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Danny Williams announces retirement

‘If you want a happy ending, you need to know when to end your story’


Danny Williams, the premier of Newfoundland since 2003, will retire from politics on December 3rd. Williams made the announcement following the completion of what is widely regarded as his legacy project, the signing of a deal between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia to develop Labrador’s Lower Churchill hydroelectric project. “I was quite prepared to stay on for another term if some of my greatest challenges still lay ahead of me, but with the completion of the Lower Churchill deal, it is time for new leadership and new ideas within the PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador,” he said. Deputy Premier Kathy Dunderdale will take over as acting premier, with a leadership convention scheduled for next next spring in the lead up to the 2011 fall election.

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Danny Williams announces retirement

  1. very smart man. It's too bad he never entered Federal politics. He would have been a "great" PM. But he took care of a most precious resource, the people of Newfoundland-Labrador. No separatist he either. A job well done remains "a job well done" and our country is the better for it. And this coming from a Québecois!

    • He's pretty young — who knows what he's got planned for the future? I don't think he's ready for retirement, just a new view.

      • I thought one of the reasons he was retiring was because of health concerns. Is that not the case?

        • He is retiring and will replace Harper, who hasn't got what it takes, to help out with the only alternative Canada has to stay alive. What many political experts are saying, Its TIME!

          The CROP / La Presse shows that if elections were held today, the PQ, Pauline Marois with his head, would win by winning about 80 seats out of 125. She would get 38% of the vote against 23% for the PLQ, ADQ 15%, 12% for Quebec Solidarity and 10% for the Green Party.

          Duceppe reiterated his support for Pauline Marois. "Pauline Marois is there, and Pauline Marois will become prime minister, the first in the history of Quebec, he said.And the ultimate goal, and the Bloc and Parti Quebecois is to make Quebec a country. Ça, on y travaillera conjointement, tous les deux ensemble.» That we will work together, both together. "

  2. I agree! The man and his party did good things for Newfoundland.

  3. He will be remembered for all the right reasons and his shoes are going to be very hard to fill.

    I hope he enjoys a well deserved retirement.

  4. This will mean a major shake-up on the NL political scene. It should breathe some life back into the opposition parties, as no matter who takes over the PCs, that person will be overshadowed by the larger-than-life image and legacy of Danny.

  5. A true rarity in modern politics that Danny Williams argued passionately for his constituents. Not only ensuring that Newfoundland and Labrador would be the benefactors of their resources but strengthening Atlantic Region as whole by being a reasonable business partner.
    Danny if we can't have you in Ottawa, perhaps you might continue the work bringing the Atlantic Region to a path of financial independence from Ottawa. The resources exist, we just need leadership in managing them.