Canada at War: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: No Confederation

When Humorist A. P. Herbert visited Newfoundland in 1943 as a member of the British Parliamentary commission, he found nothing funny about the plight of that Atlantic island. Said he of Britain's oldest colony, which temporarily gave up Dominion status in 1934: "Little Newfoundland is about the most . . . complicated puzzle in the whole imperial scene. Something of the religious, political and, indeed, industrial problems of Ireland and of India ... all the problems of empire are crammed into one . . . place."

The Dominion's Office in London never published the commission's formal report. But last week in...

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