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Canadian Pacific Railway was not here first

Editor: The Canadian Pacific Railway was not here first.

The CPR was not here in Langley first, second or even third. The mainline of the CPR went right through our farm in Harrison Mills, on the north side of  the Fraser River.

Any school kid knows that the CPR rail  line  was  joined east to west at Craigellachie, about 20 miles west of Revelstoke, on Nov. 7, 1885. (This was the famous last spike ceremony).

Both the B.C. Electric and Canadian National Railways were in Langley long  before  the CPR  set its greedy roots down to reach Roberts Bank —  at no cost to the CPR, of course. The CPR rejects the meaning of the word “pay.”

It is wrong for anyone, including letter writer Simon Field (The Times, July 31), to say that the CPR was here first.

Insofar as being concerned about wasting taxpayer dollars, does Field not mind the boondoggling of millions of taxpayer dollars on overpasses? These are something the CPR should pay the entire cost of. Unlike him, I do mind, and I was in  Langley long before the CPR was.

Lorne Hardy,

Langley

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