[Updated] “The OBA is so desperate that they will mislead voters about businesses that just opened in St. George’s,” a statement from the PLP said today in reference to the OBA’s video ad “Economic Blues.”
The PLP said the OBA ad shows text that says “more businesses shut down” over a building that, as of August 2012, houses Tamasun’s Japanese House while the second part of the ad shows a business with a “For Rent” sign, which as of August 2012 houses A2Z Shoes and Accessories.
“We already know that the OBA has offered no ideas and no solutions to the problems facing Bermuda. However, it is an insult to the owners of these small businesses for the OBA to broadcast to all of Bermuda that their locations are empty!,” said Senator David Burt.
PLP video response:
The follows the day after the two parties clashed over the Economic Empowerment Zones [EEZ], with the OBA calling flyers the PLP has been mailing out saying the OBA pledges to end the EEZ for NE Hamilton, Somerset and St. George’s a “bald-faced lie,” while the PLP said transcripts “do not lie,” and criticized Bob Richards for “attacking the EEZ.”
The full statement from the PLP is below:
A recent OBA advert entitled “Economic Blues” that has aired on television and the internet shows what seem to be closed businesses in Bermuda. It was revealed in a grassroots video that two of the buildings house newly opened businesses.
The OBA ad shows text that says “more businesses shut down” over an image of a building that, as of August 2012, houses Tamasun’s Japanese House. This restaurant is located in St. George’s and received assistance through the PLP Government’s EEZ programme.
The second misleading part of the ad shows a business with a “For Rent” sign. We’re pleased to report that the location has been rented and, as of August 2012, now houses A2Z Shoes and Accessories.
This store, like all other retail establishments, receives tax breaks through the PLP Government’s retail tax relief. It is also located in the St. George Economic Empowerment Zone.
“The OBA is so desperate that they will mislead voters about businesses that just opened in St. George’s,” noted David Burt, Junior Minister for Economy Trade and Industry and PLP candidate in Constituency #18.
“There’s still more work to do, but the PLP naming St. George’s as part of the EEZ has created an environment for new entrepreneurs. There are new 4 businesses that have opened in St. George in the last few months.”
“We already know that the OBA has offered no ideas and no solutions to the problems facing Bermuda. However, it is an insult to the owners of these small businesses for the OBA to broadcast to all of Bermuda that their locations are empty! “
“I’m proud of the many small businesses that get off the ground with support from the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, the Economic Empowerment Zones, and PLP Government tax relief for retail and restaurants.
While the OBA complains and attacks, the PLP is standing strong for Bermudians by supporting small business and affirming our support for economic empowerment.“
Update 9.17pm: The OBA issued a response, it follows in full below.
The OBA is delighted that A2Z and Tamasun’s Japanese House have opened for business in St. George’s, bringing life to once-closed spaces. Bermuda needs more of the dreams, faith and courage these entrepreneurs represent. Their work is all together good.
What is not good is the Government’s desperate effort to make politics out of it. Our video presentations of Bermuda’s dire economic situation, including the spaces now occupied by Tamasun’s and A2Z, accurately capture what is happening.
The Government does not know how to turn around the situation. They are out of ideas and out of solutions. Just ask yourself: What is the Government’s economic recovery plan? If it had one, surely you would have heard about it by now.
The biggest question Bermudians will soon face is whether to allow the Government’s failed policies to continue. Policies that have resulted in nearly 3000 Bermudians losing their jobs. Policies that have seen an unprecedented number of Bermudian businesses fail. Policies that have driven our national debt to $1.4 billion and climbing.
It is the reality of these statistics that is affecting everyone in Bermuda – from day-to-day hardship to deep concern about the state of our Island home.
Now, more than ever, it’s time Bermudians had a Government that puts them first, not just around election day but every day. That’s the change Bermudians want and that’s the change the OBA will provide.
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