By 1978 exploration companies were using drilling permits from both the Newfoundland and federal governments. His aggressive championing of provincial rights gained widespread public support and enabled him to win his party's leadership in Mar 1979. In that year and in 1982 he won election by offering a future of prosperity based on the successful control and management of Newfoundland's resources.
His efforts to secure greater provincial control were marked by jurisdictional disputes with the federal government. In The Past in the Present (1983), Peckford presented his perspectives on the past mismanagement of natural resources and put forward suggestions for Newfoundland's social and economic direction. However, the prosperous future he promised did not materialize and the election of 1985 took place amid 21% unemployment. Following a stormy campaign, he was re-elected with a reduced majority.
Author MELVIN BAKER
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A biography of Brian Peckford, former premier of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. From the website for Flanker Press.