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On February 18 in Canadian history

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This is February 18th, and on this day in 1921 Henry William Newlands was appointed to the position of Lieutenant Governor for the province of Saskatchewan. The Lieutenant Governor is the provincial answer to the federal Governor-General, who is officially the Queen's representative in Canada. Newlands was Saskatchewan's 4th Lieutenant-Governor. The province officially entered Confederation in 1905, along with Alberta.

In 1965, on this day, disaster struck a copper mine in British Columbia. An avalanche rolled down Grandue Mountain and killed 18 copper miners and 8 ther people at the Oranduc Mine camp, located 48 kilometres north of Stewart, in northern British Columbia.

On this day in 1972, singer Neil Young was given a gold record for "Harvest", which was the first number one album of his career.

And, February 18th, 1980, was federal election day in Canada. Pierre Eliot Trudeau and his Liberal Party put the boots to Joe Clark's Progressive Conservative government by winning 146 seats to Clark's 103. The New Democratic Party came out of the fray with 32 seats in the House of Commons.

And that is the way it was back then. Thanks for the click.

(Catch Dennis Rimmer with "Today in Canadian History" weekday mornings on internet radio station )



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