Government Policies Cause Job Losses
By Sylvan Richards, Spokesman for the Shadow Board on the Economy and OBA candidate Constituency 7, November 18, 2012
Saturday’s news that Computer City is closing its doors after 12 years of operation is one more example of bad government policies costing Bermudians jobs.
One of the company’s senior officers said the turning point for the company was the Government’s out-of-the-blue payroll tax hike in 2010. The tax hike shocked the local and international business community, whose leaders described the Government action as a “breach of trust”.
The company director of Computer City said: “We started seeing customers – companies and individuals – leaving or downsizing after that.”
Computer City provides a ground-level perspective of the impact of bad government action on a company’s ability to succeed. The end result is lost jobs for working Bermudians. Computer City’s closure will put nine Bermudians out of work, after the company struggled over the last few years to stay afloat with fewer people coming through its doors.
Futurecare Seniors Will See No Change In Their Benefits Under An OBA Government
By Andrew Simons, Spokesman for the Shadow Health Board and OBA Candidate for Constituency 17, November 15, 2012
We are here today to talk briefly about Bermuda's seniors and healthcare, specifically FutureCare.
For most seniors, health care is their number one concern. They worry about getting sick, about having access to good doctors and about how they will pay for their medical care and prescriptions.
That's why FutureCare is so important to them. It answers many of their needs. And that's why it is so shameful that the government election machine keeps lying to our seniors about the One Bermuda Alliance position on FutureCare.
Once more, for the record, the OBA supports FutureCare. We will not abolish FutureCare. We will not cut FutureCare.
Electioneering Tourism and reality
By Shawn Crockwell, OBA Shadow Minister for Tourism, November 14, 2012
If Tourism Minister Wayne Furbert’s boasts that his new ‘So much more’ marketing campaign is working, why is it that the largest hotel on the Island is offering bargain basement prices to attract business?
If demand was picking up, and projections are ‘excellent’ as the Minister says, why is it necessary to offer 50% off rates, free nights and steep discounts on dining. Aggressive downward pricing by hotels reflects a market reality that does not fit into the Minister’s spin.
The situation appears dire and Bermuda needs to hear the whole truth from the Minister.
A One Bermuda Alliance Government will take the politics out of tourism. We will create a Tourism Authority that puts professionals not politicians in charge of the industry. We will revive Bermuda tourism, growing jobs and opportunity to the many Bermudians looking for work.
It’s time for change. It’s time for new leadership, that is transparent, responsible and accountable.
Press Statement from OBA Chairman
By Thad Hollis, Chairman of the One Bermuda Alliance, November 14, 2012
The One Bermuda Alliance was founded on the need to bring change to Bermuda, to provide Bermuda with a Government that puts the people first. We were not founded on the basis of a “secret” document. This matter was raised by the Government when the OBA was first formed and they return to it today in a thinly veiled effort to distract attention from their record, which has left thousands unemployed, thousands more underemployed, neighbourhoods that are unsafe, businesses closing down every week and a billion dollar level of debt that will burden generations to come. This is the reality that concerns Bermudians today. The Government should be ashamed that they have expressed more passion on this matter than finding solutions to the real problems facing Bermudian families every day.
The Government has asked who is the OBA? That’s easy. We are a party that brought together Bermudians from all walks of life to make Bermuda better for all, leaving no one behind. Our focus remains on addressing the challenges facing Bermuda today. We will not be addressing this matter again. Instead we will continue listening to and working hard for the people of Bermuda and putting forward concrete solutions that work for them.
Bermuda needs real change, not another five years of the politics of division and distraction.
It's About People Not Politicians
By Thad Hollis, Chairman One Bermuda Alliance, November 13, 2012
This election will see voters decide which party can get the economy working for them – growing jobs and paycheques, creating opportunity.
It will be a decision that determines each Bermudian's economic success for years to come.
It will be one of the most important choices in the history of our island.
It will be a choice between another five years of the current Government's economic policies; policies that that have added over a billion dollars to the national debt and left more than 3,000 unemployed; or a new party that will revitalize Bermuda's economy, re-energizing small businesses, creating thousands of new jobs and bringing a new era of prosperity and security to our island.
The Government and others will do much in the days ahead to cloud that basic choice, as demonstrated by today’s developments in St. George’s West and Southampton West Central.