Upcoming: Public Discussion On Term Limits

February 11, 2013

On Wednesday evening [Feb 13] there will be a Public Forum on Term Limits at St. Paul’s Centennial Hall starting from 5.30pm. The panelists will be Minister of Home Affairs Michael Fahy, Shadow Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban, BIU President Chris Furbert, President of the Bermuda Employers Council Keith Jensen, President of the Chamber of Commerce Ronnie Viera and businessman Michael Ross.

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Last month Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy said Government will eliminate the Term Limit Policy, which caused the Opposition PLP to express their disagreement with the way it was handled.

The Chamber of Commerce and Bermuda Employers’ Council welcomed the move, while the Cayman Islands Deputy Premier noted the move, saying they “would not want any of our competition getting ahead of us.”

BIU President Chris Furbert is on record as stating that “term limits must stay to protect Bermudian workers until the work permit policies in Bermuda are improved upon at the Department of Immigration.”

The Impact Assessment on the Elimination of Term Limits document — which was leaked to the press — said they expected a “rebounding economy in conjunction with no term limits will help shift public opinion” about the policy change.

The full Impact Assessment is below [PDF here]:

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  1. SpinCycle says:

    It was quite clear from the recent TV news broadcast, which aired local’s comments on Term Limits ending, that very few actually understand the meaning of the issue…

    Bermuda has an Ignorance Problem, and life on this island will NOT get better until we correct this! That starts at home, then continues in school, and follows through life. Fix it!

    • George says:

      Ha haaaa! Couldn’t agree with you more SpinCycle! I think the problem however goes much deeper than just a lack of understanding/appreciation for the state of immigration affairs in this country but also, dare I say it, the lack of a decent work ethic and the sense of entitlement which are either results of that ignorance you talk about or the cause of it! Either way its something that we as a country need to address – it wasn’t always that way but some how it has become ingrained within our society/culture to the detriment of us all!

  2. media says:

    Bernews – Who is hosting the Meeting? The poster is very generic.

  3. Argosy says:

    I’m going for the amusement factor of listening to C Furbert spouting his ignorant rubbish!

    Should be a good laugh.

  4. Amazed says:

    On its face this panel appears one sided. Not having the white collar unions on the panel is an obvious omission. It would have been better to have had Public consultation before the decision was made so I am not sure what the point is now. Perhaps its to convince the public that it was the right thing to do, which is fine as long as they have some concrete evidence to support their actions.

  5. Nuffin but de Truth! says:

    I think I’ll go to rattle Cf’s cage!!