♦ The following statement was released by PLP MP Dennis Lister III on Thursday, November 1, 2018
As the government seeks to execute our agenda and deliver on the promises made to Bermudians, we must also remain vigilant against those who seek to spread misinformation, create disunity, or undermine that work. With the PLP’s mandate it would be easy to be arrogant and ignore the forces that seek to undermine our agenda and the peoples desire to put Bermudians first.
In opposition we fought against an agenda that saw Bermudians marginalized in our own country. Yet while that agenda was thoroughly discredited and overwhelmingly rejected last year by Bermudians, we must never forget that there are those who still seek to implement the agenda.
You can see it in Craig Cannonier’s praise of Michael Fahy, the orchestrator of the OBA’ s anti- Bermudian immigration agenda.
You can see it in MP Scott Pearman and Senator Nick Kempe fighting against the wealthy, elite and privileged paying their fair share of taxes
You can see it in the growing calls from the OBA for further loosening of immigration policies and a return to their failed, rejected anti-Bermudian approach.
As we focus on getting more Bermudians hired, trained and promoted and as we focus on getting more Bermudian business leadership and ownership, we must also continue to fight against those who oppose that vision.
We cannot and will not remain silent when misinformation is spread.
We cannot and will not remain silent when attempts are made to create disunity
We cannot and will not remain silent when the work being done to put Bermudians first, drive down the cost of living and create a better, fairer Bermuda are undermined.
The OBA may not have learned their lesson from the people’s rejection of their agenda, but the PLP has certainly learned our lesson from their time in office.
We have learned that when it comes to putting Bermudians first, there will always be those who will find an excuse, reason or rationale to oppose it
We have learned that when we take on the forces that keep you unemployed, keep your wages low and keep your bills high, there will always be those who will find an excuse, reason or rationale to oppose it.
We have learned that there are those who will never accept, never support, never embrace a better, fairer Bermuda.
So we will not be distracted. We will not be deterred. We will not be swayed. We will continue to fight for Bermudians by implementing our agenda and fight against those who seek to return to the days of “anyone but Bermudians first”.