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TransCanada Pipe Lines fonds


Physical Description:
4.5 m of textual records. -- 580 photographs

TransCanada Pipe Lines Ltd., one of North America's leading transporters and marketers of natural gas, was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1951. In 1954, Liberal Minister of Trade and Commerce, C.D. Howe, believing that a pipeline from Alberta to Central Canada was a national necessity, assembled a private syndicate of Canadians and Americans to create TCPL. Construction of the pipeline began in 1955, but in 1956 a major debate ensued in Parliament, with opposition charges that Howe's plan was a sell-out to Americans. The bill to authorize the pipeline passed only after the government enforced closure. The high pressure natural gas pipeline, which runs from Alberta to Quebec, was completed in 1958. TCPL became a principally Canadian-owned company. Its subsidiary, Western Gas Marketing Ltd., administers its gas marketing operations. The head office was moved from Toronto to Calgary in 1990. For further information see Promise of the Pipeline / Peter C. Newman. -- Calgary, the Company, 1993.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of records regarding the formation of TransCanada Pipe Lines (1950-1958); editorials, articles and commentaries (1954-1959); political comments (1954-1966); natural gas distribution in Ontario and Quebec (1954-1959); natural gas distribution in the Prairies and British Columbia (1954-1966); pipeline construction (1954-1964; Royal Commissions (1956-1959, 1967); National Energy Board (1955-1976); USA Federal Power Commission (1955-1969); Oil and Gas Conservation Board / Energy Resources Conservation Board (1954-1965); TransCanada Pipe Lines officials (1954-1970); Alberta Government (1954-1974); TCPL gas markets and reserves (1951-1976); general background information (1935-1971); public relations (1950-1979); and publicity photographs (1956-1974). Includes information about Northern Ontario Pipeline Corporation, Robert A. Brown, James W. Kerr, Ernest C. Manning, Nathan E. Tanner and Gardiner Symonds.

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of TransCanada Pipe Lines Ltd., 1978-1983.

The material is in English.

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(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)

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