Head On!: Collisions of Egos, Ethics, and Politics in B.C.'s Transportation History

Head On!: Collisions of Egos, Ethics, and Politics in B.C.'s Transportation History

by R.G. Harvey




In a province where mountain ranges are at odds with road and rail builders, and its capital city and a large portion of its population are on an island, it's no surprise that provision of an effective transportation system has been a challenging undertaking—or that mistakes have been made. In many cases, BC's political leaders not only didn't solve problems, they added to them. And many of the mistakes made resulted from premiers exploiting their time in office to further their own political preferences, theories and agendas. This insider's examination looks at premiers' errors and exploitations, along with their triumphs and achievements, from the first days of the provincial government. Whether it be trouble with bridges (premiers Prior and Pattulo), railways (McBride and Bennett) or ferries (Clark), R.G. Harvey calls it like he sees it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894384759
Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date: 05/01/2004
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)

About the Author

R.G. (Bob) Harvey was born in Scotland in 1922, and graduated from the University of Glasgow with a B.Sc. in civil engineering in 1943. Bob immediately joined the British army and served in the UK, India and Burma before being placed on reserve as a captain (EME) in 1947. He immigrated to Canada in 1948 and joined the BC Department of Public Works that same year, right in the middle of the worst spring flooding in 54 years. In 1950 Bob married Eva Huscroft. He worked in Nelson and Prince George before becoming Deputy Minister of Highways and Public Works in 1976, retiring in 1983. Bob has written five books on the transportation history of British Columbia.

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