Transcontinental Railway and pacific Scandal and Railway built by Chinese immig
Updated: 12/20/2019
Transcontinental Railway and pacific Scandal and Railway built by Chinese immig
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  • We should build a Railway! but how?
  • I'm not welcome here
  • First Transcontinental Railroad, United States government had made extensive grants of public land to the railway's builders, inducing private financiers to fund the railway on the understanding that they would acquire rich farmland along the route, which could then be sold for a large profit.
  • we should cut costs!
  • yes, yes of course
  • Two groups competed for the contract to build the railway, Hugh Allan's Canada Pacific Railway Company and David Lewis Macpherson's Inter-Oceanic Railway Company. On April 2, 1873, Lucius Seth Huntington, a Liberal Member of Parliament, created an uproar in the House of Commons.
  • Macdonald resigned as prime minister on 5 November 1873. He offered his resignation as the head of the Conservative party, it was not accepted & he was convinced to stay. As a direct result of this scandal, the Conservative party fell in the eyes of the public and was relegated to being the Official Opposition in the federal election of 1874.
  • were finished
  • Good work!
  • British Columbia agreed to join Confederation in 1871, one condition was that the Dominion government build a railway linking B.C. with eastern Canada within 10 years. B.C. politicians & their electorate agitated for an immigration program from the British Isles to provide this railway labor, but Sir John A. MacDonald, insisted the project cut costs by employing Chinese workers to build the railway
  • 5,000 labourers were sent as "guest workers" from China by ship. Onderdonk also recruited over 7,000 Chinese railway workers from California. These two groups of workers were the main force for the building of Onderdonk's seven per cent of the railway's mileage.
  • The railway (completed in 1885) connected Eastern Canada to BC, played an important role in the development of the nation. Built in dangerous conditions by thousands of labourers (including 15,000 Chinese temporary workers), the railway facilitated communications and transportation across the country
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