Original correspondence contained within a Public Enquiry into the Affairs of the Labrador Development Company Ltd. based in Port Hope Simpson from 1934 – 48 has finally come to light after being buried by the British Government.
At the very least, it reveals when personal gain is in the ascendency over greater good of the people then only very shaky foundations are being laid down for future development.
It shows that when the British Government realized its mistakes in backing the Labrador Development Company Ltd. venture in the first place, instead of being able to extricate itself from its financial commitments (at British tax-payers’ expense before the start of The Second World War) the story only went from bad to worse.
An illusion of development had been spun by John Osborn Williams, the owner of the Labrador Development Company Ltd. that subsequently led to the British Government (Dominions Office) shamefully deciding that the results of the Public Enquiry were best buried as far as local publication of its findings allowed.
Discover a hoary tale of greed, money, cruelty, deception, Boom and Bust, Get-Rich-Quick, 1930s unsustainable industrialization of the Labrador forests and learn about the terrible economic hardship and poverty endured by the early settlers and their families.
Read about a Newfoundland Ranger’s view of living conditions in the Port Hope District from September 1940 to March 1942 and consider the protagonists’ different motives for development as an obstruction of justice occurred regarding two unexplained deaths on 3 February 1940, as the shallow roots of unsustainable development took their terrible toll.
A riveting story of political corruption, intrigue, horror and mystery that stretches from the individuals involved at the time to British and Newfoundland Government officials.