It's not the first time someone's made light of Newfoundlanders (and Labradorians, if they knew better), and it surely won't be the last.
Vanity Fair magazine published a piece on the supposed humourlessness of Canadians, with author Bruce McCall — who, it should be noted, is an accomplished satirist and cartoonist in his own right, not to mention a Canadian — listing several theories as to why Canada has a humour deficit, or at least a perceived one.
One of McCall's points caught our attention. He notes that Canadians have a nasty streak, which plays out against French Canadians and one other group: "Newfoundlanders, or Newfies, those hopelessly fogbound, flannel-clad fisherfolk, are mocked as being so clueless—even by Canadian standards—that picking on them makes the rest of the country feel like 34 million or so Noël Cowards."
McCall may well have a point about a nasty thread in Canadian humour, but that kind of a stereotype got us talking in our newsroom, and inspired this tongue-in-cheek and highly unscientific survey of public opinion.