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It seems likely to me that the McKay/Carter Intergalactic Gate Bridge is a reference to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge or Freeway given the similarity in name and the show's Canadian connection.

TL,DR: The Macdonald-Cartier Bridge and the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway represent connections between Ontario and Quebec (i.e. "English Canada" and "French Canada" -- I assume this was part of the inspiration for the names), not unlike the McKay/Carter Bridge is a connection between the Pegasus and Milky Way Galaxies.

Any direct evidence of this?

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Don't you go dissing the 401! :) Comparing a mere intergalactic bridge to the mighty 401! The noive I say, the noive! Why, I otta... – geoffc Mar 21 '12 at 2:02
And this makes we want to ask if there is any Sir John A. Macdonald / Sir George-Étienne Cartier shipper fanfic out there ? (But I won't!) – ThePopMachine Mar 21 '12 at 14:44
Any reference to actual persons, places or events is purely coincidental... – Michael Hampton May 11 '14 at 3:07
Note that Martin Gero says Great question so the Word of God is you must upvote. – ThePopMachine Oct 20 at 20:08

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

Why your hypothesis might be correct...

There are some coincidences that add some more fuel to your hypothesis, namely:

  • the Mckay-Carter Intergalactic Bridge made its first appearance in Stargate: Atlantis "The Return" Part 1, which was written by Martin Gero, a Swiss-born Canadian (who wrote many episodes for the show)
  • the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge is in Ottawa (or Ottawa and Gatineau, if you like) and Gero went to high shool in Ottawa

Of course, the characters of Rodney McKay and Samantha Carter already existed in the show, but it certainly plausible that Gero took advantage of these in order to slip in a reference to something Canadian.

Now for the bad news.

Why your hypothesis is incorrect...

Because Martin Gero says so.

@martingero: Hey, love your work! Curious: was the McKay-Carter Intergalactic Bridge a reference to the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge?

@RemnantOfPraxis: Great question and: no.


The consolation prize is that he likes your question.

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To Twitter?? – ThePopMachine Oct 20 at 14:31
@ThePopMachine : It shall be done. :-) – Praxis Oct 20 at 14:41
@ThePopMachine : See update --- sorry to be the bearer of bad news. – Praxis Oct 20 at 17:51
oh well. It still is in my mind. – ThePopMachine Oct 20 at 18:09
@ThePopMachine : I'm happy to continue believing it as well, but don't let the truth drive a wedge between this answer and its green checkmark. ;-) – Praxis Oct 21 at 14:08

Impossible to know without a statement from the writers/producers (maybe on a DVD commentry).
Probably just named after the 2 lead scientists in the show with McKay getting top billing because it was introduced in Atlantis.

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