Frank Leonard's A Thousand Blunders: The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and PDF

By Frank Leonard

ISBN-10: 0774805323

ISBN-13: 9780774805322

In 1000 mistakes, Frank Leonard appears to be like at why the 'Road of one thousand Wonders' did not dwell as much as the expectancies forecast by way of corporation president Charles M. Hays and different senior managers. not just used to be the railway outfitted via a moderately settled area, which generated little quick site visitors, yet its financial problems have been additionally compounded by way of the various errors made through managers in any respect degrees: for instance, their failure to reply safely to labour shortages prompted severe delays and avoided the corporate from proving Prince Rupert as an efficient replacement harbour earlier than international battle I broke out. For this booklet, Frank Leonard had entry to a wealth of unique records, between them the GTP felony division documents, delivering him with insights into the choices that shaped the root for guidelines in townsites and on Indian reserves. 1000 errors is a provocative account of 1 of the best disasters in Canadian entrepreneurial heritage. Richly specified and carefully documented, it makes a major contribution to the fields of railway and company historical past, in addition to to the learn of the background of northern British Columbia.

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51 When the amended contract came before the Senate, the Conservatives tried again. This time they proposed an amendment specifically requiring Pacific construction. It was left to Templeman to express the company's position: 'If you build a road from Port Simpson to the Rocky Mountains, that road by itself will not do much good. It will not have very much traffic. ' The Liberal senator declared, however, that since the Conservative amendment reflected public opinion in British Columbia, he would support the amendment if it were possible to revise the contract a second time.

00 per acre for the reversionary interest, the reserve was 'practically a gift. ' The minister would change his position for only one concession. C. '94 It is extraordinary that the minister regarded 6,700 acres, one-half of the reserve land in question, much of which was separated by water from the townsite proper, worth $3 or $4 million. What is more surprising is that the railway company officers apparently shared this belief since they agreed to Pacific construction to obtain this land. Indeed, one source suggests that the company would have regarded the minister's estimate as very low.

29 Despite McBride's refusal, the Grand Trunk management still counted on the province to grant a significant subsidy in land. C. ' sooner, he facilitated the GTP acquisition of terminus land at Kaien Island. 28 A Thousand Blunders From the company's negotiations with the province for a general land grant, we must now turn to the first phase of its acquisition of terminus land. 32 This was necessary because an Indian reserve on the west side of the island placed the company's desired terminal land under federal as well as provincial jurisdiction.

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