Premier: New Cabinet Ministers On Wednesday

July 10, 2020

“It is my expectation to ask the Governor to make new appointments to the Cabinet next week Wednesday,” Premier David Burt said, with the Premier saying that “inviting two committed and dedicated Ministers of the Government to resign gave me no pleasure” but ”rules and regulations mean nothing if we are not prepared to live by them ourselves.”

Speaking at last night’s [July 9] press briefing, Premier Burt said, “There has been intense speculation and heightened media attention in the circumstances surrounding the event, which took place at Blu Restaurant.

“Some persons think that my decisions were harsh. Some think they were justified. Others think they did not go far enough. This job requires me to make tough decisions every day. And over the past four months, the tough decisions have been like ants at a summer picnic. Numerous.

“However, it is a responsibility that I take seriously, and my oath requires me to execute them without fear or favor. That much being said, there seems to be a new effort to extract political advantage, while looking to besmirch the names of persons with headlines and rumour.

“My wife had asked me to take a few days off this week, and so the Deputy Premier was expected or supposed to be here today. However, I’ve come in to answer questions that members of the media may have, so that we can draw a line under this saga and return to the important issues that our country is facing during a pandemic that will continue to affect our island home, both healthwise, and our economy.

“Beyond the public face of politics which is played out in press conferences, in the House, Senate or on the doorstep, there is a personal connection that is formed between those of us who choose to serve our country in this way. Inviting two committed and dedicated Ministers of the Government to resign gave me no pleasure.

“As I said in my statement on Monday evening, I am immensely disappointed in the events that led to this. However, as a country, we have worked too long and too hard over the past few months to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Bermuda and our demands for public compliance with rules and regulations mean nothing if we are not prepared to live by them ourselves.

“I have spoken to both MP Caines and DeSilva and I am satisfied that they understand and accept my decision. Both men worked tirelessly during the months of the pandemic response to keep Bermudians and Bermuda safe and to support our economic recovery.

“Their energy and zeal demonstrated a genuine care and concern for the people of Bermuda. I will remain forever grateful for their contributions. Because few know how difficult it has been for those of us in leadership over the past few months, but they know what it feels like.

“I have asked the Minister of Education, Diallo Rabain to serve as the Acting Minister of National Security and the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Wayne Furbert to serve as Acting Minister for Tourism and Transport.

“It is my expectation to ask the Governor to make new appointments to the Cabinet next week Wednesday,” he added.

There is a petition calling for the two Ministers to be reinstated, and when asked if this was an option, the Premier said, “There is no consideration of reinstatement for the Ministers who have resigned from the Cabinet.”

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  1. I have to wonder says:

    I have to wonder -

    How secure is the Premier in his job?

    Was the Blu incident turned into an opportunistic stitch up to get rid of two rivals?

    Is the health minister next?

    The Premier could very easily kept both ministers and weathered this out, no more than Boris Johnson did with his closest advisor in the UK.

  2. Jack Archer says:

    why is it taking so long? are people turning it down?

  3. bermy yout says:

    ay buh I aint gonna lie, these plp politicians seem like they dont have a clue. Everything about them seems amateur. I think imma go against the history I have been preached all my life as to why I should be voting for PLP and try out OBA. See wa they can do cause I have no confidence in these jokers.

  4. Ringmaster says:

    While Bermuda is embroiled in the bad behavior of 2 Ministers, Barbados is headline news on Yahoo because they are about to offer 12 months remote working for foreigners. Imagine that, getting new sources of revenue for Government and the overall economy. Why is it Bermuda is so stuck in local in fighting it can’t see the bigger picture on possibilities on how to get desperately needed revenue? Where is the economic plan and what have all these committees achieved? It seems there is continuing silence while the funds dry up.

    • BDA says:

      Move to Barbados Delta is waiting to take you.

  5. Evie says:

    Lol ya funny you do that lol

  6. Pitbull says:

    Poor You!! PLP is it
    Never OBA

  7. Pangaea says:

    If Bermuda is looking to improve the economy it will not happen by sitting on our thumbs.

    Put away you blue suits its Calypso shirt party time on the hill.

    People expecting the Goverment to do every thing is hardly fair when it all boils down to one or two polititions charged with carring the load it takes a village.

    They all need to get on board .

    I would not want there job for all the tea in china.

    Drastic situations require drastic measures.

    Consequently we need to look at all of our options from the other side of the wall or across the pond if you will.


    The USA is hurting in more ways they can count just now.

    Bermuda has to give to get ………… because no body spends their hard earned dollars for nothing the more candles we light the brighter the light.

    We are NUNBER ONE and we should act like it through marketing.

    In the past Bermuda comes to a stand still after labor day, why is that so ?

    Is it because our image has becomed tarnished, not so, if we are compared to other countries .

    This down turn is all abot MONEY we do not have enough to grease the wheels.

    i have never understood seasonal travel if that be so, why do people go to Switzerland i the winter to go skying ?

    We can keep going to end of November. What are ge going to give them Idea A BREAK.

    Government control prices on our food but does not control seasonal prices on Hotel rooms and BNB





  8. saud says:

    ” I have been preached all my life as to why I should be voting for PLP”

    so, you don’t even know why you vote for these bigots?