Just when you thought the Danny Chavez gibes were getting tired, the Rock's irrepressible strongman strikes - no, more like bludgeons - once again.
Danny Williams's move to unilaterally seize the Newfoundland hydro assets and timber cutting rights of paper giant AbitibiBowater Inc. after the company announced it would close its adjacent newsprint mill is the kind of self-inflicted wound that will sour any sensible business person with an eye on investing in the province. If the government rips up duly negotiated agreements just when it feels like it, what's the point in signing them in the first place?
At least Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's nationalization-happy President, has the decency to call himself a socialist. Mr. Williams just acts like one.
globeandmail.com: Will Danny's resource power grab pay off?
Oh puh-leese. Our self-appointed 'national newspaper' strikes again. This columnist obviously didn't do his homework. Abitibi operates under a 100 year old agreement where the province grants them timber rights and water rights (for free) in exchange for jobs and taxes. Abitibi choose to break that agreement thereby making the contract null and void. Williams is well within his right to take control of these natural resources. They belong to the people, not Abitibi. It's about time someone stood up to big business. Danny is leading the way.
C'mon Harper, follow his lead. Grow a pair.