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Pre-Confederation interview with Joey Smallwood, 1948

Joey Smallwood said it was the narrowest of escapes. Newfoundland joined Confederation in 1949 by a referendum result of 52 to 48 per cent. Smallwood, a small but tough man with horn-rimmed glasses, fought stellar orator and anti-Confederate Peter Cashin. Many benefits came with joining Canada; a university, better highways. But average income still hovers near the poverty line. Today, a commission investigates whether Canada broke its 1949 funding promise.

Smallwood permitted to attend Canada's Liberal party convention.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News
Broadcast Date: Aug. 6, 1948
Guest(s): Joey Smallwood, Joey Smallwood
Duration: 4:40

Last updated: December 12, 2012

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