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Our National Objectives

Democracy and Development


Social Transformation
Culture, Identity and Community
Empowerment and Entrepreneurship
Individual Progress and Prosperity
Integrity and Accountability in Public Life
Education and Excellence
Youth in the New Bermuda
Tourism Leadership
Premium Health and Housing
Protection of the Vulnerable
The Power of Partnerships
Improved Public Services
Alternative Energy
Public Safety and Security
Sustaining our Environment


Message from the Leader
Dr. The Hon. Ewart Brown

“We have learnt the art and


science of government and
we conscientiously practice
it to the greatest good of
the greatest number of the
Bermudian people. Bermuda
is on the right track and
heading in the right direction
under the PLP. We intend to
increase the momentum, and
that we shall do. ”
Fellow Bermudians,
Bermuda goes to the polls on in the right direction under the 1998 print advertisement with
Tuesday, December 18 in an PLP. We intend to increase the a dreadlocked PLP officer and
election that will be pivotal to momentum, and that we shall. candidate lined up in the cross
our country’s future. Patterns hairs of a sniper’s rifle, wins the
of Progress, the PLP Election The choices facing the electorate Piety Award when compared to
Manifesto, offers ample bases are to continue to progress with the editorial assault of this cam-
on which to decide your choice the PLP or to go back to the past paign of 2007; and the savage
in the General Election. Our under the UBP. Because of the smut that is circulated by viral
platform has emerged from the horror of forgetfulness, there are email.
people, and is in continuity with some among us who continue to
our first election Manifesto. live in denial and are incapable The UBP’s obsession with power
of dealing with the reality that knew no bounds in 1998, there
We make no grandiose promises Bermuda has changed since were no limits to their desper-
in this platform. We have learnt 1998. ate effort to cling to power
the art and science of govern- then; there are no limits to their
ment and we conscientiously Bermuda has experienced a attempt to grab power now.
practice it to the greatest good campaign of unprecedented A compliant media fraternity
of the greatest number of the viciousness, divisiveness, and makes every opposition gambit
Bermudian people. Bermuda is unrelenting character shredding a full blown issue; with fairness,
on the right track and heading this year. The notorious UBP balance and simple courtesy of


Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
“I want every Bermudian child to have the
opportunity to be somebody special. I want
every Bermudian child to pursue excellence,
to create wealth, and to be guided by
compassion and a sound religious core. ”

minor consequence to Bermu- On his untimely passing, Eugene tourism renaissance, was David
da’s media barons. The former Cox gifted the PLP with a gifted Allen’s brainchild. That single
rulers of Bermuda continue to woman, his daughter, Paula, piece of legislation has leveraged
live in denial of the reality that who has performed truly impres- billions in new investments and
the Progressive Labour Party has sively in managing a wider range has driven Bermuda’s new tour-
indeed introduced a New Ber- of key Cabinet portfolios than ism success.
muda. perhaps any other woman on the
Planet. Paula took up the baton, Tourism success represents suc-
There are those who felt that the never missed a beat and has cess for every Bermudian. The
1998 General Election was a good kept the economy on track and best of the premier brands in
toss for the UBP to lose. Bermuda moving in the right direction and world tourism want to do busi-
had been locked into an 18 year
tourism slump, investment in the
sector was flat, we had a deterio-
rating tourism plant and visitors “We are taking better care of our seniors,
were uniformly complaining that expanding scholarship opportunities for
we were under-delivering value young Bermudians, improving the quality
for the money they were paying.
The economy was in such deep of the school experience and picking up
imbalance that the then Premier, momentum in providing affordable housing
now Dame Pamela, had to con-
cede that the country was “on the
to meet the needs Bermudian families. ”
edge of an economic precipice”.
has kept the PLP administration ness in Bermuda. Bermuda has
It was not the best of times for anchored to fiscal discipline and also been the recipient of billions
Bermuda. However, the PLP was acuity. of dollars in non-tourism capital
rich in savvy, brain power, mana- inflows under the PLP.
gerial skills, and the commitment The late David Allen, perhaps
to doing the right thing for the the most passionate advocate We are taking better care of our
Bermudian people. The extraor- of Bermuda to have lived, led seniors, expanding scholarship
dinary economic insight and the rescue mission in tourism opportunities for young Bermu-
management skills of the late that laid the foundation for the dians, improving the quality of
Eugene Cox were central to the spectacular surge in tourism that the school experience and pick-
swift turnaround in Bermuda’s Bermuda has been enjoying un- ing up momentum in providing
economic position at the turn of der the PLP. The catalytic Hotel affordable housing to meet the
the century. Concessions Act, which has ig- needs of Bermudian families.
nited Bermuda’s widely heralded


