Commission of Government

Commission of Government.
In 1933 the Amulree Report condemned Responsible Government, which had been in place in Newfoundland since 1855, suggesting a suspension in party politics to restore the country's economy and government to a self-supporting status. On 16 February 1934, Newfoundland suspended its elected legislature and accepted an administration consisting of six men appointed by the Dominions Office in London. This government was comprised of three Newfoundlanders and three British subjects, in addition to a governor who chaired the commission. The Commission of Government system lasted for 15 years, from 1934 until 1949, when Newfoundland joined confederation with Canada.
From Joseph R. Smallwood,"The Story of Confederation," The Book of Newfoundland, volume III (St. John's, Newfoundland: Newfoundland Book Publishers, ©1967) 7.

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