The PLP have accused Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier of “playing the race card” following a comment he made during a paid political broadcast.
A statement issued by the PLP said, “In his first speech before the House of Assembly, Craig Cannonier noted that he wouldn’t play the race card to divide and manipulate Bermudians. Last night, he broke that pledge.
“This is what Craig Cannonier said just a few months ago: I refuse to use race as a tool to manipulate black people and exploit their fears.
“This is what Craig Cannonier said last night. ‘If I look at the number of businesses that are dying, these are black businesses that I see dying daily.’Does this sound like playing the race card to you?
The video ad from the OBA is below:
The PLP statement continued, “It’s true that things are difficult, but, since 1998, black businesses have grown significantly! These opportunities for small business owners just didn’t exist during the time that the UBP now OBA politicians were in charge.
“Today’s businesses benefit from programmes like the EEZ and tax cuts and job creation incentives that the PLP pursued to help these businesses thrive.
“And, in the last several months, we invested $274,000 in 35 small EEZ businesses to see them through these difficult economic times and protect jobs. Would the UBP now OBA politicians have invested $274,000 in 35 small EEZ businesses?”
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