Guinness' and The Vancouver Lion's Gate Bridge - No Asians need apply

The Guinness family (of the Irish stout fame) were convinced to invest in the land on the north shore of Burrard Inlet in Vancouver Canada. On December 13, 1933, a vote passed by a 2 to 1 margin to build the Lions Gate Bridge connecting Vancouver to the North Shore region and after considerable further negotiations with the federal government, approval was finally granted, with the requirement that Vancouver materials and workmen be used as much as possible to provide employment during the Great Depression. The 1933 bylaw authorizing construction included a provision mandating that “no Asiatic person shall be employed in or upon any part of the undertaking or other works.  Construction began on March 31, 1937 and it opened to traffic on November 14, 1938.  In an effort to recover the expenditure it cost to build the bridge, the Guinness family had toll booths installed. The toll remained on the bridge until April 1, 1963. The Guinness family's last involvement with the bridge happened in 1986, when they added lights to the bridge. 

Construction and opening of the Lion's Gate Bridge

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