Danny Williams (politician)

Daniel ( " Danny" ) Williams, QC (* August 4, 1950 in St. John's, Newfoundland ) is a Canadian politician, lawyer and businessman. He was on 6 November 2003 to 3 December 2010 Prime Minister of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. As recently as 2001 he had entered into politics after he had been sold, with structured cable television network, and shortly thereafter was elected chairman of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. Williams' style of government was outside the province to be extremely controversial. Disputes to a higher proportion of the province of the revenues from offshore oil deposits led to a deep rift with the federal government and made headlines across Canada regularly.

Studies and professional life

Williams grew up in the provincial capital of St. John's. At the local Memorial University of Newfoundland, he studied political science and economics. Due to his outstanding achievements he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1969 and moved to the University of Oxford in England, where he began studying law and incidentally played in the ice hockey team of the University. Then he made at Dalhousie University in Halifax a Bachelor of Laws.

1972 Williams was admitted as a lawyer in Newfoundland and Labrador and in 1984 was appointed Attorney-General. During his studies, he led a consortium of entrepreneurs, one of the first concessions Newfoundland for cable television secured. Through numerous acquisitions Williams Atlantic Cable built one of the largest communications companies in the Atlantic provinces. As a major shareholder, he sold the company in 2000 for 280 million Canadian dollars at Rogers Cable, earning him the nickname " Danny Millions" earned. Williams was also the president of the oil and gas company OIS Fisher, opened three golf courses and stood several charitable organizations.


It was not until 2001, Williams turned to politics. In April of that year, he ran successfully for the presidency of the Progressive Conservatives, who were then in opposition. On 2 August 2001, he was elected at a by-election in Humber West district in the House of Representatives of Newfoundland and Labrador. His deputies salary he donated to charity. In the elections on 21 October 2003, the Progressive Conservatives were up by almost 18 % and won the absolute majority of the seats.

Williams took office on 6 November 2003. He soon caused controversy. In order to reduce the budget deficit, he announced the end of March 2004 to defer various construction projects to freeze the wages of state employees and to delete 4,000 jobs in the provincial administration. Then went on strike about 20,000 state employees for one month, until Williams forced to work with a change in the law again.

In December 2004, Williams gained media attention across the country, when he ordered the removal of all Canadian flags from government buildings in Newfoundland and Labrador. He protested against the planned by the federal government lower value of the future revenues from the offshore oil fields in compensation payments. Williams forced renegotiation with Paul Martin's federal government and acted for his province a one-time upfront payment of $ 2.6 billion to the expected funding from fees. After this negotiation success its previously low approval ratings rose in opinion polls to record levels. However, other provincial governments criticized the special scheme. On 9 October 2007, Williams was ' Government confirmed in the provincial elections. The Progressive Conservatives increased their share of the vote by 11% to 69%, their candidates put yourself through in 44 of the 48 electoral districts.

During his second term worsened relations with the federal government rapidly, although with Stephen Harper ruled an ideologically close standing prime minister. Williams accused Harper of not wanting to comply with the negotiated agreement with Martin. During the election campaign before the general election in 2008, he ran an anti- Harper campaign, under the slogan ABC - was Anything but Conservative ( " Everything but conservative "). He called on the voters in his province on to not give their vote the candidate of the Conservative Party of Canada. The ABC campaign was a success, as the Conservatives in Newfoundland and Labrador could not win a seat. In keeping with Williams' she missed across Canada, the absolute majority of seats.

On 25 November 2010 Williams announced that he would resign on December 3. He was replaced by Vice Premier Kathy Dunderdale. She has served as executive Prime Minister, until 2011, a new party leader is chosen.