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April 2017 Edition of the Progressive Times

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In Solidarity,
Lauren Hayward-Bell
Secretary General

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PLP Press Release: Congratulations to our Athletes!

Congratulations to Bermuda's Carifta Athletes Statement by Shadow Minister of Community, Youth & Sports Development Michael Weeks JP, MP

Monday, 17 April 2017


Congratulations to Bermuda's Carifta Athletes Statement by Shadow Minister of Community, Youth & Sports Development Michael Weeks JP, MP

The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party congratulates our Carifta athletes on their impressive performances at the Carifta Games. With gold, silver and bronze medals all captured by the island's participants this past weekend, first class athletes clearly exist among our young people and we are very proud of their accomplishments.
The PLP is heartened by the international sporting accomplishments of our young men and women and we believe it is important that we invest in the hopes and dreams of the next generation by providing sufficient resources to advance their skills.

In the track and field events hosted in Curacao, Bermuda's athletic stars brought home 2 Bronze medals. We greatly admire High jumper Sakari Famous, who continued her remarkable streak of medaling at every Carifta Games she has participated in. Tiara Derosa is to be congratulated for not only taking home the Bronze medal in the under-20 Discus, but breaking her own Bermuda Record of 45.02m she set in January 2016.
The record-breaking continued with personal bests recorded by Bermudian participants, Johndell Cumberbatch, Ryan Outerbridge, Deneo Brangman, Lejuan Matthews and Aaron Jacobs. Their commitment to their goals and achievement of them provides much cause for admiration.

We are also incredibly proud of the performance by the Bermuda Carifta Swimming Team, who hauled an astonishing 19 medals this weekend in the Bahamas. Gold medal performances by Payton Zelkin (along with a new Carifta swimming record), Sam Williamson, Jesse Washington, Elan Daley and the 11-12 girls relay team prove Bermuda to be quite the force in the Carifta Swimming Championships.
Silver and Bronze medals were also earned by Logan Watson Brown, Taylor White Jessica Bruton and Madelyn Moore and we anticipate great things from these swimmers in future years as they continue their training and development.

We congratulate all our participating athletes in the Bermuda contingent. You represented yourselves and Bermuda well.

The PLP believes that athletics can unlock the doors to many opportunities and our message to our athletes is to keep striving. To encourage young athletes along the way, the next PLP government will implement our Vision 2025 plan to create a local lottery to benefit sports development on the island. This lottery dedicated to sports funding will be implemented within the first two years of a Progressive Labour Party government term to provide greater opportunities for advancement for both current and potential competitors.

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New PLP Newsletter

On Friday March 17, the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party released its March 2017 newsletter entitled the Progressive Times. Read and download the newsletter here.
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The People's Budget

Party Leader David Burt, delivered Vision 2025: The People's Budget. The official reply to the Throne Speech outlines the PLP's budget priorities.  Read the full response here.

PLP Leader delivered VISION 2025:The People's Budget  the PLP's reply to the 2017/18 Budget. In that response he outlined the PLP's plans to grow the Bermuda economy and create jobs. Key themese included reducing inequality, a Tax Reform Commission, Economic Diversification Unit and Bermuda Fund. There are also specific proposals for a Technology Incubator at Southside and the creation of Social Enterprise legislation. 

To read more aboout the PLP's vision for Bermuda Future visit

The full document is available for download here. If you have feedback, MP David Burt can be contacted on


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OBA MPs Vote to Privatise Bermuda’s Airport Giving $2.4 Billion of Revenue to Aecon

Statement by Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister of Finance E. David Burt JP, MP

We are disappointed, yet not surprised, that the OBA Government acted against the best interests of Bermudians by voting to privatise our airport for 30 years. This deal will send $2.4 billion of revenue to a Canadian company, while Bermudian taxpayers are burdened with a $586 million bill.

This deal has been marked with questions and controversy from the very start. Since no members of the OBA backbench or the independent MP willing to take a stand, the privatisation of Bermuda's airport is one step closer to reality. During the lengthy debate, the PLP stood strong for Bermudians and demonstrated the massive scale of public revenue that will be transferred to Aecon. We raised concerns that many Bermudians may be excluded from job opportunities due to the 720 hours of in-school training required by Aecon for masons & painters.

The Senate now has a chance to weigh in and vote against the OBA's airport privatisation bill that will weaken the country's finances. We urge all Bermudians opposed to the transfer of $2.4 billion in tax revenue to a Canadian company to contact Senators to encourage them to bring a pause to the privatisation of our airport.


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VISION 2025: Our Plan For a Better Bermuda

Party Leader David Burt, delivered VISION 2025: Our Plan For a Better Bermuda which shares the PLP's positive vision for Bermuda's future. Read the full response here.



