Back in 1929, on this date, Paul Meger was born in Watrous, Saskatchewan. Meger would grow up to be a professional hockey player, and he would spent his entire time in the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadiens. Listed in the record books as being a left winger, with a left-handed shot, Meger was charted at 5 foot 7 and his playing weight was said to be 160 pounds. (This was long before metric days in Canada) Meger played for the Canadiens from 1950 to 1955, was on their Stanley Cup winning team in 1953, and ended his career with a total of 212 NHL games played, 39 goals, 52 assists, and 118 penalty minutes. His career was cut short in a game against the Boston Bruins, when he was hit in the head with a skate blade. After his playing days, Meger went on to be a successful amateur hockey coach.
On February 17th, in 1869, in Toronto, the Canadian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was established.
In 1919, on this date, Sir Wilfred Laurier died of a stroke at the age of 77. Laurier served in the House of Commons for 45 years, uninterrupted, and was Canada's 7th Prime Minister. He held that office from 1896 to 1911.
And, it was on this date, February 17th, in 1965, that Prime Minister Lester Pearson and his Liberal government lowered the age at which Canadians could first begin to collect their old age pensions. The pay out age dropped from 70 to 65, where it remains.
And that's the way things were, on this day in Canadian history.