One Bermuda Alliance MP, Patricia Gordon-Pamplin was officially sworn in as the new Opposition leader by Governor John Rankin, at Government House with her new Shadow Cabinet yesterday.
Noticeably absent from the new line up was former OBA Senator and Minister Michael Fahy, whose Pathways to Status Bill sparked five days of protest action that saw the withdrawal of labour, and the historic blocking of the House of Assembly in May last year.
Like former Premier and OBA leader Michael Dunkley, Mr Fahy has opted to step back and away from “frontline positions”.
Moving forward, the new party leader vowed to continue to “serve the people of Bermuda” to the best of her abilities. And on behalf of the former OBA government she said they “can be proud as the outgoing administration”.
She also commended the new Progressive Labour Party government. “Today we applaud the Government; we applaud them for their victory,” said Ms Gordon-Pamplin.
Reflecting on the OBA’s crushing defeat at the polls just over a week ago, she said: “It is apparent that as a party and an administration, we disappointed some people. For that disappointment, we take full responsibility. We apologise to those who we hurt or who felt left out of our policies. But it is important that you know that it was always our intent to give our very best effort.
“We can be proud as the outgoing administration that we have accomplished just that,” she added.
Ms Gordon-Pamplin also announced her Shadow Cabinet three new OBA Senators:
Shadow Cabinet Ministers
- Sylvan Richards – Deputy Opposition leader, Planning and the Environment
- Trevor Moniz – Legal Affairs
- Leah Scott – Tourism and Transport
- Craig Cannonier – Works and Infrastructure
- Jeanne Atherden – Finance
- Jeff Baron – National Security
- Grant Gibbons – Economic Development
- Susan Jackson – Health and Seniors, Opposition Whip
- Cole Simons – Education
- Ben Smith – Sport and Youth Development
- Nandi Outerbridge – Opposition Leader in the Senate, Social Development
- Nick Kempe – Labour and Training
- Andrew Simons – Technology
The House of Assembly is scheduled to convene in September, two months ahead of the usual Reconvening of Parliament in November.