He is the best Premier Newfoundland and Labrador never had. As a lawyer, historian, politician, humanitarian, academic, father, grandfather & Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Ed Roberts, Q.C, has been a constant fixture in the public and political issues of our province.
He served 23 years as a Liberal in the House of Assembly, beginning in 1966. Over that time he served as a cabinet minister for Premier’s Smallwood and Wells. He was also the leader of the Official Opposition.
From 2002 to 2008 he served as Lieutenant Governor. In 2006, he earned an MA in Newfoundland history.
I am told that he possesses one of the largest private collections of books on Newfoundland and Labrador in the world.
Over the past few days, I have been reading Peter Cashin: My Fight For Newfoundland, edited by Mr. Roberts. It is the long awaited non-published second volume of Cashin's memoirs.
Cashin wrote a memoir soon after he retired from public life in 1953. Book one was published shortly before he died in 1977. The second volume is his account of the years between 1919 and the end of his life. Cashin wrote every word of the memoir, and it is presented in this book just as he wrote it.
Last year Mr. Robert’s began writing a column which is published in the transcontinental weeklies across the province. Past Imperfect should be of interest to a wide readership across the province and elsewhere. He delves into our history, offering his keen insight, observations and personal anecdotes. Anybody who is interested in who we are and how we got to be where we are will love these weekly columns.
Newfoundland and Labrador history is in a healthy state of vigorous activity. Authors, academics and amateur historians continue to add to the body of understanding of Newfoundland society, culture, history, politics and economics.
I look forward to the day that Past Imperfect becomes a book comprising of all of his columns.
Keep the books and the columns coming!