The federal Conservatives defeated the Liberals by 21 seats, ending 13 years of Liberal rule. Liberal leader Paul Martin announced his resignation that evening.
1945Birth of Michael Harris
Michael Deane Harris was born at Toronto.
1975Foreign-owned Magazine Tax
The government announced plans to end tax concessions to Canadian companies advertising in Canadian editions of foreign-owned magazines.
1995Airborne Regiment Disbanded
Defence Minister David Collenette announced that the Airborne regiment, implicated in the Somalia Affair and in videotapes showing hazing rituals, would be disbanded, effective March 5.
1837Birth of Agnes Maule Machar
Novelist, poet, historian Agnes Maule Machar was born at Kingston, Ont. She was an important reformist and literary figure in Victorian Canada.
1828Birth of Sir John Carling
Brewer Sir John Carling was born in London Twp, Upper Canada.
1929Birth of John Polanyi
Nobel Prize winner John Charles Polanyi was born at Berlin, Germany.
1941German Prisoner Escapes
Oberleutant Franz von Warrna escaped from a train near Smiths Falls, Ont., and returned to Europe. He was the only German prisoner of war to make it back across the Atlantic from Canada.
2006Conservatives Win Federal Election
The Conservative Party of Canada, led by Stephen Harper, defeated the Liberal Party in a federal election, by a margin of 21 seats, ending 13 years of Liberal rule.
1884Ross Becomes Premier
John Jones Ross, leader of the provincial Conservative Party, became Québecs seventh premier.
1995Morin Conviction Overturned
The Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a conviction of Guy Paul Morin for the 1984 murder of a neighbourhood girl. DNA evidence showed that he could not have been the killer.
1834Fire Destroys Château
Fire destroyed the famous Château Saint-Louis at Québec.
1918Stellarton Mine Disaster
Eighty-eight men died in a mine explosion in the Allan Shaft at Stellarton, NS.
1915Birth of Noel MacDonald
Canadian hoopster Noel MacDonald was born at Mortlach, Saskatchewan. MacDonald joined the famous Edmonton Grads basketball team in 1933 and was named captain in 1936. During her tenure, she pulled in 1,874 points in 135 games — that’s nearly 14 points per game. In 25 years, the Grads played 522 official games, against both women's and men's teams, and won 502 of them.
1970Death of Nell Shipman
Screenwriter, director and actress Nell Shipman died in Cabazon, CA. Shipman had earned a strong reputation for her roles both in front of and behind the camera. Back to God’s Country, which she co-wrote and co-produced, made a feminist statement in 1919: a woman was seen to have the ability and courage to behave both heroically and independently, even rescuing a man in distress.
1915Canadian Northern Railway
The last spike was driven on the Canadian Northern Railway at Basque, BC.