My name is Charles Fox Bennett, premiere of Newfoundland. To conclude, no, we would not like confederation. we are going to be staying independent for a multitude of reasons.
As previously stated, we are currently perfectly fine being somewhat independent. Based on all of the factors involving our current state, we are not only economically stable, but have a strong responsible government, and if we were to confederate, newfoundland would lack in representation due to the concept of rep by pop. A lot of our power would be lost in the confederation of Canada, and for now it is not important for us to join together, however we will continue to support and assist confederation on the side.
Hypothetically, if we were to confederate, we would no longer continue to be a burden to the British and lessen the probability of economic failure. Our fishing and logging industry can be unpredictable, much like the British’s monetary support for us, but these “benefits” like the Railway have little to no impact on us. You can take all the notes you want to debate against me, but you can’t deny that Newfoundland joining confederation would have less benefits for us specifically, then negative consequences, and playing the future card is invalid, because no one knows what’s going to happen in the future.
Going through with confederation would take away most of our independence and power we already have, along with our Newfoundland identity, and with all these factors in play, we lean more to the side of no confederation.
With all due respect, just because we decline joining in with confederation does not mean we isolate ourselves and our resources. You must keep in mind that although we do not want to confederate, we are happy to assist and provide what is needed, because in the end, we should all be in this together.