Keeping to the People’s Business
By the Hon. L. Craig Cannonier, JP, MP, Premier of Bermuda, March 24, 2014
It is my mission as Premier to bring about change that makes Bermuda work better for Bermudians.
This can mean passing legislation that expands human rights, it can mean attracting foreign investment to create jobs; it can mean taking steps to protect our most vulnerable.
Our objective is recovery that gets people working again. Our goal over time is to renew Bermuda to make it more fair – achieving social and economic equity, leaving no one behind.
To get there, we are working on many fronts to find and legislate solutions that work for the people.
This past week is an example of what I mean.
Sticking to the People’s Business
By L. Craig Cannonier, JP, MP, Premier of Bermuda, March 13, 2014
Bermuda politics has always been pretty intense - partisan, divisive, acrimonious, noisy. And these past few weeks have seen things ramped up to fever pitch with all sorts of accusations, name-calling and finger-pointing - all of it wearing down people’s spirits and deepening public cynicism.
With all the noise, the public can be forgiven for thinking that nothing is getting done on their behalf.
So I decided to use this space today to assure you that your government is fully engaged in the people’s business, making progress in spite of what you’ve been hearing.
This past week alone stands as an example of our work on a lot of levels.
Let’s start in the House of Assembly where the Government is moving through the Budget for the coming year - a Budget, by the way, that pays down our national debt, shrinks government spending while protecting people through no new taxes, no lay-offs and continuation of support programmes for people in need.
The Death of Mrs. Louise Jackson, OBE, JP
January 3rd, 2014
Mrs Louise Jackson, the One Bermuda Alliance’s unparalleled champion of seniors, the poor and the disadvantaged, died unexpectedly on January 2.
Premier Craig Cannonier said this: It is with profound sense of sadness, shock and loss that we learned of the passing of our colleague and friend, Mrs. Louise Jackson, OBE, JP.
Mrs. Jackson was a teacher of children, a defender of the elderly and an entrepreneur who used her love of dance to build the arts across Bermuda. She was also a political colleague of singular character and integrity who gave voice to the weak, the infirm and the forgotten.
Condolences For Nelson Mandela
December 5th, 2013
The One Bermuda Alliance would like to add its voice to the millions who will be expressing regret tonight at the death of Nelson Mandela, who was without doubt South Africa’s greatest son.
He was that country’s first black president for five years, from 1994 to 1999, until he stepped down to allow his deputy, Thabo Mbeki, to take his place. By the example he set in preaching reconciliation in his deeply-divided country, despite having been imprisoned for 27 years, he was an inspiration to people around the world. He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
He was a sweet man, a man whose smile lit up every room he entered. He was a man whose simplicity, honesty and humanity made him above all things the most accessible of men.
There is no one in the world who would not be improved by studying and emulating Nelson Mandela. His like will not be seen again.