The Last Days of Smallwood
"With his extensive and reliable knowledge, Roberts dispassionately, with frankness and sound judgment, records for posterity a very interesting part of the story of an event that, over four decades cost the province dearly in both treasure and political reputation.” — From the foreword by Clyde K. Wells
Joseph Roberts Smallwood, the first premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the “only living father of Confederation,” announced his intention to retire from politics in 1968. However, he stayed on, and was eventually defeated in the 1971 election by Progressive Conservative leader Frank Moores. Smallwood’s last days in politics were marked by controversy. For the first time, insiders such as Edward Roberts, Clyde Wells, and others give first-hand accounts of the tumultuous—and scandalous—final months in power of Premier Joey Smallwood.
“Edward Roberts did readers a favour by writing this book. Although his voice has been silenced in death, The Last Days of Smallwood stands as a testament to one of many “wild” times in NL’s political story. I recommend your purchasing both books, How Newfoundland Got the Baby Bonus and The Last Days of Smallwood. The latter one will give you a ringside seat to the shenanigans of relatively recent NL politics.-- Burton Janes --
This is a rich collection of valuable sources. The absence of notes requires additional efforts when used for research. Elaborately written, with relevant first-hand accounts, this book is an asset for anyone wanting to learn more about the tumultuous events leading to the end of premier Smallwood’s political career.-- Matahais Rodoroff - Atlantic Books Today --
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