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Faretheewell to the Prime Minister of Newfoundland

November 28, 2010

So Danny Williams the premier of Newfoundland and Labrodour for the past ten years is stepping down because he feels he’s been there long enough and its time to move on…imagine that.  He should give BC premier Gordon Campbell a call to advise him on how to exit politics gracefully.

Anyways, after hearing this news and an interview the other morning on the CBC my brain is saying…hey….Prime Minsiter Danny Williams?…. huh, huh?

He’s pretty cool, abrasive, in your face sure; but a reasonable and honest person when it comes down to it.  If the Liberals fail to win the next election there will be a large job opening that Danny Williams could potentially try to fill.  Locking down Atlantic Canada might be one benefit of this. Of course, then there’s this interview with the Premier about Quebec with the satirical program This Hour Has 22 Minutes

This video, besides being hilarious and a heartening reminder of the difference between how Canadian politicians behave from those in the US, makes one quickly rethink the whole PM Williams thing.  While some of his criticism of Quebec seem fair, it’s over the top and choosing a leader who’s regularly insulted Quebec is not a good way to get a majority (just look at Stephen Harper…bam!).

So, probably not, but as a high profile cabinet minister he would be  an asset to the Liberals regardless. This got me to thinking, I’m pretty sure we’ve never had a PM from Newfoundland, mostly Ontario and Quebec right? Even Harper’s actually from Toronto. But where were all the Canadian Prime Ministers born?

So I looked it up and made a map of the birthplaces of Canadian Primeminsiters because I couldn’t find one.  While its true Upper and Lower Canada get a lot of the PMs, I surpised at the spread up and down the Seaway. And who knew Nova Scotia had so many eh?

Do you find this surprising? For 30 points can you name the BC and Alberta PMs and who was the last PM from the UK, may be more recent than you think.

Map of the Birth Places of Canadian PMs

See the full google map here.

Update: Another crazy thought that occurs to me is that Mr. Danny Williams and Mr. Peter MacKay (who is also rumoured to be jumping ship soon) would both be interestingly placed to lead some kind of resurgence of the the Progressive Conservative party in the Maritimes.  There’s no sign that MacKay wants to betray is new master to resurrect his old one, but regional parties do a lot better in our system than national ones. A Maritime Progressive Conservative party that leaned on the progressive and less on the conservative could potentially lock down all the seats in the Maritimes and become a real coalition power broker in parliament making the Conservatives and Liberals beg you to support them in exchange for all kinds of goodies for the East Coast.

But that’s alternate universe crazy talk, don’t mind me…

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  1. November 28, 2010 8:32 pm

    Another crazy thought that occurs to me is that Mr. Danny Williams and Mr. Peter MacKay (who is also rumoured to be jumping ship soon) would both be interestingly placed to lead some kind of resurgence of the the Progressive Conservative party in the Maritimes

    As for MacKay, not likely. If he leaves, it looks more like he’ll be going to some swanky Bay Street Law firm, Gowlings, and something or other.

    As for Williams, I heard him with Craig Oliver this morning on Question Period. He’s made it clear that above all, he is a Newfoundlander and first and foremost, his love is Newfoundland and Labrador and the ROC comes a decisive second. For that reason, as well as the fact that he doesn’t speak French and he is unelectable in Quebec; If he decides to go into federal politics, I don’t see him going for leader of a party (would probably be Liberals; he told Oliver, in no uncertain terms that he is not a Harper,/b> conservative, but a progressive conservative), but rather, an MP for some Newfoundland/Labrador riding.

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