Jacques Cartier Bridge

Inauguration ceremony

The inauguration ceremony started with a speech from the chairman of the Harbour Commissioners of Montreal, Senator W. L. McDougald. Monseigneur Georges Gauthier, archbishop of the diocese of Montreal, blessed the bridge. The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King, Prime Minister of Canada, gave his speech by telephone from his office in Ottawa. He then open the curtains to unveil the commemorative plaque. At the time of the inauguration, the bridge was named the “Pont du Havre” or the “Harbour Bridge,” as it was built by the Harbour Commissioners of Montreal.

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William Lyon Mackenzie King

Pont_Jacques_Cartier-Capsule-Inauguration-1956June 1956, inauguration of a fourth lane with Jean Drapeau, major of Montréal.