Moving Bermuda Forward
We are beefing up the numbers, back. Bermuda is not one of the candidates of the Bermuda
hiring international law enforce- those countries. We have come Progressive Labour Party when
ment support, and upgrading too far to turn back. we have visited your homes. I
equipment and other resources also thank you for your many
of the police force. I believe that we are too small a pledges of personal prayer.
society to deny ourselves access
This can be the best of times for to all our country’s resources. I thank you and I thank God for
all Bermuda. This will come only your trust in me.
when we recognize that our chil- My political ideology is unrepen-
dren will continue to sit side by tantly democratic. I believe in I also take this opportunity to
side in our classrooms, we will all equal rights, equal opportunity wish you and your loved ones a
ride the ferry, we will bump into and equal responsibility. I believe joyous Christmas and a happy
one another in the supermarket in the productive potential of the New Year.
aisles, and we will all worship in free enterprise system. I also be-
one of God’s many houses every lieve, however, that government God bless you all.
weekend. must intervene to lead social
transformation and to level the
As we near the climax of a long playing field for business enter- “My political
and fiercely contested election prise. ideology is
campaign, it is in the interest of
unrepentantly
Bermuda for all of us to com- I want every Bermudian child
mit to and work for calm in our to have the opportunity to be democratic. I
communities after the election somebody special. I want every believe in equal
storm. There will inevitably be Bermudian child to pursue excel-
rights, equal
continuing tensions between lence, to create wealth, and to
people holding extreme positions be guided by compassion and a opportunity and
on the most burning issue in sound religious core. equal responsibility.
Bermuda. This is inevitable in a
I believe in
society confronting change. The I am confident that warring
Bermuda Progressive Labour though we might be as the the productive
Party understands this. election campaign enters its potential of the
most furious phase, our election
free enterprise
From our beginning in 1963, the process will be free and fair, free
PLP has advocated change, agi- from fear, and an example to system. I also
tated for change, and has been the world. I want the healing to believe, however,
Bermuda’s primary catalyst for begin on December 19th and
that government
change and social justice. This continue every day thereafter,
will continue to be the mission every week, every month, every must intervene
of the PLP. I will continue to year, and every generation after to lead social
be an unapologetic crusader for ours.
transformation and
change.
I take this opportunity to thank to level the playing
Few countries of the world you for the kindness and the field for business
would benefit from changing courtesies you have extended to
enterprise.”

Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
PROOF OF PROGRESS
Number of Number Number of
International of Local International
(exempted) Companies Business Jobs
Companies
1998 • 2,383 1998 • 2,918
1998 • 9,985 1999 • 2,473 1999 • 3,255
1999 • 10,503 2003 • 2,868 2003 • 3,781
2003 • 12,336 2006 • 3,144 2006 • 4,489
2006 • 12,861

Total Visitor Total Visitor


Arrivals Expenditure

2001 • 458,063 2001 • $350.5 million


2002 • 484,034 2002 • $378.8 million
2003 • 482,676 2003 • $362.9 million
2004 • 477,750 2004 • $393.5 million
2005 • 516,846 2005 • $391.1 million
2006 • 635,272 2006 • $448.7 million


Moving Bermuda Forward
9 Years of Real Solutions
and Enduring Benefits
for all Bermudians
Despite the challenges of a US recession and the devastating aftermath
of September 11, 2001 Bermuda has enjoyed unbroken economic
progress, with widening and increasing individual prosperity since the
PLP came to office.

The PLP has made it better for all Bermudians.

Consistent with the stated intentions of the Progressive Labour Party, successive
PLP administrations have resolutely righted the wrongs that had denied Bermuda
the full potential of all its people.

Nine years of steady economic growth Democratic and long denied


that has brought manifest benefit to constitutional and electoral reform
every Bermudian with one man, one vote in Single Seat
Constituencies
New standards of fiscal management
and economic planning that have Abolition of land tax for persons over
positioned Bermuda as one of the best the age of 65
managed countries in the world
Removal of the Death Tax as a
After turning around the sustained burden on families to the principal
decline in tourism that was family homestead
approaching two decades under the
previous government, new heights by Prescription Drug Benefit for Seniors
all important measures
New airline services from new
The Hotel Concession Act 2000 – gateway cities
contributing to over $1 Billion dollars
– and rising - of tourism investment
in Bermuda

Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party has
managed Bermuda’s economy with insight,
SOLID!
sound judgment and fiscal discipline through
close to nine consecutive years of positive
economic growth.

Dramatically reduced airfares on both Empowering the Bermudian people


sides of the Atlantic for Bermudians, by liberalization of the broadcast
residents and visitors media which have given them multiple
choices in interactive radio and in
Fast Ferry Services for the whole television
island
Establishment of the Economic
Significant funding for Football and Empowerment Zone in North
Cricket development of millions Hamilton
of dollars, with results that have
done Bermuda proud, and provided Establishment of the Sustainable
valuable lifestyle options for young Development Roundtable
Bermudians
Establishment of the ‘Hustle Truck’
Increase in scholarship funding for gives hope to the unemployable
young and mature students
Setting up of the Government
Conversion of BHC clients to ‘geared television station CITV
to income’ rentals.
Continued deregulation of the
Elimination of Annual Voter telecommunications industry
Registration delivering lower long distance rates,
cellular rates and internet rates.
Term limits on Work Permits

Resolution of the long-term resident


issue


Moving Bermuda Forward
Highlights for the
Third Term
Free daycare for Bermudian families. Funding for increased support of the
Bermuda Police Service.
Interest-free down payments to five
hundred first time home owners. Use tax incentives to promote
environmentally friendly policies;
Free bus and ferry transportation.
Promote sustainable alternate energy
Accessibility Legislation which will sources by flexible and fair tax
mandate broad accessibility to persons policies; this will include offshore wind
with disabilities. generated energy.

