1961 in Canada


1961 in Canada

"See also:"
1960 in Canada,
other events of 1961,
1962 in Canada and the
Timeline of Canadian history.

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Incumbents

* Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
* Governor General: Georges Vanier
* Prime Minister: John Diefenbaker
* Premier of Alberta: Ernest Manning
* Premier of British Columbia: W.A.C. Bennett
* Premier of Manitoba: Duff Roblin
* Premier of New Brunswick: Louis Robichaud
* Premier of Newfoundland: Joey Smallwood
* Premier of Nova Scotia: Robert Stanfield
* Premier of Ontario: Leslie Frost then John Robarts
* Premier of Prince Edward Island: Walter Shaw
* Premier of Quebec: Jean Lesage
* Premier of Saskatchewan: Tommy Douglas then Woodrow Lloyd

Events

* February 3: The Canadian Bank of Commerce and the Imperial Bank of Canada merge to form Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
* June 1: The 1961 Canadian census finds Canada has a population of 18 238 247
* June 6: CUSO is formed
* June 13: The NCC study of Ottawa's new Green Belt is completed
* June 14: James Elliott Coyne, the Governor of the Bank of Canada resigns due to disagreements with the federal government's fiscal policies
* August 3: Tommy Douglas is elected leader of the newly formed New Democratic Party
* August 1415: The Premiers meet in Charlottetown
* October 1: CTV, Canada's second major television network, begins broadcasting
* November 7: Woodrow Lloyd becomes premier of Saskatchewan, replacing Tommy Douglas
* November 8: John Robarts becomes premier of Ontario, replacing Leslie Frost
* November 17: Saskatchewan passes a bill creating Canada's first government run health system
* December 28: Canada's first BOMARC Missile squadron is formed
* The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation becomes the New Democratic Party
* The Massey Lectures are created
* The new home for the Hockey Hall of Fame opens in Toronto
* The transatlantic telephone system is officially launched with a call from Queen Elizabeth II to Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.

Arts and literature

: New books
* Morley Callaghan: "A Passion in Rome"
* Max Aitken: "Courage"
* Margaret Atwood: "Double Persephone"
* Farley Mowat: "Owls in the Family": Awards
* See 1961 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
* Stephen Leacock Award: Norman Ward, "Mice in the Beer"

Births

* January 11 – Graham Welbourn, swimmer
* January 18 – Mark Messier, ice hockey player
* January 26 – Wayne Gretzky, ice hockey player
* January 27 – Tony Clement, politician
* February 10 – Steve Pagendam, boxer
* February 21 – Paul Edwards, Manitoba politician
* February 23 – Sylvie Ruegger, long-distance runner
* March 16 – Todd McFarlane, comic book artist
* March 24 – Pat Turner, rower
* April 6 – Gene Eugene, actor and musician
* April 10 – Barb Tarbox, activist
* May 1 – Clint Malarchuk, ice hockey goalie
* May 8 – Greg Thomey, comedian
* May 9 – Darren Praznik, Manitoba politician
* May 27 – Northern Dancer, race horse
* May 31 – Corey Hart, singer
* June 1 – Paul Coffey, ice hockey player
* June 9 – Michael J. Fox, actor
* July 1 – Michelle Wright, singer
* July 12 – Camilla Scott, actor
* July 17 – Blair Horn, rower
* July 24 – Brian McMahon, coxswain
* July 26 – Alan Lowe, politician
* August 12 – Peter Szmidt, swimmer
* August 20 – Lizanne Bussieres, long-distance runner
* August 25 – Marie Saint Pierre, fashion designer
* August 25 – Dave Tippett, ice hockey player and coach
* September 12 – Mylène Farmer, musician
* September 18 – Denis Lambert, boxer
* September 24 – Nancy Garapick, swimmer
* September 27 – Randy Vancourt, songwriter and actor
* September 30 – Erica Ehm, VJ and TV actor
* October 25 – Alison Webb, judoka
* November 2 – k.d. lang, singer-songwriter
* December 8 – André Bachand, politician
* December 10 – Mark McKoy, hurdler
* December 13 – Ranza Clark, middle distance runner
* December 18 – Brian Orser, figure skater
* December 30 – Ben Johnson, sprinter
* December 31 – Douglas Coupland, writer

Deaths

* May 28 – Frank Boyes, politician
* September 12 – Joseph-Arthur Bradette, politician


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