Dalhousie Law Journal


Peter Neary


Supreme Court, Canada, Bowater, Newfoundland, union, diplomatic and legal controversy, Newfoundland Pulp, Paper Mills Ltd.


Many accounts have been written of the events leading to Newfoundland's union with Canada in 1949. None, however, details the diplomatic and legal controversy which developed in the months before union over the future status of Bowater's Newfoundland Pulp and Paper Mills Ltd. Settled by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1950, this tangled issue, arising from legislation dating back to 1915, produced important judicial insights into the constitutional position Newfoundland had assumed on becoming a Canadian province.