Friday, November 26, 2010

Danny williams

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.”)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I notice that in the National Post's Timeline of Williams' "achievements" they don't mention his expropriation of AbitibiBowater's paper mill and ressources. The federal government had to pay $130 million in compensation under NAFTA to the company.

This action will hurt investment in Newfoundland and Labrador for a long time.

Then there is the megalomaniac scheme to build undersea tunnels to export electricity to the U.S.. According to the province a transmission link from Labrador to Newfoundland would cost $2.1 billion, $600 million of which would be provided by Halifax-based Emera Inc. A link between Newfoundland to Nova Scotia would cost $1.2 billion, all funded by Emera, which owns the utility Nova Scotia Power Inc.

Of course God knows what this project will really cost. There are land claims to be settled as well and the dangers of building an undersea tunnel in an iceberg-filled area.

Anonymous said...

There was more bluster than substance. But the Lower Churchill proposal is a stroke of genius and if it PO’s the separatists then it must have some merit. Sadly Charest, instead of sitting down to explore a better and mutually beneficial solution that could save billions, has sided with the Seppies.

If General Hillier runs for Premier, the bluster will continue.

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