Joey Smallwood – Newfoundland and Labrador

The Premiers

Joey Smallwood – Newfoundland and Labrador

This ten-part series documents the lives and legacies of ten dynamic provincial leaders from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador. Produced by award-winning journalist Holly Doan, the Premiers focuses on the premiers and provinces that shaped a nation.

Self-dubbed “the last Father of Confederation,” Joey Smallwood led the province for a generation, but not without any controversy.

Featuring rarely seen archival footage and lively interviews with former premier Brian Tobin, former cabinet minister Edward Roberts, and Mr. Smallwood’s daughter Clara Smallwood Russell, this documentary captures the essence of Mr. Smallwood and the province that he shaped. John Crosbie (former lieutenant governor of Newfoundland and Labrador) also speaks about their rivaled relationship, including his bitter leadership fight with Mr. Smallwood which culminated with Mr. Crosbie’s departure from the Liberal Party.


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Holly Doan

Holly is an award-winning journalist and Canada’s leading producer of political history documentaries for television. She joined CPAC in 2002 as a contributor to PrimeTime Politics and has produced Our Times, The Fifties, The Premiers, The Prime Ministers and The Rideau Canal. Holly also served as CTV China Bureau Chief, CTV Toronto correspondent, political affairs specialist for CTV in Ottawa and legislature reporter for CBC Alberta.