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Williams takes more shots at Quebec

Alberta and Saskatchewan shouldn't have to bear the brunt of Canada's emissions reductions, Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams told a Calgary audience Thursday.

It's unfair to "play one region of the country off against the other" and penalize Alberta's oilsands for greenhouse gas emissions with "detrimental" climate change policies ahead of the Copenhagen conference on climate change later this month, Williams said at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

Danny Williams

CALGARY -

Alberta and Saskatchewan shouldn't have to bear the brunt of Canada's emissions reductions, Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams told a Calgary audience Thursday.

It's unfair to "play one region of the country off against the other" and penalize Alberta's oilsands for greenhouse gas emissions with "detrimental" climate change policies ahead of the Copenhagen conference on climate change later this month, Williams said at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

Speaking to reporters following his speech, Williams said Newfoundland is prepared to help offset Alberta's emissions in exchange for supporting major new hydro-power development at Churchill Falls, where his province is embroiled in a bitter dispute with Quebec over electricity production.

"It's important we find a proper balance," Williams said.

"I don't think it's fair to Alberta, which has carried the freight in this country for a long period of time, to now be in a position, you know, where they're going two be disadvantaged," he said.

"The cost of addressing climate change should not come at the expense of Alberta and Saskatchewan."

Describing oilsands as the economic engine of Canada, Williams said development of the world's second-largest oil reserves in northeast Alberta has provided the federal government with much-needed equalization funds and employment that have benefited provinces such as Newfoundland.

Williams also credited the offshore oil and gas industry with transforming Newfoundland into a "have" province within Confederation for the first time in its history.

However, he singled out Quebec, which enjoys huge emissions-free hydro power reserves, for pursuing "harmful" climate-change policies at the expense of provinces such as Alberta, Saskatchewan and, indirectly, Newfoundland.

"I find there's an affinity with Albertans, we have common issues," he said.

Williams is currently battling Hydro-Quebec over access to the province's electrical grid, which he said is designed to monopolize power transmission in Atlantic Canada.

Earlier this fall, Hydro-Quebec paid $4.8 billion to buy New Brunswick's Crown power corporation, a move Williams said is designed to shut Newfoundland out of a competitive power market and maintain an inequitable status quo that sees Hydro-Quebec purchase power from Labrador's assets under a 64-year-old purchase agreement for a "pittance" and resell it to the United States for huge profits.

Williams claimed Quebec reaped $1.7 billion under the agreement, which doesn't expire until 2041, compared with $63 million for Newfoundland.

But Clare Demerse, the Pembina Institute's associate director of climate change based in Ottawa, said other provinces such as Alberta should follow Quebec's lead in setting tough emissions reduction targets.

Although she agreed Quebec "has less fat to trim" owing to its abundant hydro resources, she said provinces such as Alberta can do more to reduce emissions within a national framework. Oilsands will contribute almost all, or 95 per cent, of Canada's emissions growth by 2020, she said.

"I would totally disagree with (Williams') views on Quebec," Demerse said.

Whereas Quebec operates a very "efficient" power system, Alberta has room to cut emissions in sectors such as power and transportation in addition to oilsands. Demerse will head to Copenhagen later this week to monitor the climate change talks.

"I think it has to be fair for all regions," she said in an interview. "But at this point in time, Alberta is not doing its fair share."

Organizations: Hydro-Quebec, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Pembina Institute

Geographic location: Alberta, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador Atlantic Canada Saskatchewan CALGARY Copenhagen New Brunswick United States Ottawa

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  • Seriously Come on
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Danny Must Go - you have to be kidding me. The ultimate in laziness, you copy and pasted the same comments from Nasty Nate on the CBC story to this article. I could continue to poke fun at you about your foolishness and how you blind hatred of Danny Williams forces you to ignore the obvious but instead I will suggest anyone that wants to be entertained head to the CBC story and take a look at the number of thumbs down Nasty Nate's comment got for a good laugh.

    You are in the minority and you really need to start focusing on the good of Newfoundland and how these current events could make or break its future. Searching for single words in a statement to base your stance on this is like showing up with a knife for a gun fight.

  • THANK YOU VERY MUCH
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Thanks Premier Williams you are on the right Track.

