Blanc Sablon has not formally asked to join Newfoundland and Labrador

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An aeriel view of Blanc Sablon, Que. is shown in a file photo.

Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dan Crummell says the provincial government has not been approached directly about the idea of Blanc Sablon, Que., becoming a part of Newfoundland and Labrador.

There has been talk recently of the town on the southeastern Labrador border wanting to jump ship from the province of Quebec because it is disgruntled with how it is being treated by its government.

At a press conference held during provincial cabinet meetings in Corner Brook on Thursday, Crummell said the small town has not contacted the Newfoundland and Labrador government about the issue.

Further, he said the province would not enter into any discussions unless the Quebec government gave its approval for such talks to be held.

“We don’t expect that to happen,” said Crummell, adding Newfoundland and Labrador does have a strong relationship with Blanc Sablon.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Province of Quebec, Southeastern Labrador Corner Brook

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  • Jack
    August 22, 2014 - 08:11

    If Blanc Sablon Municipality, and other regional municipalities in Quebec's Lower North Shore/Basse Cote Nord areas break away from Quebec to join Newfoundland and Labrador, it will do more harm for the Coaster (common term for Lower North Shore area residents) residents than good, and here are some reasons why. For starters, unlike Quebec which uses regional or county municipal governments where a collection of towns or villages in that area have shared services, Newfoundland and Labrador doesn't use that model as every single town and city operates autonomously similar to Northern Ontario. In other words, all Blanc Sablon Municipality villages will have to go their separate ways, meaning Lourdes de Blanc Sablon and Brador will become towns as well. Secondly, since Blanc Sablon Municipality is a major centre for the Basse Cote Nord region outside Sept Iles, breaking away from Quebec will have severe negative consequences as hundreds of public sector jobs will be lost in an effort to eliminate duplication with similar services in Forteau and L'Anse au Loop. Thirdly, breaking away from Quebec could be a violation of the Labrador Shuffle ruling of 1927 which gave territory south of 52 degrees north between the Romaine River and 57 degrees West to Quebec. At the end of the day, I believe the real reason why Lower North Shore area wants to join Newfoundland and Labrador is for Blanc Sablon's Mayor, Armand Joncas, to try to get attention from the Quebec Government for their string of broken promises as well as their mistreatment in the hands of the Charest, Marois, and now Couillard Governments.

  • Jack
    August 22, 2014 - 08:01

    Dan Crummell, Blanc Sablon is not considered a town. Its a village within the Blanc Sablon Municipality, which also includes Lourdes de Blanc Sablon and Brador.