Premier appoints Grearson as adviser
Author and former
Royal Gazette journalist Don Grearson has been appointed Adviser to Premier Craig Cannonier, working out of the Cabinet Office.
Mr Grearson will primarily be responsible for providing the Premier with advice and assistance on government planning, research for special projects and speech writing, when required.
The appointment was blasted last night by Opposition Leader Marc Bean, who said it was a job created by the Premier to reward a political supporter.
Mr Grearson served as the communications director for the One Bermuda Alliance through the 2012 election. He was news editor at The Royal Gazette in early 1990s, a member of the Bermuda Government Military Bases Transition Office and an officer in the Bermuda Land Development Company from its inception in 1996. He is the author of ‘USS Bermuda, The Rise and Fall of an American Base’.
Premier Cannonier said: “I am delighted to have Don on board. He and I have worked closely together from the formation of the One Bermuda Alliance through the 2012 election campaign. He is highly respected in the community, deeply committed to the success of the Island, enjoys close working relationships with every minister in the new government and works hard to get things done.
“Working with my colleagues, Don will help advance the Government’s goal of national renewal, which is focused on reviving the economy for the thousands who remain without a job and the many who need to earn more to recover diminished incomes.”
Mr Bean, who leads the Progressive Labour Party, said: “In Opposition, the OBA described moves such as these as part of a, ‘friends and family plan’ or as, ‘jobs for the boys’. It appears that they no longer hold those beliefs.
“As the Premier rewards his political supporters, financial backers, the elite and the privileged; his Government is trampling on our youth, our seniors and leaving the poor and the unemployed behind.
“For the OBA to ask civil servants to take pay cuts while consultant jobs are created for OBA insiders, speaks volumes about who they represent and what they stand for.”