The Last Spike—100th Anniversary
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 7 Nov 1985, p. 109-123
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The Last Spike—100th Anniversary


The significance of the photograph of the driving in of the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Some comments on the history of that photograph and why it has become so significant. Some history of the CPR and its construction. Some of the enormous effects on Canada of the CPR. Many anecodotal incidents related by the speaker. A return to the photograph and why it has become such a symbol in Canada. Differences between Canada and the United States, and how those differences have shaped Canada as a nation. The importance of transportation and communication in Canada. Some remarks about our recent and imminent negotiations with the United States over trade. A warning to Canadians over the negotiations.