PLP Leader delivered VISION 2025: Our Plan For a Better Bermuda the PLP's reply to the 2016 Throne Speech. In that response he outlined the PLP's long term economic plan that will create pathways to Bermudian success for our people. Our plan will increase jobs and transform our workforce and economy to one that is ready for the future, and not one that is clinging on to the glory days of the last century. In a rapidly changing world we must be bold and adapt to ensure that the promise of Bermuda lives on for future generations. It is now time to embrace forward thinking progressive solutions so that our people can seize the promise of the future.

To read more aboout the PLP's vision for Bermuda Future visit

The full document is available for download here. If you have feedback, MP David Burt can be contacted on



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Pathways to Bermudian Success: 2016 Budget Reply

Deputy Leader David Burt, delivered "Pathways to Bermudian Success" laying out the PLP's economic plan during today's Reply to the 2016/17 Budget. Read the full response here.


PLP Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister of Finance David Burt, delivered "Pathways to Bermudian Success" the PLP's reply to the 2016/17 Budget in Parliament on Friday, February 26, 2016. In that response he outlined the PLP's long term economic plan that will create pathways to Bermudian success for our people. Our plan will increase jobs and transform our workforce and economy to one that is ready for the future, and not one that is clinging on to the glory days of the last century. In a rapidly changing world we must be bold and adapt to ensure that the promise of Bermuda lives on for future generations. It is now time to embrace forward thinking progressive solutions so that our people can seize the promise of the future.

To read more aboout the PLP's ideas for the Bermuda Economy visit 

The full document is available for download here. If you have feedback, MP David Burt can be contacted on

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Youth in Politics; Past, Present & Future

The following is a speech delivered by Mr. Coy Millett at the 2015 Delegates Conference forum on October 12th at the BIU Hall.

Martin De Angelis is a young Argentinian
who has enormous political potential that he has sat out to refine. To take a
few words from him, “It would be a much better society if young people aspired
to be Presidents, aspired to have social and public responsibilities in order
to reinvigorate politics as a tool of change.” He has done just this and
through capitalizing on his experiences and networking he has established
himself as a credible political analyst with experience working in countries
throughout several continents. With experience in philanthropy, risk and global
risk assessment, Martin exemplifies what can come when potential is utilized.

A gunman walked onto a school bus and
after asking for a 15 year old by name, shot her with a pistol. Malala had been
advocating for the rights of girls to receive an education against an
oppressive regime. Within a year, what was intended to be a fatal event turned
into a launching pad for her to shed light on the issues of girl’s and women’s
education and rights around the world.

In 2007, taking technology that already
existed and a plan that shattered how campaigns were traditionally run, a thin
unassuming junior senator saw the potential to redefine the way a candidate ran
a campaign. A campaign that focused on a niche that had been overlooked, the
youth vote saw a turnout that greatly contributed to the winning margin that
saw President Barack Obama win the presidency.

In December 2010 a young street vendor set
himself ablaze after being unwilling to live under the authority of a corrupt
and oppressive government. This one event gained traction through posts on
YouTube and Facebook. Soon young people were seen pouring into the streets in
protest. In a month, a country less than 1,500 miles away spiraled into
protests after young people coordinated efforts to fight against a regime that
lacked the will to represent their interests. As momentum grew, so did the
protests, and within months almost 20 countries began to experience civil
unrest. Within three years we saw almost half of these governments overthrown
or replaced. The Arab Spring was an event that completely
shocked the world and illustrated the power of enlightened youth.

Social media, the internet, an increase in
international exposure and many other factors have resulted in a well versed
demographic, the youth. With the means of communication and access to
information changing, we have a generation that have spent the later part of
their lives digesting information in a way that to many is difficult to

Paired with moral consciousness, a
generation has explored alternate ways a society can communicate and share
ideas and information. A generation has found a way to rally people globally to
support a single cause and shed light on things that before were hidden,
atrocities the before went unreported, and wrong doing that more often than not
went unnoticed. The information rush for many caused a rapid development of
opinions on how we could shape our society to achieve a better life for all.

The problem with this however, was that
the voice of the youth had never been so loudly advocated and the realm of
politics that had traditionally been off limits to them did not have room for
that. Thus, we find ourselves in a position where many within a generation
become disengaged. Politics turns into no more than a Facebook post, 140
characters or a sound bite which are generally negative and often times
ignored. For those who do choose to engage, politics has still been off limits
to a large extent, with their value only present on election day.

