People in this province are used to being insulted by numbskulls who think it’s charming or funny to refer to us as “Newfies.”
Some who aren’t from here think it’s a compliment and we should bask in our collective nickname meant to brand us all as dull-witted or second class.
Now the city of Halifax has made it official and christened a small road in that major city “Newfie Lane.”
Not only have they chosen the insulting slang word for Newfoundlanders for the tiny lane with four residents, they appear none too keen on changing it because of some convoluted rule about changing street names. Just as disappointing, the insult is being perpetrated in a province right next door where they should know better than most.
How do they feel about being called “Bluenosers?” Nova Scotians are more like us than some of them would like to admit.
As time goes by that province is more and more urban and Halifax is a modern and growing metropolis but, like us, the vast majority of the population has been shaped for hundreds of years by their connection with the sea — they too are tough and industrous.
True, most of them have never stepped into a fishing boat or gutted a cod, but even that mimics the transition of our province.
We don’t need this “Newfie” nonsense to be embraced by anyone, especially the municipal government of Halifax.
If there is a rule preventing it, change it. If it takes a vote of council, do that. Whatever it takes, get it done.
Here’s a suggestion — call it Friendship Lane or Happy Province Lane.
We’re all that, and much more. But we’re not Newfies.