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Paul Moist has written to Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams to congratulate him for revoking AbitibiBowater’s water and forestry rights after the multinational announced it was closing its Grand Falls-Windsor mill.

Williams argued the move - which will cost the jobs of 750 workers - violated the agreement signed between AbitibiBowater’s predecessor company and the province.

Newfoundlanders and Labradorians expect them to honour their historic commitments to the province. If they cannot do that, then they have no right to assets that rightfully belong to the people of the province, Moist wrote.