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Thousand Islands Bridge

Canada and the United States, friends and allies for many years, have strengthened their bond with a new bridge linking the two countries. On the northern banks of the St. Lawrence River, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King welcomes U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at a dedication ceremony for the Thousand Islands Bridge. CBC Radio captures both leaders' speeches, in which they emphasize the friendship between the nations and the opportunities afforded by the new span.
. The Thousand Islands Bridge connects Ivy Lea, Ont., and Collins Landing, N.Y. It consists of five sections totalling 13.6 kilometres.
. A sod-turning ceremony for the bridge, attended by thousands, took place on April 30, 1937. The bridge was completed in just 16 months.
. In 1959 the bridge was twinned to accommodate larger traffic volumes.
. About 2.2 million people crossed the bridge in 2002.

. While in Canada Franklin Roosevelt also received an honorary degree from Queen's University in Kingston. War in Europe seemed imminent, and in his speech Roosevelt pledged that the United States "would not stand idly by" should Canada be threatened by another country.
Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News Special
Broadcast Date: Aug. 18, 1938
Guest(s): William Lyon Mackenzie King, Franklin D. Roosevelt
Duration: 8:41
Photo: National Archives of Canada / C-090217

Last updated: February 3, 2012

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