Tuesday, January 29, 2013

'He left a Canadian, but came home a Newfoundlander'

Two full pages in this week’s edition of Ottawa's Hill Times are devoted to Greg Malone's new book, Don't Tell The Newfoundlanders.

The two headlines include: Canada 'played long, dirty, and hard' to get Newfoundland into Confederation, says Malone; and Malone tells the true story of Newfoundland's Confederation with Canada, and it ain't pretty.

Here are the Top 5 quotes from the question-and-answer style article by Katie Malloy:

No. 5 – (The writer’s story lead) “When Greg Malone left Newfoundland for Toronto in the 1970s to get into acting, he says he left a Canadian, but came home a Newfoundlander.”

No. 4 – “The Canadian government and the British government lied, not only to the Newfoundlanders, but they lied to their own populations and their own Parliaments. They were asked direct questions about what they were doing and they lied the whole way through it.”

No. 3 – “I like to say after the (Second World) war, Russia got Poland and Canada got Newfoundland. We both had a Joe S. in charge of us, and both of us suffered from population resettlement and five-year industrial schemes, all cock-eyed, and both of us suffered national humiliation and disgrace for the loss of our sovereignty."

No. 2 - “I think of myself as a Newfoundlander first because I think we’re Canadians by usage and custom, but in every legal sense, we’re Newfoundlanders. That was a fraud and those Terms of Union are a fraud and so I don’t find them legally binding, or the whole arrangement legally binding.”

No. 1 – “… no Newfoundlander ever negotiated the Terms of Union, never accepted them, or approved them … it was a British authority that put us into Canada, approved it, and negotiated it.

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