• Letter by J.W. Lyon, Secretary-Treasurer of the Great Waterways Union of Canada, to Ambrose Topping, with promotional material, Feb. 27, 1914

      Cameron, Chantal (2022-03-22)
      A letter by J.W. Lyon, Secretary-Treasurer of the Great Waterways Union of Canada, to Ambrose Topping, Kerwood, Ontario. The letter one page and is dated February 27, 1914. There are three pages of promotional material included with the letter. The letter asks that the enclosed promotional material be sent to council members and that Lyon would like to have the entire council accompany a deputation to Ottawa. It is noted in a post-script that the Hon. Adam Beck has been invited to accompany the deputation and has consented. The promotional material concerns the benefits of ocean navigation to the Great Lakes, the urgency of greater hydro power supply, and the need of a government subsidy to radial railways. It is written that “these three co-related subjects are the most urgent and important now before the people of Canada. The first a national question and fundamental. The others are incidental to this great national question, but are vital to the continued prosperity and progress of Ontario”. The letter concludes that “the purpose of the deputation is not to antagonize the Government, but to express appreciation of its prompt and energetic action in developing the New Welland Canal as a link in an Ocean to the Great Lakes waterway, and to urge the completion of the entire route at the earliest possible date”.