Urgent Care Clinics at both ends of Introduce a Business Registry System


the island. to better assist businesses to access
Government services;
Free Bermuda College tuition to make
education accessible to all students. Use tax concessions to provide greater
incentives to local business;
Amended legislation so that the
process for returning Bermuda Use the Government fee structure
to protect Bermuda’s reputation and
residents can be fast-tracked.
competitiveness as an international
financial services jurisdiction;
Appropriate framework to increase
hotel room inventory to 10,000 beds.
Review our companies land-holding
powers, and where appropriate expand
A one-stop career centre to assist the use of leaseholds to facilitate
students, job seekers and job changers. tourism and international business;
Technical training at the post-
Impose our regulatory framework
secondary level to ensure that any for our telecommunications industry
Bermudian who wishes to pursue it is to provide additional savings to
able to do so. customers;

Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
Our plan for the economic empowerment zones will help to shift the
balance of economic power such that those who were previously
screened out will have the opportunity to create new wealth for
themselves, for their families and for the community at large

Provide tax incentives to good Support the roll-out of the vendor


corporate citizens- both corporate and market as an additional boost for
individual- who promote economic entrepreneurial activity;
advancement for Bermudians;
Consider the establishment of an
Consider the establishment of Economic Empowerment Zone
Monopolies Commission; Authority in order to expand the
reach of the Economic Empowerment
Enhance health insurance options for Zone programme;
the people of Bermuda;
Amend the Bermuda Small Business
Expand the use of the Public Private Development Corporation Act to
Partnership model for major capital broaden its reach, expand its mandate
expenditure programmes thereby and to foster economic activity and
lessening the burden on the public development; and
purse;
Encourage strategic linkages between
Introduce incentives that encourage local and international companies to
Bermudians to save more; benefit Bermudian entrepreneurs.

Promote tax incentives to those


entities that enhance greater economic
mobility for Bermudians;

We will continue to expand the roll-out of the


Economic Empowerment Zone to other key areas
in the island, the western and eastern parishes


Moving Bermuda Forward
Jennifer M. Smith, DBE, DHumL, JP,
Candidate for Constituency #1, St. George’s North.
Dame Jennifer Smith worked for 17 years and through six elections to
win her St. George’s North seat. She earned her place in Bermuda’s
history as the first Bermuda Progressive Labour Party Leader to win a
General Election. Dame Jennifer’s political experience is unequalled
by anyone of her generation. She was the first woman and
youngest member appointed to Bermuda’s Upper House, the
Senate and the first woman Deputy Speaker of the House
of Assembly.

Welcome Moving Education


Homes Forward
The PLP Government has: The PLP has always placed Increased funding for all
the highest priority on Government scholarships
Provided affordable homes education and we took
for over 800 Bermudians Opened the Dame Marjorie
through the Bermuda early steps to transform the Bean Academy for students
Housing Corporation: system. We have kept our with multi-physical and
Affordable housing units are promises to the Bermudian health challenges
at Loughlands, Perimeter people and we have:
Lane and Butterfield Lane Introduced School Support
Reduced class sizes in Rules to help parents fulfill
Implemented geared-to- Primary 1 - 3 to ensure their responsibility to their
income housing to ensure individual attention to every children’s educational needs
affordability for over 300 student.
families. Established a partnership
Built the New Berkeley with the Institute of Talented
Introduced duty free Institute as a world class Students to target and
allowance on housing educational facility maximize the potential of
construction materials to academically gifted students
facilitate the development of Introduced education awards
affordable housing projects. for mature students and Provided funding for cricket
couples and football to aid in our
youth development

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
Dean Foggo, B.A., MBA, JP,
Candidate for Constituency #2, St. George’s West.

First elected to Parliament in 2003 as the Representative for St.


Georges West, Dean has deep roots in his constituency. A member
of the renowned sporting Foggo family, he is an educator with a
passion for service and an active member of Richard Allen A.M.E.
Church in St. George.

Better Health Care


We increased Hospital Insurance Plan (HIP) benefits.
We instituted an island wide health promotion strategy to improve the health of all citizens.
We provided a new Hospital Master Plan
We opened the Sylvia Richardson facility and the seniors residence at Rockaway.

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Lovitta Foggo, B.Sc,
Candidate for Constituency #3, St. David’s.

A fervent advocate with ancestral roots to the community, Lovitta


Foggo is proud of her St. David’s culture and heritage. A graduate of
The Berkeley Institute, she has devoted all of her adult life to public
education and the development of our young people.

Tourism Takeoff Caring for


Increased tourism arrivals Established a Port
Our Seniors
and decreased airfares. Development Task Force Increased pensions for
to devise plans for the Seniors
Introduced new airlines to redevelopment of all our
the Bermuda market from Opened the Sylvia
island’s cruise ship ports.
North America and Europe. Richardson Care Facility,
Supported and executed Provided greater protection
Executed an award winning plans to make Dockyard
adverting campaign that against abuse of Seniors
Bermuda’s primary port for
has refreshed Bermuda’s large cruise ships. Independent living for
image as a premier global
seniors - constructed the
destination. Reorganised Bermuda Rockaway Seniors facility for
overseas tourism offices over 100 Seniors
Established a ‘Tourism in to more effectively
Schools Programme’ to
marketBermuda to the Increased resources for more
reintroduce tourism to our
world. in-home care for our Seniors
students and promote it as
an industry of opportunity. Added a $1200 prescription
drug benefit to the H.I.P.
Plan for Seniors

Established mandatory
licensing and standards for
all Elder Care facilities

• Abolished land tax, passport


renewal fees and vehicle
licensing fees for Seniors.

