Are Grand Trunk and SOO Line still considered Class One railroads?
Unfortunately the Grand Trunk Western and Soo Line are no longer independently operated, both having been merged into other railroads. The GTW (Grand Trunk Western) was taken over by Canadian National and the Soo became wholly owned by Canadian Pacific in 1992. An interesting note, the Grand Trunk Corporation was setup by CN to operate the carrier's US affiliations which includes names like GTW itself, Illinois Central, Wisconsin Central, Bessemer & Lake Erie, and Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range. If interested you can learn more about fallen flags at the below link.
J. P. B. Casgrain has written: 'Speech of the Hon. J.P.B. Casgrain, Senator, on some questions of the day' -- subject(s): Administration, Colonies, League of Nations, Membership, Railroads 'Speech of Hon. J.P.B. Casgrain on Grand Trunk Pacific, Ottawa, Tuesday, May 11, 1909' -- subject(s): Railroads, Management, Finance 'The problems of transportation in Canada' -- subject(s): Canals, Railroads 'Speech of Hon. Senator J.P.B. Casgrain on the National Transcontinental Railway bill, Ottawa, Tuesday, October 13, 1903'…
Beacause Cartier thought that if all of Canada's provinces were untited the Grand Trunk Railway would be more successful. He Also feared that the United States would expand into Canada without The Queen Stopping them. The reason that Cartier wanted the Grand trunk Railway to succeed is because the Grand Trunk Railwway is one of his clients.