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Frank Moores on why 'Smallwood's goose is cooked'

"Governing Newfoundland is a form of licensed insanity," CBC's Rex Murphy once said. Premiers don't really govern, "they measure their stamina against the intractabilities of history, geography and the unemployment stats." Canada's newest province has only had a handful of leaders since joining Confederation in 1949. From firebrands like Joey Smallwood to measured – some say dull – diplomats like Roger Grimes, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador have chosen their premiers not by party but by personality and promises.

Moores has 51 per cent of the vote, and wonders why Smallwood thinks that isn't enough.
Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Oct. 29, 1971
Guest: Frank Moores
Interviewer: William Ronald, Cy Strange
Duration: 5:31

Last updated: September 11, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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