We went overbudget while trying to build our railway.
We will join Confederation, only if Canada builds a transcontinental railway
Join Confederation to pay off your debt.
The Pacific Scandal
Here is $350,000 to help you win your election.
The Second Election
I am Alexander Mackenzie!
Prince Edward Island needed to join Confederation to pay off debt and British Columbia wanted Canada to build a railway.
The Third Election
We shall create a National Policy.
Sir Hugh Allan bribed Macdonald over $350,000 to win his election.
The Canadian Pacific Railway Company
Here is $25 million and a enormous amount of land to build the railway.
Alexander Mackenzie, the opposing Liberal Party won the second election after Macdonald's resignation when people found out about the Pacific Scandal.
The Railway Consequences
Mackenzie's government faced many challenges, so Macdonald resigned as many people supported his National Policy.
The railroad became a priority again, so in 1881 Macdonald hired a private company called the Canadian Pacific Railway Company to build the railway. He gave them a very generous amount of land and money to build the railway.
Thank you very much!
Since there was a shortage of workers, they recruited as many as 17,000 Chinese workers. They were treated unfairly because they received $1.00 per day compared to the white who were paid $1.50- $2.50 per day. Also according to history about one Chinese worker died for every mile.