The St. Lawrence Seaway-Power Project

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The Sr. Lawrence Project in the 1932 Campaign

Signing of a treaty between the United States and Canada at Washington, July 18, 1932, incorporating an agreement for joint development of the St. Lawrence project, presaged inclusion of that long-discussed plan among the issues of the presidential campaign. A week before the treaty was signed, President Hoover refused to confer with Governor Roosevelt regarding division of costs between the federal government and New York state of the work in that section of the river where power is to be developed. Roosevelt sought to reach a complete settlement on this point prior to conclusion of an agreement with Canada. Hoover declined to consider it until the treaty had been signed and ratified.

While opposition to the St. Lawrence ...

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