Trudeau government calls off P.E.I. causeway plan
Almost since Confederation, a link between Prince Edward Island and the rest of Canada was a lively possibility. But would a fixed link sacrifice the island's stand-alone charm or just make life more convenient? And could a link disrupt the delicate ecosystem of the Northumberland Strait? From fishermen to farmers to ferry workers, the island's prospects were debated and protected. In 1988, after a referendum with 60 per cent in favour, the inevitable came to pass. It wouldn't be a tunnel or causeway; it would be a curvaceous, 12.9-kilometre bridge.
• Between 1956 and 1965, fixed crossings proposals were heard from both liberal and conservative politicians in P.E.I. They got only as far as bulldozing access roads for the proposed bridge-causeway combination before the plans were dropped.
• In 1969, the Lucy Maud Montgomery ferry was put into service to ease ferry lineups.
• Dormant for almost 15 years, the plan to build a bridge was revived once more when Public Works Canada submitted a bridge proposal to the federal government in 1982. When the wheels were set in motion this time around, they never stopped.
Program: Saturday A.M.
Broadcast Date: March 8, 1969
Host: Max Ferguson
Last updated: February 3, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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