OBA selects leader’s sister to stand at the next election
Three general election candidates were unveiled by the Opposition One Bermuda Alliance yesterday.
Among them was Gaylynne Cannonier, owner of home furnishing store, Foreign Cargo and sister of OBA Leader Craig Cannonier.
Born and bred in St Davids, Ms Cannonier will be contesting Constituency 3, St Davids, seen as a marginal until 2007 when the ruling party’s Lovitta Foggo sent the UBP’s Suzanne Roberts Holshouser out of parliament with a solid 90 vote victory.
“I am a born and raised St. David’s Islander. My family is centred there. Our lives were shaped by living there. It is a unique, warm-hearted and proud community,” Ms Cannonier told the media.
“I can think of no higher calling than to be their representative in Parliament and in government.
“I decided to step forward as a candidate for public office because I believe the problems facing Bermuda are too serious to stand on the sidelines.”
Ms Cannonier continued: “From my extensive travel, my years abroad and my education, I have seen how important it is to change and adapt.
“I have also seen how important it is for communities to work together, to listen to each other, regardless of background; to come together rather than remain apart.
“This is what the One Bermuda Alliance stands for.”
Sylvan Richards, who unsuccessfully contested the Warwick South Central by-election under the banner of the Bermuda Democratic Alliance in 2010, was unveiled as the candidate for Hamilton South or Constituency 7.
“Having worked in business all my professional life, mostly in the international sector here in Bermuda, I am well prepared to join the OBA’s experienced finance team, to work on and provide solutions for Bermuda’s current social and economic ills,” Mr Richards said.
“This is a group of men and women who are totally committed to making our economy work again by growing jobs, ending unemployment and creating new career and job opportunities for Bermudians, from all walks of life.”
He expressed his confidence that the OBA can deliver the change that Bermuda needs.
To the voters of Hamilton South, Mr Richards said: “I consider myself your public servant, and my first duty is to represent your views and your concerns and then work to ensure that the OBA delivers to you an effective, efficient government that works.”
Hamilton South is currently represented by Darius Tucker who was elected as a UBP MP but crossed the floor to the PLP after two years as an independent member.
But the PLP has chosen Diallo Rabain to contest the seat in the next election.
Senator Michael Dunkley will be taking on the Smith’s North constituency, or Number 10, which he has continued to canvass since he lost the seat to Patrice Minors in the 2007 general election.
“If you go to Constituency Number 10, the folks there will tell you he is out there continually year after year, month after month, day after day,” said Mr Cannonier of Sen Dunkley’s candidacy.
Those remarks were echoed by the candidate himself. “In politics, it’s all about representing people, building relationships and working on their behalf,.” he said.
“Of course, I knew if I wasn’t successful at the polls I will continue to work. So two days after the election in 2007, I was back knocking on doors, and I was back knocking on doors again.
“I’ve continued to knock on doors. Why? Because I hadn’t made enough of a connection in that area to be successful.
“And I believe strongly that for us to change the dynamic of politics as our leader has talked about, one thing we always have to do is to build the relationships at the doorsteps where people in your community have confidence in you to represent them.”
He ended by saying: “If you’re happy with the way things are going in Bermuda, don’t vote for us.
“But now is the chance for change and you should take a serious look at what the One Bermuda Alliance is offering.”