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Biography & Autobiography Personal Memoirs

The Last Days of Smallwood

by (author) Edward Roberts

foreword by Clyde K. Wells

Flanker Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2022
Personal Memoirs
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    Jul 2022
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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. He 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 years in power of Premier Joey Smallwood.

About the authors

Edward Roberts has been involved in public life in Newfoundland and Labrador for fifty-five years, as a journalist, lawyer, and politician. He was a member of the House of Assembly for twenty-three years and served as Newfoundland and Labrador’s lieutenant governor between 2002 and 2008. He was honorary colonel of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment from 2003 to 2008, thus re-establishing the link between that office and that of the lieutenant governor, the Queen’s personal representative in Newfoundland and Labrador. He has long been passionately interested in the history of Newfoundland and her people. His first book, as editor, Peter Cashin: My Fight for Newfoundland (2012), was a Globe and Mail bestseller.

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