Respectable Ditch: A History of the Trent-Severn Waterway, 1833-1920

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1988 - Political Science - 455 pages
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The Trent-Severn Waterway took almost ninety years to build, cost over $24 million, and contains some remarkable engineering feats -as well as a few spectacular mistakes. The passage of the first boat through the waterway in July 1920 marked the realization of a dream that was older than the nation itself. The dream was to connect Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay with a navigable watercourse that would be shorter and more protected than the longer route through the Great lakes. In detailing the history of the Trent-Severn Waterway's construction, James Angus provides an intriguing picture of the complex operation of local, provincial, and national politics, showing how the perceptions, intrigues, selfish interests, and national dreams of nineteenth-century politicians led to the construction of a canal that the country could ill-afford.
 

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Contents

Maps
2
THE UNION YEARS 184167
71
THE MACDONALD YEARS 186796
121
THE LAURIER YEARS 18961911
205
THE BORDEN YEARS 191120
349
Appendix
407
Notes
411
Bibliography
433
Index
441
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Lakehead University, Canada

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