Premier David Burt made it a point to note during the last parliamentary session before the summer break, that today, Monday, July 18, marks five years since the PLP Government was re-elected.
Speaking in the Lower House late Friday night, he said: “During that time workers have seen their taxes cut, support for the vulnerable has been increased, seniors have seen their pensions rise, and Bermudians have received increased scholarships, training, and apprenticeships.
“In May, Standard & Poors said, ‘Economic recovery is underway in Bermuda’.
“As our economy recovers, Bermuda can be assured that this Government is committed to providing even more relief to ease the burden on working families,” said Mr Burt.
“For five years we’ve demonstrated that commitment, and today (July 15) we add to that record by delivering a first-of-its-kind relief package for working families in Bermuda.
“Cabinet will shortly be invited to approve further measures which will be directed to meeting the staffing shortages in key areas like the Bermuda Police Service and the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service to ensure the safety and security of Bermuda,” said the Premier.
“Additional measures will also include increased provision of mental health options for Bermudians, independent living coordinators for young people ageing out of care, support for increased local entertainment, resources to boost youth employment and expanded summer camp spots,” he added.
But while he was singing the praises of his administration, it was not all smooth sailing over the past five years.
The Premier put himself back in the seat as Finance Minister, following the sudden resignation of Curtis Dickinson just before the latest Budget Statement was delivered in February.
His abrupt departure was followed by the resignation of Renée Ming, the former Minister of National Security, who was replaced by Michael Weeks.
An independent poll is currently being conducted to gauge the sentiment of Bermuda’s electorate.
One of the questions asked was whether your life has gotten better or worse under the current PLP government, or has it remained unchanged?
The results are expected to be released next month.
But when you ask everyday people on the street the same question you will hear voices of dissention expressing disenchantment – not to mention the countless Bermudians leaving the island in droves.
Just how many residents who opted to leave the island for good – time will tell as the last census was conducted in 2016.
At that point in time, Bermuda’s civilian non-institutional population stood at 63,779, the median age of the population increased from 41 to 44 years, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7 percent, and the number of dwelling units increased to 28,192 units.
The total number of persons 65 years and over represented 17 percent in 2016. Where it stands now remains to be seen, but time will tell.
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