Do you remember the invasion of Newfoundland’s hydroponic cucumber? How about New Brunswick’s ill-fated space-age sports car? In this dynamic collection, Dan Soucoup follows the money trail up the political ladder to deliver the dirt on the most devastating failed business ventures, political scandals, and industry fiascos in Atlantic Canadian history. Presented in concise, entertaining vignettes, Boondoggles exposes two centuries of debacles in regional, national, and international scope. Exposed is the downfall of many local industries including steel, coal mining, nuclear and hydro-power, oil, heavy-water, and even rum-running. Relive the tragic fall of Sydney Steel in Cape Breton, PEI’s flawed immigrant investor program, the controversial (and ongoing) Churchill Falls project in Newfoundland, New Brunswick’s doomed Chignecto Ship Railway, and plenty more. From the coal mines of Cape Breton to the dry docks of Esquimalt, rediscover the stories that made headlines and continue to baffle Atlantic Canadians today. Includes 40 historical and contemporary images.
About the author
Dan Soucoup lives in Halifax and has been active in bookselling and publishing ventures for over 25 years. The author of numerous books including Historic New Brunswick, Glimpses of Old Moncton, and the bestselling Maritime Firsts, Soucoup writes a popular local history column, "Looking Back," for the Moncton Times & Transcript.
Other titles by Dan Soucoup
Atlantic Canada's Greatest Storms
Atlantic Canadian Stories
Explosion in Halifax Harbour, 1917
An Illustrated History of Nova Scotia
Short History of Fredericton
A Short History of Fredericton
New Brunswick Phrase Book
The Finest Tree
and other Christmas Stories from Atlantic Canada