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)