The missing symbolic Canadian Pacific Railway spike wasn't really
missing. It's shown here in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.
Ottawa Ontario - A missing ceremonial spike from the completion of the Canadian Pacific
Railway 125-years-ago has been located, in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.
Sun columnist Stephen Hume reported Friday that Chinese-Canadians had wanted to see the spike put
on display in the Railway Committee Room in the Parliament Buildings, but this did not happen and
nobody at the House of Commons could say where the spike had gone.
But an e-mail sent later Friday from Melissa Bhagat, Director of Multiculturalism, stated the
spike turned out to be on display in a bookshelf in Harper's office.
"It's in the PM's Langevin Block office... not lost at all!" Bhagat wrote.
"It has been on display since the PM received it, but he is happy to give it up to the
railway room if need be."
Railway historian Bradley Lee was relieved to hear it was located and said it is important for it
to be on display to the public.
"It's very important for all Canadians to know that Chinese-Canadians had a very, very
important role in building this country and have yet never been recognized for that
contribution," he said.
The commemorative iron spike was one of the 300 presented to white VIPs and CPR dignitaries
who attended the historic ceremony at Craigellachie on 7 Nov 1885, from which Chinese
workers were excluded.
The spike was given to the Chinese committee seeking redress from the federal government by
Pierre Berton, who had obtained it while researching his famous history of the building of Canada's
Editor's Note: Is this the ACTUAL Last Spike? I'd like to see some providence other
than it was obtained from Pierre Berton.
Canadian Pacific Railway Set-off Siding Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada