In 1909 the federal government undertook rail construction north of Hudson Bay Junction and improvement of harbour facilities at the proposed terminus of Nelson. During WWI work was suspended, and in 1923 the project became a part of CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAYS. Construction advanced only slowly and at great expense, particularly when Nelson was abandoned and the line deflected to the more northerly port of CHURCHILL. The railway opened officially on 10 September 1929 as the Hudson Bay Railway. Total cost exceeded $45 million. Intended as a grain road, the railway was a disappointment until mineral discoveries around The Pas and Thompson, Manitoba, generated larger traffic volumes.
Author T.D. REGEHR
Besides hockey and the maple leaf, there is little as symbolically Canadian as the CBC – the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It grew out of a developing nation's need to express its identity and find its voice.