Lions or Jellyfish
Newfoundland-Ottawa Relations Since 1957Book - 2015
Asked in 2010 about his pugnacious approach to federal-provincial relations, Newfoundland premier Danny Williams declared “I would rather live one more day as a lion than ten years a jellyfish.” He was only the latest in a long line of Newfoundland premiers who have fought for that province’s interests on the national stage. From Joey Smallwood and the conflict over Term 29 of the Act of Union to Williams and his much-publicized clashes with Paul Martin and Stephen Harper, Newfoundland and Labrador’s politicians have often expressed a determination to move beyond a legacy of colonialism and assert greater control over the province’s own affairs.
Lions or Jellyfish? examines the history of these federal-provincial clashes with both clarity and wit. Written by a noted expert on Newfoundland politics and intergovernmental affairs in Canada, this book studies a vital but frequently overlooked aspect of modern Canadian federalism.
Written by a noted expert on Newfoundland politics and intergovernmental affairs in Canada, this book studies a vital but frequently overlooked aspect of modern Canadian federalism.
This study of intergovernmental relations in Canada focuses on the Canadian federal government’s relationship with the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, highlighting the determination of this province to move beyond the legacy of colonialism and assert greater control over its own affairs. The relationship is explored as a revealing example of conflicts between federal and provincial governments in Canada. Some subjects explored include hydroelectric development in Newfoundland and Labrador, the resettlement of fishing communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, and the debate on federal or provincial jurisdiction over offshore oil and gas. Some political figures discussed include Joseph Smallwood, Diefenbaker, Danny Williams, Clyde Wells, and Brian Mulroney. Black and white photos are included. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)