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1970 in Canada

Years in Canada: 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Years: 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973

Events from the year 1970 in Canada.


  • Incumbents 1
    • Crown 1.1
    • Federal government 1.2
    • Provincial governments 1.3
      • Lieutenant governors 1.3.1
      • Premiers 1.3.2
    • Territorial governments 1.4
      • Commissioners 1.4.1
  • Events 2
    • January to June 2.1
    • July to December 2.2
    • Full date unknown 2.3
  • Arts and literature 3
    • New books 3.1
    • New plays 3.2
    • Awards 3.3
    • Film 3.4
    • Music 3.5
  • Sport 4
  • Births 5
    • January to March 5.1
    • April to June 5.2
    • July to September 5.3
    • October to December 5.4
    • Full date unknown 5.5
  • Deaths 6
  • References 7



Federal government

Provincial governments

Lieutenant governors


Territorial governments



January to June

July to December

  • July 5 - 109 people are killed in the crash of an Air Canada DC-8.
  • August 2 - Three Canadians are killed when a ferry collides with a Soviet freighter off British Columbia
  • August 17 - Arthur Erickson is awarded at Expo '70 for his design of the Canadian pavilion
  • August 20 - The Sudbury, Ontario tornado event, with winds up to 100 miles per hour, hits Sudbury and Field, Ontario.[1] It was one of the worst tornadoes in Canadian history — killing six people, injuring 200, and causing C$17 million dollars in property damage.
  • October - Canada establishes formal relations with the People's Republic of China.[2]
  • October 5 - October Crisis: British Trade Commissioner James Cross is kidnapped by the FLQ.
  • October 5 - Award-winning news & current affairs program, 24Hours starts on CBWT in Winnipeg.
  • October 10 - October Crisis: Quebec Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte is kidnapped by FLQ.
  • October 16 - October Crisis: Pierre Trudeau introduces the War Measures Act to deal with the FLQ threat. Trudeau also addresses the nation in a televised speech explaining why he invoked the War Measures Act.[3]
  • October 17 - October Crisis: The body of Pierre Laporte is found in the trunk of a car.
  • October 28 - 1970 election.
  • November 6 - Police raid the hiding place of the FLQ's Chenier cell, arresting Bernard Lortie for the kidnapping and murder of Pierre Laporte.
  • November 12 - Richard Hatfield becomes Premier of New Brunswick after his Conservatives defeat Louis Robichaud's Liberals in the 1970 election.
  • December 3 - October Crisis: James Cross is released unharmed by FLQ
  • December 28 - October Crisis: The FLQ kidnappers of Pierre Laporte are caught.

Full date unknown

Arts and literature

New books

New plays

  • The Ecstasy of Rita Joe - George Ryga





The Vancouver Canucks joined the National Hockey League on May 22


January to March

April to June

Naomi Klein

July to September

Chris Jericho

October to December

Full date unknown



  1. ^ "1970 Sudbury tornado". Sunday Magazine, CBC Radio, August 23, 1970.
  2. ^ Canada Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with China.  
  3. ^ Idiot box: Channeling the prime minister(s). National Post, December 3, 2008.
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