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
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Perinchief,MA,
MA,LLB,
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BA,JP
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Constituency
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Union’s
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division.
division.
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believes
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Moving Transportation
We brought the following Allowed free bus Provided the legislative
innovations to transportation: transportation to members framework for a Bermudian
of the Bermuda Regiment. Civil Air Transportation
Fast ferries to ease traffic Industry.
congestion. Invested in new Buses
to extend the long-term Provided Bermuda with its
Improved Ferry Docks, with viability of the fleet. first weather Doppler Radar
a Park and Ride system and system the latest technology
minibus service to assist ferry Permitted shared rides in for weather reporting.
commuters. taxis from the Airport in
peak hours.
Introduced an online and
more efficient Transport Provided Bermuda with its
Control Centre. first weather Doppler Radar
system, the latest technology
Developed a National for weather reporting.
Transportation Plan.
Worked with the Taxi
industry to introduce a
modern digital dispatch
system.
Ensured there are taxis
on the roads to service
physically challenged
passengers.
Worked with the Taxi
industry to establish
dedicated limousine service.

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Derrick Burgess, JP,
Candidate for Constituency #5, Hamilton East.
Derrick Burgess has worked tirelessly to protect the interests of Ber-
mudians, ensuring that there is justice and fair play in the work place
as a trade unionist. He rose through the ranks to become the President
of the Bermuda Industrial Union. His work and experience have
given him and understanding of the needs of our guest workers
and their contribution to this Island’s properity.

Conserving Expanding Protecting


Water and the Children
Protecting Our
Parks and
Environment Recreation Strengthened the laws to
ensure tougher penalties
Opened the Bermuda
Established a Community for drug activity in School
Recycling Plant for tin,
aluminum and glass. Areas Programme (CAP) to Zones.
identify and beautify com-
Introduced the
munity spaces in high density Modernised the Adoption
Environmental Awards
Program. areas. Act, to protect the interests
of our children.
Established the Sustainable
Developed the William
Development Roundtable to
involve everyone in charting Wilson Park and Harlem
the environmental course of Heights Parks as a result
Bermuda.

Deepening Democracy,
Better Governance
Eliminated Annual Voter Established the Office of the Established a Central Policy
Registration, thus ending the Ombudsman. Unit to ensure government
annual disenfranchisement policymaking is efficient and
of voters. Established Single Seat Con- effective. (2001)
stituencies to ensure a more
Established an independent equitable electoral process. Introduced E-Government to
office of the Parliamentary increase public access.
Registrar. Conducted a Civil Service
review.

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
Charles Clarke, B.Sc.,
Candidate for Constituency #6, Hamilton West.
A Banking & Credit Manager at The Bermuda Telephone Company,
Charles Clarke has strong family ties to the Hamilton Parish
community. Charles is committed to service,. He is Leagues and
Competitions Chairman for the Bermuda Football Association and
a former Vice President of the Devonshire Recreation Club.

Seniors have benefited from no land tax on the home they occupy.
This measure brought both delight and happiness to seniors and
their families. In addition, the PLP’s sustained programme of pen-
sion increases for seniors and the introduction of the prescription
drug benefit under HIP for seniors have brought immense relief
and added joy to the lives of our senior citizens.

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Wayne M. Caines, LLB, BA, JP
Candidate for Constituency #7 Hamilton South.
A Crown Counsel in the Department of Public Prosecutions for seven
years, Wayne Caines was a Captain in the Bermuda Regiment, and
served as Second in Command of Alpha Company. He is also a gradu-
ate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in the United Kingdom.

The Economy that Improving


Telecom
Works for Everyone Government’s policy to
promote beneficial competi-
Eliminated death tax on international business sector
tion has reduced the cost
primary homesteads. by over 50% under the PLP
of telecommunications to
Government.
Created the Economic Em- consumers.
powerment Zone in North Provided the Bermuda Small
Business Development Cor- Passed an E-Commerce
Hamilton.
poration with more capital Code of Conduct to estab-
Re-aligned the tax base to lish standards for interna-
and resources to support
link it more closely to the tional electronic transactions.
business expansion.
growth sectors of the econo-
my. Provided florists, tour boat Established a programme
operators, restaurants and to provide Seniors with free
Sustained high credit ratings
the farming sector with tax rebuilt computers.
with Moody’s, Standard &
relief.
Poors and other internation-
al rating agencies year after Provided tax relief for small
year since 1998. start-up businesses. More than
Sustained Real GDP growth Strengthened consumer pro- 3,400 jobs have
been created
of the economy by more tection legislation.
than 24 per cent over the Improved access to govern-
period. ment contracts for small and in our economy
More than 3,400 jobs have medium businesses.
since the PLP
been created in our economy Established a certification
since the PLP came to office. system for all trained and came to office.
Created the environment experienced tradesmen.
for sustained growth of the
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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
Jane Correia
Candidate for Constituency 8, Smith’s South.
Jane Correia brings notable business and volunteer experience
into the PLP family. Currently Contracts Administrator for Correia
Construction Company, she has served as Commodore of The Royal
Bermuda Yacht Club, the only woman to do so in the club’s 200-
year history. Issues concerning Bermuda’s families, single
parents and youth are paramount for Jane.

Cultural Renaissance Immigration


Renamed the Bermuda Published a Stamp series to
Reform
International Airport “L. commemorate early Bermu- Established work permit
F. Wade International Air- dian Educators. term limits.
port”.
Established a public memo- Passed Bermuda’s first Em-
Renamed Spice Valley rial for Bermudians lost at ployment Act which protects
School after respected Ber- sea. all employees.
mudian educator, Thomas
Neville Tatem MBE. Paid tribute to Bermuda’s Further development of the
pilots by renaming a tug after National Training Board.
Sponsored the international the late pilot H. M. Edward
promotion of Bermudian Stowe. Passed legislation to protect
life, folklore and history. Bermudian land ownership.
Support the Arts by provid-
Sponsored the commemo- ing the Masterworks Founda- Established an immigration
ration of 500 centuries of tion with a permanent home policy on ‘marriages of con-
Bermuda history. at Camden in the Botanical venience.’
Gardens.

