

Death of Michelle Tisseyre

Mary Jane Michelle Tisseyre (née Ahern), television host, journalist and translator died in Montréal, QC. After 30 years as a journalist and television host, she embraced a new career as a translator at Les Éditions Pierre Tisseyre. In 1975, she received the Governor General’s Literary Award for the translation of Winter by Morley Callaghan. She was also an Officer of the Order of Canada.

April 06, 2015

Sports and Culture 

Death of Dollard St-Laurent

Former Montréal Canadiens defenceman Dollard St-Laurent died in Belœil, QC, at age 85. The Verdun, QC, native won five Stanley Cups in his time with the Canadiens during the 1950s, and one with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1961.

June 01, 2015

People 

Death of Jacques Parizeau

Jacques Parizeau, who nearly led Québec to sovereignty in the 1995 referendum as premier and head of the Parti Québécois, died at age 84 in Montréal. An economist by training, Parizeau was a key figure in the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s, helping to establish public institutions such as the Québec Pension Plan and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

June 22, 2015

Disasters 

More Charges Laid in Lac-Mégantic Oil Train Explosion

Six former employees of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway were charged under the Railway Safety Act and Fisheries Act for their role in the 6 July 2013 oil train crash that killed 47 people in the town of Lac-Mégantic, Québec. The charges were laid almost a year after three employees faced charges of criminal negligence in connection with the disaster.

August 14, 2015

Sports and Culture 

Rivard Sets World Record at Parapan Am Games

Swimmer Aurélie Rivard, of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC, set a world record in the 100-metre freestyle S10 at the Parapan American Games in Toronto, completing the race in 59.17 seconds. In total, Rivard won seven medals at the 2015 Games, six of them gold, and set several additional Americas and Parapan Am records.

October 22, 2015

People 

Duceppe Resigns as Leader of the Bloc Québécois

Gilles Duceppe stepped down as leader of the Bloc Québécois in the wake of the October 2015 federal election. Although the Bloc won 10 seats more than doubling its count from the 2011 election, in which the party was devastated by the NDP's "orange wave" in Québec Duceppe lost in his own riding and the party emerged two seats short of official party status in the House of Commons. This was Duceppe's second resignation from the Bloc's leadership after stepping down in 2011 and returning in 2015.

January 05, 2016

People 

Death of Jean-Paul L'Allier

Jean-Paul L'Allier, who served as a Québec's minister of Communications during the October Crisis and later as mayor of Québec City from 1989 to 2005, died in Québec City at age 77.

January 14, 2016

Sports and Culture 

Death of René Angélil

René Angélil, Céline Dion's husband and manager, died in Las Vegas, Nevada after a long battle with cancer. He was 73. Angélil's career in the music business began in the early 1960s as a member of the band Les Baronets, who achieved some success in Québec with their French covers of Beatles songs. Angélil later moved into talent management. In 1981, he discovered Céline Dion, then aged 12, and resolved to make her a star. Over time, the two developed a romantic relationship, and they married in 1994. Angélil won a number of awards over the course of his career and was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2012.

March 02, 2016

People 

Death of Father Benoît Lacroix

Father Benoît Lacroix, a leading religious and intellectual figure in Québec whose career spanned nearly 75 years, died in Montréal at age 100. "Père Lacroix" was a theologian, philosopher, medievalist, journalist and teacher who published some 50 books on science and religion. The popular priest was an Officer of the Order of Canada and the National Order of Québec.

March 06, 2016

People 

Death of D.G. Jones

Poet and translator Douglas Gordon (D.G.) Jones died in North Hatley, Québec, at age 87. A native of Bancroft, Ontario, Jones published influential volumes of poetry, translations and literary criticism from the 1950s into the 21st century, and spent many years teaching at the Université de Sherbrooke. A winner of two Governor General’s Awards and an Officer of the Order of Canada, he is credited with having greatly advanced the art of translation between French and English in Canada.

March 20, 2016

Sports and Culture 

Léa Pool Wins Big at the Gala du cinéma québécois

Québec director Léa Pool's film La passion d'Augustine won six awards at the Gala du cinéma québécois (formerly the Jutra Awards), including Best Film, Best Director, Best Lead Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Pool was the first woman to win Best Film since the awards were founded in 1999.

