Cannonier Supports #ChooseBDA Campaign

May 6, 2020

“It is important to support, as much as we can, our local businesses,” OBA Leader Craig Cannonier said, adding that “I am happy to give my backing to the new #ChooseBDA campaign.”

Mr. Cannonier said, “While the health of Bermudians is paramount, it is obvious to everyone by now that this is going to be an economic crisis as well.

“We have seen reports of shops shutting, Government revenues collapsing and fears over unemployment. We cannot be sure when the airport will reopen or when cruise ships might dock once more.

“And while I understand that people’s incomes have been hit, it is important to support, as much as we can, our local businesses, and I am happy to give my backing to the new #ChooseBDA campaign. It is an excellent initiative and I congratulate those behind it.

“However, I must say, this is not all a one-way street and it is also important that businesses incentivise local shopping as much as they can.

“Shops like the Mom and Pop corner stores, the hotels and high street stores all need our help – Amazon does not, nor does Facebook or Google.

“It’s been said that Bermudians spent about $300m a year on vacations. When we are allowed to, use some of that for staycations, use some to buy local products.

“The effect of COVID comes on top of successive monthly declines across the board in retail sales volume. Small to medium sized businesses are the lifeblood of the community. They need our support.”

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  1. Really? says:

    A staycation? OK so you find me a 4 or 5 star hotel with excellent and courteous staff commensurate to my spending in Bermuda and I will book a stay today! Clean room, excellent amenities and meet and greet like the old doorman at Elbow Beach for under $250 a night and I’m in! Good luck with that!

  2. Onion Juice says:

    I agree, but I can get a 20 volt drill on amazon for $100, Bermuda sells them for $600!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Cannonier is going nowhere quite swiftly. As soon as a Bermudian looks at his face, the word JETGATE comes quickly to mind!!
    Will this oba supporter ever tell the truth?
    Who will believe his antics while he pushes the opposition agenda?

  4. Zorro says:

    Why is it that every elected member conveniently forgets that a large percentage of the Bermuda population is in fact not a Bermudian. So instead of declaring that the health of Bermudians is paramount, why not just say everyone who lives in Bermuda. After all, some of the people who live here are contributing immensely to the economy.

  5. PANGAEA says:

    Cannonier & Co.
    If you feel comfortable in telling Bermuda how to spend its hard earned money, that is not for you to tell us what to do and how to live our lives.

    That sermon is called passing the buck !

    We want action not platitudes.

    I should feel comfortable in telling you to come up with a way to reduce the cost of living here for all.
    You can start with reducing import duty during the slow seasons there by reducing cost for the visitors.
    We have more repressive laws than stars in the sky.
    Stop borrowing money we can’t pay back.
    Get rid of the slow season image / concept.

    I should feel comfortable in telling you to find 100 ways to enhance our visitor experience.
    You can start with dealing with the hooligans on scooters, our roads are not safe and you and I know it .
    Get rid of the rats we don’t need another disease.

    I should feel comfortable in telling you to come up with a way to reduce the cost of running Government.

    You can start with getting rid of Government bureaucratic red tape
    Why do I loose half a day from work at the TCD. for renewals .
    Transform Bermuda from the island of “No” to the island of ” yes we can”.
    The tax burden is beyond us ,fix it !

    I should feel comfortable in telling you to. “Get Bermuda ready for new business”.
    You can start by making a vibrant country not the same old rope make a Bermuda Super Video.

    We have a nation of people who have done their bit, time for the young to step up to the wicket.

    Cannonier & Co .
    You have a nation of very unhappy people.