The Georgian Bay Waterway Project
The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 7 Dec 1911, p. 86-94

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The Georgian Bay Waterway Project

A map is used to show the outline of the Georgian Bay Canal. Advocates in connection with this project in no way opposed to the deepening of the Welland Canal. Two things we need to bear in min in Canada today: that we should not have a patriotism of a sectional nature; that in the discussion of all our great question we keep in mind its national rather than its sectional bearing upon the country. The outline, on the map, of the Canal from Montreal to the Georgian Bay, a distance of 282 miles shorter than the St. Lawrence route. A red line shows the volume of trade from the west beginning at Fort William and ending at Montreal. The most important thing to discuss here today the benefit to be derived from this great project by the city of Toronto. Benefits of developing northern Ontario to the commerce and business of Toronto, greater than what would be gained from the development of the carrying trade on the outskirts of the Province on the St. Lawrence River. Further, there are enormous water powers, iron ore, and many other products that will be developed, and that will create by their development an enormous trade throughout this Georgian Bay Canal route. The vastly different conditions from those of today, when the Commission was appointed for the deepening of the Welland Canal. The conditions we find today. The need for both the Georgian Bay and the Welland Canal routes. How the American nation, under the Treaty of Washington, will get the full benefit for their trade through the Welland waterway without paying one cent for it. The Welland Canal, as a national project, has not the advantages of the Georgian Bay route. From a purely British-Canadian standpoint, it is most desirable that we carry our own product through our own territory, and thus reach the markets of the world under the British flag. Estimates of the water powers on the Georgian Bay route. Another point in favour of this route: the traffic would b carried to Montreal without transhipment. The speaker's lack of understanding of the fear that exists in the mind of some Canadians that if this Canal is built it will detract from the benefit to be derived from the other scheme, or block it altogether. Words on northern development. Canada today big enough and wealthy enough and her finances in good enough shape to enable the country to carry out both great system of waterways to the sea. Developing our own resources; keeping our sons and daughters to plant upon the soil of our own native provinces.