Do you remember the invasion of Newfoundland’s hydroponic cucumber? How about New Brunswick’s ill-fated space-age sports car?
In this dynamic collection, Dan Soucoup follows the money trail up the political ladder to deliver the dirt on the most devastating failed business ventures, political scandals, and industry fiascos in Atlantic Canadian history. Presented in concise, entertaining vignettes, Boondoggles exposes two centuries of debacles in regional, national, and international scope.
Exposed is the downfall of many local industries including steel, coal mining, nuclear and hydro-power, oil, heavy-water, and even rum-running. Relive the tragic fall of Sydney Steel in Cape Breton, PEI’s flawed immigrant investor program, the controversial (and ongoing) Churchill Falls project in Newfoundland, New Brunswick’s doomed Chignecto Ship Railway, and plenty more. From the coal mines of Cape Breton to the dry docks of Esquimalt, rediscover the stories that made headlines and continue to baffle Atlantic Canadians today.
Includes 40 historical and contemporary images.
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About the Author
Dan Soucoup has worked as a bookseller and publisher for many years. He is the author of numerous historical books about the Maritimes, including Failures and Fiascos, A Short History of Halifax, Railways of New Brunswick, and Know New Brunswick. He lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Table of Contents
The Long and Winding Railway 4
Shubenacadie's Too-Late Canal 10
Prince Edward Island's Railway Debacle 20
The Great Log Raft Experiment 27
The Doomed Chignecto Ship Railway 32
The Rotten Potato Scandal 37
Bootlegging and Rum-Running 42
The Clairtone Fiasco 49
The Controversial Churchill Falls Project 56
The Heavy-Water Sinkhole 61
The Westmorland Industrial Park Flop 68
The Little Oil Refinery that Made It 73
The Bricklin Sports Car Disaster 78
The Cucumber Affair 87
"Tunagate," or The Tainted Tuna Matter 91
Too-Good-To-Be-True Board Game Factory 96
The Meteor Creek Gas Fraud 101
The Steel Mill No One Wanted 107
Bidding for the Commonwealth Games: All for Naught 116
A Northern Bridge and the Collapse of Atcon 124
Shit Storm Central in Halifax Harbour 132
Lepreau: A Billion Dollars Over and Three Years Late 139
The Flawed Immigrant Investor Program 149
The Boats that Wouldn't Float 155
Giving Up on NB Power 162
Image Sources 171