BRIDG­ING THE GAP

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

About 30 years ago, Ottawa be­gan pres­sur­ing P.E.I. to build a fixed link to the main­land and aban­don the ferry ser­vice at Borden-Car­leton, as well as the rail­way sys­tem on the Is­land. The pro­posal sparked a di­vi­sive de­bate in the prov­ince, where those op­posed to a fixed link warned of eco­log­i­cal dam­age as well as a neg­a­tive im­pact on the P.E.I. way of life. Those who sup­ported a fixed link ex­pected the struc­ture would be a boon to tourism and ex­ports. A plebiscite was held on Jan. 18, 1988, and 59.4 per cent of those who took part voted in favour of a bridge or tun­nel con­nect­ing P.E.I. to the main­land. The rail­way closed Dec. 31, 1989, and the Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge opened on May 31, 1997.

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