first_imgNova Scotia Premier John Hamm and Newfoundland and LabradorPremier Danny Williams will meet today, Nov. 8, to discuss waysto ensure the federal government fulfills offshore commitmentsthat Prime Minister Paul Martin made during this year’s federalelection. “The federal government has all the information it needs to dothe right thing and deliver on the commitment made by four primeministers of Canada, including Mr. Martin, that Nova Scotians,Newfoundlanders and Labradorians would be the principalbeneficiaries of our offshore,” said Premier Hamm, who haschampioned the cause of offshore revenues since 2001. “Bothprovinces must speak with one voice, that we will not accept lessthan what we are guaranteed by federal-provincial law and by theword of Prime Minister Martin.” Monday’s meeting in St. John’s, NL, marks the first time the twopremiers have met privately on offshore issues since October’sFirst Ministers’ Meeting. They have frequently engaged intelephone discussions on the subject over the last two weeks. “The prime minister was very clear to both provinces in June ofthis year that the people of Newfoundland and Labrador and NovaScotia would receive 100 per cent of offshore oil and gasrevenues, no caps, no fixed time frames and no caveats,” saidPremier Williams. “This is about the federal government keepingits word to allow two provinces to use the benefits of theiroffshore resources to become strong, financially self-reliantpartners in Confederation. We will not say yes to less.” In the mid-1980s, the federal government passed legislation underthe Atlantic Accord and the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Accord toguarantee full revenue benefits for both Nova Scotia andNewfoundland and Labrador. The current federal offer falls farshort of 100 per cent offshore oil and gas revenues.last_img