Williams' greatest hits
A look back at some of the more memorable moments of Danny Williams' tenure as premier.
A look back at some of the more memorable moments of Danny Williams' tenure as premier.
Premier Danny Williams says he feels better every day as he recovers from heart surgery performed in Florida earlier this month.
In a telephone interview with The Telegram Monday evening, Williams talked about the surgery, his confidence in the province's health-care system and his desire to get back to work.
Williams had a mitral valve repair procedure at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in Miami Beach Feb. 4.
"I'm doing fine," he said.
"Now it's just a question of letting your body recover. Just getting your strength and getting your endurance back."
Williams has known he would have to have heart surgery since late spring when his family doctor in St. John's found a heart murmur.
He was referred to two local cardiologists, who discovered after tests he had a moderate mitro valve tear.
By December, doctors discovered the tear had gone from moderate to severe.
It's not every day a man-sized puffin carrying an ABC sign walks into a luncheon hosted by the St. John's Board of Trade.
Buddy, the former mascot of the St. John's Maple Leafs walked in front of the stage as guest speaker Premier Danny Williams approached the podium at the St. John's convention centre on Wednesday.
The ABC stands for Williams' "Anything But Conservative" campaign.
"I ask (Prime Minister) Stephen Harper to leave our provincial bird out of his nasty, disgusting personal attack ads," said Williams to applause and laughter.
He was referring to a campaign ad the Conservatives have pulled - and apologized for - where a puffin defecates on Liberal Leader Stephane Dion's shoulder.
After giving the business leaders in the room an update on the province's bright economic outlook (See related story on page D1), Williams cast a dark grey cloud over the prime minister's reputation.
"The future for…
Premier Danny Williams said today upon releasing Chief Justice J. Derek Green's report on MHA spending that the report is a comprehensive piece of work that will usher in a new era of accountability in the Newfoundland and Labrador legislative assembly.
The report, called "Rebuilding Confidence: The Report of the Review Commission on Constituency Allowances and Related Matters" is comprised of an executive summary, recommendations, draft legislation and various appendices.
"The report is the result of many months of intensive work, and I am very pleased to release it for public consumption," Williams said. "Despite some of the negativity surrounding the commissioning of this report, this is a very proud day for our government as the report represents the culmination of our government's commitment to bringing openness and transparency back into the House of Assembly.
"We started on this process by reinstating the Auditor General who was banished by the previous administration. The result of that move by our government…
There were cheers from supporters at Fabian Manning's headquarters as the Conservative incumbent burst out into an early lead when the polls closed in tonight's federal election.
As the polls rolled in, however, the tide turned red and the cheers faded to low mumbles, and people shook their heads as they realized Manning might be in trouble.
Liberal candidate Scott Andrews took the lead and the margin between them grew until Andrews was declared winner of Avalon district - the riding Conservative Leader Stephen Harper had hoped would hold strong in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In his concession speech, Manning stayed poised and got loud applause from his loyal supporters.
"Tonight is not the result that we were looking for," Manning said. "But the fact is my faith (has) always been with the people and the people have decided and the people are always right."
In fact, the Conservatives failed to win any of the province's seven federal seats, in large part due to Premier…
Premier Danny Williams told the Cameron Inquiry this morning that he heard about the hormone testing errors just prior to when the story broke in the media in October 2005.
"It would have been late September, early October 2005," he said.
He said people involved in the debacle are being asked to reconstruct a day in their lives years ago.
"I would be ashamed to say less than five per cent would I be able to recollect from complete memory," he said of any given day.
"It's very difficult to recollect, in a busy office, specific details."
The extent of the hormone receptor testing errors hit home to him in May 2007, he told the inquiry.
Even though he knew about the errors before, he said the full impact was felt only when the cabinet was pondering calling the inquiry.
He said it hit home that the treatment patients were denied could have eased their comfort or even extended their lives.
Premier Danny Williams has received a 78 per cent approval rating in the latest Angus Reid public opinion poll, giving him the distinction of being "the highest ranked provincial head of government" in Canada.
The online survey involved a representative national sample of 7,000 Canadians, with large sample sizes in nine provinces.
Williams received approval from more than three in four respondents, with 10 per cent disapproving and 12 per cent saying they weren't sure.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was ranked second, with a 58 per cent approval rating, followed by Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter with 43 per cent.
The approval rating for Manitoba's Greg Selinger was 29 per cent while the disapproval rating for the remaining five premiers surpassed the 50 per cent mark.
Quebec Premier Jean Charest received a positive review from only 25 per cent of respondents, British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell received a 21 per cent approval rating and New…
Premier Danny Williams is dismissing comments by outgoing federal cabinet Minister Loyola Hearn, who said Thursday that the province is a dictatorship and described Williams's cabinet as "having the guts of a caplin."
Hearn made the comments to radio station VOCM.
Williams responded Friday, saying he was "disappointed" by Hearn's remarks, and said the real dictator is Hearn's boss.
"It's unfortunate that a man who has dedicated his life to public life decides to take the low road on the way out, but I can't speak for Loyola on that," Williams said.
"To say that my cabinet has the guts of a caplin, nothing is further from the truth. The one thing that my cabinet ministers have done throughout is stood up for their constituents, for the electorate and the people that they were elected to represent. They've done that. It's unfortunate in the last few years that Loyola hasn't done the same thing. As well, if anybody would recognize a dictator, he's certainly worked…
Premier Danny Wiliams says the battle between his government and Prime Minister Stephen Harper is over.
Speaking the day after a federal election that saw Harper's Conservative party returned to power with a beefed up minority government, Williams said his ABC - Anything But Conservative - campaign was a success.
"We've achieved our goal," he said today.
"We've sent a very strong message to the Harper Conservatives … we, in fact, had a role to play in preventing a majority government here."
The Conservatives went into the election with three of the seven seats in this province.
By the time the polls closed, the Conservatives were wiped out, with the Liberals claiming six seats and the NDP taking one.
The lone Conservative incumbent who sought re-election, Fabian Manning, lost his Avalon riding by more than 3,000 votes.
Across the country, the Conservatives took 143 of the 308 seats in the House of Commons.
Williams suggested that if Harper had…
While Danny Williams is proud of his many achievements as premier, not everything about the job appeals to him.
In a frank discussion about his political career - at the halfway point of his second mandate - Williams told The Telegram editorial board this week that parts of the job are frustrating.
"I enjoy what we're accomplishing as a government. I don't enjoy the job," Williams stated bluntly.
"All things being equal, I've had a lot better jobs than this one."
While he said politics is both an honourable and difficult profession, he hates being called a politician because of the word's negative connotation.
But the good must outweigh the bad for Williams, as he reiterated that come 2011, his name will once again be on the ballot.
He still hopes to make the Lower Churchill hydroelectric project a reality before leaving office.
"I'm definitely going to hang around…
There wasn't a sad face in the room as Premier Danny Williams outlined the final, multibillion-dollar Hebron deal signed Wednesday.
Just a few tired expressions on the faces of Hebron negotiators in a downtown St. John's hotel ballroom that was packed with beaming offshore oil industry contractors, suppliers and employees.
As he signed the deal, Williams was flanked by executives from the five Hebron oil companies - Chevron, ExxonMobil, Petro-Canada, StatoilHydro and the newest partner, the province's Energy Corp., which is a subsidiary of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we're in the oil business," Williams said.
He described Hebron as the province's most important offshore oil development to date.
"With Hebron, we are launching a new era of energy projects in which we, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, are stepping forward and proudly taking our place as full partners and active participants in energy resource developments."
The premier received…