p.266 (1968) - a long-time Smallwood follower
minister - a potential leader if not a somewhat
unlikely one - for a while Joey's choice as his
successor - a safe enough candidate because at best he
might become an interim leader as head of a caretaker
government - only a little younger than Smallwood and
carried his years not nearly so well - lacked the
appeal needed in a party leader - unlikely he could
have led the party to victory even with Smallwood's
p.271 - in the early fifties had inherited (Horwood's)
seat in Labrador and was still young enough to be in
the running for party leadership - fossilized at an
early age - soon a more obvious candidate for senate
than for centre stage in an election.
p.278 - in 1969 Joey's plan was to step down
the leadership on to the aging Fred Rowe, and then work
on the problem of a young successor - if Rowe was
expected to face a leadership convention and a general
election, as tradition suggested that he should, within
a few months of inheriting the leadership, then the
whole thing was obvious nonsense, whether Joey realized
it or not. He might take Rowe to the convention,
already installed as premier, and use all his authority
to get him accepted as party leader. He might then
shepherd him through the following election. This
seemed possible from Joey's point of view; he had
enormous confidence in his own persuasive powers, but
from the point of view of the young turks in the party
it looked like an impossible agenda. They'd be united
against Rowe at the convention, and they all had
followers among potential delegates. If by some
miracle Joey got the convention to accept Rowe there
was still the problem of making the public vote for
him. He could have won an election with Joey's backing
in the early 50's, but the 70's would be a different
story. Was Rowe set up as a stalking horse? Ed
Roberts still wonders about it. Personally, I don't
think so. I think Joey was sincere on the issue, as on
so many others where his thinking was clearly off-base.
In any case, once Joey had decided to run in an effort
to succeed himself, he offered to pay Rowe's expenses
out of his own campaign fund - and indeed did so.
p.280 (1969) - Fred Rowe,
having consulted with Joey,
declared his candidacy for the leadership. Apparently
it was a profound shock to Joey when John Crosbie, just
days later, did the same thing. ......Joey reconsiders
and decides to run again, Rowe withdraws and supports
p.294 (1971) Joey on the campaign trail on his own - no Fred Rowe.
p.296 (1971) - Despite the even distribution
of seats, the
election was nothing less than a slaughter for the
Liberals. Seven Cabinet ministers went down to defeat,
including Joey's annointed successor, Fred Rowe.
p.266 (1968) Another newcomer, later briefly
was W.N.Rowe, who was even younger than Roberts and had
a Rhodes scholarship and a law degree behind him. At
26 he was the youngest Newfoundlander ever to enter the
Cabinet. Like Roberts, he had gone straight from law
school into politics, and had married Penny Ayre,
perhaps the most eligible young heiress in the
province. Successively minister of housing and
minister of community and social development, he lacked
Roberts almost uncanny political talents, but clearly
had brains and ambition, and also good looks in a
Little Lord Fauntleroy sort of way. Rowe's father,
Fred, a longtime Smallwood follower .......
p.305 (1972) .... won a close contest in White Bay South.
p.311 (1972) What he (Roberts) inherited was
guard of 7 colleagues, only one of whom, Bill Rowe,
could be considered a true front-bencher.
p.318 (1975) Following Robert's defeat, the
Liberals held yet
another convention, and replaced Roberts with young
Bill Rowe, a weaker leader, but one whom Joey could
p.320 (1975) He had dislodged Roberts from the
was now vacating his seat in favor of William Rowe, his
very last heir apparent.
P.335 listed as a member of the House of Assembley 1949-1971.