Between 1881 and 1884, 17 000 Chinese men were recruited to work on the railroad. They were paid less than white workers. Although everyone (Citizens, Politicians) had strong objections, Macdonald approved the hiring of Chinese immigrants for construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. (Chan, 22)
"Either you must have this labour or you cannot have the railway" (Macdonald)
Completed in 1985 - connected Eastern Canada to BC and plays an important role for the development of the country. It was built in extremely dangerous conditions by thousands of labourers ( including 15,000 Chinese immigrants), the railway made communication and transportation across the country more efficient.
The Last Spike
The Canadian Pacific Railway was completed six years ahead of schedule. It would not have been built without the Chinese workers, yer they were not invited to the most historic event; The Last Spike. The Chinese sacrificed the most for the construction of the CPR were not able to attend the the driving of the last spike. Their blood, sweat, and tears meant nothing.