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Three hundred years ago, France ceded its claims to Newfoundland to Great Britain by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. I believe this event is as significant an event in our history as the First World War, the Commission Government or, in 1949, joining the Canadian Confederation.

Yet I have not noted here any official attempt to recognize this historical event. I understand, however, the federal government is sponsoring a months-long observation of another development of the treaty: the foundation of the Fortress of Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island.

The ceding of France's imperial ambitions in Newfoundland in 1713 to Great Britain formed the founding block of what we have become today.

It is interesting to note that, apparently, the British demanded that the French give up Newfoundland but were content to let the French retain Cape Breton.

It would take more than two centuries to convince the French to release any remaining fishing rights near Newfoundland.

Perhaps it is not too late for some observation of this crucial historical event to take place this tourist season in Placentia.


Robin Reid

St. John’s

Organizations: Commission Government, Canadian Confederation.Yet I

Geographic location: Newfoundland, France, Great Britain Utrecht Louisbourg Cape Breton Placentia.Robin ReidSt

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  • coco
    April 30, 2013 - 14:27

    Interesting letter. Had France not ceded to England three hundred years ago, there would be no worries about hydrolic fracking because it's banned in France and candidates caught breaking election rules cannot run for public office again for ten years under the laws of France. I don't know how Quebec (Upper Churchill) would have fared into it but alas it was not to be anyway. Presumably we would have become like a great big old Saint-Pierre et Miquelon ;) Que sera sera.

  • Thanks W. MCLEAN for the reminder.
    April 29, 2013 - 12:58

    W MCLEAN, Thanks for the reminder! It was, and still is, a good political union, and I believe Newfoundland belonged to Labrador and the other way around forever, with or without the establishment of a political union. We do need to celebrate it more though.

  • W McLean
    April 28, 2013 - 16:24

    The 250th anniversary of the political union of Labrador and Newfoundland was April 25th.

  • A Great suggestion.
    April 28, 2013 - 10:15

    This is a Great suggestion for our Government to pursue. It most likely would be a propeller for our Tourism Industry if it were neatly incorporated.