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Robert Bond - A Political Biography - James K. Hiller

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First elected to Newfoundland’s House of Assembly in 1882, Robert

Bond served as a member of government and opposition—and notably

as prime minister—in an era filled with challenges that still

resonate today. During three turbulent decades, St. John’s burned

down, the banks failed, and the drive for economic diversification

caused difficult problems (and included railway building, the century’s favoured mega-project). As for external affairs—Bond struggled

to negotiate reciprocity with the United States, to navigate tricky

issues concerning the French Shore and to deal successfully with imperial

powers in London whose priorities could vary greatly from

those in Newfoundland.

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