Dr.Ryan O’Connor will present, “The 1971 National Farmers Union Highway Demonstration”


Sir Andrew MacPhail's Homestead


Sunday, August 27, 2017 at 11:30am - 2:00pm


2 hours, 30 minutes

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On August 12, 1971, hundreds of PEI farmers boarded their tractors and proceeded to bring traffic to a halt on the province’s major roadways. Held during the peak of the tourism season, the demonstration continued for ten days. This talk examines the highway demonstration’s inspiration, context, and consequences. The farmers were protesting the way the provincial government had neglected issues around family farms and the Government’s lack of promotion of economic rationalization and modernization which had been set out in the government’s 1969 Comprehensive Development Plan.  Dr. O’Conner has a Ph.D. in Canadian history, with expertise in the history of environmental activism, the Sixties, oral history, the history of recycling, and Canadian politics.

The event will start with a nutritious and delicious brunch at 11:30. After brunch the talk will commence. The meal will be served in the room that once hosted Earl Grey, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and John McCrea at the same time, as guests of Sir Andrew Macphail.

The cost is $25.00 ($20 for members and residents of Orwell and Kings County).

Please call the Macphail Homestead at 902-651-2789  to make your reservation.

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