    You, Sir, have your eye on the Ball and your Marbles are all in alignment.

    Thank God, at last we have a Premier who is willing to take the necessary steps in getting the sordid story of the disappearance of Newfoundland and Labrador's rich natural resource base, without the creation of an economy in Newfoundland and Labrador, out there.

    One has to go outside of Newfoundland and Labrador to find the great economies which have been created from our natural resource base and to find our human resource.

    Sixty-one years of being part of Canada are far too long to have kept Canadians unapprised of the inequities which exist in our province because of the undemocratic way that the Federal Government operates in Canada. Why didn't some other Premier think of that strategy?

    I see Premier Williams taking the message of our province's problems in moving forward economically in Canada, as the best level of Government we could experience.

    My desire is to have the story out there so that Canadians can compare for themselves how well their Federal Government works for them and their neighbouring provinces. I am sure the difference between the rest of the provinces and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is profound.

    Confederation hasn't worked thus far for our province, Newfoundland and Labrador, at all.

    Our People are like they are being held in captivity in straight jackets, since they have been unable to move forward economically ever since we have been part of the Canadaian Federation despite our vast natural resource base and great geographic location. But then isn't it easy to determine that if you ship off your natural and human resource base that is exactly what will happen. Where were the brains of our politicians to have allowed such a thing to happen?

  • Joyce
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    If the Oilsands is the economic engine of Canada, it is a dirty, belching, old engine that we can no longer afford and should be shut down. No wonder Canada has become even more irrelevant on the world stage.

    As for Taxpayer II, it seems not long ago you were sanctimoniously castigating others for name-calling. Far be it for me to call you a hypocrite. I suppose when your arguments are so weak you have to resort to something else.

  • don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Danny is trying to stay on Alberta's good side. Danny needs all the supporters he can get now. Does Danny think he is a modern day Moses who going to part the waters of the Cabot Strait and lead his people to the hydro-electric promised land? If Danny can't find a way to fix the political and economic mess that he has created over Hydro-Quebec/NB Power deal issue, his people will be crossing the Cabot Strait alright, as permanent economic refugees. Danny got outsmarted by the executives at Hydro-Quebec and he is so angry that all he can do is vilify the people who bested him. Danny is a sore loser and a petulant child. Danny's incompetence has been exposed and this is the beginning of the end of Danny Williams political career.

  • JR
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Great job Danny, thank God you have the energy and determination to lead our province in those harsh economic times.

  • Truth
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    So dictatorial: MY people . Wow.

  • Danny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Taxpayer ll from NL writes: Nasty you are showing yourself to be the fool I always thought you were. If anyone needs a checkup at the waterford it's you, you traitorous moron.

    I am not a traitor to my country, are you? You must be if you think that Danny is your divine leader. Where are all these things you credit Danny for doing for the people of this province and country? Danny likes to talk up a big game, but he has failed to deliver on 95% of what he has stated for the people of this province.

    Why do we have the highest unemployment rate in the country. why do we have the highest rate of addictions, why do we still hold the record of the lowest literacy rate in the country.

    Yes, Danny has done wonders with what little we have been able to scrap from the sea floor. He has gone and given it all to his union and corporate cronies and not to the people that made it all happen in the first place.

    The Lower Churchill has not even had a load of earth moved, yet Danny is crying that he has no route to carry power. Seems like he is putting the horse before the cart on this one, but people such as you like that approach.

    Danny may own you, but he will never own the free.

    Chris from NL

    I do not purport to make any comparisons between MLK and the Premier, but I don't think that by referring to the African American population as 'my people' I do not think he was trying to declare ownership of them. But someone like you could probably try to read something into it I guess.

    All dictators and monarchies use the term MY people. Canada falls under neither. We are all individuals. Danny should know better, but I guess power has warped his thinking to have him believe he is above everyone. Maybe next time he will refer to us as my fellow citizens or residents rather than to use the possessive noun that he tends to enjoy spewing forth.

  • Truth
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Of course he feels such an affinity with Alberta, sure, with Little Newfoundland up there (Fort McMurray).

    Why not work on creating jobs for all the NLers away from home, Danny, instead of this useless, fruitless ego road show we see yet again when anyone crosses you or outdoes you.

    Contract ain't budgin'.

