Cannonier asks voters to take ‘leap of faith’
Voters were asked to “take a leap” yesterday and “speak boldly” when they went to the polls today.
Craig Cannonier, the leader of the One Bermuda Alliance, added that his party had learnt from its time in government from 2012 to 2017.
He said: “You have seen the One Bermuda Alliance do this before and you have seen that when we work together, the results are phenomenal.
“The greatest weapon we have against any threat is our ability to quickly rally together, help each other and weather the storms of life together.
“Tomorrow, I ask that you exercise your right to vote.
“Speak boldly at the polls and if it is your desire to place Bermuda's future back in the hands of the One Bermuda Alliance, we will humbly take the wheel and with everyone's help, guide us to safety, prosperity and a Bermuda that works better for all.”
Mr Cannonier said that he took “a leap of faith after watching our island home suffer” when he became the OBA leader in 2011.
He added: “We needed a change. Everyone agreed that Bermuda needed a change.
“We needed a different pilot to chart the course and in 2012, we went to the polls and historically changed the landscape of our government, which undeniably enhanced our economy and brought key investments into our island.
“While we, the OBA government, were extremely focused on the economic challenges, we did not give equal attention to the social woes of our country.
“We have learnt from our time in government, that is why we will do better.”
Mr Cannonier said that the election “was called at a time when we should have been caring for our most vulnerable, protecting ourselves, our families, friends, and neighbours and those who have lost jobs”.
He claimed that the decision to ask the public to turn their attention to an election was “politically motivated and nothing to do with the needs of Bermuda”.
Mr Cannonier said: “This isn't just any election, brothers and sisters. This is an opportunity to once again demand more.
“We need jobs, economic stability, common-sense governing, social evidence-based programmes and a government that knows how to get things done. This government has proven time and time again that they, in fact, do not know how to get our economy back on track.”
The OBA leader said that he was “very much concerned” about a low voter turnout.
He added: “At a time when people are extremely concerned about Covid-19, when people are losing their jobs, when companies are going out of business, folk are preoccupied with trying to survive right now.
“They do not want to be bombarded with electioneering.”