Prairie Rail Agreement

“I think the railroad got trapped as well,” says Orb. According to Dominion Land Survey grants to settlers, the Peace River region of northwestern Alberta was one of the few remaining places on the prairies with available farmland; However, there was no rail link. Brownlee also announced that it had announced the termination of the 1920 enterprise agreement with the RPC.46 Although both the NRC and the RPC proposed to operate the line and the RPC voluntarily lowered freight rates to single-track grassland rates in November 1925, the province decided to operate the ED-BCR through its Department of Railways.47 The Alberta government took full operational control in November 117, 1926. She bought a new driving force and a good used vehicle and regularly cared for facilities and street beds. In 1928, she extended the route by an additional 40 miles to Hythe. On that date, the RPC expressed interest in the acquisition of ED-BCR. Northern farmers felt that the NRC would be more interested in the area and urged the Prime Minister to enter into a purchase agreement with the NRC. McArthur immediately acquired the dormant charter for the ED-BCR. During the 1911/12 session of the Alberta Legislature, Prime Minister Arthur L. Sifton introduced a rail policy that encouraged the development of a series of railway lines in the province. Sifton`s policy guaranteed loans from Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway to the tune of $20,000 per mile to four per cent over a 30-year period.

The warranty extended 350 miles from Edmonton to the south shore of Desser Slave Lake, and then west of the border with British Columbia.4 It was suggested that McArthur`s strategy was to link the ED-BCR to the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, on the Alberta-British Columbia border, to the Thumb Cup.5 Prime Minister Mackenzie King`s government responded to this pressure by signing an agreement with the RPC and the NRC to facilitate the settlement. European farmers. Under the agreement, railway companies could issue employment certificates to immigrants from countries that had previously been considered non-privileged countries. [2] This has led to an influx of foreign workers from countries such as Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Russia, Yugoslavia, Germany, Austria and Romania. However, the railways were ordered not to accept Jewish peasants because the government believed that Jewish individuals were not real peasants and that they probably would not stay in the countryside. [3] Immigrants who did not settle in the countryside within one year of arrival or who found employment on farms were evicted at the transportation company`s expense.