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Larry Mussenden, BSc, LLB, MA, JP
Candidate for Constituency #9, Smith’s West.
Larry Mussenden, a commercial and reinsurance litigation lawyer,
who began his public service as a police constable. He then went on
to become the Second-in-Command of the Bermuda Regiment and Aide
de Camp to the Governor. He is currently President of the Bermuda
Football Association, Chairman of the FIFA World Appeals Com-
mittee and Chairman of the Bermuda College.

DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT


Realising the Patterns of Progress builds on
that solid foundation. There can
benefits of Bermuda’s assets.
We are a community in transfor-
Promise be no turning back.
Within these pages, we have
mation.

outlined strategies that are vitally A community that demonstrates


The Progressive Labour Party necessary to ensure that we in- that there is nothing we cannot
Government has laid a sound clude the active participation of do as a confident, proud and
foundation to secure Bermuda’s all our people as we continue to accomplished people and with a
future. Our commitment is to remove the obstacles to Bermu- Progressive Labour Party Gov-
continue to provide hope, to dian participation in all spheres ernment leading the way.
continue to deliver on our prom- of public and private life. The
ises; and to continue to salute PLP Government will ensure We stand on the cusp of a third
and to celebrate the achieve- that all Bermudians have a fair straight term with your help,
ments of our people. and equitable share in economic, commitment and support, and
social, cultural and political by the grace of the Almighty.
Our 2007 Election Platform, decision-making, as well as in the

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
Patrice Minors, MBA, JP
Candidate for Constituency #10, Smith’s North.
, Banker – Mother – Community worker - Patrice Kimberley
Minors has a wealth of experience and sensitivity in addressing
community issues. Having worked for the Bank of Bermuda,
Lombard Odier International Trust Company (Bermuda) Limited
and Butterfield Bank (where she was Assistant Vice President
of Trust Services), she understands the need to provide
real opportunities for our young people.

SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
Where We Depending on their financial
circumstances, families can
insurance product that meets
the needs of our seniors. This
Are Now look forward to free child
care services for parents.
also includes saving plans for a
younger sector so that as they
We will also provide tax advance in years they have
The PLP Government focus is incentives to companies adequate provision for their
on social transformation in order who provide child minder medical needs. The financing of
to challenge the real structures services to their employees health care is a challenging issue
of inequality and poverty. The at preferred rates. in many jurisdictions, however,
PLP Government will promote Bermuda has always been con-
social programmes to ensure When the Progressive Labour sidered as a trailblazer and we
greater opportunities for human Party first took the reins of the set the gold standard as a global
development. Taking care of Government in November 1998, leader.
our elders on whom our heritage the top pension for seniors was Depending on their financial
is built is central to our social roughly $800 per month. To- circumstances, families can look
policy focus. day the top pension is now over forward to free child care ser-
$1,150 per month vices for parents. We will also
provide tax incentives to compa-
Our Seniors A key policy priority is to pro-
vide affordable health care for
nies who provide child minder
services to their employees at
During the 1990s pensions were our senior citizens. The PLP preferred rates.
increased every two years. Government believes that a fair
society is one that takes care of The PLP Government will re-
Since taking office in November the needs of all. A key policy of view the current limit for home
1998 this Government has put the PLP Government is “PLP child minding services with a
through seven increases over an Future care”. view to increasing it.
eight year period.
In every case, the benefit in- The PLP Government is deter- Companies should be encour-
crease has either exceeded the mined to do something about aged to provide such facilities
prevailing rate of inflation or the needs of the uninsured. and the Government is prepared
been in line with the underlying to take the lead by providing
trend rate. The immediate needs of our se- such benefits.
niors will be dealt with by a new
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Moving Bermuda Forward
Neville Tyrrell, JP
Candidate for Constituency # 11, Devonshire East.
Neville Tyrrell is no stranger to public service. He has served as PLP
Secretary General, and Party Chairman. He has devoted countless
hours to the Bermuda Football Association and is currently an Honor-
ary Vice President having previously held the positions of Treasurer,
Vice President, and President.

In its two terms, the PLP Gov- mandate accessibility to persons fledgling commitment made
ernment sought to remove with disabilities by planning reg- so that it continues to breathe
bureaucratic bottlenecks and ulation for all new buildings, as new life, new hope and provide
foster a joined-up one-stop well as the retrofitting of existing expanded opportunities for our
Government approach with col- buildings to allow access. Other young people.
laboration between the Bermuda issues such as text messaging for
Housing Corporation and the television news for the hearing
Department of Financial As- impaired will also be addressed. A Safer, Secure
sistance. Through this partner-
ship, families at greatest risk The PLP Government will Society
were identified and their needs continue to invest time and
addressed by a centralised unit. resources to enhance the deliv- Every Bermudian is entitled to
This positive partnership will ery of services to the people of feel safe in his and her neigh-
continue. Bermuda. borhood and community. The
aberrant behaviour of a small
Today is not the era of big gov- Our commitment and continued segment of the population will
ernment but of strategic govern- faith in Bermuda’s people is just not be tolerated. The PLP
ment. one reason why we introduced Government will provide the
the MIRRORS programme. necessary financial support for
increased manning levels of the
Empowering This programme is an intensive Bermuda Police Service.

