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OTTAWA—I am not a Father of Confederation, but I am a son of Confederation. I was an interested observer, albeit young, when Newfoundland was roiled politically with the renewal of its historical debate of whether or not it would become Canada's 10th province. Post-war Britain under the newly elected Attlee Labour government faced the Herculean task of restoring some measure of fiscal sanity while at the same time implementing social reforms. In this calculus, the costs of Empire loomed large

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