2005-01-06 23:55:08 UTC
She Should Be Fired From The G&M.
Globe columnist slags 'deadbeat' Williams
WebPosted Jan 6 2005 02:34 PM NST
ST. JOHN'S - A Globe and Mail columnist has written a scathing
condemnation of Premier Danny Williams' handling of the offshore revenue
Margaret Wente, the Globe's featured columnist on its opinion page, says
Williams has gone too far in his demands with the federal government.
"Mr. Williams reminds me of a deadbeat brother-in-law who's hit you up for
money a few times too often," Wente writes in the Globe's Jan. 6 edition.
"He's been sleeping on the couch for years, and now he's got the nerve to
complain that it's too lumpy."
Wente, who describes Newfoundland Labrador as "probably the most vast and
scenic welfare ghetto in the world," says Williams is trying to "pick the
pockets" of other Canadians.
"Maybe we can strike a deal," Wente writes. "You can keep all the oil and
gas revenues. And you can pay us back all the money we've sent you since
A skybox on the Globe's front page promoting Wente's column says
"Newfoundlanders need to stop biting the hand that feeds them."
Williams dismissed the criticism.
"It's those kinds of comments that really bite at the heart of
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians," he says.