Photo: Library and Archives Canada C-003812.
Source of quotation: Guillet, Edwin. “You’ll Never Die, John A.!” Macmillan of Canada, 1967.
Transcript of Sir John A. Macdonald’s words about the Canadian Pacific Railway, spoken by Nick Olcott:
[Nick Olcott] “The honorable gentleman says ‘hear, hear.’ Yes; I am proud to say that if our scheme is carried out, the steamer landing at Halifax will discharge its freight and emigrants upon a British railway, which will go through Quebec, and through Ontario to the Far West, on British territory, under the British flag, under Canadian laws, and without any chance of either the immigrant being deluded or seduced from his allegiance or his proposed residence in Canada, or the traffic coming from England or from Asia being subjected to the possible prohibitory or offensive restrictive taxation or customs regulations of a foreign power.”