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Glenn Sheppard, left, talks to Danny Williams in Corner Brook Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 at Colemans on O’Connell Drive.
CORNER BROOK — Danny Williams says he does not miss the limelight of politics.
“I still stay informed, and I read everything I can,” he said. “I no longer have that responsibility and that’s a tremendous weight off the shoulders, but I do miss it. I miss the people. I miss the team that I worked with ... but I don’t miss the political nonsense.”
Williams was in Corner Brook Monday to help PC candidate Vaughn Granter campaign for today’s provincial byelection.
It was his first time talking to media since his retirement in December.
“My attention was to make a clear break between myself and the new premier and the new government coming in,” said Williams. “I didn’t want them to be under my shadow.”
Williams recently returned from a trip to London, England and has also spent time at his home in Florida. He returned to the province Saturday night specifically for the Humber West byelection.
He says his life is different since his retirement.
“Before the job was a 24-hour, 24-7 total consumption for me,” said Williams. “Even lying in bed in the nighttime you’d be constantly thinking about the issues involving (it).”
Williams said he came into politics with the idea of staying in it for eight years. His reign lasted as Tory leader for 10. That was long enough.
His plan for the future includes more travel.
“I won’t be able to travel all the time,” he said. “I’m not a person who can stay idle and just relax all the time. I need to be active.”
Williams said he keeps his hand in some business interests and will continue to pursue volunteer projects as well as public speaking, which he says he has a lot of requests to do.
“I’ll be very selective in some of the things that I’m doing,” he said.
Williams also said he does not intend to practise law unless a special case comes up.
As for trying to become the prime minister, Williams says he is finished with politics.
“I’ve had a lot of representation,” he said. “I’ve had people approach me from several political parties. But, in this stage of my life, no. I’ve done my thing here.
“My commitment was to Newfoundland and Labrador.”