As recently as the 1940s, Newfoundland was a self-governing British dominion completely independent of Canada. When it became clear that Newfoundland would be better off joining a larger nation, most Newfoundlanders began looking south. They wanted to attach themselves to the United States, not Canada.
Hunh. But those damn crafty Canucks! Bastards:
Polls taken in 1947 report that 80 percent of Newfoundland’s population wanted to become Americans….
So what happened? Canada played hardball. In desperation, the Canadian government orchestrated elections to ensure the outcome they wanted. The United States government, not especially interested in acquiring a new state, didn’t wage a counter-campaign.
Given our shitty healthcare system, Newfoundland is probably better off….