PLP on good governance
PLP attacks Government’s broken promises’
The Opposition went on the offensive against the ruling One Bermuda Alliance yesterday, with three candidates berating the governing party’s record on immigration, jobs and transparency.
Walter Roban, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, accused the OBA of breaking promises on issues ranging from bolstering jobs for Bermudians, the infrastructure of schools, and the cancellation of the proposed gaming referendum in 2014.
Saying the list of lost opportunities was “too long to count”, Mr Roban further accused the OBA of misleading Bermudians about the party’s plans.
His attack on the OBA’s immigration record, which he said had reduced opportunities for locals, was taken up by Walton Brown, the opposition spokesman on home affairs, who criticised the OBA for scrapping term limits on work permits, which initially were to be suspended for two years while the policy was renewed.
“Throughout their time in office, the OBA has bragged about the rising number of work permits to non-Bermudians,” Mr Brown added.
“But they never really talk about the rising number of jobless Bermudians. Who is the OBA really working for? It doesn’t seem like us.”
The Reverend Emilygail Dill, who is the opposition candidate for Paget West, assailed the OBA on transparency, one of its main pillars for the 2012 election, saying the party had sought to give “blanket status to non-Bermudians” with the proposed Pathways to Status legislation that was ultimately dropped after days of protests outside Parliament.
Ms Dill criticised Bob Richards, the Minister of Finance, over the disclosure to MPs of information relating to the airport redevelopment — noting also the party’s pledge to establish “an independent contractor-general to make sure there was no political interference in government construction projects”.
“It’s been nearly five years,” she added. “What are they waiting for?”
She also denounced the OBA’s record on shrinking Cabinet and cutting the salaries for Members of Parliament, saying they had promised “a smaller, leaner, more transparent government”.
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