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1989 in Canada
Events from the year 1989 in Canada.
- January 1: The Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement comes into effect.
- January 21: Brian Peckford announces his resignation from politics, giving the party 2 months to find a replacement as party leader and premier.
- January 30: Prime Minister Brian Mulroney shuffles his cabinet, appointing 6 new ministers and reassigning the responsibilities of 19 others.
- February 10: President of the United States George H. W. Bush Prime Minister Mulroney in Ottawa, laying the groundwork for the Acid Rain Treaty of 1991.
- February 20: In the Yukon Territory, the ruling New Democrats narrowly maintain control of the Yukon Legislative Assembly, winning 9 seats vs. the Progressive Conservative Party's 7.
- March 1: The Canadian Space Agency is created.
- March 10: An Air Ontario flight crashes near Dryden, Ontario, killing 24.
- March 13: 2:44 AM ET: A solar coronal mass ejection causes a blackout across all of Quebec, as it hits the Hydro-Québec power grid, affecting 6 million people for more than 9 hours.
- March 13: Deborah Grey wins a by-election to become the first Reform Party Member of Parliament.
- March 19: LGBT activist Joe Rose is murdered on public transit in Montreal.
- March 20: Alberta election: Don Getty's PCs win a sixth consecutive majority.
- March 22: Thomas Rideout becomes premier of Newfoundland, replacing Brian Peckford.
- April 20: The Liberal Party of Newfoundland, led by Clyde Wells, wins the Newfoundland general election.
- May 3: John Turner resigns as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.
- May 5: Clyde Wells becomes premier of Newfoundland, defeating Thomas Rideout in a general election.
- May 25: The Calgary Flames defeat the Montreal Canadiens to win the 1989 Stanley Cup Finals.
- May 29: The Liberal Party of Prince Edward Island, led by Joe Ghiz, remains in power following the Prince Edward Island general election.
- June 3: The SkyDome (now known as Rogers Centre) is opened in Toronto.
- June 5: The federal government announces sweeping cuts to Via Rail.
- July 31: Cable television network CBC Newsworld is launched.
- August 2: Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs Bernard Valcourt resigns after he is convicted of drunk driving.
- September 1: French cable sports network, RDS, signs on.
- September 25: In the Quebec general election, the Quebec Liberal Party, led by Robert Bourassa, is reelected with a large Liberal majority.
- October 6: Prime Minister Mulroney nominates Ray Hnatyshyn to succeed Jeanne Sauvé as Governor General of Canada.
- October 8: The Cormier Village hayride accident kills 13 people and injures 45.
- October 15 – Wayne Gretzky becomes the leading scorer in the history of the National Hockey League.
- December 2: Audrey McLaughlin is elected head of the NDP replacing Ed Broadbent becoming the first female major party leader in Canadian history.
- December 6: École Polytechnique Massacre: Marc Lépine murders fourteen women at the École Polytechnique of the Université de Montréal in Montreal, Quebec. The event proves a spur to both the Canadian feminist and gun control movements.
- December 21: Quebec uses the notwithstanding clause for the first time.
- December 31: All rail service is terminated in Prince Edward Island after CN Rail abandons its historic rail lines in the province.
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Arts and literature
- January 9 – Nina Dobrev, actress
- January 14 – Karine Thomas, synchronized swimmer
- February 14 – Emma Miskew, curler
- March 19 – Stephanie Horner, swimmer
- April 13 – Mallory Deluce, ice hockey player
- April 28 – Steffi DiDomenicantonio, singer
- May 17 – Tessa Virtue, ice dancer
- May 23 – Grace Mahary, model
- June 11 – Keith Aulie, ice hockey player
- June 17 – Brandon Jones, singer
- July 27 – Charlotte Arnold, actress
- August 2 – Dominic Jalbert, ice hockey player
- September 12 – Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, artistic gymnast
- September 23 – Craig Sharpe, singer
- September 25 – Jordan Gavaris, actor
- October 20 – Colin Wilson, Canadian-American ice hockey player
- October 24 – Shenae Grimes, actress
- November 5 – Joey Lawrence, photographer
- November 24 – Nicole Sassine, sprinter
- December 2 – Cassie Steele, actress and singer-songwriter
January to June
- January 20 – Beatrice Lillie, comic actress (b.1894)
- January 22 – Farquhar Oliver, politician (b.1904)
- January 31 – William Stephenson, soldier, airman, businessperson, inventor and spymaster (b.1897)
- February 9 – Ken Adachi, writer and literary critic (b.1929)
- May 14 – Joe Primeau, ice hockey player (b.1906)
- May 14 – E. P. Taylor, business tycoon and race horse breeder (b.1901)
- June 14 – Louis-Philippe-Antoine Bélanger, politician (b.1907)
- June 26 – Howard Charles Green, politician and Minister (b.1895)
July to December
- July 3 – Peter Fox, politician (b.1921)
- July 13 – Samuel Boulanger, politician (b.1909)
- July 24 – Michael Estok, poet
- August 10 – George Ignatieff, diplomat (b.1913)
- November 11 – Kenneth MacLean Glazier, Sr., minister and librarian (b.1912)
- September 12 – Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, gymnast
- November 13 – Victor Davis, swimmer, Olympic gold medalist and World Champion (b.1964)
- November 15 – George Manuel, Aboriginal leader (b.1921)
- November 29 – Nancy Bell, senator (b.1924)
- December 6 – Marc Lépine, murderer responsible for the École Polytechnique massacre (b.1964)
- December 26 – Doug Harvey, ice hockey player (b.1924)
- December 26 – Maryon Pearson, wife of Lester B. Pearson, 14th Prime Minister of Canada (b.1901)