Promoters and Politicians: The North-Shore Railways in the History of Quebec, 1854-85

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Promoters and Politicians: The North-Shore Railways in the History of Quebec, 1854-85
Abstract
Between 1854 and 1885 the North Shore Railway and the Montreal Northern Colonization Railway dominated rail development along the north shores of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa rivers. Chartered in 1853, the North Shore Railway joined Quebec City with Montreal. The Montreal Northern Colonization Railway was chartered in 1869 to link Montreal to Ottawa and was strongly supported by Montreal's business community. Montrealer Sir Hugh Allan became president of the Montreal Northern Colonization Railway in 1871. The bankruptcy of both companies in 1875 forced the provincial government to assume ownership of the two railways and unite them into the Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa and Occidental Railway. The author argues that the financial difficulties resulting from its railway expenditures kept the province preoccupied, weak and subservient to the federal government.
Place
Toronto, ON
Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Date
1978
Language
en
Citation
Young, Brian J. Promoters and Politicians: The North-Shore Railways in the History of Quebec, 1854-85. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 1978.
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