Ferry service slow to meet P.E.I.'s tourism demand
With the age-old possibility of building a fixed link between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick now front and centre in P.E.I. politics, this CBC News report examines one of the major problems that would be solved by a link.
• Prince Edward Island became a province of Canada in 1873. One of its terms of agreement was that federally-funded transportation would be provided between the island the mainland.
• The invention of the icebreaking ferry in 1917 solved the problem of winter crossing over ice, and effectively put an end to any tunnel plans.
• By the 1980s, ferry services were costing Ottawa approximately $30 million per year to operate.
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: Aug. 4, 1968
Reporter: Bill Curtis
Last updated: February 7, 2012
Page consulted on December 6, 2013
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