Trans-canada Highway

Pre-1960s device to unify the country and foster real estate development and population growth along coherent corridors. Like the CPR in the 1870s, the TCH mainly benefited the contractors who built it, and made it possible for the rest of us to go nowhere faster. By the 1980s the highway was heavily populated by challenged persons hopping from coast to coast and other publicity stunts that amused the rest of the world but influenced Quebec’s and Alberta’s separatists not one iota.

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