 We have a unique opportunity in
Bermuda to engage the minds of our young intellectuals, our young thinkers, our
young engineers, our young entrepreneurs, our young artists. An opportunity for
young minds to develop and lead the shaping of politics that is based on a
truly utilitarian principle, the greatest good for the greatest number. A type
of politics that operates for the peoples benefit and operates based on fact
and sound judgment. Politics that addresses issues and facts, absent of the
rhetoric that has bred division within our community.

Mobilizing the youth of today effectively
is more than a bit of attention during the months leading up to an election.
It’s feeding information to young people in ways that represent their best
interests and providing real opportunity for their voice to be heard and their
skills, talents and expertise utilized to their fullest potential.

It’s letting them know that we understand
their plight and are working for them, and then following through on that. A
generation that prides itself on keeping things real is not at all interested
in an institution that bases itself on empty promises. 

We’re a generation that are by large
misunderstood, often overzealous and if nothing else full of passion. A
generation that has been brought up with exposure that sometimes shatters
political correctness, but when tapped into we are a generation full of potential,
a group that are ready to do what we must for our society.

We’re a lot more liberal but just as
balanced, just as loving but far more unwilling to accept the status quo.

It may take some getting used to, but if
the mold is broken, and these young minds are tapped into in a meaningful
manner, the potential that can be developed and refined is sure to put hope
back in our community. It’s sure to put hope back into our peers. It’s sure to
make a difference so that the decisions made now can properly consider those
who will have to live with their implications the longest.

For my peers, I encourage you to make
yourselves available to digest the information that will come and participate
in political discourse to advocate for a political landscape that is more in
line with what we envision for ourselves as a community. Let’s make ourselves
available to receive the wisdom from those with experience while we work
alongside them and get our own. Let’s become so committed to excellence that
our participation in politics becomes the norm because based on our skill and
ability it simply makes sense. Let’s build on the foundation that has been
built for us by our parents, grandparents and elders so that we can continue to
carry the mantle and move forward as a unified community.

Let’s rally around causes that mean
something to us so that we are contributing to the discourse at some level.

Let’s make noise until we find ourselves
with employment, education and training that properly reflect the needs of our
economy thus creating better opportunities.

Let’s look for clarification for decisions
about our national debt and finances as we will have to spend our lives
contributing to the recovery.

Let’s push to ensure that our culture is
celebrated while continuing to evolve.

We’re a generation of global thinkers,
with dreams than extend beyond traditional horizons in an age of opportunity.
When those with power embrace the thought and innovation that comes with youth,
the possibilities become infinite.

For those who feel that they are ready to
help make a difference, do it. Let’s connect and start developing our thoughts
so we can trigger the change we need. Let’s lift the restriction that has been
placed on our political involvement and establish a voice that represents the
breed of new politics that many of us believe this island wants to see. 

Let’s reach across traditional boundaries
and embrace ideas, which combined, can lead to a more balanced and stable
society. A community that operates with the best interests of all in mind,
ensuring that together we prosper.

If you will, let a fresh perspective be
considered for policy decisions, a perspective that could lead to solutions to
many of the societal, legislative and structural problems that plague us as a
community. Let us employ a new breed of thinking, that there is no problem that
cannot be solved with a bit of thought, innovation and ingenuity.

Allow a generation that has taken a
leading role in fashion, medicine, science, technology, innovation, business
and art to add politics to that list. Allow them to become exposed and factored
into equations so that our community grows from their insight. Allow them to
increase the level of political discourse in this country and present from an
angle and perspective that would otherwise go unheard and unaddressed. The
youth are one of the greatest resources provided to us as a human race.

I’d like to finish with a quote from Kofi
Annan, a Ghanaian and Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997-2006,
"Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation.
Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they
are left on society's margins, all of us will be improvised. Let us ensure that
all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of
their societies."

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Working Together To Reduce Crime

Written by Shadow Minister of National Security - Walter Roban, JP, MP

On November 2nd 2015 Bermuda learned that
another armed criminal action had taken place at Southside Pizza House on
October 30.  Thankfully no innocent person
was injured.  I cannot imagine the
surprise and shock that must have been felt by those present.  My heart and that of the Bermuda Progressive
Labour Party (PLP) goes out to them and anyone else who has witnessed the
scourge of gun violence. There is no wish any resident to face such undesirable
acts. Bermuda has seen
ten armed
robberies in 2015, up drastically from 2014; all residents should be deeply
concerned that this particular type of crime appears to be worsening rather than
decreasing.  In fact with over 2000 jobs lost and more job losses on the
horizon, sadly we may need to prepared for robberies; armed and otherwise to

In this atmosphere,
OBA budget decisions means cuts to manpower and resources in the Bermuda Police
Service (BPS).  This leaves our able and dedicated Police Officers
possibly without the full range of tools at their disposal to fight crime. We
believe it ill-advised to allow this to happen. We reiterate our earlier
request in July of this year that with any cuts to manpower of the BPS, “… It
is essential that this process is managed carefully to not only maintain
operational effectiveness, but also maintain public confidence…”

