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Industrial geography of the Beauharnois canal zone.

McGill University
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  • Geography.
  • Agricultural Science
  • Economics


The development of hydro-electric power is of paramount importance to the Province of Quebec. There are no coal deposits in the Province, oil has not, as yet, been found, and natural gas has appeared only in limited quantities; therefore, water power, the white coal, must be relied upon to supply the power required for industrial development. Electric power output is often considered an index of industrial growth. In 1900, prior to the inception of long-distance transmission of electricity, Canada's economic basis was agriculture, and the total hydraulic installation was about 173,000 horse power.

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