I have not been a fan of danny williams. He has spent a lot of time bashing the federal party an I think he is a blow hard. I hope he has no federal ambitions. I will not miss him
But outside Newfoundland, Mr. Williams is better known for his over-the-top political stunts and rhetoric. In 2004, he removed all Canadian flags from public buildings to protest what he considered a broken campaign promise by Paul Martin relating to oil royalties. He ordered the flags back a year later after Mr. Martin (being Mr. Martin) served up a sweetheart deal that allowed Newfoundland to have its royalties and equalization, too (in the form of an up-front $2.6-billion dollar payout, no less).
In 2008, in a similar fit of pique over equalization, Mr. Williams told Newfoundland voters to reject the federal Tories through an “Anything But Conservative” campaign. (In one case, a would-be Conservative candidate claimed his father’s business would be threatened if he decided to run.) A year later, Mr. Williams tried to strong-arm the federal Liberals into opposing the Conservatives’ budget, claiming it would cost Newfoundland $1.6-billion in equalization payments over three years, and threatening that Liberal MPs would be committing “political suicide” if they voted in favour. (Thankfully, this shakedown fell flat: In one of his more decisive moments, Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff retorted “I am not in the business of carrying Premier Williams’ water.”)