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Should Newfoundland Join the Confederation?

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Aneeqa Tahsin

on 24 October 2013

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Transcript of Should Newfoundland Join the Confederation?

Should Newfoundland join the Confederation?
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Prominent Figures in Newfoundland History
Joey Smallwood:

Newfoundland initially said no because they thought they were doing fine being an independent country. But after borrowing a large amount of money from America, they found themselves in debt.

Newfoundland should join Confederation because it would mean giving it's citizens a better life, as they are supported by a larger and richer country.

Canada could also help pay off Newfoundland's debt, which was a promise Canada made, along with helping to build new roads and railways. There would also be a fairer system of taxes, with the wealthy bearing most of the burden.
Newfoundland is the easternmost province of Canada. People living in Newfoundland can be traced back to almost 9000 years ago.

The first confirmed European contact was about 1000 years ago, when the Vikings came. Newfoundland was one of the first established British colonies in North America and the people of Newfoundland are quite proud of their heritage.

Newfoundland became part of Confederation in 1949 after much debate. In 2001, Newfoundland was renamed as Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Newfoundland didn't seem to be capable
of making it on its own
- Britain wanted to stop being Newfoundland's ruler
- Canada was a large, rich and friendly country with close ties to Britain

- The cost of living would come down for Newfoundlanders

- The way of living would increase and be better because workers would be paid wages similar to other areas of Canada

- There would be better care for the elderly, veterans and the disabled
- A better standard of living meant healthier people
- Newfoundland's people were proud of their British heritage and the fact they were one of Britain's first colonies.
- they didn't want to pay higher taxes that wouldn't benefit them (such as the building of the CPR, which wouldn't reach Newfoundland).
- Newfoundland believed that Canada would change their youth, taking young men to serve in the army and navy.
He was a politician in Newfoundland and he was the main force that bought the Dominion of Canada and Newfoundland together. He then went on to become a Founding Father and the first Premier of Newfoundland.
Charles F. Bennett:
He was a prominent St. John's merchant, known for his letters sent to newspapers explaining why Newfoundland should be independent. He was a businessman who campaigned against responsible government. He also led the colony's anti-Confederation forces in the late 1860s.

-Newfoundland could lose control of its resources
-Leaving Britain and joining Canada may lead to falling into dept yet again.

Put together by:
Aneeqa Tahsin
Faiza Tasnim

The Key Players
Joseph R. Smallwood:
Peter Cashin:
He wanted Newfoundland to enter into a union with Canada.
Smallwood`s main argument was that joining Canada would lead to improved standard of living, especially for the working class.
Peter wanted Newfoundland to return as an independent country.
His main argument was that the Newfoundland people would fall into taxes all over again if they join Canada.
Dora Russell:
Russell had said she wanted more proof that the Commission of Gov`t had outlived its usefulness.
Her reasons for her statement were:
-She had not heard any worthy arguments of why this form of Gov`t shouldn`t continue.
-No reason to leave Britain behind again.
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