It’s been argued that Newfoundland should never have joined Canada more than 60 years ago. The main reason is that many people believed that this region had quite a strong economy to survive because it produced different goods. For example, it had many developed industries, including fishery. You should get a better idea of its economic history and reasons why it would be better if Newfoundland had joined Canada in 1864.
The matter of joining the confederation was the one that brought up on different occasions. In 1864, 2 representatives of this region were sent to the conference in Quebec with the blessing of a governor, but the most interesting fact is that they hadn’t any authority to commit it to the confederation. Their meeting went well so that 2 delegates returned with good things to say about joining Canada. Well, their speeches were listened to, but the confederation offer was turned down.
In 1869, terms were negotiated and agreed upon by the new delegation, but the next elections were won by an anti-confederate. That’s why many people started to believe that a union with Canada could provide them with a few benefits. Keep in mind that Newfoundland relied on its export quite heavily. Besides, most of their economic ties were with the US and Britain so that most of import and export were connected only with these countries. Another interesting aspect is that Newfoundland would receive only a few benefits from railways and most people thought that there are very weak economic links with Canada, and that’s why the idea of joining the confederation was postponed temporarily.
However, this defeat didn’t ruin the idea of joining the confederation completely so that this matter rose again in 1880. The main reason is that people want to solve economic problems that this region was experiencing. As an example, average prices for cod had fallen and people lost their jobs in such important industries as the fishery. Most merchants found it hard to earn a profit so that unemployment and poverty rates were more abundant at that time. As a result, local inhabitants had to leave Newfoundland to find any job.
In 1895, things got worse because banks crashed, this starting a new financial crisis so that the government was faced with the issue of being unable to meet interest payments. Finally, all of these problems and possible terms were negotiated at the conference to come to an agreement.
It’s been argued that Newfoundland should never have joined Canada more than 60 years ago. The main reason is that many people believed that this region had quite a strong economy to survive because it produced different goods. For example, it had many developed industries, including fishery.