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  • Cashin Delaney
    August 22, 2013 - 21:28

    "we signed away our birthright for the baby bonus" is a trope that is commonly associated with anti-confederation attitudes. I do not believe that keeping control of the fishery, and declining Federal social benefits, was ever an option presented, or pursued by Newfoundland in joining Canada. I think you may not even know what you are saying, just repeating slogans from the late'40s. I do not think Newfoundland was ever independant enough from London, or later, Ottawa, to ever grow a set, and challenge the maritime predation that was the international Atlantic fishery. Iceland was an independant country and fought, and won. We would have been compromised by London, like we were by Ottawa. Under each one, our fishery was seen as an international concession. Not a priority worth damaging other international businesses, like wheat and timber.

  • Paul Smith
    August 18, 2013 - 22:31

    yes bye --- I need time to digest many big words and colourful prose. But I believe you missed something in my writing. I did not say Newfoundland should not have entered into confederation with Canada. I said we should have retained control and management rights to our fishery. Do you not think we could manage our own fishery as well as Ottawa -- even with the present government? Canada certainly didn't do a great job with managing our cod stocks.

  • Cashin Delaney
    August 17, 2013 - 09:48

    If the term food fishery is degrading to you, that is you projecting your feeling and attitude on others. I find sport/recreational fishery to be a poor terminology. So, hungry pregnant women should have been unpolitically stoic in the late 40s, and just rode out the continuing graft of a NEWFOUNDLAND tradition of a racist, mismanaged, amoral government, and shunned the baby bonus because inshore fishermen drowned generations before? Give us a break with this bankrupt brand of blind, legless Raving Newfoundlander Buffoon nationalism being mainstreamed by Ryan Cleary, Greg Malone and other local clowns who seem to speak somehow for dead Baymen and preach about flats and punts as if all our heritage was tied to a flavor of inshore conveyance and we would have surely sailed off to glory in a golden dory as a sovereign state, or of the US, had the Canadian Wolf not latched on our king-corn,ad nauseam. You have traditional rights, research the gilds of England, wherever your people came from, establish your rights as a set of privileges over here. Read the book Cod and Wine, get some bearing of history beyond the little dingy you are hunkered down into with the rest of the secret nation refugees. The Canadian federation may be daunting, but a sovereign NL under present leadership is downright frightening. I agree with the libertarian ideals but please don't cod yourself into a victim mentality that serves our aboriginal natives no better than it would serve 18 groups of diverse Settler native descendants.