[photopress:Going_For_Green_rgb_1.jpg,full,alignleft]There’s an edited excerpt from Going for the Green in the National Post this morning. I’m in Nova Scotia, so I haven’t seen it, but there is a link online. If you’re interested in reading the excerpt — on Newfoundland premier Danny Williams — you can find it here. It is edited — the original chapter is 6,500 words, and this one is 1,500, so please consider that. Here’s a taste:
In this excerpt from Robert Thompson’s new book, Going for the Green: On the Links with Canada’s Business and Political Elite, Danny Williams, Newfoundland’s Premier, treats author Robert Thompson to a round of tales at one of the two courses he owns on The Rock.
Danny Williams is a different type of politician, one who battles former Beatles on television and who gets the occasional speeding ticket in his Dodge Viper. He’s feisty and spirited — some would say to a fault.
He is unusually rich by the standards of Newfoundlanders — some locals call him “Danny Millions” — and certainly atypical of politicians. A successful criminal and personal injury lawyer, he sold his cable-TV business to Rogers Communications for hundreds of millions before entering politics, and still has two golf courses held in trust for him while he is premier.
He’s arguably the highest-profile politician ever to rise out of The Rock. He’s been debated on CNN, scolded in the pages of The New York Times and gained headlines across Canada.
He’s also a golfer. The Willows Golf Course at Holyrood, a club owned by Williams, is 45 minutes south of St. John’s. When I meet the Premier, wearing tan pants and a black and white golf shirt, he’s both a bit shorter and a bit burlier than I expected, with neatly parted grey hair.
“They say I’m the luckiest guy — horseshoes up my arse,” Williams proclaims through his thick South Shore accent. I think he’s talking about golf, but he could be talking about his life. In his 58 years, he’s been a Rhodes Scholar, a successful television cable operator, a personal injury lawyer who dabbled in criminal cases and one of the most popular regional politicians in Canadian history. Horseshoes, indeed.
The full excerpt is here.