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.