MacLean’s shares this Canadian Press report talking about the chilly relations between Québec City and St. John’s.
They are arguably the least friendly neighbours in Confederation.
Newfoundland and Labrador has been feuding with Quebec since before the Atlantic province joined Canada, with a barely hidden animosity driven by border disputes and hydroelectric power feuds that have wound through courts for decades.
Which is why headlines were made last month when Quebec began talking about possibly “burying the hatchet” on an epic scrap over the lopsided Churchill Falls hydro deal. Premier Philippe Couillard told reporters that it’s not just energy issues — the two provinces can collaborate on other things and need to build more neighbourly ties.
But there is deep skepticism in Newfoundland and Labrador, which has a population smaller than metropolitan Quebec City and a collective wariness borne of distrust.
Premier Dwight Ball says he’s open to talks with Quebec, if they help his province. But any real rapprochement sounds far off.