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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Newfoundland and Labrador’s "ABC" Campaign Back on Track

After meeting with Stephen Harper in Ottawa Newfoundland and Labrador premier, Danny Williams, went before the media this week to let the public know that his ABC (anyone but Conservative) campaign, “…is back on.”

According to Williams, during last week’s first minister’s meeting Stephen Harper indicated that a written response to the province’s request for settlement of the 11 billion dollar equalization dispute would be sent to his office this week. Williams also said Harper informed him that he (Williams) “…will not be happy with the decision”.

Though the Prime Minister’s formal response has yet to arrive, premier Williams says Mr. Harper’s words have led him to end the truce that has existed for the past few weeks and once again begin moving forward with a campaign to defeat federal Conservative candidates in the province during the next election.

While speaking with the media Williams told reporters that during a private meeting between himself and Prime Minister Harper back in December, when Williams provided the PM with some options to end the feud, the PM responded that he, “didn't need Newfoundland and Labrador to win an election”.

Harper's office has since denied the PM said that.

At this point there appears to be no middle ground for the two leaders and it’s expected that over the coming weeks and months the war of words will ratchet up as the Commons heads into a new year and a new round of confidence votes.


Calvin said...


Apparently my vote in Ontario doesn't mean much either thn does it.

Je me souviens ,Mr Harper.I will give you my opinion at the Ballot Box.

Anonymous said...


LOS ANGELES, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Canadian Atlantic province Newfoundland and Labrador and a Nova Scotia utility on Monday announced signing an agreement to study a joint project to bring electricity to New England markets from the Lower Churchill Project in the Maritimes.

The Lower Churchill is one of the last big underdeveloped hydropower projects in North America, and has a capacity to make 2,800 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 1.5 million homes, said Emera Inc, parent company of one of the two utilities involved.

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Emera and its unit Nova Scotia Power Inc want to determine if the project has merit.

Province-owned Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is based in St. John's, Newfoundland, and is lead developer of the Lower Churchill project.

"We are looking forward to working with both Emera and Nova Scotia Power in an effort to identify mutually beneficial opportunities for this renewable, predictably priced, clean energy," said Ed Martin, president and chief executive officer of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro...