Former politician, lieutenant-governor to debut new column
One of this province’s best-known politicians and a former lieutenantgovernor, Ed Roberts, is set to debut a new history column in The Compass.
Past imperfect: Moments in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador, will be launched in the Feb. 15 edition.
Roberts has long been fascinated by the history of this province, and hopes to “add new light” to events in our history that are either not wellknown are well-understood. Some of the topics include politics, the fishery, the Newfoundland railway, the Royal family and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.
“ The more I learn about our history, the more i n t r i gu ed I become,” Roberts said recently.
His aim is to spark a greater interest in our past by sharing some of what he’s learned over the years. He said this province has a very rich and colourful past, one that is often filled with myths and misunderstandings.
“ I will write about some of the things we’ve been taught to believe that just aren’t so,” Roberts said.
He said it’s fascinating that many of the issues that made headlines a century or so ago are still on the agenda today.
Roberts has a well-documented history with the Liberal party, but readers likely won’t detect this in his writing. He’s been a non-partisan for nearly a decade, and said most of what he will write about pre-dates his entrance into politics more than four decades ago.
“ I write about politics because I think it’s import ant ,” he explained. “This is not going to be a memoir or a tellall story of my life in politics.”
Roberts earned a masters degree in history from Memorial University several years ago, nearly 40 years after completing his law degree. He said it was a proud moment in his life, and was likely the only time a lieutenant-governor had earned a university degree while still in office. It also came after he received an honorary degree from MUN.
He’s also working on the memoirs of the late Peter Cashin (1890-1977), who was at the centre of political life in this province from the 1920s to the 1950s. It’s expected to be published sometime this year.
Past imperfect will be a bi-weekly column.
A new history column by former politician and lieutenant-governor Ed Roberts will debut in the Feb. 15 edition of The Compass.