OBA reveals two new Senators
Michael Fahy and Toni Daniels are the new Senators for the One Bermuda Alliance,
The Royal Gazette can reveal.
They replace Craig Cannonier who has left the Senate to become MP for Devonshire South Central, and Kathy Michelmore who is leaving the Island. Michael Dunkley was reappointed Senate Leader.
“Bermuda is in a crisis right now. We have an economic crisis that we’ve never seen before. We have crime that we’ve never seen before and our educational system is in trouble,” Mr Cannonier said in announcing the appointments.
“I have gotten to know these folks very very well, and they are adamant that we must get to work. This team represents getting the job done.”
The changes were announced at a press conference at the OBA headquarters on Reid Street.
A lawyer who works in international business, Michael Fahy is the former chairman of the OBA. Ms Daniels is co-owner of health food store Down to Earth.
Mr Dunkley expressed confidence in both Mr Fahy and Ms Daniels. He added that Mr Cannonier was in a “very difficult position” as many had wanted to serve in the Senate. “There were a lot of disappointed people in our party today, but everybody is committed to doing the task of trying to bring change to Bermuda, the change that is so badly needed,” he said.
“Bermuda, you can be assured that along with the team in the Lower House, the team in the Upper House the new Senate team that I work closely with, we will keep the Government’s feet to the fire and we’ll be ready for that day when we are going to bring real meaningful change at the polling booth.”
Mr Fahy, who has been chairman of the United Bermuda Party, the Bermuda Democratic Alliance and the One Bermuda Alliance, told the media that he was ready for the challenge. “Bermuda is facing the worst time in its history right now.”
Ms Daniels cited her “long track record of serving the community” and a more recent involvement in politics. She had been active in the Bermuda Democratic Alliance from its inception in 2009.
Mr Cannonier revealed his Shadow Cabinet assignments at the press conference (see box above).
Yesterday evening, Kim Swan and Charlie Swan, who were elected as United Bermuda Party Parliamentarians sent a joint statement congratulating Mr Cannonier for his appointment as the Leader of the Opposition.
“We look forward to working together with the Opposition and the Government on the issues as we have done in the past and engaging in the cut and thrust of Parliament,” the statement said.
“In addition, we extend congratulations to Ms Toni Daniels, the former BDA Secretary, who makes her political debut in the Senate. Interestingly, the return of former UBP chairman Michael Fahy and UBP Leader Michael Dunkley reunites a UBP Senate team from 2008. The more things changed the more they have remained the same.”