A biographical sketch of Premier Danny Williams of Newfoundland and Labrador

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A sketch of Premier Danny Williams of Newfoundland and Labrador:

Age: 60

Education: Studied political science and economics at Memorial University in Newfoundland before he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1969. He received a degree in arts and law at Oxford University in England then returned to Canada to study law at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Early career: Williams became a criminal lawyer. While he was studying at Dalhousie, he also led a consortium of business people who sought Newfoundland and Labrador's first cable TV licence. In 2000, he sold Cable Atlantic for $232 million.

Political Career: Became leader of the Progressive Conservative party in 2001, later winning a byelection in June of that year to take a seat in the legislature. Became premier in a big win for his party on October 21, 2003, and won a second majority government four years later.

Private life: An active hockey player, Williams was a well-known figure in junior hockey circles in St. John's and played a key role in bringing an American Hockey League team to the city. Williams has four children and four grandchildren.

Quote: "You know, I laugh when critics and some reporters say that I'm nothing more than a fighter, someone always looking for a racket, never happy unless I'm taking someone on. Well folks, I'm here to tell you today that those folks are right." — Williams speaking Thursday in announcing his resignation.

Organizations: Memorial University in Newfoundland, Oxford University, Dalhousie University Cable Atlantic American Hockey League

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, ST. JOHN'S, England Canada Halifax

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  • Stephen Melamed
    December 10, 2010 - 01:33

    History will no doubt record this man as one, if not the best, premier of the province. He walked the talk,told it like it was and had a love for Newfoundland and Labrador unsurpassed by any individual. He has instilled, by his accomplishments, a pride in the people of the province never before experienced.We are now a "have province", contributing to the national economy and playing our role as partners in confederation. Thank you Danny, I am proud to know you and wish you further success in what life has to offer.