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Nasty you are showing yourself to be the fool I always thought you were. If anyone needs a checkup at the waterford it's you, you traitorous moron.

  • Truth
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    Taxpayer, the Premier should, and can, do his job without demonizing detractors, can't he?

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    Everytime there is a good news story(like today's employment #s) people like truth teller, and nasty nate cringe. They have to get on every board they can quickly, and post their hateful, spiteful negative message in an attempt to discredit our Premier, who is only doing his job. But to what end? Do they hope that by degrading the premier they will help the plight of the liberal party? All they are doing is setting the liberals back further and further.
    I mean just read between the lines of Nate's(Danny must go) post. The utter hatred, and desperation literally drips from each word.
    Don't you guys see that Mr. Williams' is just trying to better our province, that his success is our success? I just don't understand what you hope to gain from this useless diatribe.

  • Danny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    The comments made in Calgary yesterday by Danny Williams clearly show that he has stepped well over the line. He referred to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as his people. The word his as defined by Websters dictionary, clearly states possession. Danny Williams does not, nor ever will possess me.
    Pronoun
    his possessive pronoun
    1.That which belongs to him; the possessive case of he, used without a following noun.
    The decision was his to live with.

    Why do we permit such an egotistical self-centered individual to dictate the lives of the people of the province is beyond me. Clearly the sheep have been so utterly brain washed that they have failed to comprehend the degradation Danny Williams has spewed upon them. The people of the province should be completely outraged at being referred to as subjects of such a petty little man. The opposition parties should clearly be calling for his immediate resignation and public apology. Failing to take action on behaviour such as this only leads to further abuses of the citizenry by the elitist ruling classes.

    Danny Williams has lost all support of the free people, and any respect he thought he might have had for such a blatantly low browed comment towards the people you have sworn to serve. Shame on you. We are not people you hold ownership of, we are Canadians and we are free. Remember that.

    The Psychological dysfunctions that Danny Williams is now clearly showing need to be investigated; his personal attacks have effectively isolated this province from any respect it may have once held. It is making us all to be nothing more than fools in the eyes of not only Canada but the rest of the world,

  • Sailor
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    The vast majority are in agreement with Dannys way of doing his job. I don't even think Joey had Danny's approval rating - consistantly of 70% +. GO DANNY GO

  • MoneyTalks
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    How many government officials attended this meeting with my Premier? Who paid for this trip- taxpayers of NL or the Calgary Chamber of Commerce?

  • Stop The Racket
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Danny wants to be Mayor of Fort Mac. He will get my vote on that one. He can get all the attention he craves up there and ware his seal skin coat 10 months of the year.

  • Joan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    To Danny Must Go from St. John's: In the story of Ruth and Naomi in the Bible, when Ruth said, Whither thou goest, I will go, whither thou lodgest I will lodge, thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God, do you think Ruth was saying she would own Naomi's people and that she would own God?

  • THANK YOU VERY MUCH
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    I have ABSOLUTELY NO QUALMS about Premier Danny Williams calling me, one of his Electorate, or my people OR HIS LOVELY, FOR THAT MATTER and I am sure most appreciative Newfoundlanders and Labradorians don't, as well. Especially the ones who have dreamt of having their Premier apprise Canadians of the tactics which were used to keep our province out of the Economic Loop.

    I AM one of Premier Williams' people, I AM a Newfoundlander and Labradorian and I AM a member of that electorate who helped to have him elected, just like I voted to elect other Premiers before him and always wished that they had been more vociferious and had the cojones to have taken our SAD MESSAGE across Canada to tell our story.

    Premier Danny, LIKE NO OTHER PREMIER, is reaching out with our sordid and unfortunate message of having to tell the people of Canada. He is telling them our province was not able to create an Economy here despite its vast natural resource base and great strategic geographic location was because of the structure of the Canadian Government. If Premier Williams is successful in his endeavour, we and all Canadians will be living in a more fairer and a much better functioning Country.

    That is the message I wanted to be preached to Canada and the World for years. It is the only thing which can possibly improve the economic situation in our beautiful province, since we know dealing with the Ottawa Government won't, since the deck is stacked against us.

