May 31, 1997 - The 12.9-kilometre (8 mi) Confederation bridge opened. Construction took place from October 1993 to May 1997 and cost C$1.3 billion. Following the election of the Progressive Conservative government of Brian Mulroney, with its agenda for regional development articulated as “Mega-Projects”. Public Works Canada called for formal construction proposals in 1987. The Confederation Bridge, provides Prince Edward Island, with a year round mainland link. Fulfilling a Federal Government covenant to Prince Edward Island for joining Confederation.
"If your only objective is to be popular, you're going to be popular but you will be known as the Prime Minister who achieved nothing."
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May 31, 1997