How do we as a community get a handle on this? A number of steps must
be taken. We must continue to support the men and women of the BPS.  The BPS was able to bring about a downward
trend in overall crime with a clear budgetary commitment by the former PLP government
to provide the resources, assist with acquiring the needed manpower, passing
and amending appropriate legislation and endorsing any steps to bring about
greater public engagement addressing crime and its causes. The PLP believes the
measures listed below amongst others must be continued and deployed to address
this sudden uptick in criminal activity:


  • Maximizing the resources being engaged
    through what is already being done with the BPS and other agencies to address
    gang culture and violence in the community
  • Review the role and the results being
    achieved by the current Gang and Violence Reduction strategy
  • Review the role and the results being
    achieved by the Inter Agency Gang Task Force
  • Review the current policy and strategy
    to work with Community Clubs to address chronic issues of anti-social behavoiur
    and violence on their premises
  • BPS and other relevant agencies should
    be meeting quarterly with Community and social clubs to address any concerns or
    issues of Security
  • Attach members of the community action team
    to clubs and other grass roots organization (community centers, seniors clubs,
    churches, etc.) throughout the island working with them to achieve successful
    community outreach strategies
  • Task the Community Action Team to devise
    an anti-gun education programme that can be deployed in the community and our
    schools; bringing to life the danger of guns and the tragedy associated with
    Gun violence.

The best solution to
keep crime numbers low is a booming economy where Bermudians that want to work,
can work.  With that not happening, it is important that we are fully
prepared for the consequences of long term unemployment and dwindling
employment prospects by providing our officers with the tools and manpower
necessary to keep our communities safe. We must also continue to support
Community Policing efforts, as we understand that addressing crime is not just
the role of the BPS, it is each of our responsibility as well. The people have
to be involved with fighting and solving crime alongside the BPS and other
agencies. The public engagement has been essential to any success Bermuda has
had with this in recent years. Surrendering to the shadows in fear will be help
to irradiate violence.
  Working together
with a fully resourced BPS will apprehend this uptick in violent criminal
action and see a return to the steady downward trend on overall crime in



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PLP To Hold Town Hall Meeting on Airport Privatisation

During yesterday’s session
of Parliament, Minister Bob Richards once again refused to discuss the
independent Deloitte report on the Airport.


Therefore, the
Progressive Labour Party invites all concerned citizens to a Town Hall Meeting
on "The Privatisation of Bermuda's Airport" to be held on Thursday,
August 20th at 7:00pm at Warwick Workmen's Club.


The featured panelists
will be Deputy Leader & Shadow Finance Minister, Mr. E. David Burt, JP MP,
and Shadow Transport Minister, Mr. W. Lawrence Scott, JP MP. The panelists will
review the independent Deloitte report which highlighted numerous deficiencies in the OBA’s approach
to this important project and also review the PLP's alternate vision for the
airport redevelopment that will keep the airport in public hands.


In July the OBA were
required by the UK Government to do the following: The United Kingdom
Government and the Government of Bermuda must agree on what measures are
required to address the deficiencies that are identified by Deloitte in their
assessment report(s).


The Government of
Bermuda must publish a written and evidence-based assurance that the required
measures have been taken, before the Contract can be concluded.


These conditions make
it clear that the OBA government must address the numerous deficiencies that
were identified by Deloitte prior to moving forward with the airport
redevelopment project. Despite this, Minister Richards is determined to lock
Bermuda into a 35 year agreement without conducting the required steps to
ensure value for money.


It is critical that
the largest capital project in Bermuda’s history is executed correctly. We as a
country cannot afford to get this wrong, especially as the OBA is planning on
giving Aecon the rights to control our air terminal for the next 35 years. From
the outset of this project, we have urged the Government to put the airport
project out to competitive tender to ensure that Bermuda gets the best deal possible.
Further, we agree with the independent Deloitte report which states that the
Government must use a “Public Sector Comparator” to ensure that the public-private partnership (PPP) that they have agreed to makes
the most long-term economic sense for Bermuda.


We encourage all
taxpayers to read the independent Deloitte report which is available on (or
here , as it echoes
many of the concerns raised by the Progressive Labour Party since the OBA 
announced that they had agreed a sole-sourced Public Private Partnership to
build a new airport terminal.



We can all agree that
this topic is one that should concern all of us. Therefore, we invite and
encourage everyone to come out to this important meeting to learn about the
independent Deloitte report and to  hear the PLP’s alternate vision for
the redevelopment of the airport.

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