K.C. Irving’s statue on Mount Pleasant Avenue in Saint John.

The Errant K.C. Statue

and Three Other Errors in Irving vs. Irving

By Jacques Poitras

This week marks the end of 2014, as well as ninety days since my book, Irving vs. Irving: Canada’s Feuding Billionaires and the Stories They Won’t Tell, appeared in stores—a good time to correct four factual errors I made while writing it. They’ve all come to light since publication, and I hope to correct the text itself should there be a second edition.

(I’ve also discovered one typo, in the second-last paragraph of Page 6. There are undoubtedly others.)


The corrections:

The Mosquito, Page 15: This Second World War British airplane, for which K.C. Irving supplied the veneer, was used as a fighter (as I described it), but was more commonly used as, and is more accurately called, a bomber.

The K.C. Irving statue in Bouctouche. Photo by Daniel McHardie.

The errant K.C. Irving statue, Page 95: The statue that K.C.’s sons hoped to erect in the Loyalist Burial Ground in Saint John did not end up in his hometown of Bouctouche, as I wrote. It was installed on Mount Pleasant Avenue in Saint John (see photo at the top of this piece), facing the house where his son Arthur lives (and where K.C. once lived himself). There is a K.C. Irving statue in Bouctouche, but its commission and installation were not related to the Saint John controversy.

J.K.’s youngest daughter, Page 119: Judith, not Mary Jean, is the younger of the two. I discovered this error late in the editing, and while I corrected it in two other locations (see for example the family tree on Page ix), I missed it here.

The MIL Davie shipyard, Page 248: I wrote that the company’s work on the frigate program took place at its shipyard in Sorel, Québec, near Montréal, but it seems it actually happened at the company’s yard in Lauzon, Québec, near Québec City. My error was based on an Evening Times-Globe story on July 27, 1994 that described the facility that did the frigate work as “the MIL shipyard in Montréal,” but I should have double-checked. It’s also been suggested that the Irving purchase of smaller shipyards around the Maritimes was to accommodate the demands of the frigate project. I’ll do further checking on this.


A clarification

On page 292, I wrote that the proposed Energy East pipeline would run from Alberta to the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John. This is the long-term goal as described by both Irving Oil and TransCanada Corp., but in the short term, it is more likely that Alberta crude will arrive at an Irving export terminal in Saint John, to be transported by ship to refineries abroad.


Jacques Poitras is a reporter for CBC News and the author of four books, including Irving vs. Irving: Canada’s Feuding Billionaires and the Stories They Won’t Tell, published by Penguin Canada. The above corrections have been incorporated into the paperback edition published Sept. 1, 2015.

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