    There are 308 seats in that OTTAWA DECK called Members of Parliament and only ONLY SEVEN (7) of those seats belong to Newfoundland and Labrador, WITH THE DIVIDE TO GET EVEN LARGER IN THE FUTURE. There is no way that we can get ahead with that statistic like that, so the best level of governance is to do what Premier Williams is doing right now, that is getting the message of his and our province's woes out to the ordinary Canadian on how the deck is stacked against us, YES despite our vast larder of natural resourceS and our great geographic location, we need to have Canadians on our side to deal with this matter, since it is cannot be fixed in Ottawa with 7 seats.

    I am sure, concerned Canadians, once they get the message, will understand where our Premier and his Electorate are coming from and will see how they can create a more fairer and functional country by coming on side with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Too bad no other politician stuck his neck out to do so, but instead let the political and economic situation fester into the great big sore it has become today. This should have been fixed 60 years ago.

  • cynic
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    The Premier's back to blaming and grandstanding - does this have anything to do with taking attention away from the moose issue, the need to develop wind energy in NL, and other substantive work that his govt seems reluctant to undertake?

  • Relax
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    It's amusing to see those above getting worked up over the 'his' comment and then to use that as fuel for the King Danny fire.

    Newfoundland is my province and its people are my people. Does that make me an egotistical self-centered dictator? No! Just another Newfoundlander who loves it here.

    While Im not a subject of King Danny, Im glad we have someone in leadership with at least some relevant business experience and demonstrated skill at a time when Newfoundland is realizing the benefits of its natural and social resources.

    Relax!

  • Truth
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Danny Must Go, thank you for taking the words right outta my keyboard.

  • Chris
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    First of all - here is the link to how Webster's defines 'his':

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/his

    Main Entry: his
    Pronunciation: \(h)iz, ?hiz\
    Function: adjective
    Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, genitive of h? he
    Date: before 12th century
    : of or relating to him or himself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action his house his writings his confirmation

    So if you quote from Webster's you must be omitting certain aspects of the definition - shady dealings indeed. While it certainly can be used in a possessory sense (and most often is), is it not very possible that our Premier is referring to 'his people' in the sense that we are the people who relate to him? If somebody was to ask me who my people were, I would certainly respond 'the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.' Do I purport to possess or own them? No. To think otherwise is to completely read the syntax out of context. Something I know you are desperately trying to do.

    The premier is representing his people - the people who have elected him and by the looks of things, the people who will continue to elect him. Our Province is finally on the up-swing - our current ecnomic situation has much to do with effective government negotiations surrounding our second most valuable asset - our natural resources (the people - minus you sir - being the most valuable). Instead of crying at your half-empy glass, look at all the positive things we have going for us right now. Sure, things aren't perfect. They will never be perfect. But in the overall scheme of things, we're doing pretty good.

    Here's a quote from another 'psychologically damaged and egotistical' leader speaking to people he 'purports to own.'

    But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

    - Martin Luther King - I Have a Dream

    I do not purport to make any comparisons between MLK and the Premier, but I don't think that by referring to the African American population as 'my people' I do not think he was trying to declare ownership of them. But someone like you could probably try to read something into it I guess.

    So instead of grasping at little bits of nothing in an attempt to slur your Premier, how about you applaud his efforts for trying to make this Province a better place to live. He's doing a much better job than you are.

  • Funky
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Smart move by the premier.

  • Furbie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    The oil sands are the economic engine of Canada in no small part because they drive up the dollar and make other industries like manufacturing, fishing, aquaculture and agriculture less feasible. The oil sands need to be cleaned up if they want to keep operating them. Jobs for us now in dirty industry is just stealing the money from our kids and grandkids who will just have to pay for the consequences later.

  • Manny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    Keep working hard for your own people Danny. Never mind the naysayers at the Telegram. They wouldn't know a champion from a lose anyway. Not enough insight.

  • Seriously Come on
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    Danny Must Go - you have to be kidding me. The ultimate in laziness, you copy and pasted the same comments from Nasty Nate on the CBC story to this article. I could continue to poke fun at you about your foolishness and how you blind hatred of Danny Williams forces you to ignore the obvious but instead I will suggest anyone that wants to be entertained head to the CBC story and take a look at the number of thumbs down Nasty Nate's comment got for a good laugh.

