‘We Will Continue To Be Relevant Political Force’

October 6, 2020

Craig Cannonier Bermuda December 2018“The OBA has a strong, committed team, with a number of new politicians,” OBA Leader Craig Cannonier said adding that they “will continue to be a relevant political force.”

The OBA Leader was speaking after the 2020 General Election, which saw the OBA win just 6 of the 36 seats in the House of Assembly.

Mr. Cannonier said, “On behalf of the members and officers of the One Bermuda Alliance, particularly our slate of candidates and their teams, I sincerely thank everyone who voted for the One Bermuda Alliance and supported us during the election campaign.

“The One Bermuda Alliance congratulates the PLP, which now forms the government.

“It is our fervent wish, for Bermuda’s sake, that their rhetoric can be matched with positive action.

“The election has not changed the precarious situation of Bermuda; nor has it changed the hard challenges of the daily existence of our people.

“Already, there is the shadow of the missing $800,000 and the issue at Harrington Sound Primary school.

“The One Bermuda Alliance will speak to these, and other existing and emerging matters, as appropriate.

“Our Parliamentary Team will support what is in the interest of Bermuda and take firm positions when the interests of the people are not being served.

“We will continue to be a vibrant voice for the people of Bermuda and its development, standing for fairness, equity, opportunities and good governance.

“The One Bermuda Alliance is a very firmly established part of Bermuda’s political landscape and, in a short time, has made a huge contribution to Bermuda and Bermudians.

“We are still the only other party with seats in the House of Assembly and the Senate.

“That is instructive. The OBA is not going anywhere.

“The OBA has a strong, committed team, with a number of new politicians. We will all continue our presence and work in the constituencies and confirm our importance to Bermuda.

“We will continue to be a relevant political force.

“We will continue to help secure a better life for our people and make Bermuda a better place for all.”

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  1. Noncents says:

    If the OBA isn’t going away, can we at least get a new leader?

    • Horse radish says:

      This man needs to leave the OBA. He is the very reason why so many of we supporters didn’t vote. It’s truly baffling he’s only there for the money now kick him out fast.

  2. Curious says:

    “We will continue to be a relevant political force” lol

  3. sandgrownan says:

    The OBA needs to grow a pair. THey’ve allowed the narrative to be set by the PLP and become ineffective as an opposition. Anything constructive is drowned in the noise of the Union, Hate Radio and PLP combined political force.

    Bermuda needs, more than ever, effective opposition. We are still $3bn in debt, tourism is dead for the near future and the PLP have no ideas, no clue and no vision.

    OBA need to shape up or ship out.

    • Smith says:

      How do you blame everyone else for the demise of the OBA…they are irrelevant because of no one else but themselves. Your statements are insulting to the voters of this Country!

      • sandgrownan says:

        I think that’s what I said? They allowed the PLP to control the narrative.

  4. Red rose says:

    If the OBA can build from the bottom up, instead of top down, it has a chance. But it must refocus, it must get active branches, a chair who will roll up their sleeves and, importantly, it must get an identity. What does it stand for?

    • Mixitup says:

      ‘What does it stand for?’

      That’s easy, maintaining the status quo.

      • sandgrownan says:

        What status quo? THe status quo is the PLP. Has been since 1998.

        • Unbelievable says:

          @sandgrownan, exactly. Mix-up and others like them think there his some shadowy deep state cabal that runs Bermuda. Well I have news for him/her/it/them – those people are long dead and their descendants already moved their assets and money that could move overseas and that includes themselves.

          The “status quo” IS the PLP and Bermuda is a one party state. You should be so happy.

  5. Time To Go says:

    At this point, I’m thinking what he really is intent on keeping is that extra bit of salary that comes with being opposition leader. What part of the voter’s message did he not get? His former supporters chose either to not turn up to vote or to vote for another party. The message is clear. Call time.

  6. Mark says:

    Not with him at the helm!

  7. Navin Johnson says:

    “Continue” to be a relevant force? Really? Continue?

  8. Joker says:

    Seriously? This must be a joke?!

  9. Carpe Diem says:

    “The One Bermuda Alliance is a very firmly established part of Bermuda’s political landscape and, in a short time, has made a huge contribution to Bermuda and Bermudians.”
    Seats in 2012 – 19
    Seats in 2017 – 12
    Seats in 2020 – 6
    Not a positive trend. Please Mr Cannonier, do the right thing and resign. The people have spoken.

  10. Time is now! says:

    Mr. Cannonier I offer two words: Responsibility and Accountability. It’s time to take them. This wasn’t so much a PLP sweep as it was an OBA beating. You lost your way and based on the slate of candidates the party wasn’t prepared or able to run this Country. I could hardly bring myself to vote, I mean at 7:50pm I dragged myself to tick a box because not voting, goes against every bone in my body. The PLP have good and bad and I like some of their players but on a whole they are unwilling to represent white folks. The OBA on the other hand are simply a disaster. You, as the leader, must take responsibility for the beating at the polls, be responsible and accountable, step down. It’s not all your fault. Dunkley and Richards were arrogant, remember Faye, smart; but didn’t have a clue about gaining support or selling his ideas – my way or the highway! It was unraveling for years. I remember the OBA Premier at the PGA grand slam, he stopped the play on hole 16 so that he and his family, grown adults; could have a photo opt with Rory – honestly I was disgusted with their sense of entitlement. So see I don’t blame you entirely, it was a sinking ship. Time to retire, restore or build a new and maybe the youngsters can salvage something, but your time has passed. Pearman and Richardson seem switched on, let them take charge. Please Dunkley and Cannonier step down and maybe two bright young capable woman can run in your safe seats and be part of the six. If not, close up shop. A new party will emerge.

  11. Jus' Askin' says:

    Get the airport back!!!

    • sandgrownan says:

      Bermuda has no money, it’s broke. The well is dry. Even if we could, we can’t afford it.

  12. JAWS says:

    The folks in the OBA realized it was either stupid or illegal to vote for you jetgate. Simply put you’re the very reason why so many people abstain from voting OBA.

    Leave/retire from politics and allow the OBA a new fresh start.