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The National Policy and Uncle Sam's Chagrin

At the end of the 1870s, more than 10 years after Confederation (1867), the Canadian economy was stagnant. Prime Minister John A. Macdonald (1815-1891) had a three-fold vision of what needed to be done: support the establishment of Canadian industries, help create a national market by linking Canada from sea to sea, and start exploiting the immense western territories. Known as the National Policy, it provided a framework for Canadian development over several decades.


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