March 20, 2016

Sports and Culture 

François Dompierre Wins Prix Hommage at the Gala du cinéma québécois

Musician, composer and conductor François Dompierre was honoured with the Prix Hommage at the Gala du cinéma québécois (formerly the Jutra Awards) for his distinguished career composing music for Québec films.

March 24, 2016

People 

Death of Claire Kirkland-Casgrain

Claire Kirkland-Casgrain, the first woman elected to Québec’s National Assembly, died at age 91. Kirkland-Casgrain left her mark on the province’s political history in 1964 by spearheading the passage of Bill 16, which improved the legal status of married women. For more than 12 years, she was the only woman to sit as a member of the National Assembly among some 100 male colleagues. In 1985, she was named a Knight of the National Order of Québec, and in 1992, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

April 07, 2016

People 

Death of Marcel Dubé

Québec playwright Marcel Dubé, who also wrote for TV and radio, died in Montréal. In addition to his literary career, Dubé held several distinguished positions related to the promotion of the French language, serving as the first secretary of the Conseil de la langue française from 1977 to 1979.

April 23, 2016

People 

Death of Madeleine Sherwood

Montréal-born actor Madeleine Sherwood died in Saint-Hippolyte, Québec, at age 93. Sherwood had a long career in the United States, performing in Broadway shows, plays by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, and the 1960s TV series The Flying Nun. A civil rights activist, she was blacklisted for a time in the 1950s, during the McCarthy era, and was arrested for participating in a Freedom Walk in Alabama in 1963. She returned to Canada later in life.

May 02, 2016

People 

Pierre Karl Péladeau Steps Down

Citing family reasons, Pierre Karl Péladeau announced his resignation as leader of the Parti Québécois, leader of the official opposition and Member of Québec’s National Assembly for the riding of Saint-Jérôme.

May 22, 2016

Sports and Culture 

Xavier Dolan Wins Grand Prix at Cannes

Montréal-born filmmaker Xavier Dolan received the Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Prix and its Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for his sixth feature film, Juste la fin du monde (It’s Only the End of the World, 2016). It was the first Canadian film to do so since Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter (1997). Juste la fin du monde was considered a controversial winner of the Grand Prix, the festival’s second-place award, since it received largely negative reviews from critics.

June 14, 2016

People 

Death of Gilles Lamontagne

Former Québec City mayor and federal Member of Parliament Gilles Lamontagne died in Montréal at age 97. Lamontagne served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War and survived two years as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down over the Netherlands. In addition to his tenure as mayor of Québec City from 1965 to 1977, his distinguished political career included positions as defence minister in Pierre Trudeau’s Liberal government and as lieutenant-governor of Québec. He was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1990.

June 21, 2016

Sports and Culture 

Death of Pierre Lalonde

Beloved Québec crooner and television personality Pierre Lalonde died in Montréal at age 75. Lalonde began his singing career at age four and started releasing music in the early 1960s. Having mastered English during his studies in the United States as a teen, he achieved success in Canada and across the border, where he performed under the name Peter Martin. In 2011, he was awarded the Québec National Assembly’s Medal of Honour.

September 09, 2016

Sports and Culture 

Lakatos Wins Gold at Rio Paralympics

Wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos of Montréal, Québec, won gold in the 100 m event at the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He went on to reach the podium in each of the three additional events in which he competed, earning a silver and two bronze medals.

September 15, 2016

Sports and Culture 

Rivard Wins Fourth Medal at Rio, Sets World Record

Swimmer Aurélie Rivard of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec, won her third gold — and fourth medal — of the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her 400-metre freestyle swim broke the world record with a time of 4:29.96.

November 07, 2016

People 

Death of Leonard Cohen

Poet, novelist, singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen died in Los Angeles, California, at age 82. Born in Westmount, Québec, Cohen was one of the most iconic Canadian artists of the 20th century. A sage, mystic, bohemian and romantic, he built an acclaimed body of literary work and a revered career in pop music.

December 21, 2016

Indigenous Peoples 

Québec Announces Inquiry into Treatment of Indigenous People

After months of public pressure led by Indigenous leaders, Québec premier Philippe Couillard announced that the province would undertake a public inquiry into systemic discrimination toward Indigenous people. Calls for the inquiry grew in the wake of an October 2015 Radio-Canada investigation into the mistreatment and abuse of Indigenous women by police officers in Val-d’Or.

