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Making steady progress through difficult times

Five years ago, the people of Bermuda used the power of the vote to change governments and change the direction of our country.

Five years ago, the people chose to put an end to one of the most divisive periods of recent memory.

From policies that saw the fall of Bermudian jobs and the rise of jobs held by non-Bermudians, to attempts to give the children of expatriates the right to compete for jobs and opportunities against our children, the people made a clear change.

The past five years have not been easy, and we haven't gotten everything right. Yet we have remained a government that listens, we have remained a collaborative government, and we have remained a government that is still humbled by the tremendous responsibility you entrusted to us.

The Progressive Labour Party entered power again in 2017 determined not to be merely caretakers of the status quo and determined not to make the mistakes of our opponents, who stopped listening, forgot who they worked for, and became arrogant. That is why we have remained focused on our seniors by ensuring that they remain front and centre by providing them with increases to their pensions while, for years, our opponents told them, “Money doesn't grow on trees."

David Burt is the Premier of Bermuda, Leader of the Progressive Labour Party and the MP for Pembroke West Central (Constituency 18)

We launched a National Youth Policy to address the structural, social and economic conditions hindering the social mobility of our youth. Our government also launched a Youth Employment Strategy to facilitate greater opportunities for young Bermudians between the ages of 18 and 26, and is reforming our school system to better equip our children to succeed in 21st-century Bermuda and the world.

Our time has not been without its challenges. Alongside a once-in-a-century global pandemic, we have had to clean up the One Bermuda Alliance’s multimillion-dollar messes at the airport and Morgan's Point. All while continuing to balance debt and fund our ambitious social-investment agenda.

In the months ahead, we will continue to fight for working Bermudians — whether through tax cuts for Bermuda's lowest-paid workers, funding for school supplies for families in need, or initiatives to help reduce electricity bills.

We have not forgotten who elected us and the work needed to build a better, fairer Bermuda. We are grateful and humbled, and will continue to listen to you on the doorstep and in the community.

We appreciate your ideas, suggestions, feedback and, yes, even your constructive criticism. We haven’t forgotten the changes you demanded and the mission entrusted to us.

Thank you. We look forward to your continued support as we continue to fight for you.

David Burt is the Premier of Bermuda, Leader of the Progressive Labour Party and the MP for Pembroke West Central (Constituency 18)

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Published July 20, 2022 at 7:59 am (Updated July 19, 2022 at 1:28 pm)

Making steady progress through difficult times

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