I taught Canadian history at the high school level for thirty-six years. During that time, I always suspected that Newfoundland/Labrador got the rawest of deals when it entered Confederation in 1949. Ottawa and Central Canada, which essentially includes Ontario and Quebec, proceeded to hatch deals with the corporate and power elite of the new province that robbed it of any long-term benefits from the sale of its valuable natural resources. It was federalist operatives like Smallwood, Crosbie, and Pickersgill who masterminded this constitutional transition from a colony to a province to complete the missing piece of the puzzle called Confederation started nearly a century before. Well, so much for the sanitized version of events surrounding this one great moment in Canadian history. Malone, a popular Newfoundland writer and public activist, has news for you. He has unimpeachable evidence, from the papers of a prominent Newfoundland politician, showing that Newfoundland’s provincehood was nothing but a nasty political hatchet job. Britain and Canada colluded to fob Confederation on the good people of the colony, to the point of denying them the right to seek other more palatable options. Their sense of independence was ignored in the interests of exploiting their fish, minerals, trees and hydro power. First, Britain, as the mother country, refused to reinstate the legislature after the financial crisis of the Great Depression was over. As a result, the voice of the people was never heard in these negotiations for a hand over of power. Two, the Canadian government, in cahoots with Britain and the National Convention, opened exclusive negotiations with a committee already committed to Confederation at all cost. Three, the majority of money and oratorical support went to the pr-Confederation forces during the two referenda leading up to the fateful moment. Because the final count was so close between support for confederation and support for independence, one cannot help wonder if the outcome would have been different if there had been a level-playing field. One thing for sure, Canada ended up getting the territory for a song and without a real fight. The next three decades or so would testify as to who the real losers were in this infamous modern land grab done in a most undemocratic fashion.