Railway Scandal and Elections

Railway Scandal and Elections

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  • Causes For The Railroad
  • We went overbudget while trying to build our railway.
  • Ok!
  • 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.
  • Thank you.
  • 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.
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