from the RoyalGazette
Premier, Craig Cannonier has been accused of offering a bribe to an Opposition MP in exchange for support for a plan to ditch a referendum on gaming, it has been claimed.
Shadow Finance Minister David Burt made the allegation in the House of Assembly on Friday, shortly after Opposition leader Marc Bean had made similar allegations against the Premier.
The One Bermuda Alliance had pledged to hold a referendum on gaming in its pre-election platform, and throughout its first year in office, maintained that it was committed to the ballot.
But in December, 2013 it controversially dropped that promise. The Premier claimed Government was forced into the U-turn after Mr Bean had suggested during a telephone conversation, that the Opposition could “undermine” the vote through a boycott.
According to Mr Burt, he was called to the Premier’s office just three days before Government announced it was scrapping the referendum. It is alleged that at that meeting, the Premier suggested that, with Opposition support, a costly referendum could be avoided, and that Mr Burt’s information technology company could be in line for a Government contract with the money saved. [more]
MP David Burt, who is an IT professional, said that Premier Craig Cannonier offered his company an IT contract in exchange for support in bypassing the referendum.
Mr. Burt said: “The language that he used was very clear. In soliciting my support for bypassing the referendum, he offered to give my company an IT contract with the money saved from the referendum to develop the absentee balloting system for the Parliamentary Registrar’s Office.”
Last night the Premier released a statement saying for “today’s Opposition, there are no limits. Friday’s House of Assembly statement by the Opposition Leader was just the latest step in his party-before- country strategy.” [more]
- swing voter says on BerNews comments:
- February 17, 2014 at 9:30 am
- Alvin Williams says on BerNews comments:
- February 17, 2014 at 9:59 am
- “It’s what MP David Burt was asked to do get that economic benefit that is the issue here, It seems the corruption is fast becoming the middle name of the anti-Bermudian one term OBA government.”