    You are in the minority and you really need to start focusing on the good of Newfoundland and how these current events could make or break its future. Searching for single words in a statement to base your stance on this is like showing up with a knife for a gun fight.

  • THANK YOU VERY MUCH
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Thanks Premier Williams you are on the right Track.

    You, Sir, have your eye on the Ball and your Marbles are all in alignment.

    Thank God, at last we have a Premier who is willing to take the necessary steps in getting the sordid story of the disappearance of Newfoundland and Labrador's rich natural resource base, without the creation of an economy in Newfoundland and Labrador, out there.

    One has to go outside of Newfoundland and Labrador to find the great economies which have been created from our natural resource base and to find our human resource.

    Sixty-one years of being part of Canada are far too long to have kept Canadians unapprised of the inequities which exist in our province because of the undemocratic way that the Federal Government operates in Canada. Why didn't some other Premier think of that strategy?

    I see Premier Williams taking the message of our province's problems in moving forward economically in Canada, as the best level of Government we could experience.

    My desire is to have the story out there so that Canadians can compare for themselves how well their Federal Government works for them and their neighbouring provinces. I am sure the difference between the rest of the provinces and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is profound.

    Confederation hasn't worked thus far for our province, Newfoundland and Labrador, at all.

    Our People are like they are being held in captivity in straight jackets, since they have been unable to move forward economically ever since we have been part of the Canadaian Federation despite our vast natural resource base and great geographic location. But then isn't it easy to determine that if you ship off your natural and human resource base that is exactly what will happen. Where were the brains of our politicians to have allowed such a thing to happen?

  • Joyce
    July 01, 2010 - 20:22

    If the Oilsands is the economic engine of Canada, it is a dirty, belching, old engine that we can no longer afford and should be shut down. No wonder Canada has become even more irrelevant on the world stage.

    As for Taxpayer II, it seems not long ago you were sanctimoniously castigating others for name-calling. Far be it for me to call you a hypocrite. I suppose when your arguments are so weak you have to resort to something else.

  • don
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Danny is trying to stay on Alberta's good side. Danny needs all the supporters he can get now. Does Danny think he is a modern day Moses who going to part the waters of the Cabot Strait and lead his people to the hydro-electric promised land? If Danny can't find a way to fix the political and economic mess that he has created over Hydro-Quebec/NB Power deal issue, his people will be crossing the Cabot Strait alright, as permanent economic refugees. Danny got outsmarted by the executives at Hydro-Quebec and he is so angry that all he can do is vilify the people who bested him. Danny is a sore loser and a petulant child. Danny's incompetence has been exposed and this is the beginning of the end of Danny Williams political career.

  • JR
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Great job Danny, thank God you have the energy and determination to lead our province in those harsh economic times.

  • Truth
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    So dictatorial: MY people . Wow.

  • Danny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Taxpayer ll from NL writes: Nasty you are showing yourself to be the fool I always thought you were. If anyone needs a checkup at the waterford it's you, you traitorous moron.

    I am not a traitor to my country, are you? You must be if you think that Danny is your divine leader. Where are all these things you credit Danny for doing for the people of this province and country? Danny likes to talk up a big game, but he has failed to deliver on 95% of what he has stated for the people of this province.

    Why do we have the highest unemployment rate in the country. why do we have the highest rate of addictions, why do we still hold the record of the lowest literacy rate in the country.

    Yes, Danny has done wonders with what little we have been able to scrap from the sea floor. He has gone and given it all to his union and corporate cronies and not to the people that made it all happen in the first place.

    The Lower Churchill has not even had a load of earth moved, yet Danny is crying that he has no route to carry power. Seems like he is putting the horse before the cart on this one, but people such as you like that approach.

    Danny may own you, but he will never own the free.

    Chris from NL

    I do not purport to make any comparisons between MLK and the Premier, but I don't think that by referring to the African American population as 'my people' I do not think he was trying to declare ownership of them. But someone like you could probably try to read something into it I guess.

    All dictators and monarchies use the term MY people. Canada falls under neither. We are all individuals. Danny should know better, but I guess power has warped his thinking to have him believe he is above everyone. Maybe next time he will refer to us as my fellow citizens or residents rather than to use the possessive noun that he tends to enjoy spewing forth.

