Wil­liams in ICU as his deputy lashes out at ‘fe­ro­cious’health de­bate

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un­named U.S. clinic.

Dun­derdale said Wil­liams was able to have his “pre­ferred” pro­ce­dure but de­clined to say more, cit­ing his fam­ily’s wish for pri­vacy.

“ This is a stress­ful time. Any kind of heart surgery brings with it a great deal of angst,” she said.

She said Wil­liams will be “chaf­ing at the bit” to re­turn to work and is ex­pected back in his of­fice in early March — in about four weeks.

“No­body has to en­cour­age him to work. He’s a worka­holic,” she said of the fa­ther of four grown chil­dren and grand­fa­ther of four.

“ We’re all de­lighted that this part of the jour­ney is over.”

Wil­liams him­self will be happy to per­son­ally an­swer crit­ics who’ve un­fairly turned him into a “poster child” for the pri­vate-pub­lic health care wars in the U.S., she added.

He will pub­licly ex­plain why he chose the treat­ment where he did “when he’s well enough to do it.”

For now, she im­plored peo­ple to hold off on knee-jerk spec­ula- tion and al­low Wil­liams and his fam­ily time to get through this or­deal.

“Hav­ing to deal with all of this has not been pleas­ant for them,” she said of the glar­ing scru­tiny this week.

Wil­liams is an in­de­pen­dently wealthy man who is known to work long days and who do­nates his salary to his fam­ily’s char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tion. The for­mer lawyer and busi­ness­man is an avid recre­ational hockey player and golfer. HAL­I­FAX — Nova Sco­tia’s eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment min­is­ter re­jected ap­peals Thurs­day to re­con­sider a de­ci­sion to elim­i­nate fund­ing for a high-speed ferry to the United States, ar­gu­ing the ven­ture didn’t make good busi­ness sense.

Af­ter meet­ing with sev­eral pro­test­ers who staged a noisy demon­stra­tion in­side and out­side a gov­ern­ment of­fice build­ing, Percy Paris said he would not bring the is­sue back to the cab­i­net ta­ble.

The group of about 250 tourism op­er­a­tors, busi­ness own­ers and ferry em­ploy­ees want the NDP gov­ern­ment to re­verse its de­ci­sion to end sub­si­dies for the CAT ferry that runs be­tween Yar­mouth and Maine.

But Paris said it didn’t make eco­nomic sense to keep sub­si­diz­ing the ser­vice since rev­enue from Amer­i­can tourists has been drop­ping off.

“It’s not a good busi­ness ven­ture — it’s as sim­ple as that,” he told re­porters af­ter his meet­ing with the mayor of Yar­mouth.

“It’s not go­ing to be con­sid­er­ing rev­ers­ing the de­ci­sion around the CAT.”

Bay Fer­ries Ltd. an­nounced in early De­cem­ber that it was drop­ping the ser­vice be­cause it could not af­ford to op­er­ate without gov­ern­ment help.

Premier Dar­rell Dex­ter has said his gov­ern­ment re­mains op­posed to pro­vid­ing $6 mil­lion in pro­vin­cial cash to keep the boat run­ning and the gov­ern­ment — which faces a $525-mil­lion deficit this year — can’t pro-

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