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Construction of Canadian Pacific Railway Completed (1885)

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was originally built between eastern Canada and British Columbia, fulfilling a promise made to British Columbia when it agreed to join the Canadian Confederation in 1871. The railway's transcontinental passenger service was instrumental in the settlement and development of Western Canada. Today, however, the CPR functions mainly as a freight railway and has US hubs, such as New York City and Chicago. What scandal disrupted the railway's construction in 1873? More...
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In 1873, Sir John A. Macdonald and other high-ranking politicians, bribed in the Pacific Scandal, granted federal contracts to Hugh Allan's "Canada Pacific Railway Company" (which was unrelated to the current company) rather than to David Lewis Macpherson's Inter-Ocean Railway Company which was thought to have connections to the American Northern Pacific Railway Company. Because of this scandal, the Conservative party was removed from office in 1873.
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The Pacific Scandal, 1872 -1873

The Pacific Scandal brought down the Conservative government of Sir John A. Macdonald. It was revealed by newspapers of the era that Macdonald had received about $360,000 in election campaign funds for the 1872 federal election from a railroad magnate named Sir Hugh Allan. Allan, in turn for his help, was to be given the contract to build the Canadian Pacific.

Macdonald's Conservatives performed poorly in the 1872 election, and his majority government had been reduced to minority status. After news of the scandal broke following this election, Macdonald resigned as prime minister, and a new federal election was called in 1873.

This issue particularly angered voters during the 1873 election because:

Taking campaign money in exchange for political favours showed the government to be open to corruption.

Macdonald and some members of his cabinet were guilty of patronage, or favouring a railway builder loyal to their party over another bidder who wanted to construct the railway.

American railway promoters backed Allan, which probably meant Americans would be involved in building the railway.

Although the new Liberal government promised to start railway construction in 1874, nothing happened until 1880.
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