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  • Science and Technology Canada's 'New Main Street': The Trans-Canada Highway as Idea and Reality 1912 - 1956

Canada's 'New Main Street': The Trans-Canada Highway as Idea and Reality 1912 - 1956

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The idea for the highway arose out of the growth in automobile use.

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The purpose of this report is twofold. First, it examines the development of the concept of a trans-Canada highway from the early 20th century to 1940. The idea for the highway arose out of the growth in automobile use and the recognition by provincial governments that motorized transport and tourism could be a source of revenue and development. The second purpose of the report is to explore why the federal government became involved in the project. At first, their support was financial only and they used the project as a means of unemployment relief. In 1949, though, the Canadian government began to take a more aggressive role, seeing the national highway as a scheme that would bring prestige to its authors. Author: David W. Monaghan; published: 2002

 

Publisher: Canada Science and Technology Museum (28 September 2006)

Author(s): David W. Monaghan

Format: Paperback, 90 pages

Dimensions: 28 cm

ISBN: 9780660187204

Language(s): English

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