1950 in Canada

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Events from the year 1950 in Canada.



Federal government[edit]

Provincial governments[edit]

Lieutenant governors[edit]


Territorial governments[edit]



  • January 14 - The first non-stop trans-Canada flight is made
  • February 14 - Nancy Hodges of British Columbia becomes the first woman in the Commonwealth elected speaker of a legislature in Canadian history.
  • Early May - The Winnipeg Flood along the Red River causes immense damage and one death in Winnipeg
  • May 29 - The St. Roch becomes the first vessel to circumnavigate North America
  • August 7 - Canada joins a United Nations force to fight in Korean War
  • August 22 – August 30 - Rail workers strike shuts down much of the Canadian economy
  • October 31 - The oil pipeline linking Edmonton to Sarnia is completed
  • November 28 - Canada joins onto the Colombo Plan
  • December 18 - Korean War: First Canadian troops arrive in Korea.

Full date unknown[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]




January to March[edit]

John Manley

April to June[edit]

July to September[edit]

Jack Layton

October to December[edit]

Dennis Fentie

Full date unknown[edit]


January to June[edit]

William Lyon Mackenzie King

July to December[edit]

Full date unknown[edit]

See also[edit]

Historical documents[edit]

North Korea invades South and Opposition Leader says Canada is involved through UN role and because of immediacy of modern world [4]

Moral, not strategic, stakes require defeat of North Korea, so that "naked aggression" will not destroy state created by UN [5]

Film: newsreel of Canadian airmen leaving for Korea as U.S. troops fight on defensive near Pusan invasion beachhead [6]

Canada and U.S.A. agree to further defence industry mobilization at level of cooperation seen in Second World War [7]

"It is the function of diplomacy to seek accommodation" - Canada and allies send in diplomats as well as military to end Korean War [8]

Canadian troops arrive by ship at Pusan, Korea and U.S. Army band plays "If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Baked a Cake"[9]

"Uneasy equilibrium" - In countering Chinese attack in Korean War, Canada and allies must not provoke U.S.S.R. to start world war[10]

"Growing atmosphere of fear, suspicion, frustration, and isolation" - Authorities in Eastern Bloc countries harass diplomats [11]

"Our first duty to civilization is[...]sufficient military strength" - Prime Minister St. Laurent on liberalism against totalitarianism [12]

For federal-provincial accord on bill of rights, Senate committee says "control within Canada of the Canadian Constitution" is required[13]

Though "coloured troops introduced venereal disease[...]during the war," Canada can hardly refuse Black GIs since U.S. military integration [14]

Pakistani PM says idea that "commonwealth ties are mainly religious, historical or racial must be regarded as having outlived its use"[15]

"There is discrimination against Indians in the matter of immigration[...]and admission of relatives of Indians already settled" [16]

With Canada's "serious shortage of female domestics and nurses' aids," loans should go to Europeans in "this class of immigrant" [17]

"We can ASK...CRUSADE...DEMAND...and WIN" - Alton C. Parker and other Windsor, Ont. Blacks organize to oppose segregation [18]

Photo: Emily General from Six Nations of the Grand River shows Haldimand Treaty to members of UN Commission on Human Rights [19]

"Vast volume of water into every stream" - Signs of major flood event noted before Red River flood surge enters Manitoba [20]

Film: newsreel of Winnipeg flood extent and evacuations [21]

"Small measure of our gratitude for all the help we have had" - Britons donate unique household items to flood victims [22]

"Too willing to accept people at their face value" - RCMP security report on Canadian diplomat Herbert Norman [23]

Film: 30-minute short on cancer research and treatment includes laboratory, hospital and classroom shots, plus animation[24]

Film: newsreel of parachute personnel jumping from Dakota aircraft on practice rescue mission out of RCAF Station Trenton [25]


