Newfoundland National Convention

Newfoundland National Convention

Newfoundland National Convention

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The Newfoundland National Convention of 1946 was a forum established to decide the constitutional future of Newfoundland


On 11 December 1945 the Government of Britain announced that there would be an election to a National Convention, which would debate constitutional options and make a recommendation as to which options would appear on a ballot in a national referendum. British Prime Minister Clement Attlee wanted to ensure that people from St John's did not dominate the seats, so he recommended that delegates would be elected in the former electoral districts and that each delegate would have to have been a resident of the district. Nominations to the National Convention were held on May 31, 1946 and on June 21, 1946, Newfoundlanders elected 45 delegates. Only two females offered themselves as candidates, but neither succeeded in winning a seat. Lester Burry, of Labrador had secured a seat, the first time that Labrador had elected representation.

Convening the National Convention

The National Convention was convened on September 11, 1946. A Supreme Court of Newfoundland Justice named Judge Cyril J. Fox chaired the proceedings until his untimely death. He was succeeded as Chairman by Convention Member Gordon Bradley for most of the rest of the Convention's life, but after Bradley's resignation the lawyer J.B. McEvoy served...
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