Premier's National Address
By Premier, The Hon. Michael H. Dunkley, JP, MP
Good evening Bermuda.
I’d like to take a few minutes of your time tonight to talk about my Premiership and what can be done to restore this great Island.
My approach to governing will be the same as my approach to life:
I will take on the tough issues
With my door always open to hear from you
And I will work with one and all because we are better together than apart
My mission as Premier is to do all I can to build a future that works for you and your loved ones – ensuring the security and opportunity we all need to grow and prosper.
Bermuda Captive Conference 2014
Today, 2nd. June, 2014, The Hon. Michael Dunkley, JP, MP, Premier and Minister of National Security, addressed the Bermuda Captive Conference 2014 at the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel. Conference participants included Mr. Tom McMahon - Chairman of the BCC; Cabinet Colleagues; Special invited guests; Conference participants and Members of the BCC organising committee. The Premier’s remarks are as follows:
I am delighted to welcome all of you to the 2014 Bermuda Captive Conference. Now in its 10th year, the BCC has become one of the most significant events of the year. And this week Bermuda is pleased to host the world’s largest gathering of captive insurance professionals.
I understand that you have a record number of room nights booked here at the Fairmont Southampton this year – approximately 1,000 plus at last count. I am informed that this year as the conference enters its tenth year it has received a bonus. I also understand that women who are not even registered for the conference have signed up to hear Brian Duperreault’s talk “Where are the women” where he will talk about the status of women in executive positions in the insurance and reinsurance sector.
So it appears that this is shaping up to be your most successful conference to date.
Address delivered at the swearing-in ceremony at Government House
by Premier, The Hon. Michael H. Dunkley, JP. MP
I am humbled by the responsibility I have now been given. Let me first however, thank former Premier Craig Cannonier. We worked together first in opposition and as his deputy I was grateful for the opportunity he gave to me to serve in Cabinet. I always enjoyed his support as a Minister and it cannot be forgotten that he led our Party to a significant election victory. I wish to thank him and his wife Antoinette for all that they have done for Bermuda and I look forward to working with him.
The foundation for Bermuda's recovery has been set in these last 17 months by a team of men and women who set about every day to do what is best for Bermuda. Now, I have the honour to lead that team and our mission remains the same: we must renew the promise of this country; we must create jobs for our people; we must educate our children and we must keep Bermuda safe.
These are the expectations of the people and we must meet and exceed those expectations each and every day. I am committed to working hard on finding solutions to our problems and delivering on the promises we made to the people of this country. We are the government of all of Bermuda and that means we must always put country first.
Resignation of Premier Cannonier
By the Chairman of the One Bermuda Alliance, Thad Hollis
As you will know by now, a difficult chapter in the life of the One Bermuda Alliance has begun to close. Last night, our leader, Craig Cannonier, resigned his post as Premier. In his final statement, he said this about the JetGate affair:
“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...
“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.
Statement from the Premier, the Hon. L. Craig Cannonier, JP,MP Regarding his Resignation
By The Hon. L. Craig Cannonier, JP, MP, Premier of Bermuda,
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.