Don't Tell The Newfoundlanders
THE TRUE STORY OF NEWFOUNDLAND'S CONFEDERATION WITH CANADA
"A vivid story of how confederation came to be." -CBC News
"[Don't Tell the Newfoundlanders] may or may not change the way Newfoundlanders behave towards Canada, but it will certainly change the way we think about the relationship." -Gwynne Dyer
When residents of Newfoundland and Labrador were asked in 1948 whether they wanted to join Confederation with Canada in two notably suspect referenda, many felt like the decision had already been made for them. In Don't Tell the Newfoundlanders Greg Malone reveals the unprecedented story of how a sovereign Dominion came to be re-colonized through backroom intrigue of international scope involving Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joey Smallwood. This riveting account of the battle for the resource-rich and militarily strategic territory is a vital contribution to the story of its unique relationships with Canada, Britain and United States. The "official" version of Newfoundland history has held almost without question for the last fifty years will be forever changed.
"Reads like fiction but sadly is the shocking truth." - Rick Mercer
"Not only did no one really ask the Newfoundlanders what they wanted, no one wanted to take the democratic gamble of giving them a fair chance to decide." - Maclean's