The news from Queen's Park prompted Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams to say, "We're here to be part of a strong federation and we're here to help our weaker sisters in their time of need."
He added: "The big shoulders of Ontario have borne a lot of the weight over many years and, from Newfoundland and Labrador's perspective, we'd like nothing better (than) to lend a helping hand."
It isn't the first time flags have been used in a fight with Ottawa over oil. In 1982, Newfoundland flew them at half-mast to protest negotiations with the federal government over oil.
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