Time has come to vote for a better tomorrow
On behalf of the One Bermuda Alliance, I would like to close our campaign here in The Royal Gazette by saying thank you to the thousands of Bermudians weve met canvassing in every constituency across our island.
Youve welcomed us into your homes.
Youve given us your ideas about how to make Bermuda work better.
We hope youll give us the privilege of making those ideas work for you.
We know that Bermudians from all walks of life are struggling because they are caught in a failing economy.
Single mothers have told me they find it difficult to provide the safe and secure lives they want for their children.
Families whose breadwinners have lost their jobs tell me they are struggling to make ends meet.
Today, our economic woes are added to a wave of violent crime that is tearing at the heart of our communities and soaring Government debt that has crippled its ability to help people when they need it most.
It is a good thing this election comes today because you finally can have a say about the direction Bermuda is heading, whether you want more of the same with the current Government or change for the better with the One Bermuda Alliance.
With more than 10,000 Bermudians unemployed or under-employed, with a staggering 36 percent of our young people unable to find a job and a violent crime rate that was almost unthinkable just a few years ago, Bermuda needs change.
My colleagues and I understand the seriousness of the challenges facing people every day, particularly those whove lost their jobs.
Its why we produced our Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan, to create 2,000 jobs across all sectors of the economy.
Its why we are going to take the fight against gang violence into every community, getting people working together to find new paths of opportunity for our young people.
Its why were are going to make sure our children get the education they need to succeed — from pre-school to Bermuda College — enabling them to live productive and satisfying lives, with good-paying jobs.
I believe in Bermuda, in every way.
I have spent the past few years talking with thousands, and I feel close to all of you, because we are Bermudians.
Although the pressures and disappointments of today can weigh heavy, I will never lose sight of the fact that this is a land of immensely talented people, rich in character and style, and capable of showing the world a thing or two.
I know of no other place on the planet that, pound for pound, produces more accomplished people than our 21 square miles. I see it every week, whether it be Rebecca Faulkenberry starring on Broadway in Spiderman or in a League Cup game in which our own Nahki Wells is the runaway star.
So lets use this election for a fresh start. Lets use it to say were done with what isnt working any more. Lets use it to say we dont want more of the same. Lets use it to say Were for change! — change that brings us together, change that grows jobs, change for safe neighbourhoods and change that gives us confidence that our children will be fine.
I got involved in politics because I want the people of Bermuda to do better, much better. I got involved because I want to see us come together. And I got involved because I know we can do it.
The party I lead is committed to economic and social equity for all, leaving no one behind. I am proud to be able to say that because it reflects my thinking in every way. I am also proud that this goal is shared by a great team of candidates who have been working hard to bring forward the change Bermuda needs.
Economic and social equity for all is the goal that anchors our thinking, our planning and our confidence that Bermuda can turn the corner to start working again for all our people — not just some of our people; all of our people.
Its time to open our arms to each other; to understand we have so much to gain by working together for the common good.
Its time for all of us to believe in a better Bermuda. I do, and I know my colleagues do. Lets make it happen. Today is the day it can start. Vote for change. Vote for a better Bermuda.
Thank you, and God bless Bermuda.
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