1824 – Canada formally adopts the patent system.
1855 – First Great Western Railway locomotive crosses the 255-metre Niagara Falls suspension bridge to the U.S., giving Ontario direct rail connection to the state of New York. This is the world’s first wire cable suspension bridge; it was built across the Gorge from 1851-55 by engineer John Roebling, who later built the Brooklyn Bridge.
1951 – The House of Commons approves incorporation of TransCanada Pipelines to build 5,000 km natural gas pipeline from Alberta to Quebec.
1865 – In Quebec City, the assembly of Canada votes 91-33 to proceed with Confederation.
1876 – In Boston, Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful test of his new invention – the telephone – a month after patenting the device. He transmits the first intelligible conversation by telling his assistant, “Come here, Watson. I need you”.
1966 – The federal government begins drafting guidelines for American subsidiaries operating in Canada.
1927 – Canada’s old-age pension legislation receives Royal Assent in the House of Commons.
1879 – Canada introduces an average 25% tariff on US goods with the proviso that if the U.S. repeals or lowers its duties, Canada will match them. This is the Conservative Party’s “National Policy of Protection”.
1968 – The federal government suspends gold trading by Canadian banks and investment dealers in an effort to dampen speculation.
Sources: Ottawa Researchers.