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PLP slams Cannonier appointment

Craig Cannonier, the former Premier, signs an oath at Government House after a Cabinet shuffle (Photo by Mark Tatem)

The Progressive Labour Party has accused Premier Michael Dunkley of “extremely poor judgment” in appointing Craig Cannonier as Minister of Public Works.

Mr Cannonier, the former Premier, was sworn in at Government House this afternoon, ten months after resigning under a cloud of controversy.

In a statement, the Opposition said the appointment was “an endorsement of the dubious conduct that led to Cannonier’s disgraceful exit from the office of Premier”.

The statement added: “Let us not forget that the Jetgate scandal that drove Craig Cannonier from office is still under police investigation.

“Craig Cannonier violated the Ministerial Code of Conduct. The results of the OBA internal investigation into the $350,000 backroom deal with casino developers was never made public, as was promised by then OBA chairman Thad Hollis.

“The OBA’s internal investigation into serious allegations of ‘pay to play’ was sabotaged by the leadership of the OBA, who refused to permit OBA Cabinet ministers to be investigated and led to the resignation of then OBA chairman Thad Hollis.

“Premier Dunkley’s decision to place an individual with unresolved criminal investigations relating to corruption at the head of one of the most important government ministries, involving millions of dollars in contract is foolhardy and reckless, and brings into question his own judgment.”