GGR246 Lecture 10 - The West Wants In
Western Canada – fastest growing region, large population (9%) of aboriginal people
Western Canada: A Diverse Region of Resources – physical geography – contribution of natural
resources – agriculture, farming – northern (minerals that could be extracted) – southern (mild climate,
large agriculture) – drives social, cultural dynamics.
Urban Region: Calgary, Edmonton – biggest growth – oil industry.
When local becomes national – 2 resource firms – started to put issues about the place of Canada in the
Whose land is it anyway: A new frontier? – pressure on the take over from the US. Offering free land for
new European immigrants
Connecting Canada: The building of the Railway – if not physically connected, then it might be
threatened by the US – Chinese workers are brought in to take part and build the railroad – labour
strategy used. 3 Chinese people died per mile, up to 1500 Chinese workers were involved.
The Alberta Oil Sands –
Diverse Politics in Western Can