"So, who actually decided on Newfoundland’s
union with Canada?
Was it England, Canada, or both? Neither;
it was the little man in the fishing boat, on the farm,
or working in the factories, the stores, on the waterfront,
etc., who seized control of his country’s destiny by
exercising his choice for his future, with the marking
of a simple “X” on a ballot paper. That simple “X”
ended 450 years of servitude to a system
beyond his control."
Jan 29th, 2012
I thought a letter to the editor in today's Telegram was worth linking to. The article by local historian Jack Fitzgerald is entitled "
A supporter of the 1949 conspiracy theory, asked by Randy Simms on “Open Line” recently to give one fact supporting the truthfulness of the theory, replied that “Canada and Britain appointed the delegates who negotiated the terms of union and Newfoundlanders had no say in it.”
Among the partial facts, fiction and fancy that make up the essence of the theory, this would fall somewhere between fiction and fancy.
The people of Newfoundland elected the members of the National Convention and these members elected the delegates to negotiate terms of union for Newfoundlanders to consider.
The terms negotiated by the delegation were brought back and publicly debated for seven months before the final referendum. Newfoundlanders knew well the issues and what they were voting for by referendum day.
So, who actually decided on Newfoundland’s union with Canada?
Read the entire article here.