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Extra info for A Thousand Blunders: The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and Northern British Columbia
G. Russell, the company's British Columbia agent, advised the general manager that the GTP 'yards and ... '68 Because the land in question was part of a reserve, the company first approached the federal government. In April 1904, Hays asked the Department of Indian Affairs (DIA) to determine the price of Indian lands in the district as it would play a role in the decision to locate the terminus. '69 Taking steps to complete the Kaien Island purchase from the provincial government apparently monopolized the company's attention on the coast for the next six months.
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.
With such a low cost, the GTP could preserve the returns Hays expected from townsite development. 34 A Thousand Blunders With its purchase of Kaien Island in May 1904, the company had secured a valuable concession from the provincial government. 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.
A Thousand Blunders: The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and Northern British Columbia by Frank Leonard