January 06, 2005 11:20 ET

"Fair Deal for Newfoundland" Tops 10,000 Supporters in First Week

One of Most Successful Canadian Online Movements Ever Attention: News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND, AND WASHINGTON, DC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 6, 2005) - Launched just eight days ago as a one-man grassroots effort, "A Fair Deal for Newfoundland and Labrador" has exploded into one of the most successful online movements in Canadian history. Since December 27th, it has generated letters from 10,000+ supporters - almost 2% of that province's population. Headquartered at www.FairDealForNewfoundland.com, the site features a letter-writing effort to Prime Minister Paul Martin, demanding he not break his earlier promise to let Newfoundland and Labrador keep 100% of offshore oil revenues.

"Newfoundland and Labrador was rich with resources and potential before Confederation with Canada in 1949, but we have since watched our natural wealth disappear, along with our jobs" said Kevin McCann, founder of the initiative, and Director of Online Development at Grassroots Enterprise, a public affairs firm in Washington D.C. "And now Ottawa wants to plunder our petroleum resources through the Atlantic Accord. Enough is enough. Prime Minister Martin, Canadians expect better; we expect you to keep your promises."

McCann, a native of St. John's, Newfoundland, launched the site with a few emails to friends and family. It has since exploded through viral growth.

"In all my years in online activism, I can't think of any petition that's been signed by 2% of any jurisdiction," said John Hlinko, a VP with Grassroots Enterprise, and longtime internet activist who once helped lead MoveOn.org. "Reaching this goal is amazing, but reaching it in just one week is mind blowing."

"Premier Danny Williams has made a firm stand against Prime Minister Martin's flip-flopping," said McCann. "And through www.FairDealForNewfoundland.com, the people can do the same."

(more at www.FairDealForNewfoundland.com)
/For further information: Web: http://www.fairdealfornewfoundland.com/ E-mail: kevin@kevinmccann.net/ IN: POLITICS, TECHNOLOGY

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