Video: New Year’s Message From Premier Burt

January 1, 2018

[New Year’s message from Premier David Burt]

2017 has been an exciting year. The Progressive Labour Party received a clear mandate from the people of Bermuda to move forward with the agenda we laid out in our election platform. We made a bold start with our 100 day pledges, followed by the Throne Speech which laid out the government’s roadmap for the next year.

In this new year we will communicate more, listen more, and do more as we will continue to focus on our promise to build a better and fairer Bermuda for all Bermudians.

In the upcoming year, we will start to hear from the various committees that have been created as they share their findings and their recommendations. Over the next 12 months, we must tackle the core issue of a living wage and the high cost of living in Bermuda. We will address the needs of our seniors and education reform will remain a top priority.

As we work to grow and diversify our economy, we will provide greater opportunities for entrepreneurs and put in place training programs that will allow more Bermudians to improve their skills.

Growing and enhancing Bermuda’s tourism in also important. As a vacation destination, we must make our country even more welcoming as we continue to develop new and exciting experiences. Visitors that come to see us will know we are a fun and exciting destination to visit time and time again.

If I only had one new year’s wish, it would be for us, as Bermudians, to focus on becoming a healthier community. We must become more conscious of what we eat and the importance of exercise. You will hear this message over and over as we will work to reduce diabetes and obesity in Bermuda and the government will lead by example.

Together we must find solutions that will reduce the devastating premature deaths in our society. Those deaths caused by gun violence and road traffic collisions. A community approach is needed to reverse these two devastating public health crises. We need to be honest with each other and look out for our family, friends, and neighbours. If you see a young person going down the wrong path, engage them to see how you can help them make better decisions.

Similarly, if your friend or loved one has been drinking, do not allow them to drive. We must work together to reduce premature deaths, and while we will introduce random sobriety tests this year, we must change our collective mindset when it comes to impaired driving.

As we end 2017, I am reminded of a quote by car maker Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

Bermuda, I look forward to celebrating our strengths and successes in 2018, as we work together to build a better and fairer Bermuda. Happy new year, Bermuda.

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  1. aceboy says:

    2018 is going to reveal a great many things.

  2. Zevon says:

    Our fascist leadership.

  3. Ringmaster says:

    Great sounding speech, but nothing will happen. A living wage won’t be attainable without unemployment, and trying to control the cost of living is like trying to control the weather. Tourism probably just took a hit thanks to a few idiots, and more talk about diversifying the economy without any actual firm proposals. The PLP had 14 years as Government then 5 years in opposition and have come up with nothing except form committees to report. What is the Minister of Finance doing to counter the adverse effects of US tax reform? What are the form plans, not ideas, to balance the budget and not spend any surplus before paying down debt?

  4. Ringmaster says:

    New Year’s message to Patricia Burchall. Taking a liberty to say I’m speaking on behalf of all posters, but many thanks for all the work you and your team put into Bernews day in and day out, and sifting through and approving comments to post. Bermuda should give you a medal, and wishing you a very Happy New Year.

  5. Aware says:

    Not a bad message, but I wish his most important aim was to break down the barriers between the “two Bermuda’s”. Without that we can do nothing.

  6. Rohn Jankin says:

    My pot of soup is gone , Please focus on the debt and stop spending

  7. sandgrownan says:

    Clueless, useless, and out of his depth.

    “In this new year we will communicate more, listen more, and do more as we will continue to focus on our promise to build a better and fairer Bermuda for all Bermudians.”

    Unless you’re gay of course, because you’re …erm..a second class citizen.

    • sandgrownan says:

      Disappointing – merely pointing out the hypocrisy of the Premier’s statement.

  8. thumper says:

    N’stop skylarkin!

  9. facts of the rock says:

    Burt…QUIT! and take your plp cohorts with you.

    BTW…ya SSM nonsense,got news for you..the Guv’aint gonna sign it

  10. thumper says:

    Hey I have been known to read too much into a thing ,my perceptions are not infallible…I have read all matter and have read it again only to perceive subject matter differently….each time…I have read a book three times I liked it so much ,each time a year or two older and as you age your perception changes …it has been influenced in many ways…molded by experience and the information gather through time.
    It can be equified I guess but that would take a physicist/mathimatician.

    A priest would understand this for they read one book over and over always taking something new from it inspired by their thirst if you will…and rarly is a sermon ever the same.
    Sifting…only when addressing a need directly or indirectly as all is pertinent.

  11. Cedar Stump says:

    Happy New year PLP.

  12. Warwick West says:

    No. You. Wont.
    Stop lying.