  1. ^ "King George VI | The Canadian Encyclopedia". www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  2. ^ Lentz, Harris M. (4 February 2014). Heads of States and Governments Since 1945. Routledge. p. 142. ISBN 978-1-134-26490-2.
  3. ^ "Lucille LEMAY - Olympic Archery | Canada". International Olympic Committee. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  4. ^ George Drew, "Supply; Department of National Defence" (June 26, 1950), House of Commons Debates, 21st Parliament, 2nd Session: Vol. 4, pg. 4119. Accessed 29 September 2020
  5. ^ "Secretary of State for External Affairs to All Missions Abroad" (August [sic; June?] 28, 1950), Chapter II, Korean Conflict; Part 1, Creation of United Nations' Unified Command, Documents on Canadian External Relations, Volume 16, pg. 16. Accessed 30 September 2020
  6. ^ British Pathé, "Korea; Beach-Head Defences Strengthened" (1950). Accessed 27 July 2020
  7. ^ United States Department of State, Letter to Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair (September 22, 1950), Foreign Relations of the United States, 1950; The United Nations; The Western Hemisphere; Canada, pgs. 585-6. Accessed 22 August 2022
  8. ^ "17. Excerpts from a broadcast by the Secretary of State for External Affairs over the Trans-Canada Network, December 5, 1950," Documents on the Korean Crisis (1951), pgs. 16-17. Accessed 28 September 2020 http://www.umanitoba.ca/libraries/units/archives/canada_war/tribune/website/clippings/korea/Documents_on_the_Korean_Crisis18.shtml and http://www.umanitoba.ca/libraries/units/archives/canada_war/tribune/website/clippings/korea/Documents_on_the_Korean_Crisis19.shtml
  9. ^ War diary, 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (December 18, 1950), PDF pg. 4. Accessed 28 September 2020 https://archives.ppcli.com/2vp-war-diary-dec-1950 (click on diary image to get scrollable PDF) song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18fL82AppJg
  10. ^ United States Department of State, "Korea: Action in the United Nations" (External Affairs memorandum, December 27, 1950), The Period from November 28 to December 31, 1950[...], Foreign Relations of the United States, 1950; Korea, pgs. 1618-19. Accessed 28 September 2020
  11. ^ External Affairs memorandum (March 2, 1950), Chapter I, Conduct of External Relations; Part 1, Diplomatic and Consular Representation; Section D, Iron Curtain Missions: Assessment, Documents on Canadian External Relations, Volume 16, pg. 7. Accessed 29 September 2020
  12. ^ Louis St. Laurent, "The Preservation of Civilization" (October 27, 1950). Accessed 28 September 2020 https://www.nlc-bnc.ca/primeministers/h4-4017-e.html Archived 2020-08-26 at the Wayback Machine or http://www.canadahistory.com/sections/documents/leaders/Louis_St_Laurent/Canada_and_The_Cold_War.html
  13. ^ "Report" (June 21, 1950), Proceedings of the Special Committee on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, pgs. 305-6. Accessed 7 October 2020
  14. ^ "Memorandum from Defence Liaison Division to Under Secretary of State for External Affairs" (August 25, 1950), Chapter VIII, Relations with the United States; Part 1, Defence Issues; Section G, Establishment of United States Northeast Command, Documents on Canadian External Relations, Volume 16, pg. 847. Accessed 30 September 2020
  15. ^ "Appendix; Address of Honourable Liaquat Ali Khan" (May 31, 1950), House of Commons Debates, 21st Parliament, 2nd Session, Vol. 3, pg. 3044. Accessed 29 August 2021
  16. ^ "Memorandum of High Commission of India, November 7, 1950: Immigration of Indians into Canada" Chapter VII, Commonwealth Relations; Part 4, Relations with Individual Countries; Section B, India: Immigration, Documents on Canadian External Relations, Volume 16, pg. 706. Accessed 30 September 2020
  17. ^ "Cabinet Document: Loans to Immigrants" (May 17, 1950), Chapter IX, Western Europe; Part 1, General; Section E, Immigration, Documents on Canadian External Relations, Volume 16, pg. 964. Accessed 30 September 2020
  18. ^ Central Citizens' Association for the Advancement of Coloured People flyer (November 16, 1950). Accessed 28 September 2020
  19. ^ United Nations, "Indian Tribesmen Visit United Nations" Photo #140569 (May 8, 1950). Accessed 28 September 2020
  20. ^ "Background to Disaster" "Call 320;" A Documentary Record of the 1950 Manitoba Flood and Red Cross Activities in the Disaster, pgs. 7-11. Accessed 28 September 2020
  21. ^ British Pathé, "Winnipeg's Flood Peril Grows" (1950). Accessed 27 July 2020
  22. ^ Women's Voluntary Services, "Token Gifts for Canada" The W.V.S. Bulletin, No. 127 (July 1950), pg. 7. Accessed 7 August 2020
  23. ^ "RCMP Report on Norman" (November 27, 1950), "Death of a Diplomat: Herbert Norman & the Cold War" Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History. Accessed 28 September 2020
  24. ^ National Film Board of Canada, "Challenge: Science Against Cancer" (1950). Accessed 11 April 2021
  25. ^ British Pathé, "Air Rescue Practice Put To The Test" (1950). Accessed 27 July 2020