Simmons: ‘Will Assist In Ensuring AC Is Success’

January 5, 2017

[Updated] While we share the concerns of many Bermudians that the benefits of the event may not be as inclusive as they could be, the PLP will continue to assist in ensuring the America’s Cup is a success, Shadow Tourism Minister Jamahl Simmons said.

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Mr Simmons said, “The OBA Government has committed in excess of $100 million of taxpayer funds to support the America’s Cup. Given the scale of this public expenditure, all stakeholders in Bermuda must work together to ensure that the event produces the best return possible for all Bermudians.

“While we share the concerns of many Bermudians, that the benefits of the event may not be as inclusive, far reaching and diverse as they could and should be, the PLP will continue to assist in ensuring the America’s Cup is a success, for the benefit of all Bermudians, as Bermuda cannot afford anything less.”

Update 10.10pm: Mr Simmons added, “The OBA’s repeated failure to build consensus or lead with solutions, rather than tone-deaf arrogance, is to the detriment of Bermuda and Bermudians.

“We repeat what we said yesterday, that the unrest as a result of the Government’s handling of Rev Tweed highlights the need for a new approach in governance; towards one that is connected to the mood of the country, is inclusive, listens and seeks to address issues before they lead to conflict.

“As we approach the America’s Cup we implore the OBA to change their adversarial approach, to one that seeks to build consensus to ensure that the event is a success.”

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