Shadow Minister Walter Roban said that the OBA needs now to provide the public with details of an enhanced work permit framework. *File photo
Shadow Minister Walter Roban said that the OBA needs now to provide the public with details of an enhanced work permit framework. *File photo

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31: “Thou shall not lie” – That was the opening line of an October 2011 Editorial published by local media outlets from then OBA leader now Hon. Premier Craig Cannonier. In this editorial he said, “The PLP deliberately distorted the OBA’s position on term limits. They said we would ‘end’ term limits instead of what we actually said, which was to ‘suspend’ them for a period of two years pending a review that gives us a policy that works better for Bermuda.”

“Desperate Lies about Term Limits” – That was what then Shadow Minister of Finance, E.T. (Bob) Richards, said on June 21, 2012 when he said, “The PLP say the OBA’s policy is to end term limits. The OBA policy, as stated in our Budget Reply and other releases, is to suspend term limits for a period of two years pending a review for a policy that works better for Bermuda.”

Given the statements above, the Progressive Labour Party is shocked at the blatant disregard that the One Bermuda Alliance has shown towards the electorate.  Despite the strong denials by their leadership before the election, just 6 weeks into their term, the OBA government announced that they have abolished term limits with immediate effect. What happened to the promised suspension for 2 years?  What happened to the promised review?  If the OBA Government will move so quickly to break such an important election promise, we must all question what other promises are set to be broken?

We reiterate our demand made on 4 January that the OBA needs now to provide the public with details of an enhanced work permit framework. What measures will be put in place to ensure equal opportunity for Bermudians in the workplace?

Thus far the new government has moved more swiftly to turn their backs on campaign promises rather than provide assurances or solutions for the Bermudians seeking job opportunities.