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PLP promises a ‘bold’ Throne Speech today

A new parliamentary year begins again today with the reading of the Throne Speech on the Cabinet Lawn by Sir Richard Gozney. The Speech, probably the last before the next general election will lay out Premier Paula Cox’s legislative agenda for the year ahead. “It’s a promise of things to come, but we’ve seen too many broken promises in recent years, too many missteps and too many disappointments. The trust is gone. It’s time to do better.”

The ceremony brings together Senators and Members of Parliament and a host of dignitaries, for a pageantry filled occasion that will draw a crowd of hundreds of onlookers. In the mix will be some new faces in new roles and some old faces playing new roles.

Following a brief opening of the Senate, this morning, Ms Cox will enter the big tent accompanied by her newly minted counterpart, Craig Cannonier, the Leader of the Official Opposition. And, of course, new OBA Senators Toni Daniels, Michael Fahy and a reappointed Senate Opposition Leader Michael Dunkley, will be among the dignitaries. As will be Diallo Rabain and Vincent Ingham, newly minted ruling party Senators. Marc Bean and Wayne Furbert, both familiar faces in the political scene will be making their public debuts as Progressive Labour Party Ministers.

Residents will be anxious to hear the Throne Speech which will outline Ms Cox’s plans for tackling Bermuda’s economic challenges, violence and crime, and education as well as what is expected to be a continuing focus on streamlining the Civil Service, good governance and fiscal management.

Last year’s Throne Speech promised to strengthen Government’s financial oversight and create a leaner Civil Service. Changes within the Ministry of Education and Bermuda’s immigration policies were also pledged, as was a new gang task force and more power to be given to the Education Board.

A statement from the PLP promises a “bold” Throne Speech. “With a strong team in Cabinet, in the Senate, and in the House, we are confident the people of Bermuda will understand that the PLP remains committed to real progress for our people. We will continue to provide the principled leadership necessary for our country’s future,” the statement reads.

“The Party looks forward to the views of our diverse membership and our central committee working groups, which focused on the economy, jobs, crime, education, and our youth, reflected in the speech. We as a Party remain committed to progress and we’re eager to hear our Government’s legislative agenda.

“We are confident that our Leader, the Hon Paula A Cox JP, MP will deliver the goods.”

The OBA is not so confident. Residents were treated to this comment about today’s Throne Speech by Craig Cannonier in his first address to the nation as Leader of the Official Opposition.

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Published November 04, 2011 at 9:47 am (Updated November 04, 2011 at 9:47 am)

PLP promises a ‘bold’ Throne Speech today

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