Don't Tell the Newfoundlanders: The True Story of Newfoundland's Confederation with Canada

By Greg Malone

The real tale, drawn from legitimate records and hours of non-public interviews, of ways Newfoundland and Labrador joined Confederation and have become Canada's 10th province in 1949. A wealthy forged of characters--hailing from Britain, the USA, Canada and Newfoundland--battle it out for the prize of the resource-rich, financially solvent, militarily strategic island. The twists and turns are as dramatic as any undercover agent novel and very astounding, because the "official" model of Newfoundland background has held for over fifty years virtually with no question. do not inform the Newfoundlanders will swap all that.

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Four Newfoundland was once by no means appropriately attached to the mainland, simply because not anyone inspiration there might ever be any improvement at the Island. certainly, bills have been to be stored to the minimal: the railway used to be closed, and the negative ferry carrier saved the province remoted from the mainland. The Liberal tradition of dependency there didn't start to swap until eventually 1984, while John Crosbie and finest Brian Peckford negotiated the Atlantic Accord, which tried to provide again to Newfoundland the good thing about many of the assets it had introduced with it into Confederation. apparently, the federalist John Crosbie used to be the son of the nationalist Ches Crosbie and a minister in Brian Mulroney’s cupboard. yet sizeable fabric swap didn't come to the Island until eventually prime Danny Williams used to be pushed on December 23, 2004, to take down the Canadian flag within the Newfoundland legislative construction in his struggle with Ottawa to offer the province extra of its offshore oil sales. His government’s aid shot up from forty-one percentage to 86 percentage. five The Williams executive eventually pressured Confederation to paintings for Newfoundland and Labrador, and never opposed to it. As Jim Halley summed all of it up: Newfoundland was once a filthy rich state within the first a part of the 20th century. We have been taken good thing about in the course of the nice melancholy in ’33, now not helped, yet taken good thing about, by way of nice Britain after which back via nice Britain and Canada in ’49. while it was once suspended in ’33, ours was once the oldest Parliament within the empire with the exception of the single in Westminster. within the ’30s and ’40s we have been an exhilarating destiny for our nation. We had TWA, Pan Am, British airlines and Trans-Canada airlines. you may visit Gander, take your decide and fly at any place on this planet. We had steamship strains, Furness Withy and Furness pink pass, and two times a month you'll positioned your vehicle on board and pass over to England. We had passenger boats to Boston and long island. We misplaced all that once we joined Canada, and TCA acquired a monopoly the following. We went from being a world hub to a Canadian backwater in a single day. after we joined Canada, we misplaced every little thing. We misplaced Labrador for all intents and reasons. Canada obtained the iron ore and the hydro for Ontario and Quebec. We acquired the price of working where. We misplaced the Grand Banks and all of the sales from that. We introduced the Grand Banks into Canada with us after we got here. They’re the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, no longer the Grand Banks of Ontario, or perhaps Quebec, and, as Averill Baker wrote, our continental shelf is ten instances the dimensions of the other province’s, with ten occasions the opportunity of jobs, and there can be a separate Newfoundland and Labrador Accord to house this giant source rather than having all of it rolled into the Atlantic Accord. If we have been self reliant we’d have 100% of our oil and fuel, no longer forty percentage, and we'd nonetheless have our fishery, as Iceland does. yet we misplaced every thing after we joined Canada, misplaced the over-fly rights and the sales from Gander and Goose Bay. misplaced our customs sales.

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