Rex Murphy (2014.12.20)

In Newfoundland, Joey Smallwood looms large

The art of politics in Newfoundland has always had its own delicious patterns, and over the ages it has produced formidable personalities. […]

Smallwood’s political novelty consists in creating the conditions under which Newfoundland would have to have a premier, and then claiming the role for himself. […]

Were he not a natural politician, he should have been an actor. […]

He denounced his enemies with the excess and hyperbole only otherwise to be found in bad tragedies. […]

He is a large, large character in the long Newfoundland drama, perhaps the most singular the story has so far produced.

—Rex Murphy, National Post (2014.12.20)