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“Newfoundland: From Country to Province” (On the 75th anniversary of Newfoundland’s Confederation with Canada)

Friday, March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm

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Newfoundland was a country before it became a province of Canada in 1949. Why did it remain separate for so long and why did it change course in the 1940s? In this lecture, David MacKenzie will look at the impact of the Great Depression on Newfoundland and the emergence of the country after 1939 as the Gibraltar of the Atlantic. In 1934, pushed financially, Newfoundland lost self-government in favour of administration by a British appointed Commission, but during the Second World War the country prospered, and the British grip weakened. Both Canada and the United States built bases in Newfoundland and the country turned in a decidedly North American direction. The outcome was an intense postwar political round leading to union with Canada seventy-five years ago.

This lecture is a live, in-person event in Cameron Hall. You do not need to pre-register to attend – just show up.

It is also available as a livestream webcast at www.YPSpeakersSeries.com.


Dr. David MacKenzie is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Toronto and a professor of history at Toronto Metropolitan University. His main areas of academic interest are in Canadian history and international relations and the study of international organizations. He is the author of several books, including Inside the Atlantic Triangle: Canada and the Entrance of Newfoundland into Confederation, 1939-1949 (1986) and ICAO: A History of the International Civil Aviation Organization (2010). His most recent book is King and Chaos: The 1935 Canadian General Election (2023).

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Newfoundland & Labrador Historical Society.


Friday, March 1
7:00 pm - 11:59 pm


Yorkminster Park Baptist Church


Cameron Hall
1585 Yonge Street