National Policy Part 1

National Policy Part 1

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  • It is the year 1868. John A. MacDonald is the first Prime Minister of Canada.
  • He wants to build the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR), a railroad that would span across all of Canada.
  • It was leaked that he was taking money from Sir Hugh Allen, a railway baron. The money was going towards funding MacDonald's campaign, and in return Allen's company would be hired to make the CPR. This is called the Pacific Scandal
  • Because of the Pacific Scandal, MacDonald is forced to resign and is replaced by Alexander Mackenzie.  During Mackenzie's time as PM, Canada suffers from an economical depression caused by factors such as bad crop yields. This contributes to Mackenzie's unpopularity. 
  • Ladies and Gentlemen! I plan on becoming the new Prime Minister, and my ideas are called the National Policy.
  • MacDonald runs for Prime Minister again. His platform is built on the National Policy. The National Policy had three main elements
  • Settler: Someone who establishes a permanent and fixed residence where, it is assumed (usually incorrectly), no one had lived before
  • The first element of the policy is to fill the west with settlers. It would create farmland and boost economical growth
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