March 28, 1949 (20th Parliament, 5th Session)


Louis Stephen St-Laurent (Prime Minister; President of the Privy Council)


Right Hon. L. S. St. Laurent (Prime Minister):

Hon. members will no doubt be interested to learn of the arrangements being made to mark the entry of Newfoundland into confederation. Brief ceremonies are being arranged at St. John's and at Ottawa on Friday, April 1, and they will be broadcast both by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and by the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland.
The ceremony will begin with the reading of the commission and the swearing in of the lieutenant governor of the new province at St. John's. As part of the same ceremony, the Secretary of State of Canada (Mr. Gibson) will present a token certificate of Canadian citizenship to the newly-appointed lieutenant governor, who will receive it on behalf of the people of Newfoundland. This ceremony will be broadcast from St. John's, beginning at twelve o'clock noon Ottawa time, one-thirty p.m. St. John's time.
The ceremony at Ottawa will follow immediately. It will be held on parliament hill. His Excellency the Governor General, I as Prime Minister, and a minister from Newfoundland who will be sworn in that morning, will welcome the new province. As part of the ceremony in Ottawa the first strokes will be taken to carve the Newfoundland coat of arms on the blank plaque under the arch of the peace tower.
A program will be made public for Thursday afternoon's papers giving any additional details which may be of general interest.

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