The Canadian federal election of 1993 was held on October 25, 1993.
Fourteen parties competed for the 295 seats in the Canadian House of
Commons at that time. It was one of the most eventful elections in
Canadian history, with more than half of the electorate switching
parties from the 1988 election. The election was called by new
Progressive Conservative Party leader Kim Campbell, near the end of
her party's five-year mandate. Despite an unpopular legacy from the
Brian Mulroney years, Conservative support had recovered in the
lead-up to the election, and was near the rival Liberals when the
writs were dropped. However, this momentum did not last, and the
Conservatives suffered the worst defeat in their history. The PCs lost
more than half their vote from 1988 and were reduced to only two
seats. The Liberals, led by Jean Chrétien, won a strong majority in
the House and formed the next government of Canada.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Anthemius became Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.
The formal interrogation of Galileo Galilei by the Inquisition began.
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man to enter outer
Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean and began
running his Marathon of Hope towards the Pacific Ocean to raise funds
across Canada for cancer research.
Columbia, the first space shuttle, was launched for its first flight.
Wikiquote of the day:
"Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea
that things cannot be changed." -- Tom Clancy