‘Fol­low these women’

Lieu­tenant-gover­nor urges men to ‘get off your asses’ at royal an­niver­sary din­ner in Cupids


Lieut.-Gov. John Crosbie said he was “ill-pre­pared” to speak at an elab­o­rate din­ner in Cupids ear­lier this month cel­e­brat­ing the 60th an­niver­sary of the coro­na­tion of Queen El­iz­a­beth II.

But the colourful and out­spo­ken states­man, ac­com­pa­nied by his wife of 59 years, the spir­ited Jane Furneaux Crosbie, didn’t let that stop him from leav­ing an im­pres­sion on the more than 100 well-dressed guests who were lucky enough to get tick­ets for the ex­clu­sive event at the Cupids Legacy Cen­tre on Satur­day, July 14.

The Cros­bies had just re­turned from a tour of com­mu­ni­ties along the north­east coast the day be­fore the event, and the Queen’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in this prov­ince said he didn’t have time to write a speech, “or any speech at all.”

But in true Crosbie fash­ion, he kept the au­di­ence en­grossed for more than 20 min­utes with a se­ries of sto­ries, light­hearted re­marks and an up­beat as­sess­ment of how the prov­ince has faired over the last decade or so.

“We have seen re­mark­able progress, we have seen im­prove­ment, we have seen en­thu­si­asm, we have seen peo­ple who are en­joy­ing life. The eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity is be­com­ing more and more ben­e­fi­cial,” he stated.

But it was his praise of fe­males — and his not-so-kind words for the male gen­der — that caught the most at­ten­tion.

Af­ter gen­er­a­tions of women tak­ing a back seat to the men, Crosbie said the roles ap­peared to have re­versed.

Pho­tos by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

Lieut.-Gov. John Crosbie speaks to more than 100 guests at a din­ner in Cupids on July 14 in cel­e­bra­tion of the 60th an­niver­sary of the coro­na­tion of Queen El­iz­a­beth II.

Among those on hand for the di­a­mond ju­bilee din­ner were Arthur and So­nia May. The cou­ple have a res­i­dence in Cupids. Dur­ing his dis­tin­guished ca­reer, Arthur May served as, among other things, pres­i­dent and vice-chan­cel­lor at Memo­rial Univer­sity, and deputy min­is­ter of the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans. He is also an Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of Canada. So­nia is wear­ing a broach made from Cold Port China that was is­sued 60 years ago, mark­ing the coro­na­tion of Queen El­iz­a­beth II. It was given to her by her late fa­ther, Al­fred Streeter.

Among those en­joy­ing an evening in cel­e­bra­tion of the 60th an­niver­sary of the coro­na­tion of Queen El­iz­a­beth II were the fol­low­ing: (from left) — El­iz­a­beth and Melvin Burt, Vern and Nel­lie Whe­lan, and Ruth Baker and Don Black­more. Vern, Ruth and El­iz­a­beth are sib­lings, and are mem­bers of the Whe­lan fam­ily from Cupids.

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