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.

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