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Newfoundland enters Confederation : ceremony broadcast from St. John's and Ottawa, April 1/49, CBC nat'l network
TitleNewfoundland enters Confederation : ceremony broadcast from St. John's and Ottawa, April 1/49, CBC nat'l network
SubjectNewfoundland and Labrador--History--Union with Canada, 1949
DescriptionThis is the live CBC radio broadcast of the ceremonies marking Newfoundland's entry into Confederation as the 10th Canadian province on 1 April 1949. The ceremony features two parts: the first at Government House in St. John's, and the second at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. In his 'welcome to Canada' speech, Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent emphasizes the similarities between Newfoundland and Canada: the same way of life, shared wartime experiences and shared British heritage including loyalty to the Crown. Newfoundlander and newly-appointed Canadian Secretary of State F. Gordon Bradley views the day's events as inevitable: "our insular independence was unsound [...] We are all Canadians now." Both men stress that under the federal system Newfoundland would keep its distinctive identity, as the other provinces had done.
AuthorCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
SpeakerEmerson, Lewis Edward; Walsh, Albert Joseph; Gibson, Colin; St. Laurent, Louis S. (Louis Stephen), 1882-1973; Bradley, F. Gordon; Alexander of Tunis, Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, Earl, 1891-1969
Publisher[Toronto] : CBC Radio Canada, 1949
Date1 April 1949
Physical Description of Original7 sound discs : 78 rpm ; 12 in.
ContentsCeremony begins at Government House, St. John's -- 02:00 minutes: the singing of the Ode to Newfoundland -- 03:25 minutes: reading of the Commission of the Lieutenant-Governor -- 07:40 minutes: Oaths of Allegiance and Office administered to the new Lt. Gov. Sir Albert Joseph Walsh by Newfoundland Chief Justice Sir Lewis Edward Emerson -- 09:00 minutes: Canadian Government representative Colin Gibson's speech and the offering of token Canadian citizenship papers to the people of Newfoundland via the Lt. Gov. -- 11:10 minutes: Lt. Gov. Walsh's speech -- 13:13 minutes: ceremony begins at Parliament Hill in Ottawa -- 18:00 minutes: Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent's speech (in English and French) -- 29:47 minutes: Newfoundlander and that-day appointed Canadian Secretary of State F. Gordon Bradley's speech -- 35:52 minutes: Prime Minister St-Laurent puts the first carving into the Newfoundland shield in the arch of the Peace Tower's main entrance and delivers a second speech (in English and French) -- 41:32 minutes: Governor-General Viscount Alexander of Tunis reads the King's message and delivers a speech -- 46:35 minutes: Royal Salute, featuring the band playing God Save the Queen, the Ode to Newfoundland, and O Canada.
NotesThe radio announcers' names are not given. -- The stations are identified as "CBN St. John's Newfoundland" and "the Transcanada Network of the CBC." -- Issue number: CBC T-10027-10040.
LocationCanada--Newfoundland and Labrador--St. John's; Canada--Ontario--Ottawa--Parliament Hill
Time Period1949; 20th Century
Local Call NumberFF 1034 N4 1949 PHONO DISC
Resource TypeAudio
Extent55:37 minutes
LanguageEng; Fre
SourceAudio recording held in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies.
CollectionCentre for Newfoundland Studies - Sound Recordings
RepositoryMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries. Centre for Newfoundland Studies
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