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Premier Resigns – Cannonier steps down

May 20, 2014 - Author: bdadmin

Below is is a statement released by Bermuda Ex-Premier, Craig Cannonier

Ex-Premier of Bermuda - Craig Cannonier.

Past One Bermuda Alliance Leader, Premier, Craig Cannonier | photo: twitter

My fellow Bermudians,

Many of you have been following events for the past few months around the so-called ‘Jet Gate’ affair and consequent allegations regarding my leadership.

This controversy has called into question my integrity and my leadership, the confidence of my colleagues and the support of my party – threatening the good work of the government going forward.

Nothing illegal was done, but I accept there was a failure over time to be completely transparent. This is a fundamental component of good governance and a core principle upon which the One Bermuda Alliance was founded.

As a result, and after days of close counsel with my colleagues and family, I have decided to resign my position as Premier of Bermuda, and have advised the Governor of my decision.

In so doing, I am asking you as a community to agree with me and support my Deputy, the Hon. Michael Dunkley, who will serve as Acting Premier.

I will remain a One Bermuda Alliance Member of Parliament in order to continue the initiatives I have put in place and to serve my constituents and the country in whatever way I can.

This is the best way forward for Bermuda.

I want you to know that everything I have done in my public life was done solely with the intention of moving Bermuda forward as rapidly as possible.

I want success for our country and your government, and I am very disappointed with the way things have turned out.

In saying that, I want to make one thing completely clear: No Cabinet colleagues have done anything wrong in this or any other matter.

As the leader, I accept responsibility.

I have been proud to serve alongside my Cabinet and backbench colleagues and the many hard-working and talented civil servants I have come to know. They are public servants one and all, and like me they want only what is best for the people of this great island.

We have put Bermuda back on the long road to recovery,

* setting the stage for job growth

* restoring business confidence

* stabilizing the country’s finances

* restructuring Bermuda’s approach to tourism

* ensuring care for people in need, and

* advancing human rights.

It is a good, solid record and the work going forward deserves your continuing support.

In closing, I want to say how proud I am to have been your Premier. The support I have received from people all across the Island has been a source of daily inspiration and strength.

I especially want to thank my wife Antoinette and my family for their unwavering support and love.

I believe in Bermuda, and our ability to work together for a better tomorrow – one that is fair and equitable, that leaves no one behind.

I intend to continue that work as the Member of Parliament for Devonshire South Central.

It has been a privilege to be your Premier.

You have my best wishes.

Goodnight and God bless Bermuda, and may we continue to pray for one another.

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Bermuda Premier attempts to bribe Bermuda MP David Burt?

February 18, 2014 - Author: bdadmin

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The Premier tried to bribe me - David Burt - MP - PLP

Premier tried to bribe me, says Burt | photo: twitter

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]

BerNews says:

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.”


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