History Quiz / Canadian Newsmakers of the Year

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Can you name the people who have been Canadian Press 'Canadian Newsmaker of the Year'?

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YearPersonDescription
1946Embassy clerk who exposed Soviet espionage.
1947First North American to win World Figure Skating Championship
1948After serving six terms, retired as the longest serving prime minister in Commonwealth of Nations history.
1949Politician who was appointed prime minister after his party won that year's federal election.
1950 Secretary of State for External Affairs
1951 Secretary of State for External Affairs
1952 Secretary of State for External Affairs and 8th President of the United Nations General Assembly
1953 Secretary of State for External Affairs
1954Marathon swimmer who was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario
1955 Secretary of State for External Affairs
1956Organized the UN Emergency Force to resolve the Suez Canal Crisis for which he later won the Nobel Peace Prize.
1957Appointed as prime minister after his party won an unexpected minority in that year's federal election.
1958Continued as prime minister after his party won the largest majority in Canadian history in that year's federal election.
1959Prime minister who cancelled the Avro Arrow project and first premier of Newfoundland, respectively.
1960Introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights in Parliament.
1961 Resigned that year as Governor of the Bank of Canada.
1962Social Credit politician who helped vote out the Diefenbaker government.
1963Was appointed as prime minister after his party won that year's federal election.
1964Oversaw as prime minister the debate on Canada's flag.
1965Convicted drug smuggler who escaped from prison and remained at large for 136 days.
1966Refused to surrender Progressive Conservative Party leadership.
1967Oversaw as prime minister the organisation of the festivities for the Canadian Centennial.
1968Appointed as prime minister after his party won that year's federal election.
1969Dated Hollywood star Barbra Streisand
YearPersonDescription
1970Prime minister during the October Crisis.
1971Introduced the Multiculturalism Policy in the House of Commons
1972Continued as prime minister after his party won that year's federal election.
1973As prime minister and leader of the Liberals, worked with the NDP to create a publicly run oil company.
1974Continued as prime minister after his party won that year's federal election.
1975As prime minister, introduced wage and price controls by passing the Anti-Inflation Act.
1976Appointed as the first sovereigntist premier of Quebec after his party won that year's provincial election.
1977His Parti Québécois government passed the Quebec Charter of the French Language
1978As prime minister, saw the unexpected rise of the sovereignist movement as his biggest challenge.
1979Appointed as prime minister after his party won that year's federal election.
1980With an artificial leg, averaged 42 km per day during his Marathon of Hope.
1981Died at age 22.
1982Hockey player nicknamed The Great One, scored a record 92 goals in a single season.
1983Won the leadership election to head the Progressive Conservative Party.
1984Appointed as prime minister after his party won a record 211 of 282 seats in that year's federal election.
1985Cancer victim who lost a leg and ran a marathon.
1986World-class cross-country wheelchair athlete.
1987Raised $26 million for spinal cord research and quality of life initiatives.
1988Set a world record in the 100m race at the Summer Olympics, but was subsequently disqualified for steroid use.
1989Minister of Finance responsible for the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement.
1990 Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba who filibustered to stop the Meech Lake Accord.
1991Advised the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax.
1992Referendum on a package of proposed amendments to the Constitution of Canada. The first selection of a symbol rather than a specific person.
1993Briefly served as prime minister, becoming the first woman to do so in Canada.
YearPersonDescription
1994Appointed as premier of Quebec after his party won that year's provincial election
1995Leader of the Official Opposition and actor in the referendum on Quebec sovereignty.
1996Sprinter who ran 100m dash in record 9.84 seconds, winning gold at that year's olympics.
1997Child abuse victim who went public in his campaign against abuse.
1998His government was the first to present a balanced budget since 1969.
1999Canadian Newsmaker of the 20th century.
2000The overwhelming reaction to his passing and state funeral was felt across Canada.
2001Canadian Alliance leader challenged by many in his own party.
2002Prime minister embroiled in the Sponsorship scandal
2003Appointed as prime minister after winning his party's leadership election that year.
2004Continued as prime minister after his party won that year's federal election.
2005Judge who held the inquiry into the Liberal Party sponsorship scandal.
2006Symbol representing members of the Canadian Forces engaged in the war in Afghanistan.
2007National police force besieged by crises and scandals throughout the year.
2008Prime minister who instigated that year's parliamentary dispute.
2009Requested a second prorogation of Parliament.
2010Former RCAF Colonel, found guilty of murdering and raping two women.
2011Leader of the Official Opposition, was accorded a state funeral.
2012Accused of the murder and dismemberment of a student.
2013Mayor of Toronto whose controversies attracted international attention.
2014Two soldiers killed two days apart in separate ISIL-inspired terrorist attacks on Canadian soil.
2015Appointed as prime minister after his party won that year's federal election.
2016Lead singer of The Tragically Hip, gave a series of farewell concerts following his diagnosis with terminal brain cancer.

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