Danny Williams

Danny Williams

The War With Ottawa : the Inside Story by A Hired Gun

Book - 2010
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John Efford . . . roared down from Ottawa to St. John's and issued his famous ultimatum to Danny Williams on Paul Martin's latest offer on the Accord: "Take it or leave it." Danny's comeback? "Let me answer Mr. Efford loud and clear. We will leave it, thank you very much." And the war with Ottawa rocketed upwards.

In 2004, Danny Williams, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, hired veteran politico and popular radio talk-show host Bill Rowe to represent his province's interests in Ottawa. This memoir covers the eight months Rowe served with Premier Williams during what became widely known as the Atlantic Accord Crisis and a bitter, long-lasting feud between Williams and the top brass on Parliament Hill. Combining high drama and hard-hitting analysis of the ruthless game of federal politics with hilarious commentary on the very human side of those involved, Danny Williams: The War With Ottawa is the story of a defining time for Williams and his political career . . . and the story of a premier every Canadian came to love or hate.

Bill Rowe is a broadcaster, lawyer and former politician in Newfoundland and Labrador. A Rhodes Scholar, he earned a Master of Arts in Law from the University of Oxford. Other books to his credit include Clapp's Rock, The Temptation of Victor Galanti, and Is That You, Bill?

Publisher: St. John's, NL : Flanker Press, c2010
ISBN: 9781897317839
Branch Call Number: 971.82 WIL ROW
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 23 cm


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Jun 12, 2016

The book is not about Danny Williams. I was curious about the ex-premier of NL. It's mostly about the author's years in Ottawa and gives insight on the inner workings of federal-provincial government dynamics.

Oct 15, 2013

This book lives up to its cover - it does indeed present a high level inside view of Ottawa under Paul Martin. The negative views of Ottawa civil servants are hilarious. Martin as PM comes across as weak as he was, but if this book had been written in French, I doubt that Quebec voters would have treated Jean Charest the way they did - Rowe is full of admiration and jealousy over his achievements in Ottawa for his province. Lots of details but a fun read too.

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