Senator Marc Daniels *File photo
Senator Marc Daniels *File photo

"We note the government’s turn-around on Monday, 18 February 2013, concerning the ‘Final Draft of the 2013 Work Permit Policy’, as it relates to the dependent children of non-Bermudian guest workers being able to secure job opportunities without the need for a work permit. We are thankful and indeed welcome the government’s decision to waver from this suggested policy, undoubtedly after considering the public sentiment expressed by the Opposition and the Bermudian people since the government announced this draft policy.

As the Opposition, we felt duty bound to express our clear disapproval of this specific policy. We were concerned whether sufficient public and private consultation had been conducted. This sadly appears to have been another example of putting ‘the cart before the horse’ approach to pander to a certain minority at the expense of Bermudians. This sort of “decisive”action, without popular endorsement, is not an example of good responsible governance.

We also note that in the Government statement, they have tried to distance themselves from this policy by referring to the former Minister and to the Stakeholder Group members by name. This is unbecoming of a Government who must accept responsibility for the publication of any policy under their watch, and not try and defer responsibility to others.