‘How Will Combining Them Make A Difference?’

February 5, 2020 | 30 Comments

Craig Cannonier Bermuda December 2018“We have had the ICT Policy and Innovation unit, the Business Development Unit and Fintech Business Unit for some time, but they clearly have not made an impact, so how will combining them into one department make a difference?”

This was from Opposition Leader Craig Cannonier who said, “On the same day the Premier announced his new Economic Development Department, we had reports of a slump in house sales.

“We also had complaints that ideas to help the retail sector fall on deaf Government ears.

“GDP has been revised down, retail sales volume has slumped, 200 jobs have been lost in retail and company registrations are down – all while the PLP has been in power.

“So, my question is this: we have had the ICT Policy and Innovation unit, the Business Development Unit and Fintech Business Unit for some time, but they clearly have not made an impact, so how will combining them into one department make a difference?

“It is also a clear admission that the Premier’s decision to drop economic development as part of the Tourism Ministry was a mistake.

“At one time Jamahl Simmons was Minister for Tourism and Economic Development but the economic development part was dropped when the Premier shuffled his Cabinet.

“As the OBA did, the Premier must control the cost of Government to help reduce the burden of taxes and charges and he must do as he promised two and a half years ago and carry out comprehensive immigration reform.

“Bermudian jobs should not be displaced, but we must make Bermuda a welcoming place to work which means reforming immigration to encourage companies to set up here, safe in the knowledge that they will be able to bring employees with them, who in turn will spend their income here.

“Burtonomics has failed. The establishment of this new department is proof of that.”

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  1. How are we supposed to listen to this guy after misleading about JetGate?
    Well Trump has followers too.
    Go figure.

    • Double S says:

      Is an avid supporter of the ‘we had to deceive you’ Party really making that statement?

      Self-awareness is seriously lacking in some.


    • sandgrownan says:

      Are you stupid or deliberately disingenuous?

      If you are capable of honesty, which I truly doubt, then you need to be prepared to discuss the real “JetGate”, the one that did involve a Premier, a no bid contract, a plane ride and real tax payer dollars. Worth noting that Bermuda was over billed to the tune of $1.8m and Tourism declined by 34% as a result.

      Alternatively, what you need to do is shove Jetgate where the sun doesn’t shine.

      • Double S says:

        They never, ever, comment on the real ‘Jetgate.’

      • Lewis says:

        Craig is the ObaUBp leader doc Brown is not. Just face it your a sad bunch with a second hand leader. You would have better look recruiting from the circus if you needed more clowns.

    • vip says:

      Relax Juice the UBP+OBA needs guys likes this to make the voters LOLOL. A friend of mine in this party just shakes his head and states no comment.

      • sandgrownan says:

        You’re lying.

        • “Your lying”, thats de Teaparty line they used on Obama.

          • sandgrownan says:

            If someone is committed enough to a political party to actually join, and then shakes there head and makes no comment…then what’s the point? You join to contribute, to assist, to get involved, not to sit there mute.

            I do not believe vip. They’re lying

    • Cow Polly says:

      that’s right – deflect, ignore the message … smh

  2. sandgrownan says:

    It wont. See “deckchairs-titanic” and the laughable pre-budget report from Curtis. Failing. At least they’re good at that.

    • hmmm says:

      Your party changed it’s name to escape it’s racial past and now you bring back the JETGATE of all people to lead you. Seriously how desperate are you people in the obaubp!! He’s at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to getting respect from black voters. Don’t you people canvas the voters he’s not the ONE!

      • sandgrownan says:

        See my response above *sigh*

        • Ja says:

          Sigh is what the black voters said to the UBP which made you change the name to OBA to get another SIGH. Never want to talk about the crap they did to us do you.

      • Cow Polly says:

        lol, another deflector ignoring the message, we really are doomed

  3. OBAubp says:

    Will Jet gate and $300k+ make a difference? The money was for the OBA election campaign but the party never received it. Wonder who’s pocket it went in?

    Thad Hollis OBA chairman investigates the allegation writes a report and later resigns. LOL

    Later Craig is kick out as Premier. LOL

    • sandgrownan says:

      It wasn’t public money. It doesn’t matter.

      • Rob says:

        It appears it was money for the OBA, so was it stolen from them? Never mine I assume it’s ok.

        • sandgrownan says:

          I don’t know, I don’t have that information. But if it was, then it’s up to them to address it as they see fit. Not you, not me. Them.

    • Rob says:

      So they kicked him out as leader and brought him back to lead!!!!!!

      Fake News = a select few brought him back not he OBA party you idiot.

      He has no place here and my party needs to wake up and find a better leader if we want to beat the plpBIU next year.

      • hey Rob says:

        At least you have the balls to admit that having Jet gate is a joke for your party.

        Sandgrownan would hire a clown or a thief if that person could beat the plp next election by the blog they left above.

        “It wasn’t public money. It doesn’t matter”

      • Question says:

        So no comment on the actual subject then. Got it.

    • Cow Polly says:

      wow, the PLP deflectors really are out in force today! Why ignore the message that #burtonomics is going the same way as the platinum period of tourism! hahahahahaha!

  4. Apparently, there are Bermudians who DO favour Cannonier.
    JetGate stands at the helm of this man.
    Who ,one this small island, has forgotten your flawed path?

  5. DF says:

    The number of people commenting who are trying to deflect attention from the real issue is frightening. I hope they are paid by the PLP to do this and don’t really believe it

  6. watching says:

    Will having Cannonier the leader change anything?

    • Ringmaster says:

      @Watching. Obviously no because the PLP are the Government. It’s up to the PLP, not the OBA.

  7. toadinthehole says:

    The crucial point here is that the Premier dropped the Ministry of Economic Development and now has had to restore it. he scr3wed up.

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