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Fixed Link – Sunshine Coast Connector

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  1. Bob Reimer says:

    The promise of the Federal Govn’t of 1866 was to build a link to Vancouver Island to unite Canada but when all was said and done nothing was built and we still use boats.

    However the The Confederation Bridge spans the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Strait. It links Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick, Canada.
    Before its official naming, Prince Edward Islanders often referred to the bridge as the “Fixed Link”. Wikipedia
    Address: Confederation Bridge,Total length: 12,900 m, Construction started: October 7, 1993, completed in 1997.

    TODAY WE SEE THAT IT HAS BEEN 150 YEARS SINCE THE COMMITMENT of:
    Vancouver Island joining Canada
    The history of an island railroad and a functioning island railway in perpetuity, started with the colony of Vancouver Island joining British Columbia in 1866, and the Canadian Confederation of 1867, and the incorporation of British Columbia into Canada in 1871.

    The terms of union required that within two years, the federal government was to start the construction of a railway from the “seaboard of British Columbia” joining the new province and Victoria with the railway system of Canada.

    On its part, British Columbia was to grant a band of public land of up to 32 kilometres (20 mi) in width along either side of the railway line to the federal government for it to use in furtherance of the construction of the railway.

    The Pacific terminus of the railway was not specific would see the railway cross the Rockies by the Yellowhead Pass and reach the BC coast at Bute Inlet. It would cross Sonora Island and Quadra Island and reach Vancouver Island by a bridge across Seymour Narrows.

    Through the influence of then BC Premier Amor de Cosmos, this plan was adopted by Order in Council by the federal government on 7 June 1873. Two shipments of rail were even delivered to Victoria from the United Kingdom. In 1873,

    Prime Minister of Canada Sir John A. Macdonald had stated that Esquimalt, British Columbia, the site of a naval base, would be the terminus of the “Pacific Railway”. However, both the federal government and the Canadian Pacific Railway placed a low priority on construction of an island railway, as it had low traffic potential and would duplicate an existing steamer service.

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