January 21, 2017

People 

Death of Victor Prus

Polish-born architect Victor Prus died in Montréal, Québec, at age 99. Prus immigrated to Canada in 1952, having served with the Polish forces and the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He went on to have an award-winning career in this country, designing such notable structures as Montréal’s Palais des congrès (Convention Centre), three of the city’s metro stations and the Centaur Theatre.

January 29, 2017

People 

Québec City Mosque Shooting

Six Muslim men were killed and five others critically injured in a shooting rampage at a mosque of the Centre Culturel Islamique in Québec City. Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder. Media reports subsequently described Bissonnette as recently radicalized to far-right political ideologies. (See also Terrorism and Canada.)

March 15, 2017

People 

Death of Laurent Laplante

Journalist Laurent Laplante, who wrote for newspapers such as Le Devoir and Le Soleil, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 83. (see Newspapers in Canada and Newspapers in Canada: 1900-1990s)

March 28, 2017

People 

Death of Janine Sutto

Prolific Québecoise actor Janine Sutto died in Montréal, Québec, at age 95. An autodidact, she brilliantly personified countless roles in all genres of theatre, radio and television. Sutto pursued her career for more than seven decades and acted in more than 150 productions, including Michel Tremblay’s Les Belles- sœurs and Marcel Dubé’s Florence.

April 11, 2017

People 

Death of Dr. Mark Wainberg

Montreal-born molecular biologist Dr. Mark Wainberg, a renowned HIV/AIDS researcher and activist, died at the age of 71. In 1989, Wainberg discovered that the antiviral drug 3TC slowed the replication of HIV in the body — a breakthrough in the development of antiretroviral therapy.

June 03, 2017

People 

Death of Jacques Beaudry

Internationally renowned conductor Jacques Beaudry, of Sorel, Québec, died at age 92. He made his debut on the CBC in 1955 and went on to conduct major symphonies and operas in North America, Europe and the USSR.

July 13, 2017

People 

Julie Payette Named Governor General Designate

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that astronaut Julie Payette would become Canada’s 29th governor general, succeeding David Johnston. She was sworn in in the fall of 2017.

July 27, 2017

People 

Death of Gilles Tremblay

Composer and teacher Gilles Tremblay died in Montréal, Québec. Born in Arvida (now part of the city of Saguenay), Tremblay had an accomplished career that earned him, among other honours, the Prix de musique Calixa-Lavallée for the electroacoustic music he wrote for Expo 67’s Québec Pavilion. He was made an Officer of the National Order of Québec in 1991 and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2012.

August 11, 2017

People 

Death of Daisy Peterson Sweeney

Teacher, pianist and organist Daisy Peterson Sweeney died in Montréal, Québec, at age 97. An accomplished musician in her own right, Daisy Peterson Sweeney is perhaps best known as the older sister, and early teacher, of celebrated jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. She also taught other notable Montréal jazz pianists, including Oliver Jones and Joe Sealey. Sweeney is equally remembered as a leader in Montréal’s Black community.

September 13, 2017

Indigenous Peoples 

Montréal Changes Coat of Arms and Announces Amherst Street Renaming

Montréal mayor Denis Coderre announced the addition of a white pine to the city’s coat of arms to recognize the contributions of Indigenous people over its history. The initiative was tied to the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Coderre also announced that Amherst Street — named after British general Jeffrey Amherst — would be renamed. Amherst supported the genocide of Indigenous peoples, including the spreading of epidemics by distributing smallpox-carrying blankets.

October 02, 2017

People 

​Julie Payette Becomes Governor General

Astronaut Julie Payette was installed as Canada’s 29th governor general, succeeding David Johnston.

October 05, 2017

Resources and Environment 

Energy East Pipeline Project Cancelled

TransCanada announced that it had cancelled plans to build the Energy East pipeline, which would have carried crude oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Québec and New Brunswick. From there, oil would have been exported to other countries. The company cited changing market conditions and delays in assessments carried out by the National Energy Board as reasons for its decision. The project’s supporters, including premiers Rachel Notley and Brad Wall, expressed disappointment and criticized the federal government’s approach to the review process. Energy East’s opponents, including municipalities in Québec and Indigenous communities along the proposed path of the pipeline, hailed it as a victory.

November 05, 2017

People 

Valérie Plante, 1st woman mayor of Montreal

Voters elected community organizer and city councillor Valérie Plante as Montréal’s first woman mayor.