June 1, 1993 (34th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Bill Rompkey


Hon. William Rompkey (Labrador):

Madam Speaker, in 1743 a Quebec merchant named Louis Fornel sailed into Hamilton Inlet, Labrador and established the first trading post at North West River. This year North West River celebrates its 250th birthday.
North West River has been the home of many important historical figures. Donald Smith, Lord Strathcona, the man who drove the last spike in the CPR, was a Hudson Bay factor there from 1848 to 1868.
I think also of Dr. Tony Paddon, a long-time Grenfell doctor in Labrador. He became the first Labradorian to become Lieutenant Governor of the province.
There are many other graduates of North West River's Yale school, of which I was principal at one time. They are people who have made valuable contributions to their communities.
In our 250th anniversary year I know that all members will want to join with me in wishing former residents and present residents of North West River a happy anniversary. I look forward to celebrating this occasion with them this summer.

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