Canada's twentieth Prime Minister, Jean Chretien held the office from 1993 to 2003, but he held many positions in government before that. A lawyer from Shawinigan, his first election was as the Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice-Laflèche in 1963, the beginning of a long political career.
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Two kidnappings by the FLQ in October 1970 triggered the October Crisis. This was the only occasion when the War Measures Act was used during peacetime. With the military supporting civil authorities, Montreal had the appearance of a city under Marshall Law.
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A blizzard in January 1999 dumped 118 cm of snow on Toronto, effectively bringing the city to a standstill. Mayor Mel Lastman called on the army to help shovel the snow, and to use their equipment to augment police and emergency services. Other parts of the country ridiculed Toronto and its mayor. However the city was already effectively closed, and more snow was forecast.
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In this June 4, 1989 report by CTV reporter Roger Smith, Beijing hospital staff reach the breaking point, as they try to accommodate all the victims of the Martial law crackdown and to come to terms with what is happening to them and their people.
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On November 10, 1979 a 106-car Canadian Pacific freight train carrying explosive and poisonous chemicals derailed near the interesection of Mavis Road and Dundas Street in Mississauga ON. More than 200,000 people were affected by the largest peace time evacuation in North America, a record that held until Hurricane Katrina caused the evacuation of New Orleans in 2005. There were no deaths resulting from the incident.
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Follow along .... 'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring,not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads. And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer. When a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name! "Now Dasher, now Dancer now, Prancer and Vixen On, Comet, on, Cupid on Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall! Now dash away, dash away, dash away all! As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky. So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
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