By Frank Leonard
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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.
A Thousand Blunders: The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and Northern British Columbia by Frank Leonard