Don't Tell the Newfoundlanders

Don't Tell the Newfoundlanders

The True Story of Newfoundland's Confederation With Canada

Book - 2012
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The true story, drawn from official documents and hours of personal interviews, of how Newfoundland and Labrador joined Confederation and became Canada's tenth province in 1949. A rich cast of characters--hailing from Britain, America, 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 spy novel and extremely surprising, since the "official" version of Newfoundland history has held for over fifty years almost without question. Don't Tell the Newfoundlanders will change all that.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, c2012.
ISBN: 9780307401335
Characteristics: xiv, 314 p., [20] p. of plates :,ill., map, ports. ;,22 cm.

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rpavlacic
Jul 09, 2019

Makes a persuasive case that the push for Newfoundland and Labrador to join Canada, rather than become an independent country as it had been for nearly a hundred years until the Great Depression, was rigged from the get-go, even questioning the referendum results in several districts that swayed the result. Asks legitimate questions as to whether the province would have been better off as its own country again, especially in light of the collapse of the Atlantic fisheries. The book ends with the Terms of Union - part of Canada's constitution - giving the reader the opportunity to decide whether N&L got a good deal or whether it was robbed. I have no opinion either way. But the "what if" remains testy. It's worth noting that while most Canadians will say "I am from Ontario" or "I am from Alberta," etc., Newfoundlanders say "I belong to Newfoundland." Look up the worlds to the national anthem of the province, "Ode to Newfoundland," and one understands the pride that has existed there for centuries, regardless of whom governs them.

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snowball5
Mar 02, 2013

It may be a good read, but the print is too small!

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