Minors to face Dunkley once more
Economy Minister Patrice Minors was yesterday unveiled as the ruling party’s general election candidate for Smith’s North.
She will be contesting the seat against the One Bermuda Alliance’s Michael Dunkley.
In 2007, Mrs Minors caused a major upset for the United Bermuda Party when she unseated Mr Dunkley, who was then his party’s leader, by 536 to 444 votes.
Yesterday she gave credit for that “convincing” victory to the branch organisation.
“The pressure was on to ensure that the constituents of Smith’s North were consistently fed on the green pastures of the PLP and not distracted by the calls to follow the path that led to the dairy,” the Minister said.
“The results in that election undoubtedly reflected the hard work of an entire branch that fought tirelessly to bring about a convincing victory over the United Bermuda Party candidate. The victory for the party and the [constituency ten] branch was a testament that the constituents of Smith’s North represented a strong PLP base of support.”
She indicated that she was confident that the redrawing of the constituency boundaries would not adversely affect her chances of victory.
“That was the speak that was around in the last election and as you know the results proved completely different from that.”
The candidate added that the district’s concerns reflected for the most part, national concerns.
The Royal Gazette about the role of ethics in her decision-making, she said: “As a public official, I try to do what I determine to be right in accordance with my faith. And if I’m adhering to that then my actions and the decisions I make should be much easier to make. They may not be perceived as the right decisions or an acceptable decision for others but it’s a decision to make.”
She cited the work permit moratorium for construction workers as a “risky” one to take. “But it was done because we had a wealth of unemployed Bermudian workers in the construction workforce so that was a decision that was made for the right reasons.”
She said she believed she was “ethically sound” in her decisions and made no distinctions between ethical decisions and behaviour and lawfulness.
“For me, I’m grounded differently.”
It was put to her that not all of the people affected by her decisions share her faith. Mrs Minors said: “That’s true but I am making decisions that I can go to sleep at night, and I feel within me that it was the right thing to do.
“I believe it was because of my faith that I’ve ended up in politics. Because I believe that I have a role to play and my tenure thus far, 14 years, is indicative of such. So I think that at the end of the day, people are looking at me to serve them and not necessarily making any decision to vote for me or seek help for me because of the fact that I am a Christian but because I am serving and serving to the best of my ability and I have their interests at heart.”
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