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I would like to compliment Jack Fitzgerald on his excellent letter, “On the trail of conspiracy,” which appeared in the Dec. 6 issue of The Telegram.

His letter refers to the reason Newfoundland lost its independence in 1934.

It actually began with an election in 1932, when Prime Minister Frederick Alderdice won the election that year with a commitment to look into establishing a commission government. He also promised “that no action will be taken that does not have the consent of the people.” A plebiscite on this question was never held.

Alderdice ran against Sir Richard Squires, who lost all but two seats, including his own.

Fitzgerald also states that “Alderdice then used bribery to get the unanimous support to dismantle Newfoundland independence.” We lost this in 1934.

It would appear that we can conclude from this that we were responsible for giving up our own independence and Fitzgerald’s explanation is extremely important for historical reasons.


Burford Ploughman

St. John’s

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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Recent comments

  • Courtney
    December 13, 2013 - 15:39

    Newfoundland? Responsible for its own fate? Oooooh, say it isn't so!!!!

  • J
    December 12, 2013 - 06:15

    Giving up our independence was the best thing that could have happened to use Newfoundlanders living hand to mouth out in the outports under the brutal Truck System. We were in indebted servititude for the Fish Merchants. Anybody who thinks any different should revisit their history books.