Oh, Danny Boy

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Caissa
Oh, Danny Boy

Danny Williams, who was first elected premier of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2003, will announce that he is leaving politics, CBC News has confirmed.

Williams announced that he will be making a statement Thursday regarding his political future.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2010/11/25/nl-williams-future-1125.html#ixzz16IkVl6Wi

duncan cameron

I liked his Anybody But Harper campaign against the Conservatives. 

Stockholm

Needless to say. this throws Newfoundland politics wide open. The provincial Tories are really nothing but "the Danny Williams party" and I think the next NL election will be highly competitive now. Maybe Lorraine Michaels and the NDP can take advantage of the situation.

Caissa

Nfld provincial politics since Confederation has been dominated by premiers with strong personalities.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Strange to see this coming just as a new $6Billion Hydro initiative is getting off the ground.

Caissa

It is also leading to Nfld and labrador's first female premier, Kathy Dunderdale.

duncan cameron

Check out the blog post on the rabble front page by JIm Qual, before it gets taken down, libel and all that. Harper to Williams, beautiful language from a Christian gentleman.

Policywonk

Caissa wrote:

It is also leading to Nfld and labrador's first female premier, Kathy Dunderdale.

She was the acting Premier when Williams had his heart surgery.

bekayne

duncan cameron wrote:

Check out the blog post on the rabble front page by JIm Qual, before it gets taken down, libel and all that. Harper to Williams, beautiful language from a Christian gentleman.

Williams told us that Harper's first words to him were "Don't you fuck up my country."

Astute readers will note: 

1.  shocking profanity from a god-fearing conservative, and

2. more revealingly, the use of the first person singular possessive pronoun in relation to Canada

Williams told us that he replied:  "Don't you fuck up my province or I'll chase you to the four corners of the earth".

http://www.rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/jim-quail/2010/11/my-encounter-danny-williams

pebbles

Boom Boom wrote:

Strange to see this coming just as a new $6Billion Hydro initiative is getting off the ground.

Except that the "hydro initiative" is a total charade that only exists on paper and will crumble by Easter, like much of the rest of the Danny Williams facadist legacy.

pebbles

Caissa wrote:

It is also leading to Nfld and labrador's first female premier, Kathy Dunderdale.

Or as she is quite commonly known as, Kathy Blunderdale. The Dunderdale era is going to be short and hilarious.

ByronToronto

It is pretty remarkable that in Newfoundland and Labrador, all three parties represented in the house are led by women.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

pebbles wrote:

Caissa wrote:

It is also leading to Nfld and labrador's first female premier, Kathy Dunderdale.

Or as she is quite commonly known as, Kathy Blunderdale. The Dunderdale era is going to be short and hilarious.

Although I wouldn't plan on beating her in her riding.  She got over 73% there in the last provincial election.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Waters_%28electoral_district%29

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

pebbles wrote:

Except that the "hydro initiative" is a total charade that only exists on paper and will crumble by Easter, like much of the rest of the Danny Williams facadist legacy.

Really? I thought this was a big deal.Frown

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

"facadist"?

pebbles

Ken Burch wrote:
Although I wouldn't plan on beating her in her riding.  She got over 73% there in the last provincial election.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Waters_%28electoral_district%29

As did a lot of other useless Tories in their own districts. But that district (among many others) is a swinger, and tends to go whatever way the wind is blowing. In most elections, there are only about 10 or each that the Liberals and PC's can rely on, and the rest move with the tide.

pebbles

Boom Boom wrote:

pebbles wrote:

Except that the "hydro initiative" is a total charade that only exists on paper and will crumble by Easter, like much of the rest of the Danny Williams facadist legacy.

Really? I thought this was a big deal.Frown

Nope. No bigger a deal than the "deal" that Grimes had, or Tobin before him, or Wells before him, or Peckford before him, or Moores before him, or Smallwood before him. Every premier of NL achieves some sort of "breakthrough" on damming the river in Labrador, and then they resign or are defeated. Been going on for forty years.

pebbles

Ken Burch wrote:

"facadist"?

Yes, facadist:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facadism