Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams announced that he is resigning effective Dec. 3 and will leave politics for good. Williams was elected as Premier in 2003 and his Deputy Premier will take the reins.
Mere weeks after British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell announced his resignation, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams also told a group of reporters at a press conference that he is stepping down and will leave politics altogether, according to CBC News.
Williams said he made the final decision after the recent deal to develop the proposed Lower Churchill hydroelectric project in Labrador, which was labelled as his “legacy project.” He said, however, that he is most proud of the province’s people.
It was speculated that Williams would sign the hydroelectric project and then resign in early 2011, reports The Canadian Press.
“Orson Welles once said that if you want a happy ending, you need to know when to end your story,” said Williams. So I’ve called you here today to announce the end of my story as a ninth premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. I will be stepping down on Dec. 3 to allow the party the time to elect a new leader.”
Williams’ resignation comes before a provincial election next autumn Deputy Premier Kathy Dunderdale will be the acting Premier until a replacement is chosen.
“I am most proud of our renewed pride as a people,” said Williams. “I'm proud when I travel the country and meet expatriates who tell me what a difference it is now to be a Newfoundlander and Labradorian living on the mainland. Because those people who once thought we were the poor cousins of Confederation now see us as a province on the move.”