  • Truth
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Of course he feels such an affinity with Alberta, sure, with Little Newfoundland up there (Fort McMurray).

    Why not work on creating jobs for all the NLers away from home, Danny, instead of this useless, fruitless ego road show we see yet again when anyone crosses you or outdoes you.

    Contract ain't budgin'.

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Nasty you are showing yourself to be the fool I always thought you were. If anyone needs a checkup at the waterford it's you, you traitorous moron.

  • Truth
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    Taxpayer, the Premier should, and can, do his job without demonizing detractors, can't he?

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    Everytime there is a good news story(like today's employment #s) people like truth teller, and nasty nate cringe. They have to get on every board they can quickly, and post their hateful, spiteful negative message in an attempt to discredit our Premier, who is only doing his job. But to what end? Do they hope that by degrading the premier they will help the plight of the liberal party? All they are doing is setting the liberals back further and further.
    I mean just read between the lines of Nate's(Danny must go) post. The utter hatred, and desperation literally drips from each word.
    Don't you guys see that Mr. Williams' is just trying to better our province, that his success is our success? I just don't understand what you hope to gain from this useless diatribe.

  • Danny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    The comments made in Calgary yesterday by Danny Williams clearly show that he has stepped well over the line. He referred to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as his people. The word his as defined by Websters dictionary, clearly states possession. Danny Williams does not, nor ever will possess me.
    Pronoun
    his possessive pronoun
    1.That which belongs to him; the possessive case of he, used without a following noun.
    The decision was his to live with.

    Why do we permit such an egotistical self-centered individual to dictate the lives of the people of the province is beyond me. Clearly the sheep have been so utterly brain washed that they have failed to comprehend the degradation Danny Williams has spewed upon them. The people of the province should be completely outraged at being referred to as subjects of such a petty little man. The opposition parties should clearly be calling for his immediate resignation and public apology. Failing to take action on behaviour such as this only leads to further abuses of the citizenry by the elitist ruling classes.

    Danny Williams has lost all support of the free people, and any respect he thought he might have had for such a blatantly low browed comment towards the people you have sworn to serve. Shame on you. We are not people you hold ownership of, we are Canadians and we are free. Remember that.

    The Psychological dysfunctions that Danny Williams is now clearly showing need to be investigated; his personal attacks have effectively isolated this province from any respect it may have once held. It is making us all to be nothing more than fools in the eyes of not only Canada but the rest of the world,

  • Sailor
    July 01, 2010 - 20:06

    The vast majority are in agreement with Dannys way of doing his job. I don't even think Joey had Danny's approval rating - consistantly of 70% +. GO DANNY GO

  • MoneyTalks
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    How many government officials attended this meeting with my Premier? Who paid for this trip- taxpayers of NL or the Calgary Chamber of Commerce?

  • Stop The Racket
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Danny wants to be Mayor of Fort Mac. He will get my vote on that one. He can get all the attention he craves up there and ware his seal skin coat 10 months of the year.

  • Joan
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    To Danny Must Go from St. John's: In the story of Ruth and Naomi in the Bible, when Ruth said, Whither thou goest, I will go, whither thou lodgest I will lodge, thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God, do you think Ruth was saying she would own Naomi's people and that she would own God?

  • THANK YOU VERY MUCH
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    I have ABSOLUTELY NO QUALMS about Premier Danny Williams calling me, one of his Electorate, or my people OR HIS LOVELY, FOR THAT MATTER and I am sure most appreciative Newfoundlanders and Labradorians don't, as well. Especially the ones who have dreamt of having their Premier apprise Canadians of the tactics which were used to keep our province out of the Economic Loop.

    I AM one of Premier Williams' people, I AM a Newfoundlander and Labradorian and I AM a member of that electorate who helped to have him elected, just like I voted to elect other Premiers before him and always wished that they had been more vociferious and had the cojones to have taken our SAD MESSAGE across Canada to tell our story.

    Premier Danny, LIKE NO OTHER PREMIER, is reaching out with our sordid and unfortunate message of having to tell the people of Canada. He is telling them our province was not able to create an Economy here despite its vast natural resource base and great strategic geographic location was because of the structure of the Canadian Government. If Premier Williams is successful in his endeavour, we and all Canadians will be living in a more fairer and a much better functioning Country.