Our Differently intervention programme for


youth, aimed at young people, In the new term, the PLP Gov-
ernment will introduce a pack-
Abled between the ages of 15- 18, who
are at risk or on the verge of
age of incentives so that service
in the Bermuda Regiment is an
falling through the cracks. The
The Government is addressing increasingly attractive proposi-
goal of MIRRORS is to develop
the issues of non-accessibility tion.
human potential by assisting
to persons with disabilities in
participants to better understand
relation to buildings, services, In addition, the PLP Govern-
themselves. It will give partici-
information, employment and ment has amended legislation in
recreation. pants a new context in which to
order to permit officers of the
mould their lives. With this new
Bermuda Police Service to work
Therefore this Government is context, the youth will have new
beyond the retirement age with-
committed to introducing Ac- choices for their future and for
out any loss of pension rights.
cessibility Legislation which will their continued development.
We will follow-through on the
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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
Linda Merritt, B.A.
Candidate for Constituency # 12, Devonshire South Central.
Linda Merritt brings considerable experience, forward thinking
and commitment as a strong advocate and bridge-builder to the PLP
team. The great-granddaughter of the late Rev. Rufus Stovell, one of
Bermuda’s freedom fighters, she has public service in her blood.

Criminal Justice The PLP Govern-


Young black men often feel that Our commitment to youth de- ment will contin-
they are unfairly and wrongly
targeted. We believe that Gov-
velopment through investment
in the national sports of cricket
ue to invest time
ernments must start from the and football is just one element and resources to
proposition that it has a duty to of this. enhance the
protect the innocent from being
wrongly convicted and to ensure The Alternatives to Incarcera- delivery of
that law-abiding people feel safe tion (“ATI”) initiative introduced services to the
in their homes. The PLP Gov-
ernment will provide expanded
under the PLP Government people of
has resulted in a recidivism rate
options so our young people are that is at an all-time low in our Bermuda.
kept off the street. We will con- prisons.
tinue to invest in youth services.

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Glenn Blakeney, JP,
Candidate for Constituency # 13, Devonshire North Central.
A partner and founding member of Inter-Island Communications Lim-
ited, where he is President and Managing Director of radio stations
HOTT 1075 FM and MAGIC 102.7 FM ,Glenn has worked tirelessly to
have roads resurfaced in the Cedar Park area and to have streetlights
erected in neighboring constituencies. Currently, he is working
with the Bermuda Housing Corporation to implement CCTV
security surveillance cameras as a safety measure for
constituents.

Empowerment
and Entrepreneurship
Bermuda has a thriving financial owners within the North East to leverage significant pri-
services climate and tourism is Hamilton Economic Empower- vate sector investment in
on a dramatic upswing. How- ment Zone to receive conces- distressed communities
ever, there is need for greater sions and other benefits. throughout the island;
diversification of our economy
as a driver of development. A The goals and objectives of the to provide significant tax
PLP Government will encourage EEZ are:- benefits to businesses (large
more diverse sources of capital. and small) for investing in
the human development of
The need for greater diversity to create a comprehensive distressed communities;
in business ownership was the strategy that focuses on the
economic revitalization of to provide a mechanisms for
impetus for the creation of the
the North Hamilton Eco- evaluating and enhancing
Economic Empowerment Zone
nomic Empowerment Zone existing programmes that ex-
or EEZ. The EEZ has consid-
ist in communities within the
erable economic development to mandate a collaborative Economic Empowerment
potential. It bridges the divide strategy and partnership Zone; and
between those who are not doing across Government, private
as well as they might in what is business and the general to instill entrepreneurial
considered to be a community public to implement this col- strategies throughout all
that is an economic success story. laborative strategy sectors of our community by
mandating public/private
The mission of the EEZ pro- to require the participa- partnerships and the require-
gramme is to assist in the cre- tion of the public, business, ment to enhance and / or
ation of wealth through oppor- financial and educational create, but not supplant,
tunities for businesses that have institutions and the non-prof- existing funding resources.
previously been overlooked in it sector in the development
economic development projects. and implementation of the
The EEZ aims to promote pro- revitalisation sector
grammes that actively assist resi-
dents and property and business

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
Paula A. Cox, JP, B. A., Dip. International Law, DHumL
Candidate for Constituency # 14, Devonshire North West.
Paula Cox is acknowledged as a most capable and effective Minister.
She was the first PLP Minister of Labour, Home Affairs and Public
Safety, she has also served as Minister of Education and Development,
Attorney-General and Minster of Finance. A passionate fighter for
social justice and equity, she is continuing a family tradition.

Transport
The PLP Government will our responsibility is clear. It is to our environmental challenge if
amend relevant legislation so make public transport affordable people are going to continue to
that the process for returning and accessible so that travel- be as mobile, with a growing
Bermuda residents can be fast- ers have a greater incentive not economy.
tracked. We will streamline the to congest our roads with their
process with proper regard for vehicles. In the next term, the PLP Gov-
border controls. ernment will:
The PLP Government is com-
The PLP Government intro- mitted to doing its part to assist conduct a full review of the
duced the fast ferries and the in minimising the need for resi- trucks permitting process
GPS system and the shared ride, dents to use their private vehi- with a view to codifying the
and we are doing more. There cles. The PLP Government will application process to re-
are new studies that show the also be mindful of meeting our move subjectivity
impact transport has on the en- environmental obligations. We
vironment. So our challenge and need bold steps in order to meet

