Bean snubbed by Bermuda First
PLP leader Marc Bean was snubbed by the Bermuda First think tank, a party spokesman said yesterday.
He was speaking after the Bermuda First group congratulated Home Affairs Minister Michael Fahy after he tabled the Incentives for Job Makers Bill.
The Bill is aimed at making it easier for captains of industry to work without work permit restrictions and gain residency in Bermuda — boosting commitment to the island and creating more jobs for Bermudians.
But the PLP spokesman it was “dishonest and wrong” that Mr Bean — co-chairman of the Bermuda First committee — had not been consulted on the statement.
The spokesman added that the Incentive for Jobmakers Act, tabled last Friday, was “a key component” of the PLP's plans to increase job opportunities for Bermuda.
But he said: “Despite this, the PLP was deeply troubled by Bermuda First's public support of this bill in its current form.
“The Opposition leader should have been included in the discussions surrounding the suitability of the Incentives for Job Makers Act and its potential benefits and flaws.”
The spokesman added: “Instead the PLP's leader was excluded from the decision-making process and played no role in the issuing of this statement bty Bermuda First.
“It was dishonest and wrong to attach Mr Marc Bean's name to this statement.”
The spokesman said the PLP would have welcomed the chance to work with Bermuda First — and promised to work with the ruling OBA to “strengthen” the bill and create opportunities for Bermudians.
Bermuda First is a group of business and and public sector leaders, co-chaired by Premier Craig Cannonier and Mr Bean, brought together with the aim of boosting the island.
Bermuda First executive director Kerry Judd last night refused to comment.