I write this letter in response to a recent letter by Helen Webster concerning bigotry toward Newfoundland and Labrador by some of lesser intelligence in Alberta.
I was 20 years old at the time of the Confederation vote. I was one of several like-age, aware young men who didn’t have a vote (because we were under 21) and saw our country fall into the hands of thieves.
I hasten to point out what Joey Smallwood and gang had their hands on. A huge country with no national debt, a $43-million surplus (billions in today’s equivalent), world-class mines and fishery, oil and massive hydro resources, a huge amount of mined gold, iron, etc. The 600-mile coastline gave us eastern control of the Atlantic Ocean.
I can go on, but it doesn’t take a great imagination to conclude that Newfoundland had more than the whole of Canada at the time. To have to suffer the indignity, under the Smallwood idiots, of going through a campaign of being referred to as “poor,” “little,” “needy,” etc., was an outrage.
I am now 84 years old and am still of the strong opinion we should have continued on without the burden.
Austin J. Greene