P.E.I. residents to vote on link to mainland
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.
Islanders share their views in this CBC Television report.
• In 1986 Public Works Canada commissioned ten studies to examine the technical, financial, environmental, social and economic factors of the three fixed-link options. Part of the mandate was to discover which — a bridge, tunnel or causeway — was best.
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: Jan. 8, 1988
Guest(s): John Barrett, Derek Keye, Don Stewart
Host: Knowlton Nash
Reporter: Kevin Evans
Last updated: February 7, 2012
Page consulted on March 28, 2013
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