Brian Vincent Tobin, PC, OC, politician, businessman, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador 1996-2000 (born 21 October 1954 in Stephenville, NF). Before serving as Newfoundland and Labrador's sixth premier, Tobin became a hero in the province when, as a federal Cabinet minister, he defended the turbot fishery against foreign overfishing. Nicknamed “Captain Canada,” he was also a strong advocate of national unity during Québec's 1995 referendum on sovereignty.
Joseph “Joey” Roberts Smallwood, CC, premier of Newfoundland (1949–72), journalist (born 24 December 1900 in Mint Brook, NL; died 17 December 1991 in St. John's, NL). The leading proponent of Confederation in Newfoundland in the 20th century, Joey Smallwood played an important role in bringing the province into Confederation in 1949. He served as Newfoundland and Labrador’s first premier for nearly 23 years, and is sometimes referred to as “the last Father of Confederation.” During his lifetime, he was also called “the only living Father of Confederation.”
Dwight Ball, pharmacist, businessman, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador 2015 to present (born 21 December 1957 in Deer Lake, NL). Ball became premier at a time of economic crisis. After several years of prosperity, slumping oil revenues required his government to bring in unpopular austerity measures to fight a burgeoning provincial debt.
Paul Alfred Davis, 12th premier of Newfoundland and Labrador (2014–15), leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador (born 17 June 1961 in St. John’s, NL). Davis won leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party in September 2014, succeeding Tom Marshall as premier. However, in the November 2015 provincial election, Davis and the Progressive Conservative Party were reduced to seven seats in the legislature. Davis continued as leader of the PC Party but announced his intention to resign in October 2016.
Sir Robert Bond, politician, premier of Newfoundland 1900-09 (b at St John's 26 Feb 1857; d at Whitbourne, Nfld 16 Mar 1927). Largely educated in England, Bond returned to Newfoundland about 1874, articled with Sir William WHITEWAY, but never practised law. He entered the Assembly in 1882.
Sir Hugh William Hoyles, politician, judge, prime minister of Newfoundland (b at St John's 17 Oct 1814; d at Halifax 1 Feb 1888). The son of Newman Hoyles, a wealthy merchant and politician, he was educated in St John's and Nova Scotia, and was called to the Newfoundland Bar in 1837.