Quotations from Danny Williams during his seven years as premier

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Danny Williams in his own words during his seven-year stint as premier of Newfoundland and Labrador:

"They're trying to make fools of us,'' Williams told a crowd at the airport in St. John's after walking out of a meeting in Ottawa in 2004 over a dispute with then-prime minister Paul Martin on offshore oil revenues, which led to Canadian flags being removed from public buildings in the province.

"Stay strong. It might be a long while before we get this. We may not get it. But someone is going to come along at some point in time and they're going to give us our just desserts in this province and we're going to thank them.''


''There's a point where people who don't respect Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and who don't treat us with respect, will get it back in spades from me,'' Williams said after appearing on CNN's "Larry King Live" in March 2006 to oppose ex-Beatle Paul McCartney's anti-seal hunt views.

''I certainly wasn't going to allow the McCartneys to dominate that interview."


''Steve? His buddy George Bush calls him Steve, so I can call him Steve. I'm not a buddy of his, but by the same token, I have to ... treat him with the same disdain that he's treating Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.'' — Williams referring to Stephen Harper in April 2007 as he escalates his feud with the prime minister over offshore oil revenues.


"I mean, the unmitigated gall of the province of Quebec to not stick to their own business, to basically stick their nose in the affairs of Atlantic Canada.'' — Williams in August after Quebec objected to any federal help for a subsea transmission line to move hydroelectric power from the Lower Churchill project in Labrador to Nova Scotia.


"Giveaways are a thing of the past. ... Quebec will no longer determine the fate of Newfoundland and Labrador.'' — Williams after announcing a $6.2-billion deal to move ahead with the Lower Churchill hydroelectric project by transmitting power through Nova Scotia.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Province of Quebec, St. John's Nova Scotia Atlantic Canada

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