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.
Mrs. Jackson was passionate about Bermuda, and the life she led made the Island a better place. She was an ally to all who needed fair hearing, and she was fearless in the fight. No one took on the powers-that-be better than Louise Jackson. Her passion for justice, fair treatment and truth made her a shining star in the community across many years.
As her one-time colleague, I can say that Mrs. Jackson’s example continues to inspire. I will miss her sense of humour, her sense of fun and her fighting spirit. We have lost an amazing women.
On behalf of my colleagues, I express our deepest condolences to Mrs. Jackson’s family, including daughter Susan who succeeded her mother as Member of Parliament. I know they are proud of her, of the way she lived and what she accomplished.
May she rest in peace.
Chairman Thaddeus Hollis commented: I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs Louise Jasckson, only the day after Her Majesty the Queen made her an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. I can speak for the whole of the One Bermuda Alliance when I say we have lost one of our best-loved members, and Bermuda has lost one of its most valued and cherished citizens.
Mrs Jackson was a key member of the One Bermuda Alliance team that fought and won the last election.
Her feisty and tireless work on behalf of seniors – the OBA made the plight of seniors one of the major planks in its election platform – won her friends and admirers all over Bermuda, regardless of political affiliation. In Parliament, she was an eloquent champion of seniors and those she felt were at a disadvantage, especially in health matters. She had an elegance and air of authority about her that put her opponents at an immediate disadvantage in trying to argue against her. Her effectiveness as an advocate was cited as the reason she was given an OBE.
She retired from politics after the election, but kept in close touch with her many friends in the OBA.
Our heartfelt condolences to Susan and other members of her family.
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.
Throne Speech Highlights – November 8, 2013
“It is time for us all to play our part. It is time to use these tough times as an opportunity to right the ship, everyone pulling together to fix the Island so that it works better for families and students, for seniors and workers… for everyone.”
· Grocers to expand food cost relief by introducing 10% discounted shopping on Wednesdays for one year with effect from 1st December 2013
· A Good Samaritan Act to provide legal protection to those who donate food to people in need
· Jobs programme to bring to bring the St George’s golf course back to a level where it can be maintained for the benefit of the community
· Boost to small business and employment by ensuring up to 20% of Government spending on goods and services is awarded to small business
· Absentee balloting for travelers and students away in college and measures to extend the days for advance polling for travelers
· Amendments to the Defence Act 1965 to eliminate conscription
Recovery, Reform, Renewal