A Thirty Years' War: The Failed Public/Private Partnership That Spurred the Creation of the Toronto Transit Commission, 1891-1921 (Paperback)

A Thirty Years' War: The Failed Public/Private Partnership That Spurred the Creation of the Toronto Transit Commission, 1891-1921 By C. Ian Kyer Cover Image

A Thirty Years' War: The Failed Public/Private Partnership That Spurred the Creation of the Toronto Transit Commission, 1891-1921 (Paperback)

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Between 1891 and 1921, the Toronto Railway Company operated Toronto’s streetcars under a franchise granted by the City. The arrangement brought the City a modern electric streetcar system, but the relationship between the two entities was a tempestuous one, marked and marred by almost constant conflict and confrontation. Remarkably, the many court battles that resulted went to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on fourteen separate occasions. This book details these legal disputes, and along the way, links them to the city’s expansion and development, its municipal politics, the provincial debates over public ownership of many kinds of utilities, and the legal culture of the day, which reveals a remarkable faith in the courts. This is a fascinating historical story set in its own time and milieu, but which also has considerable contemporary relevance as Toronto — and Canada’s other major urban centres — wrestle with their modern transportation problems. It will be of interest not only to legal historians, but also to those interested in transit and municipal history, and in the correct balance between public and private ownership.

— The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History.

Product Details ISBN: 9781552214084
ISBN-10: 1552214087
Publisher: Irwin Law
Publication Date: September 25th, 2015
Pages: 254
Language: English