Lions or Jellyfish: Newfoundland-Ottawa Relations since 1957

By Raymond B. Blake

© 2015

Asked in 2010 about his pugnacious approach to federal-provincial relations, Newfoundland premier Danny Williams declared “I would rather live one more day as a lion than ten years a jellyfish.” He was only the latest in a long line of Newfoundland premiers who have fought for that province’s interests on the national stage. From Joey Smallwood and the conflict over Term 29 of the Act of Union to Williams and his much-publicized clashes with Paul Martin and Stephen Harper, Newfoundland and Labrador’s politicians have often expressed a determination to move beyond a legacy of colonialism and assert greater control over the province’s own affairs.

Lions or Jellyfish? examines the history of these federal-provincial clashes with both clarity and wit. Written by a noted expert on Newfoundland politics and intergovernmental affairs in Canada, this book studies a vital but frequently overlooked aspect of modern Canadian federalism.

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  • Page Count: 448 pages
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Written by a noted expert on Newfoundland politics and intergovernmental affairs in Canada, this book studies a vital but frequently overlooked aspect of modern Canadian federalism.

Lions or Jellyfish: Newfoundland-Ottawa Relations since 1957

By Raymond B. Blake

© 2015

Asked in 2010 about his pugnacious approach to federal-provincial relations, Newfoundland premier Danny Williams declared “I would rather live one more day as a lion than ten years a jellyfish.” He was only the latest in a long line of Newfoundland premiers who have fought for that province’s interests on the national stage. From Joey Smallwood and the conflict over Term 29 of the Act of Union to Williams and his much-publicized clashes with Paul Martin and Stephen Harper, Newfoundland and Labrador’s politicians have often expressed a determination to move beyond a legacy of colonialism and assert greater control over the province’s own affairs.

Lions or Jellyfish? examines the history of these federal-provincial clashes with both clarity and wit. Written by a noted expert on Newfoundland politics and intergovernmental affairs in Canada, this book studies a vital but frequently overlooked aspect of modern Canadian federalism.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 448 pages
  • Illustrations: 23
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 1.1in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘Lions and Jellyfish, a trenchant, gripping, and revealing study… Raymond Blake’s book is one that should be read by all who wish to understand eight of the most important events in the history of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.’


    Robert Edwards
    Newfoundland and Labrador Quarterly vol 108:04:2016

    Lions or Jellyfish is a polished investigation of the often-strained relationship between Ottawa and Newfoundland and Labrador…. Raymond Blake brings sophisticated analysis and a well- constructed narrative.’


    Canadian Historical Society Bulletin vol 42:02:2016

    Lions or Jellyfish is an interesting, well-researched, and thorough study of executive federalism and the relations between political leaders in Ottawa and St. John’s since 1957. This is one of the best books I have read in Newfoundland history in many years.”


    David MacKenzie, Department of History, Ryerson University

    “Well-written and engaging, Lions or Jellyfish makes a significant contribution both to Atlantic Canadian history and to the study of intergovernmental relations in Canada.”


    Corey Slumkoski, Department of History, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Author Information

    Raymond B. Blake is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Regina.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    Chapter 1. Smallwood, Diefenbaker and Term 29: Failed Intergovernmentalism

    Chapter 2. Federalism for Bullies: Newfoundland, Quebec, Ottawa and Hydroelectric Development in Newfoundland and Labrador, 1960–1970

    Chapter 3. Classic Federalism: The Resettlement of Fishing Communities in Newfoundland and Labrador to 1965

    Chapter 4. Co-operative Federalism: Newfoundland, Ottawa and Resettlement after 1965

    Chapter 5. Unraveling the Question: Federal or Provincial Jurisdiction on Offshore Oil and Gas

    Chapter 6. The Nationalists: Trudeau, Peckford and the Struggle for Offshore Oil and Gas

    Chapter 7. Reason, Passion and Intransigence: Federalism, Clyde Wells and Brian Mulroney

    Chapter 8. The Battle for A Fair Share: Danny Williams, Equalization and Ottawa

    Conclusion

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