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