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Walter Roban, B.A., M.A. (International Studies)
Candidate for Constituency #15, Pembroke East.
Walter Henri Roban loves his country passionately and wants to see
his people reach their fullest potential. A former government Senator,
Walter has held the Junior Ministerial portfolios of Tourism & Transport,
Education and Development and Health
& Family Services.

pursue the airport master complete the feasibility study Communication


planning exercise with a view on port development
to a new facility continue to work with busi- A PLP Government will con-
permit a waiver of landing nesses in the development of tinue to enhance Bermuda’s
fees for competitive flights on traffic plans and devise meth- competitiveness in the satellite
existing gateways ods of promoting the use of and telecommunications sec-
public transport tor and promote the continued
Boaz Island ferry stop and development of this sector as a
transport interface Review the current transport third pillar of Bermuda’s thriv-
increase parking at Rocka- licensing procedures to pre- ing economy.
way vent fraud.
introduction of connector Consult with the Bermuda This Government has brought
buses on North/South routes Small Business Development greater competition into the
continue to reduce the aver- Corporation before consider- economy- lower rates for com-
age age of the bus fleet ing truck permits for small munications. More radio sta-
businesses. tions have been established.
conduct an assessment of
our channels with a view to Conduct a transport needs More businesses have flourished.
updating our nautical charts assessment for Bermuda, There has been an increase in
(not done since the 1970s) mindful of sustainability is- the use of the internet. There is
replace the tug St. David to sues. greater competition and greater
improve sea rescue capability choice. All this benefits the Ber-
mudian people.

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
Nelson B. A. Bascome, Jr., JP,
Candidate for Constituency # 16 , Pembroke East Central.
Nelson Bascome Jr. has represented Pembroke East Central since 1989.
The President of Counseling Consultants, he is also Assistant Director of
Focus Counseling Service, which provides services for those addicted and
recovering from drug abuse. A leader in the Pembroke community, he has
initiated community programmes such as Friswell’s Hill United, Single
Parents in Action, and the Pembroke Community Club Drum Corps.

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Wayne Perinchief , CPM, JP
Candidate for Constituency # 17, Pembroke Central.

Elected to the House of Assembly in November 1998. Wayne Perinchief


has been actively involved in passing legislation to improve the lives
of seniors and the disabled. He is recognized as a fearless defender of
legal, constitutional and property rights by his constituents in Pem-
broke Central.

Taking Tourism Higher


The PLP Government has Wyndham among other properties. This is
been successful in attracting a testament to the success of the
Fairmont Hamilton Princess
new luxury hoteliers to our PLP Government in tourism.
shores - St. Regis, Jumeriah, and Fairmont Southampton
Ritz-Carlton. Under the PLP Princess
There’s more growth on the way
Government there has been a Coco Reef for our flourishing tourism sector
marked increase in the invest- Cambridge Beaches and this Government will man-
ment of tourism properties after The Reefs age it smartly, judiciously. Our
a 30-year gap. vision is for a platinum period of
Ariel Sands
five-star luxury hotels, first class
The PLP Government has seen Tuckers Point Club
transportation options, and high-
significant investment in rede- Pompano Beach Club end customer service.
velopment and refurbishment Harmony Club
from any number of properties Newstead/Belmont Hills An economy that stands on two
including for example, legs instead of one is to the ben-

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
D. Neletha I. Butterfield, JP,
Candidate for Constituency # 18, Pembroke West Central
D. Neletha I. Butterfield is an advocate for Education. The founder of C.A.R.E.
Learning Centre (Children and Adults Reaching for Education), Neletha
Butterfield is also the President of the Bermuda Business and Professional
Women’s Club, co-founder of Prison Fellowship Bermuda, a founding
member of S.T.A.R. (Supportive Therapy for Aids Victims and their
Relatives), Past Vice-President of the Orchid Charity Club, and a
Steward at St. Paul A.M.E. church.

efit of all Bermudians. That’s the Continuing to create pro- Continuing to promote Ber-
economy we are building. It will grammes to entice the mudianisation of high-level
be an economy that is the envy discriminating visitor to our jobs in the industry.
of the world. shores. Working with tour boat
Partnering with hoteliers to operators and taxi operators
The PLP will continue to work promote destination Ber- so that they maximize their
toward the development of muda. benefits from the growth of
world-class resort destina- our tourism sector.
tions by:
Requiring developers to
include staff housing for Ber-
Increasing our room inven- mudian staff on all new hotel
tory to 10,000 beds. developments.

In 1998 when we took office, GDP – the internationally accepted measure of


an economy’s output – was approximately $3 billion. As a result of sound and
effective PLP economic policies, Bermuda’s GDP has expanded to over $5 billion
under the prudent and wise stewardship of the successive PLP administrations.

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Walton Brown, B.A., M.A. (Political Science)
Candidate for Constituency # 19, Pembroke West.
A well known political scientist Walton Brown lectured on politics and his-
tory at Bermuda College for twelve years. He is the founder and President of
Research Innovations Limited and the author of numerous academic papers
focusing on a wide range of subjects related to Bermudian society
Walton Brown is the proud father of three young men.

