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"We can't allow things that are inaccurate to stand." — The Word of Our Dan, February 19, 2008.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Sixty years ago today

Sixty years ago today, residents of Labrador cast a ballot for only the third time in history, in the second and deciding round of the 1948 referendum.

The previous two had been the June referendum, in which continuing Commission of Government was eliminated as an option, and the 1946 National Convention election, in which Labrador sent Confederation supporter Rev. Lester Burry as its representative.

During more than a century of responsible government in Newfoundland, the elected government of Newfoundland never saw fit to extend the democratic franchise to Labrador.

By some quirk of administrative history, the poll-by-poll results for the referendum in Labrador have survived. For the interests of posterity, they are reproduced below in modified form from the table published in Them Days 10(2), 1984.

                  Confederation     Responsible
with Canada Government


L'anse au Clair 74 0
Forteau 91 6
L'anse Amour 17 6
L'anse au Loup 60 14
Capstan Island 32 1
West St Modeste 55 10
Pinware 46 9
Red Bay 76 3
Barge Bay 29 0
Henley Harbour 61 6
Cape Charles 51 7
Battle Harbour 35 32
Indian Cove 36 0
Trap Cove 63 1
St. Mary's River 20 1
Fox Harbour 64 1
Port Hope Simpson 49 10
William's Harbour 24 6
George's Cove 49 16
Square Islands 17 11
Frenchman's Island 28 14
Batteau 35 10
Black Tickle 21 43
Spotted Islands 57 5
Indian Tickle 21 17
Grady 14 14
Cape North 12 6
Pack's Harbour 21 5
Cartwright 67 0
Independent 63 5
Old Man's Cove 19 2
Fox Point 15 0
Separation Point 30 1
West Bay 15 0
Rigolet 61 1
North West River 155 1
Mud Lake 13 0
Goose Airport (Can.) 55 12
Goose Airport (US) 63 114
Hamilton River 91 13
Cape Harrison 23 0
Aillik 38 5
Three Rapids 17 0
Davis Inlet 23 1
Voisey's Bay 19 0
Nain 64 1
Queen's Lakes 59 3
Hebron 86 7
Nutak 58 7
Saglek 30 2
Not only did Labrador vote overwhelmingly for Confederation — it had the highest Confederation with Canada vote in the June round; the fifth-highest in the second — all but three polling divisions voted for the Confederation option.

One poll was tied.

Not only that, but there were only nine polls where the Responsible Government side got more than 25% of the vote.

Not only that, but in 28 of the 50 polls, Responsible Government got less than 10%.

And not only that, but in fully a fifth of the polls, the RGL got blanked.

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1 Comments:

At 6:13 PM, July 22, 2008 , Blogger MacArthur said...

Interesting results!

All of the anti-confederate polls would have had numbers of Nfld. 'floaters', 'livyers', or in the case of Goose Bay, Nfld. workers.

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