What lessons can rural Wales offer rural Newfoundland? Can an economy be based upon second-hand books? And what does Joseph R. Smallwood – Newfoundland and Labrador’s first premier – have to do with all this?
On Friday The Telegram published an article worth looking at which compares the stories of Danny Williams and Dean MacDonald; MacDonald is a former business partner of Williams whose interest in the leadership of the provincial Liberal party has been rumoured for many years – but now seems to be gaining some momentum. The Telegram makes the point that Newfoundlanders always seem to be searching for the star premier – whether it be a Joey, a Clyde, a Brian, or a Danny. Are we now looking for a Dean? Check out the read at the link below. Source: The Telegram
The story of a community’s struggle for recognition…
In the spirit of Newfoundland Provincial elections, former MHA and Lieutenant Governor Ed Roberts writes about the very first one, and how a man named Joseph R. Smallwood became Newfoundland and Labrador’s first Premier. “He held the job for so long that many thought he had always held it – and some that he always would. By then, nobody remembered how he had come to become premier in the first place on Apr. 1, 1949, the day that Newfoundland became Canada’s tenth province. There is quite a story behind that.” Read the full piece at the Southern Gazette. Source: The Southern Gazette
As the debate surrounding the development of the lower Churchill intensifies, knowing what we do now about the development of the upper Churchill in the 60’s and 70’s makes for an interesting comparison. But views of course on the upper Churchill were much different at that time; take a leap back to 1967 with us to listen to Joey Smallwood speak at a sod-turning ceremony for the Churchill Falls where he talks to about the project, the province, and the future. Click here to access the audio courtesy of the CBC archives.