The Great Lakes-to-Atlantic Waterway Project

September 17, 1928

Report Outline
Sectional Alignment on Lake-to-Sea Project
Investigations of Lakes-to-Sea Project
Economic Aspects of Lake-to-Sea-Projects
Canada and the St. Lawrence Project
Special Focus

Since Mr. Hoover's address of August 11 accepting the Republican presidential nomination, the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway has been emphasized by Republican campaign leaders in the Middle West as a part of their party's program of farm relief. The opposition to the St. Lawrence plan repeatedly expressed by Alfred E. Smith as Governor of New York has been contrasted, to the disadvantage of the Democratic candidate, with the support given the project by Mr. Hoover during his seven years of service as Secretary of Commerce. If extensive use continues to be made of this comparison by Republican speakers in the Middle West, the St. Lawrence waterway project may become a political issue for the first time in the eight years during which it has been under serious consideration.

Former Governor W. L. Harding of Iowa, in a pamphlet entitled Increased Farm Prosperity through the St. Lawrence Waterway, which is being distributed by the Republican National Committee, asserts that continuance of a Republican administration in power is essential to construction of the waterway. Mr. Harding is president of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Tidewater Association. His pamphlet states that completion of the waterway will do more for the relief of the farmer in the West than any single piece of legislation that can be enacted by Congress and that Mr. Hoover has been the chief advocate of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway. Governor Smith's activities, according to the pamphlet, have been designed to defeat the…seaway plan and if the states supporting the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Tidewater Association want this program, they do not want Governor Smith for President.

Position of Candidates on Waterway Project

Governor Smith pledged himself in his acceptance speech of August 22 to a reëxamination of both the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence plan and the competing Great Lakes-Hudson proposal. When new studies have been made available, as a basis of legislation, he said, he would accept the decision of Congress.

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