Nfld. & Labrador

Danny Williams 'lost for words' over courthouse naming

The Newfoundland and Labrador government is naming the building that houses Corner Brook's courts after former premier Danny Williams.
Former premier Danny Williams has the court building in Corner Brook named after him 2:38

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has named the building that houses Corner Brook's courts after former premier Danny Williams, who said he was deeply moved by the honour. 

"This is where I spent 10 years serving the people of Corner Brook," said Williams, who represented Humber West for just under a decade in the House of Assembly. 

"I'm lost for words, to be honest with you."

The Danny Williams Building is the new name of a four-year-old complex that opened in 2010, and houses courtrooms with the provincial court and the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Williams said the naming ceremony was an emotional moment.

"I can't put a price on it," he said. "There was a point where I was very, very moved by it as I do feel a very strong connection to the people of Corner Brook."

Premier Tom Marshall said the decision to name the building after a living politician was justified because of what Williams accomplished.

"There's no decade like the Danny Williams decade," he said.

There's no decade like the Danny Williams decade- Tom Marshall

"There's lots of people who have served this city and served it well," he said. "We should name the public buildings after these people, and this is one we did. I felt that Premier Williams was the most deserving."

Williams, who retired from politics in 2010, led the Progressive Conservatives to victory in 2003.

He worked as a lawyer for almost 30 years before entering politics in 2001. Although he has lived in St. John's for almost all his life, he was elected that year in the Corner Brook-area district of Humber West. 

This is the second time that a courthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador has been named after a former politician and member of the legal community.

In 2001, the courthouse in Grand Bank was named for T. Alex Hickman, a former chief justice of the Supreme Court as well as a cabinet minister in the Frank Moores government in the 1970s.

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