    That is the message I wanted to be preached to Canada and the World for years. It is the only thing which can possibly improve the economic situation in our beautiful province, since we know dealing with the Ottawa Government won't, since the deck is stacked against us.

    There are 308 seats in that OTTAWA DECK called Members of Parliament and only ONLY SEVEN (7) of those seats belong to Newfoundland and Labrador, WITH THE DIVIDE TO GET EVEN LARGER IN THE FUTURE. There is no way that we can get ahead with that statistic like that, so the best level of governance is to do what Premier Williams is doing right now, that is getting the message of his and our province's woes out to the ordinary Canadian on how the deck is stacked against us, YES despite our vast larder of natural resourceS and our great geographic location, we need to have Canadians on our side to deal with this matter, since it is cannot be fixed in Ottawa with 7 seats.

    I am sure, concerned Canadians, once they get the message, will understand where our Premier and his Electorate are coming from and will see how they can create a more fairer and functional country by coming on side with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Too bad no other politician stuck his neck out to do so, but instead let the political and economic situation fester into the great big sore it has become today. This should have been fixed 60 years ago.

  • cynic
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    The Premier's back to blaming and grandstanding - does this have anything to do with taking attention away from the moose issue, the need to develop wind energy in NL, and other substantive work that his govt seems reluctant to undertake?

  • Relax
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    It's amusing to see those above getting worked up over the 'his' comment and then to use that as fuel for the King Danny fire.

    Newfoundland is my province and its people are my people. Does that make me an egotistical self-centered dictator? No! Just another Newfoundlander who loves it here.

    While Im not a subject of King Danny, Im glad we have someone in leadership with at least some relevant business experience and demonstrated skill at a time when Newfoundland is realizing the benefits of its natural and social resources.

    Relax!

  • Truth
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Danny Must Go, thank you for taking the words right outta my keyboard.

  • Chris
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    First of all - here is the link to how Webster's defines 'his':

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/his

    Main Entry: his
    Pronunciation: \(h)iz, ?hiz\
    Function: adjective
    Etymology: Middle English, from Old English, genitive of h? he
    Date: before 12th century
    : of or relating to him or himself especially as possessor, agent, or object of an action his house his writings his confirmation

    So if you quote from Webster's you must be omitting certain aspects of the definition - shady dealings indeed. While it certainly can be used in a possessory sense (and most often is), is it not very possible that our Premier is referring to 'his people' in the sense that we are the people who relate to him? If somebody was to ask me who my people were, I would certainly respond 'the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.' Do I purport to possess or own them? No. To think otherwise is to completely read the syntax out of context. Something I know you are desperately trying to do.

    The premier is representing his people - the people who have elected him and by the looks of things, the people who will continue to elect him. Our Province is finally on the up-swing - our current ecnomic situation has much to do with effective government negotiations surrounding our second most valuable asset - our natural resources (the people - minus you sir - being the most valuable). Instead of crying at your half-empy glass, look at all the positive things we have going for us right now. Sure, things aren't perfect. They will never be perfect. But in the overall scheme of things, we're doing pretty good.

    Here's a quote from another 'psychologically damaged and egotistical' leader speaking to people he 'purports to own.'

    But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

    - Martin Luther King - I Have a Dream

    I do not purport to make any comparisons between MLK and the Premier, but I don't think that by referring to the African American population as 'my people' I do not think he was trying to declare ownership of them. But someone like you could probably try to read something into it I guess.

    So instead of grasping at little bits of nothing in an attempt to slur your Premier, how about you applaud his efforts for trying to make this Province a better place to live. He's doing a much better job than you are.

  • Funky
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Smart move by the premier.

  • Furbie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    The oil sands are the economic engine of Canada in no small part because they drive up the dollar and make other industries like manufacturing, fishing, aquaculture and agriculture less feasible. The oil sands need to be cleaned up if they want to keep operating them. Jobs for us now in dirty industry is just stealing the money from our kids and grandkids who will just have to pay for the consequences later.

  • Manny
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    Keep working hard for your own people Danny. Never mind the naysayers at the Telegram. They wouldn't know a champion from a lose anyway. Not enough insight.