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Vladimir Putin

Smallwood, The Honourable Joseph R.

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An address after ten years of Newfoundland as a province of Canada. The speaker's opinion, as one who advocated the union, as to "whether the thing has worked out, as to whether confederation with Canada has been good for Newfoundland and whether the people of Newfoundland agree that it has been." A positive opinion. A regret of "all of us in Newfoundland, those of us who favoured union and those who did not, … that this union did not take place many years before it did". A review of how Newfoundland's union with Canada has been a success. The speaker then deals with some problems as a result of the union; for example, the situation with the I.W.A. (International Woodworkers of America) and how it was dealt with. Some differences of opinion between Ottawa and St. John's. A detailed discussion of Term 29 (terms of the union) of the B.N.A. (British North America) Act and how those terms have not been met with regard to Newfoundland. An appeal for a resolution of this matter.