René Lévesque Wall Street ‘Separation Is Inevitable’

January 25, 2012 by staff 

René Lévesque Wall Street ‘Separation Is Inevitable’, January 25, 1627 – Medicine – Louis Hébert dies of a fall, after ten years in Québec; body later reinterred in church attached to the Québec General Hospital; Canada’s First doctor, apothecary, settler. Québec, Québec
January 25, 1791 – Constitution – British Parliament approves bill splitting the old province of Québec into Upper Canada and Lower Canada, each with its own assembly. London, England
January 25, 1870 – Red River Rebellion – Second Red River Convention is elected. Winnipeg, Manitoba
- January 25 – Red River Rebellion – Louis Riel leads two week convention to consider the Canadian proposals put forward by HBC factor and MP Donald Smith. Winnipeg, Manitoba

Governor General Lord Bessborough
January 25, 1876 – Religion – George McDougall is lost in a blizzard near his mission at Morleyville, during a buffalo hunt, and freezes to death; Methodist missionary, author and school superintendent. Morleyville, Alberta
January 25, 1905 – Ontario Election – James Whitney leads Conservatives to majority victory in provincial election; defeats Liberal government of George Ross. Ontario
January 25, 1912 – First sitting held in Saskatchewan’s new legislative building. Regina, Saskatchewan
January 25, 1924 – Olympics – Canadian team attends the opening of the First Winter Olympic games at Chamonix. The Toronto Granites will win the first Winter Olympics Gold Medal for Canada in Ice Hockey. Chamonix, France
January 25, 1932 – Communications – Governor General Lord Bessborough speaks to the Lieutenant Governor of each province, to inaugurate the Trans-Canada Telephone System. Ottawa, Ontario
January 25, 1948 – Finance – Investors Syndicate of Canada incorporates Investors Mutual of Canada Ltd.; Canada’s First public mutual fund will be first sold to the public in 1950. Winnipeg, Manitoba
January 25, 1953 – Fire at dockside destroys Canadian Pacific liner Empress of Canada; used as a troop ship during World War II. Liverpool, England
January 25, 1962 – Banking – Bank of Montréal acquires Newfoundland Savings Bank. St. John’s, Newfoundland
January 25, 1963 – Wilson Kettle dies at age 102; has at that time 582 living descendants. Newfoundland
January 25, 1965 – Religion – Archbishop Maurice Roy of Québec appointed a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. Québec, Québec
January 25, 1971 – Terrorism – FLQ terrorist Paul Rose put on trial for the murder of Québec Labour Minister Pierre Laporte. Montréal, Québec
January 25, 1973 – Environment – Freighter Irish Stardust grounds north of Vancouver Island, spilling 378, 000 litres of fuel oil; spill spreads 320 km south. BC
January 25, 1976 – Politics – Stuart Smith elected leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, succeeding Robert Nixon. Toronto, Ontario
January 25, 1977 – Sovereignty – René Lévesque tells Wall Street audience at the Economic Club of New York that separation is inevitable. New York, New York (CBC Archives)
January 25, 1979 – Unity – Jean-Luc Pépin and John Robarts release the Report of the Task Force on Canadian Unity; recommend that Québec should have the power to maintain its language and culture, and that federal powers be reduced. Ottawa, Ontario
January 25, 1993 – Women – Catherine Callbeck sworn in as Premier of Prince Edward Island, replacing Joe Ghiz; first female premier elected in Canadian history. Charlottetown, PEI
January 25, 1996 – Jean Chrétien launches a major cabinet shuffle, adding Pierre Pettigrew and Stéphane Dion. Ottawa, Ontario
- January 25 – Justice – Leilani Muir awarded $750, 000 by Alberta judge; she was wrongly diagnosed as mentally disabled and sterilized by the province’s Eugenics Board in 1959. Red Deer, Alberta
January 25, 2004 – Pro Wrestling – Chris Benoit of Edmonton, Alberta wins the WWE’s Royal Rumble.
January 25, 2010 – Foreign Aid – Global foreign ministers meet in Montreal to attend the Ministerial Preparatory Conference of the Group of Friends of Haiti event to discuss how to help Haiti rebuild after the devastating earthquake. Montreal, Quebec
- January 25 – Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea is pied in her face at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters, west of Toronto, by PETA activist Emily McCoy, 37, from New York City.
- January 25 – Newfoundland and Labrador residents witness an unidentified flying object in the sky.

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