hv/100 = a to z: Newfoundland and Labrador Become Canada’s 10th Province

Joseph Smallwood, politician

Smallwood signing the agreement that brought Newfoundland into Canada

(courtesy Library and Archives Canada/PA-1280) from Canadian Encyclopedia.

Mother said pouring Father’s tea. “Responsible government won the first vote, this time he’ll be sure Confederation comes up on the top.”

“Smallwood’s wily; he’s a politician, but a cheat?” Father asked, stirring sugar and canned milk into his cup.

“All politicians are crooks,” Mother said, putting down a plate of biscuits. “But some are worse. Smallwood’s laying it on thick about how rich we’ll all be as part of Canada not a colony of Great Britain any longer.”

Father started “Now Maureen . . .”

Month later, July 1948, Mother was right. Joey Smallwood and Confederation won the 2nd vote by 52 percent.

Smallwood negotiated our way in Canada as of March 31, 1949.


the time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things . . .

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