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.