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To You With Affection
Joesph R Smallwood
Published by Published Division for the Action for Joey Committees in 1969
175 Pages, 7 x 4 inches
I am the only person ever to be Premier of more than one Province of Canada.
I have been Premier of two.
The first Province: Newfoundland and Labrador,
The second: Newfoundland and Labrador, 1969.
On March 1, 1946, 1 launched my campaign for
1018 days later I, with others, signed the Terms of Union with Canada.
109 days later Newfoundland and Labrador became a Province.
12 hours later I took the oath as Premier of the new Province.
But the Newfoundland and Labrador whose Premier I became is no longer around.
Almost everything has changed - everything but the name.
Nobody remembers the Newfoundland of 1949
Fven I don't, although in 1949 1 was a walking encyclopedia on the Newfoundland and Labrador of that time.
Change, progress, advance. Improvement in almost every direction. And yet: yet today, 20 years later, Newfound-landers are more dissatisfied and more discontented than they were in 1949.
No wonder! They know more now - they have
raised their sights - their vision is wider; and nothing will ever satisfy them now short of full Canadian citizenship, with all that that means.
More dissatisfied and more discontented - and a good thing!
If my work thus far as Newfoundland's Premier has accomplished one thing above all others, it is that of leading Newfoundlanders to demand an ever greater, ever better Newfoundland - and Labrador.
I have consciously, deliberately worked to fan the spark of divine discontent in our people. I have done this because discontent is the mother of prog-ress.
I have done it, and continue to do it, because this is the only way to make Confederation a real success.
This small book is in t'vo parts: less than half of it tells some of the miracle of Confederation, while more than half of it deals with the here and now, and the future.
The only reason for looking at the past is to measure our progress and to discover our 'nistakes, failures and short-comings.
And even this is useful only if we learn from it how to do better.
It is not the past, but the present and future that counts.
May this book help our people to face and conquer the future.
-JOSEPH R. SMALLWOOD
Newfoundland House, August 4, 1969
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