POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN TORONTO'S GLOBE AND MAIL
Danny Williams is a disgrace, and I don't know why he gets so much publicity in quitting.
Who can ever forgive the childish, insulting, and just plain dumb taking down of the flag all over Newfoundland because he didn't get as much money as he wanted?
In the United States, Williams likely would have been "strung up" for doing something like that.
The fact that Canadians took it calmly actually showed what a great country we have.
Still, his seemed to me the work of an unbalanced person.
And people seem to have forgotten Danny's absolutely shameful treatment of the women of Newfoundland who were being tested for cancer, and a large number of tests were fouled up.
He was absolutely at the center of that terrible mess. He had learned of it earlier and refused to acknowledge it.
He took no responsibility, and he got away with it, clean, reminding me of old teflon Reagan.
His poor administration and poor follow-up - after all, this is a province with a population the size of greater Hamilton - caused fear and hopelessness for thousands.
The events reminded me very much of the psychology of abused women: why do they stay with their mates? Well, here was abuse on a grand scale, and the folks still love this "strongman."
And when it came time for his secret operation, only the US was good enough.
Leader? That? Unbelievable.
My "limit of understanding," as you so graciously put it, has hardly been enlightened by your silly post.
I know perfectly well the history of Newfoundland's dealings with Quebec on hydro-electricity.
No one forced Newfoundland to sign the contracts all those years ago.
The fact is that Newfoundland believed it had a good deal then.
You cannot go back years later and say, “Look, this hasn't worked out for me, I need a new price.”
Try that on your mortgage or any other long-term contract and see how far it gets you.
It is a sure sign of lack of understanding to use the language you use in the matter.
Now, I know perfectly well that Danny Williams is a smart and a successful businessman, so his use of that language, and far worse, is pure demagoguery to appeal to likes of yourself. Clearly it worked for him.
But the fact remains the man is dishonest, abusive in his language, and is a true bully - a nasty piece of work altogether. Have you ever heard or read the appalling things he has said about Quebec? The language of the gutter, entirely.
People are charmed by Danny’s old down-east act, but Williams’ approach to government resembles on a smaller scale Hitler at Munich, shouting and frothing at the mouth and threatening and abusing to get his way. You may admire that. I do not.
My “limit of understanding” at least allows me to understand that if all the premiers behaved this way, we would simply not have a country.
By the way, don’t you find people who make aggressive comments without using their names to be just a touch cowardly? What would old two-fisted Danny Boy say?