History 2201E Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Joey Smallwood

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Lecture 17 Part 1 Newfoundland and Canada
Newfoundland after WWI
Commission Government
o 6 commissioners: 3 from Britain and 3 from Newfoundland, all
appointed by the Crown
Economy good during the war because of war time production
When the war was over and Newfoundland was back to being a colony,
Newfoundlanders wondered how much longer they were going to be a
colony
National Convention set up to talk about what is going to happen with
Newfoundland’s government
o Three choices:
1. Remain a colony of Britain
2. Revert to Dominion status
3. Join Canada
o People divided in views
o Industrials didn’t want to join, Canada would swallow them up
o Others wanted to join because of social programs, etc.
o Joseph Smallwood
Loudest voice in favour of confederation
Authour, journalist, active in public life
Elected to the National Convention
Referendum 1948
o Confederation 52.34%, dominion status 47.66%
o Exceptional voter turnout, 85%
Newfoundland and Labrador becomes a province of Canada in 1949

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Lecture 17 part 1 newfoundland and canada. Commission government: 6 commissioners: 3 from britain and 3 from newfoundland, all appointed by the crown. Economy good during the war because of war time production. When the war was over and newfoundland was back to being a colony, Newfoundlanders wondered how much longer they were going to be a colony. National convention set up to talk about what is going to happen with. Join canada: people divided in views, industrials didn"t want to join, canada would swallow them up, others wanted to join because of social programs, etc, joseph smallwood. Referendum 1948: confederation 52. 34%, dominion status 47. 66, exceptional voter turnout, 85%