The Parti Québécois announced it would hold a referendum on sovereignty-association if it won the next provincial election.
1997Hibernia Produces First Barrel
Newfoundland's Hibernia offshore drilling platform pumped its first barrel of oil.
1587Birth of Charles Lalemant
Jesuit missionary Charles Lalemant, who organized the first Jesuit mission to Canada in 1625 and was first superior of the Jesuits at Québec, was born at Paris, France.
1946Birth of Petra Burka
Figure skater Petra Burka, who became the first woman skater to complete the triple salchow jump in competition, was born at Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1913National Transcontinental Complete
The last spike was driven on the National Transcontinental Railway, which had begun work in 1903 and ran from Winnipeg, via Sioux Lookout, Kapuskasing, Cochrane and Québec City, to Moncton, NB.
1989Food Bank Association Formed
Forty-three food banks from nine provinces became the founding members of the Canadian Association of Food Banks (now Canada Food Banks).
1951Birth of Brent Carver
Brent Carver, who has turned in critically acclaimed performances in musical theatre, cabaret and film, was born at Cranbrook, BC.
1981Conrado Santos became the First Filipino Elected
Conrado Santos became the first Filipino to be elected to office when he was elected to the Manitoba Assembly for the New Democratic Party.
1935Birth of Audrey Thomas
BC writer Audrey Thomas was born at Binghamton, New York.
1983Western Grain Transportation Act
The Western Grain Transportation Act was passed (effective 1 January 1984). It allowed grain-shipping costs to increase gradually, but never to exceed 10% of the world price for grain.
1987Olympic Flame Journeys to Calgary
The Olympic flame began an 88-day, 18,000 km journey from Signal Hill (St. John’s), NL, to the Calgary Winter Games. Former Olympians Barbara Ann Scott and Fred Hayward began the relay. Over 7,000 Canadians took turns carrying the torch during its cross-country trek.
1999Mi'kmaq Rights Clarified
The Supreme Court of Canada clarified its earlier ruling (September 17) regarding Mi'kmaq (Micmac) fishing rights, stating that the ruling had been misinterpreted. It stated that the ruling applied did not guarantee open season on fishing.
1966Coroner’s Inquest Into Charlie Wenjack’s Death
A coroner’s inquest into Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack’s death was held. The jury report recognized that “The Indian education system causes tremendous emotional & adjustment problems for these children.” They recommended, “A study be made of the present Indian education & philosophy. Is it right?”
1856Grand Trunk Completed
The Grand Trunk Railway was completed from Guelph to Stratford, Ont; the last stretch from St Marys to Sarnia was finished on November 21. The GTR was a significant factor in the economic development of Canada.
2016Election of the Youngest MPP in Ontario History
Nineteen-year-old Sam Oosterhoff became the youngest member of Provincial Parliament in the history of Ontario, winning the riding of Niagara West–Glanbrook in a by-election. The Progressive Conservative candidate beat out the NDP’s Mike Thomas and Liberal Vicky Ringuette.