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1873 in Canada

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Events from the year 1873 in Canada.



Federal government

Provincial governments

Lieutenant governors


Territorial governments

Lieutenant governors


January to June 1873

July to December



January to June

J. E. H. MacDonald

July to December

Full date unknown


James William Johnston

Historical Documents

Non-confidence moved in House of Commons over Government accepting election funding from group hoping to build CPR[2]

Why the Governor General did not dismiss Prime Minister Macdonald over the Pacific Scandal[3]

Note contains a death threat against Prime Minister Macdonald[4]

Metis leader Ambroise Lepine sentenced to death for the murder of Thomas Scott in 1870 at Red River[5]

House of Commons speeches on issues with Indigenous people in the Northwest Territories[6]

British Columbia Indian superintendent reports on the economic activity of Indigenous people[7]

Testimony about the ocean liner Atlantic, lost off Nova Scotia[8]


  1. ^ Elizabeth Gillan Muir; Marilyn Färdig Whiteley (1995). Changing Roles of Women Within the Christian Church in Canada. University of Toronto Press. pp. 340–. ISBN 978-0-8020-7623-6.
  2. ^ "House of Commons; Wednesday, April 2, 1873," House of Commons Debates; First Session – Second Parliament, pg. 179. Accessed 24 September 2018 []
  3. ^ Governor General Lord Dufferin, Message: Papers Relative to the Prorogation of Parliament on the 13th Day of August 1873 (Ottawa: Printed by I.B. Taylor, 1873), especially pg. 17 and after. Accessed 15 September 2018 []
  4. ^ "Page one [and] page two of a translation of a death threat to Sir John A. Macdonald, September 13, 1873," Sir John A. Macdonald; Canada's Patriot Statesman, Library and Archives Canada. Accessed 15 September 2018 []
  5. ^ "Sentence," Preliminary Investigation and Trial of Ambroise D. Lepine for the Murder of Thomas Scott(Montreal: Burland-Desbarats Lithographic Co, 1874), pgs. 124-7. Accessed 15 September 2018 []
  6. ^ Robert Cunningham; Donald Alexander Smith, Speeches on the Indian Difficulties in the North-West, the House of Commons, April 1st, 1873 (Ottawa: Free Press Steam Publishing Establishment, 1873). Accessed 15 September 2018 []
  7. ^ "Abstract of the Report of J.W. Powell,...1873," Annual Report on Indian Affairs, for Year Ending 30th June, 1872, pgs. 7–10. Accessed 19 September 2018 []
  8. ^ "Loss of the Steamship Atlantic, White Star Line, March 30, 1873," Immigrants to Canada. Accessed 15 September 2018 []