Frank Leonard's A Thousand Blunders: The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and PDF

By Frank Leonard

ISBN-10: 0774805323

ISBN-13: 9780774805322

In one thousand error, Frank Leonard appears to be like at why the 'Road of one thousand Wonders' didn't reside as much as the expectancies forecast by means of corporation president Charles M. Hays and different senior managers. not just was once the railway outfitted via a moderately settled quarter, which generated little instant site visitors, yet its fiscal problems have been additionally compounded via the various errors made by means of managers in any respect degrees: for instance, their failure to reply thoroughly to labour shortages prompted severe delays and avoided the corporate from proving Prince Rupert as an efficient replacement harbour earlier than global conflict I broke out. For this ebook, Frank Leonard had entry to a wealth of unique files, between them the GTP criminal division records, offering him with insights into the choices that shaped the root for guidelines in townsites and on Indian reserves. 1000 error is a provocative account of 1 of the best mess ups in Canadian entrepreneurial historical past. Richly special and carefully documented, it makes a huge contribution to the fields of railway and enterprise heritage, in addition to to the learn of the heritage of northern British Columbia.

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16 In framing GTP policy on land and townsites, Hays evidently 23 24 A Thousand Blunders selected elements from both American roads. In a memorandum in October 1904, the president proposed the formation of a subsidiary land improvement or development company that would control all GTP property outside that required for the operation of the railway itself. ' Such a notion could quickly be extended from physical layout to economic hegemony. 17 The corporate records also cast doubt on Stevens's contention that GTP general manager Frank Morse was responsible for this shortsighted townsite policy that alienated many.

McBride's outright rejection of this demand led Hays to conclude only that British Columbia was fearful that the GTP might postpone indefinitely the extension to the coast, not that the government had turned away irrevocably from the practice of land granting. This novel interpretation certainly did not depend on the premier's communication that the government would consider concessions only for an undertaking to commence construction from the Pacific coast. 29 Despite McBride's refusal, the Grand Trunk management still counted on the province to grant a significant subsidy in land.

The British Columbia premier had already signalled that he expected the company to begin construction from the coast in return. 50 Though Liberal Senate leader William Templeman turned away the question with a reference to CPR construction on the west end without such a stipulation, McBride was adamant. 51 When the amended contract came before the Senate, the Conservatives tried again. This time they proposed an amendment specifically requiring Pacific construction. It was left to Templeman to express the company's position: 'If you build a road from Port Simpson to the Rocky Mountains, that road by itself will not do much good.

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