Electioneering the Taxi Industry
By Pat Gordon-Pamplin, Shadow Minister for Transportation, November 13, 2012
Government shifted its electioneering efforts to the taxi industry this week, orchestrating an 11th-hour pullback on mandatory GPS equipment – an issue it has had years to resolve.
The OBA position on this matter has been clear from the start: GPS should be optional for taxi owners. If drivers feel it offers them a competitive advantage, they should use it.
This is about choice – freedom of choice. The Government has not wanted choice on this matter but now, on the eve of an election, the industry gets a statement saying it will, in effect, not punish non-compliant taxi owners for now.
Taxi owners will have to decide what’s real – the maneuverings of an election-time government or the government they get the rest of the time; and whether to stick with the Government’s heavy-handed, one-size fits all command or whether they want change that gives them the freedom to decide what works best for them. That’s the choice.
We Need Everyone Participating
By Craig Cannonier, One Bermuda Alliance Leader and Shadow National Security Minister, November 12, 2012
First, we commend Danielle Lightbourne, Kelsey Pichery and other students for getting involved in the fight to have their voices heard. Bermuda is their country as much as anyone else’s and they should be able to have a say in its future.
This issue was at the forefront of our thinking when we delivered our first Throne Speech Reply in 2011.
At the time, we said an OBA Government would “immediately overhaul the Parliamentary Elections Act to involve as many citizens as possible in decisions about the future of the Island. We will extend the advance poll for those who are traveling, and absentee ballots to students living abroad.”
Our stand on this issue is anchored to one of the OBA’s founding principles – inclusiveness. We want a Bermuda in which no one if left behind and that extends to making sure all who can vote can vote.
Our aim is to bring people together, not just to work together but to give them a greater say in the future of their Island. This is the kind of hope and change we want for Bermuda.
We are confident online voting can become a reality. There will be no difficulty in adopting a system whereby absentee ballots are made available to students who are on the voters list.
This is Your Election
By Craig Cannonier, Leader One Bermuda Alliance, November 9, 2012
Good morning fellow Bermudians,
This is a good day for Bermuda.
The call for an election gives you the opportunity to finally have a say about your Island – about what’s been going on around you – whether you approve the direction it’s headed or whether you believe it’s time for change.
The election presents you with two very different visions for the Island.
• One is determined to keep things as they are, using the divisive politics of the past to keep it that way, with no plan to create jobs.
• The other, with a plan to grow jobs, looks forward to a more prosperous, secure and unifying future for every Bermudian.
The choice will be one of the most important in the life of this country,
Whether you want five more years of this Government’s path to rising unemployment, gun violence and soaring debt, or whether you believe it’s time for change, with new leadership, new ideas and a vision to get us moving forward in a new and better direction.
The Government will not see it that way, despite what is going on.
General Election Call
OBA Leader Craig Cannonier on the General Election call, November 8, 2012
“To everyone in the OBA and the thousands of others who have joined this movement for change, we are excited about this opportunity to finally move Bermuda in a new and better direction.
On December 17, voters will have the chance to say whether Bermuda continues for another half decade on this Government's uncertain path of more unemployment, rising violent crime and skyrocketing taxpayer debt.
Or whether they believe, as the vast majority of their brothers and sisters do, that it’s time for Bermuda to come together and put our island on a new path towards the security and prosperity Bermuda's families so rightly deserve.
Throne Speech Reply
Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members of the House of Assembly,
The people of Bermuda can have hope for a brighter future – a future in which our economy is growing jobs again, safety is restored to our neighbourhoods, and our children are getting the education they need to succeed in this ever-challenging world.
But that future depends on change; change in the way we work together as a people, change in the way we go about our business as a country and change to a government more fully committed to meeting the needs of the people.
The party I lead represents the hope and change Bermuda needs for a brighter future, and that is the context in which the One Bermuda Alliance delivers this Reply to the 2012 Speech from the Throne.