There’s gonna be a time tonight
HIf you wish to see the best in others, show the best of yourself.
– Chinese proverb Resonating up the shore... When sunrays crown Thy pine clad hills And summer spreads her hand When silvern voices tune thy rills We love thee smiling land.
ow’s she goin’ Clar? waddya at? Celebratin’ and singing Will me buddy.” Celebratin’ what Clar?” Our anniversary. What anniversary? Our 60th b’y! You heard about that didn’t you?
Go on Will, you and Trese are not married that long are ye?
Naw! Newfoundland’s 60th boy! The province you know!!
60th? Sure Newfoundland is 500 years old or more Clar me son.
I’m talking about our 60th year as Canadians Will boy-don’t be so stunned.
Oh that! Never heard a thing about it at all Clar.
Danny and the boys into SinJan’s scuttled it all Will boy. I thought it was an April Fool’s Joke.
Yes I noticed that Clar, I saw it on Here & Now. Buddy wasisname, Glenn Dier talked about it.
Geese Will, and to think I hurried back from Fort Mac expect- ing a big tado-and found nuttin’ - not even a dance down to the hall. I’m poisoned with Danny.
What’s the problem I wonder Clar me son? Danny mustn’t be able to afford it eh?
Danny Millions? Give me a break Will. He could throw the thing himself with all the Black Horse and Screech on the house. But he didn’t. Naw boy, not even a lousy provincial holiday was held!
Yes boy you’re right on there Clar. He poisons me sometimes. Must be that he never wanted to invite Harper down for a few swallies and a feed of lobster or moose.
To be fair we can’t blame Danny there Will. Harper couldn’t care less about us - that was obvious these last few years. Moose? I wouldn’t waste precious meat on the likes of him.
Shag ‘em all Clar. Let’s get a few balloons to put up and a couple of dozen beers, some Screech and you and Trese and me and Flo get together for a couple of hours tonight. I’ll bring them CDs with Dick Nolan and the boys singin’ them popular Newfoundland songs. And that Ron Hynes - what a job he does on them all. Proud Newfoundlander himself great guy! Singer of Sonny’s Dream - I love that song Clar.
Right on Will, good idea! I already have the balloons up - didn’t you notice some of ‘em over the door? I got the old Union Jack up too along with our new Newfoundland one alongside our Canadian Maple Leaf.
Just imagine not blowing ‘ere wide open eh Clar, and having a great time for ourselves right across her eh, from St. John’s to Port aux Basques.
They don’t have any appreciation for Confederation Will. Mussen have or we’d be having a scoff and a few cold ones together all weekend!
They should then, they damn well should celebrate our 60th Clar. Granddad must be spinnin’ in his grave.
My God Will-where in the hell would Newfoundland be today without all the benefits we receive from Confederation? Just ‘think - there’s MCP, EI, pensions, welfare, hospitals, schools, universities - the old CNR and our TCH and all that and more. Sure we’d be on our arse without it. Poor old Joey must also be rollin’ in his grave with the current recession.
Yeah Clar, the fishery is gone; the paper mill is closed in Grand Falls, and thank God for oil or we’d all be packin’ it in and heading for Toronto. But then again, there are no jobs up there either they say. Sure The Telegram said last weekend that Ontario is now a have-not province. Can you believe that?
The whole works would have to move away to the States or somewhere Will boy. No sense goin’ to Alberta, they’re having enough trouble now making ends meet. Could you ever dream that? I know because I’m out there with the oil sands bunch eh Will.
We got to stick together Clar. We got to liven up and wise up and tell Danny and the boys to stop all that bickerin’ with Stevie and the boys. Ottawa got us by the short hairs eh Clar eh!
You got that right Will, and not the short hairs but by the b—-s too. You know what I mean don’t you? Got to have a laugh at it all Will boy!
Wouldn’t go that far Clar, but ha, yes boy you’re grabbed on to sompin’ dere (no pun intended).
The Water Street merchants, that’s the crowd who’d be running our lives now Will, if we didn’t join Canada in ‘49, and the large fish processors too. I don’t think we could have joined a better country Will, greatest in the world eh?
Glad it wasn’t Britain. Sure they bankrupted us in the 30’s. We had all the money we wanted ‘till they started to control us. We had surplus millions in the Newfoundland Savings Bank right Clar? And the U.S. didn’t want economic union with us either.
It was a close vote though Will. Hard to believe how close we came from turning away from Confederation. Fifty-two percent were in favor, and 48 percent opposed. Sure Maj. Peter Cashin, Malcolm Hollett, Ches Crosbie, Bill Keough and even Don Jamieson were all against joining Canada. They soon changed their tune months later though Will, when the big bucks started flowing in with those baby bonus cheques and old age pensions every month. Even today though some still say it was a conspiracy headed by Joey in collaboration with then Canadian P.M. Louis St. Laurent. But, who cares!
Sure the Cashins and the Crosbies were multi-millionaires even back then. They never had to worry about fittin’ out the kids for school or where their next meal was coming from. No siree Will boy!
What makes me sick Clar my son is that crowd in St. John’s forever mawing about Canada screwing us. Sure back before Confederation out-migration was rampant. All the men went away for work. Sure my old man had to ship off to Boston to work in a boot factory down there. He worked making military boots for the U.S. Army. And think about those poor miners on Bell Island eh? Treated well no doubt. What a terrible blight on our history hey Clar. DOSCO be shamed for- ever!
Yes boy! You got that right Will. I’d second that!
Some of the lads further up the shore say Danny don’t want to have a 60th celebration because of the recent helicopter tragedy. That’s fine and I respect that, but Will, think about it. Newfoundland has experienced first-hand loads of tragedies in our 500-year history. What about the S.S. Newfoundland, the great sealing disaster of 1914 where 78 men were lost. What about the S.S. Southern Cross and its 173 crewmembers? Then there was the Ocean Ranger tragedy with 84 lost and the horrible K. of C. fire - it goes on and on. You can’t stop time. Danny and the Newfoundland Government could have rightly dedicated the whole thing to those poor souls. I think the friends and families of those lost would like that Will boy.
Right on Clar! And to think we are a “have-not province” now.
Have-not be darned, we have not a 60th anniversary celebration either and that’s a crying shame Will.
So, shag it all -let’s forget it, help finish the decorating and we’ll start the party. Right on Clar! Happy 60th anniversary to dear Newfoundland and Labrador.