The OBA stands on its record.

  • Revival of Tourism Industry

    • Created Bermuda Tourism Authority
    • Multiple hotel developments across the island
    • Return of cruise ships to St. George’s and Hamilton
    • Increased airlift and air arrivals
  • Increased Economic Development

    • Economic growth for the first time since 2008
    • Government finances stabilized
    • Loans and support to small businesses & entrepreneurs
    • Infrastructure improvements, from roads and bridges to a new airport
  • Strengthened National Security

    • Lowest levels of crime since 2000
    • ‘Cashback’ support to community groups and clubs
    • Gang resistance training in schools, Team Street Safe in communities
    • An all-volunteer Royal Bermuda Regiment
  • Targeted Efforts to Help All Bermudians

    • Fair, progressive tax reform and payroll tax breaks for lower income earners
    • 24/7 ambulance service based in the East End and West End
    • Increased pensions, introduced Personal Home Care benefits for seniors
    • Broadened the scope of government scholarships to support students in need
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A Government of Job Losses, Not Job Creation

By E.T. (Bob) Richards, Shadow Finance Minister, December 7, 2012

Bermudians have to ask themselves whether they really believe this Government can “create jobs, thousands of jobs,” as the Premier promised yesterday.

The Government’s record over the past decade is one of continuing job losses, not job creation.

The Department of Statistics figures show that more than 2,700 Bermudian-held jobs have been lost over the past ten years.

The number of jobs held by Bermudians declined almost every year from 2001 to 2011 (latest available figures).

And the recent Labour Force Survey shows more than 10,000 Bermudians are either unemployed or under-employed. Nearly 40% of young Bermudians don’t have jobs.

This is a terrible record. Thousands of families are struggling to make ends meet, thousands of Bermudians are suffering grim days every day because they don’t have enough money to pay bills and meet family needs.

 

All of this came to pass on this Government’s watch.

So why should Bermudians believe this Government will now become a job-creation Government?

If it was a job-creation Government, surely thousands of Bermudians would not be struggling today.

The only promise this Government can keep is that it will give Bermuda more of the same. And more of the same is not what Bermudians want.

The OBA has put forward a Jobs and Economic Turnaround Plan that will lead Bermuda to better days, growing jobs and opportunity for all. It’s time for change.   

Michael Dunkley

"I want to assure the people of this country that their Government is unawavering in the commitment to improving this economy and restoring prosperity and success as part of the Bermuda story."

Michael Dunkley

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