Like the Canadian transcontinental railway built in 1885, the legacy of benefits from the original 1953 Trans Mountain pipeline persists. - Ian Anderson - Vancouver Sun
Mr. Anderson seems to believe that he has been sent into our midst, to be revered, as a GOD, or Santa Claus. Ho Ho Ho... jolly green back giant?
continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure.
"the minority of drivers who persist in drinking"
"if the symptoms persist for more than a few days, contact your doctor"
"if dry weather persists, water the lawn thoroughly
Resolved, that the Government of British Columbia be respectfully requested to move the Government of the Dominion to take steps as may be necessary to induce the contractors on the Canadian Pacific Railway to import and employ white labor on their works instead of Chinese; and .....
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Our History - CPR
Building a nation
Canadian Pacific Railway was formed to physically unite Canada and Canadians from coast to coast. Canada's confederation on July 1, 1867 brought four eastern provinces together to form a new country. As part of the deal, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick were promised a railway to link them with the two Central Canadian provinces – Quebec and Ontario.
Manitoba joined confederation in 1870. British Columbia, on the west coast, was enticed to join the new confederation in 1871, but only with the promise that a transcontinental railway be built within 10 years to physically link east and west.
The railway's early construction was filled with controversy, toppling the Conservative government of John A. Macdonald in 1873 and forcing an election. By the time Macdonald was returned to power in 1878, the massive project was seriously behind schedule and in danger of stalling completely.
On October 21, 1880 a group of Scottish Canadian businessmen finally formed a viable syndicate to build a transcontinental railway. The Canadian Pacific Railway Company was incorporated February 16, 1881, with George Stephen as its first president.
The 1881 construction season was a bust and the railway's chief engineer and general superintendent were fired at the end of the season after building only 211 km (131 miles) of track. Syndicate member and director James Jerome Hill suggested William Cornelius Van Horne was the man who could get the job done. Snip