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Newfoundland and Labrador Elections: Rex Murphy puzzled by Brian Peckford stepping down

"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.

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CBC commentator is surprised to feel sorry for Tom Rideout, who bore another man's burden to defeat.
Medium: Television
Program: Here & Now
Broadcast Date: April 21, 1989
Commentator: Rex Murphy
Duration: 3:36

Last updated: September 11, 2013

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