1964 in Canada
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Events from the year 1964 in Canada.
- 1 Incumbents
- 2 Events
- 3 Arts and literature
- 4 Sport
- 5 Births
- 6 Deaths
- 7 References
- Governor general – Georges Vanier (viceregal consort – Pauline Vanier)
- Prime minister – Lester B. Pearson
- Lieutenant Governor of Alberta – John Percy Page
- Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia – George Pearkes
- Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – Errick Willis
- Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick – Joseph Leonard O'Brien
- Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland – Fabian O'Dea
- Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia – Henry Poole MacKeen
- Lieutenant Governor of Ontario – William Earl Rowe
- Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island – Willibald Joseph MacDonald
- Lieutenant Governor of Quebec – Paul Comtois
- Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan – Robert Hanbidge
- Premier of Alberta – Ernest Manning
- Premier of British Columbia – W.A.C. Bennett
- Premier of Manitoba – Dufferin Roblin
- Premier of New Brunswick – Louis Robichaud
- Premier of Newfoundland – Joey Smallwood
- Premier of Nova Scotia – Robert Stanfield
- Premier of Ontario – John Robarts
- Premier of Prince Edward Island – Walter Shaw
- Premier of Quebec – Jean Lesage
- Premier of Saskatchewan – Woodrow Lloyd (until May 2) then Ross Thatcher
- Commissioner of Yukon – Gordon Robertson Cameron
- Commissioner of Northwest Territories – Bent Gestur Sivertz
- March 13 – Canada begins a decades-long peacekeeping mission in Cyprus
- March 23 – George Stanley first describes and sketches the proposal for Canada's new flag that is eventually accepted
- March 26 – The White Paper on Defence is tabled.
- March 27 – Several towns in coastal British Columbia, including Prince Rupert, Tofino, Port Alberni and Zeballos, suffer damage from tsunamis associated with the Good Friday earthquake in Alaska. Overall damage is estimated at $10 million.
- April – Canadians are issued Social Insurance cards for the first time
- April 22 – Saskatchewan election: Ross Thatcher's Liberals win a majority, defeating Woodrow Lloyd's Co-operative Commonwealth Federation
- May 2 – W. Ross Thatcher is sworn in as Premier of Saskatchewan
- May 27 – The Prime Minister unveils the "Pearson Pennant", his preferred, but ultimately unsuccessful, design for a new national flag.
- June 15 – The Great Canadian Flag Debate begins in the House of Commons.
- June 19 - The Hall Commission Report recommending the creation of Canada's medicare programme was tabled in the House of Commons.
- July 16 – Canada extends its exclusive fishing zone to 12 miles off-shore
- September 10 – After almost three months of debate in the Commons, the flag question is referred to an all-party committee.
- September 17 – The flag committee meets for the first time.
- October 5 – Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh begin an eight-day visit to Canada.
- October 22 – The flag committee makes its final selection of the design that will become the national flag.
- November 9 - Max Saltsman wins Waterloo South by-election, campaigning against a mere flag taking priority over important social issues such as medicare
- November 30 – John Diefenbaker launches a filibuster to try to prevent the introduction of a new Canadian flag
- December 16 – Bill creating the new Flag of Canada passed in the House of Commons after much controversy.
Full date unknown
- Canada pulls its peacekeepers out of Zaire
- Glenn Gould gives up doing live performances
- Governor General Georges Vanier hosts the "Canadian Conference of the Family"
- Innis College founded at the University of Toronto
- Canada passes act to change Air Canada's name.
Arts and literature
- Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man: Marshall McLuhan
- The Circle Game: Margaret Atwood
- The Laughing Rooster: Irving Layton
- Flowers for Hitler: Leonard Cohen
- The Stone Angel: Margaret Laurence
- See 1964 Governor General's Awards for a complete list of winners and finalists for those awards.
- Stephen Leacock Award: Harry J. Boyle, Homebrew and Patches Clarke Irwin
- Vicky Metcalf Award: John F. Hayes
- May 2 – Northern Dancer wins the Kentucky Derby.
- Summer – At the Olympic Games held in Tokyo, Japan, Canada wins only a single gold medal.
- Stanley Cup – Toronto Maple Leafs win 4–3 over the Detroit Red Wings
- Grey Cup – BC Lions win 34–24 over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats
January to June
- January 10 – Brad Roberts, lead singer and guitarist
- January 31 – Sylvie Bernier, diver and Olympic gold medalist
- February 1 – Sharon Bruneau, bodybuilder and fitness competitor
- February 10 – Victor Davis, swimmer, Olympic gold medalist and World Champion (d.1989)
- February 10 – Gregory Edgelow, wrestler
- April 1 – Scott Stevens, ice hockey player
- April 17 - Rachel Notley, politician and 17th Premier of Alberta
- May 13 – Robert Marland, rower and Olympic gold medalist
- May 17 - Elfi Schlegel, gymnast
- May 24 – Clayton Gerein, Paralympic athlete
- May 26 – Paul Okalik, politician and 1st Premier of Nunavut
- June 9 – Gloria Reuben, singer and actress
- June 14 – Randall Thompson, boxer
- June 16 – Brad Fay, sportscaster
- June 21 – Rick Duff, boxer
July to December
- July 14 - Craig McKinley, physician and aquanaut (NEEMO 7 mission) (d. 2013)
- July 24 – Erminia Russo, volleyball player
- August 6 – Alison Baker, racewalker
- August 9 – Brett Hull, ice hockey player and coach
- August 17 – Colin James, singer, guitarist and songwriter
- August 26 – Dave Boyes, rower and Olympic silver medalist
- August 27 – Paul Bernardo, serial killer and rapist
- August 30 – Milena Gaiga, field hockey player
- September 2 – Keanu Reeves, actor
- September 12 – Greg McConnell, indie rock musician (d. 1999)
- September 14 – Terrence Paul, rower and Olympic gold medalist
- September 18 – Kelly-Ann Way, track cyclist and road bicycle racer
- September 22 – Wayne Yearwood, basketball player and coach
- September 23 – Diana Dutra, female boxer
- September 25 – Ray Lazdins, discus thrower
- October 14 – David Kaye, actor and voice actor
- October 26 – Marc Lépine, murderer responsible for the École Polytechnique massacre (d.1989)
- October 29 – May Allison, long-distance runner
- November 9 – Leah Pells, track and field athlete
- November 10 – Stephen McNeil, politician and 28th Premier of Nova Scotia
- November 14 – Silken Laumann, rower
- November 15 – David Caplan, politician and Minister
- November 16 – Diana Krall, jazz pianist and singer
- December 19 – Lorie Kane, golfer
- December 27 – Kevin Patterson, medical doctor and writer
Full date unknown
- January 1 – William Herbert Burns, politician (b. 1878)
- January 12 – Byron Ingemar Johnson, politician and 24th Premier of British Columbia (b. 1890)
- February 18 – Joseph-Armand Bombardier, inventor, businessman and founder of Bombardier Inc. (b. 1907)
- March 3 – Angus MacInnis, politician (b. 1884)
- April 4 – Sarah Ramsland, politician, first woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan (b. 1882)
- April 26 – E. J. Pratt, poet (b. 1882)
- June 9 – Max Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, business tycoon, politician and writer (b. 1879)
- August 7 – Arsène Gagné, Quebec politician (b. 1910)
- September 5 – William Sherring, marathon runner and Olympic gold medalist (b. 1878)
- December 9 – Elmore Philpott, journalist and politician (b. 1896)
- December 14 – Roland Beaudry, politician, journalist, publicist and publisher (b. 1906)