Newfoundland has never been economically self-sustaining since joining Confederation in 1949. It's been dependent on equalization payments from the federal government--as has every other province, except Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario.
Now it's making enough off oil revenues not to need these transfer payments, but the province still wants to suck off the federal teat.
Newfoundland was its own independent nation (or to be pedantic, self-governing dominion within the Commonwealth) from 1907 to 1934, when it voluntarily returned to direct rule from Britain during the Depression because of economic collapse.
Resentment towards the mainland always scores political points in Newfoundland. Thus the recent spectacle of the Tory premier of Newfoundland actively campaigning against the federal Tory government in the last election.
I'se da b'y dat builds da boat
And I'se da b'y dat sails 'er
I'se da b'y dat catches da fish
An' takes 'em home to Lizer.
When Newfoundland joined confederation it did so with a surplus to the tune of 800 million dollars. The terms of union started with a plan that would see Newfoundland bleed this surplus dry in just 10 years. This is why Chesley Crosbie of the delegation sent to Ottawa to sign the terms of union refused to sign that document because he could not in good conscious agree to terms that would send Newfoundland spiraling into never ending deficits.
Newfoundland was prior to its terms of Union with Canada an independent nation equal to all other nations in the commonwealth including Britain. Newfoundland did not give up this status under the Commission of Government which was appointed in 1933. The Commission of Government was still the responsible government of Newfoundland as an independent nation. This was not a government of Britain as many often mistake it was.
George Baker is one of the few Newfoundlanders that actually knows the history of this province and the resources that we have handed over to Canada since joining confederation. Newfoundland BY FAR contributes more to the federation then Canada does to Newfoundland when you consider the resources and riches Canada enjoys by having Newfoundland part of this federation.
Well I kinda like yours so I'll end it here. Good for Mr. Baker standing up for this province, Mr. Harper dosn’t know what he is starting in that friendly province to the east! For they only stopped “because dead men can advance no further.”