Forgotten passage: St. Lawrence Seaway After 50 Years

Financial Post – Last week marked the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century and one of the greatest engineering feats in Canadian history. Yet the achievement passed with scarcely a mention although it was, at the time, the world’s largest construction project. On June 26, 1959, the St. Lawrence Seaway was officially opened. The Seaway story is remarkable in a number of respects. It took over a half-century for Canada and the United States to agree to the project. That the Seaway isn’t a celebrated part of Canada’s history is particularly strange when we consider the leading role the St. Lawrence has played in the historical development of Canada and in grand narratives of Canadian history — one need only think of Donald Creighton’s Laurentian thesis or Harold Innis’s classic “staples” exposition of Canadian history.

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