& Education
Excellence
Our Record of Achievement
The Progressive Labour Party More authority is being de-
Government entered office with volved to the schools.
a mandate to improve the edu- Severely disruptive students
cational system and we immedi- have been transferred from
ately set about delivering on our the class room
election promises. Amongst the School security upgraded.
promises kept were our pledges
to improve Bermuda‘s public There can be no doubt that
schools in a systemic manner teachers play a tremendous role
that enhanced the educational in the development of our young
opportunities for our students. people by providing them with
By our pledge, we demonstrated the values, the knowledge and
in a real way our unwavering skills necessary for their future
commitment to the teaching well-being and success.
profession in particular, and to
education, in general. In particu- In acknowledging that there is a
lar, we highlight the following worldwide shortage of teachers,
initiatives: the Progressive Labour Party
Government implemented the
Class sizes at the primary ‘Teachers As Scholars” Pro-
and pre-school levels have gramme. This provided an op-
been reduced portunity for over forty teachers
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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
LaVerne Furbert
Candidate for Constituency # 20, Pembroke South West.
LaVerne Furbert is first and foremost the mother of two sons. She is
also the proud grandmother of five and a community activist who uses
her various gifts to help as many people as she can to reach their full
potential. An active member of the Bermuda Progressive Labour Party
for almost 40 years, she is presently employed at the Bermuda
Industrial Union and writes for the Workers Voice.

to study locally at the Wheelock


College to qualify as trained Our Next a culture of achievement in our
Bermuda Public School students.
teachers.
Steps This Government has already
set about a process of renewal
Local Training was also pro- and reform in collaboration with
vided to uncertified teachers There will continue to be the other stakeholders.
within our education system and focus on standards, student
programmes geared to address achievement and an improve- The Progressive Labour Party
the needs of Bermuda’s schools ment in the results of our Ber- Government will:
were adopted. muda public schools.
Improve the quality of teach-
The Progressive Labour Party It is clear that new directions ing and learning, by insti-
Government created the Educa- and radical approaches are tuting quality assurance of
tors’ Council Act 2000 in order required to underscore our com- teaching and learning and
to provide for a system to raise mitment to a Bermuda Public systematically monitoring the
educational standards and to School system that will be first- progress of every pupil
provide for a continuous educa- rate, first-choice and first-class.
tion programme for Bermuda’s The core mandate is to embed
educators.

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Ashfield Eversley De Vent, JP
Candidate for Constituency 21, Pembroke South East.
A long time resident of Constituency 21 and former executive mem-
ber of the Friswells Hill United Group, his current residence at the
corner of Court and Angle streets has allowed him to have a firm
grasp of the issues and concerns of his constituents.

Ashfield has served as Bermuda’s representative in the Unit-


ed Nations for the Southern Countries on the Sustainable
Development Commission (with emphasis on science

Redefine the role of school Systematically monitor prog- A PLP Government will:
principals and their leader- ress of every pupil
ship teams so as to focus on: Ensure students are exposed
Effective supervision of in- to technical education at
1. Raise expectations struction by principals middle and senior schools
2. Improve the quality of Value diversity and talents of
both teaching and learning all students through person- Strengthen the partnership
alised learning between Bermuda College
Insist on accountability at all and the NTB to ensure that
levels by Every lesson will count these entities work together
and there will be a licensed to expand the range of tech-
1. Establish rigorous teacher in each classroom nical programmes available
standards for each level of
Increase value of all Bermu- at Bermuda College.
schooling da Government Scholarships Ensure that any Bermudian
2. Develop / Performance to cover tuition and room who wishes to pursue techni-
management tests at each and board cal training at the post-sec-
level Make education accessible ondary level is able to do so.
to all students regardless of Enable more Bermudians
3. Introduce annual school financial status to acquire competency skills
reviews with publication of Increase value of Mature training and recognized
results Student Awards technical qualifications by
Support Teachers by establishing new industry-
Increase number of bursaries
available to students based (employment-based)
1. Increased professional training/apprenticeship
development opportunities Establish a comprehensive programmes.
2. Spread staff expertise by career-counseling pro-
gramme, which would be Expand the number of areas
developing master teachers where technical workers
delivered secondary 1 to
3. Incorporate more well- Secondary 4 students require national certifica-
ness and physical activities to tion, thereby improving the
encourage healthier lifestyles Focus students on new career overall standard of the trades
roles, which support quality and technical services in
Promote Bermuda history in family supporting jobs
schools Bermuda.
Establish a one-stop career
Introduce teacher, parent centre to assist students, job
and student opinion surveys seekers, and job-changers
annually

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
Davida Morris, JP
Candidate for Constituency 22, Paget East.
Davida Morris is a graduate of the Bermuda College, who holds a
Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. A life-long
resident of Paget, Davida serves as
a substance abuse counselor for Turning Point. Her passion and
interest in our youth is clearly evident as she represents the
interests of the younger generation.

& Immigration
Training
The PLP will advance the in- ance of work permits to the the needs of persons seeking
alienable rights of Bermudians training of Bermudians who higher education, but also
to all the benefits of citizenship, will succeed the work permit the needs of target groups
land ownership and the employ- holder. like the physically and men-
ment arena and will ensure that tally challenged population,
there is fairness in each of these We will consider legislation young black males, persons
areas. to outlaw marriages of con- who have not completed
venience. their secondary school edu-
We will introduce legisla- cation and persons recover-
tive amendments to provide As part of the Workforce Devel-
opment Initiative, a PLP Gov- ing from problems relating to
greater protection for work- drug addiction.
ers, ensuring that employers ernment will:
adhere to minimum work- Introduce Sector Councils Through the National Training
place standards. At the same employer-led, independent Board, the PLP Government will
time, we will ensure that the groups that identify the skill improve the quality of technical
legislation recognises the development needs of par- education and training available
rights of employers. ticular industries; they will to Bermudians.
assist in the development of
We will protect guest work-
ers from exploitation by occupational standards de-
strengthening the Compli- signed to improve productiv-
ance Section of the Depart- ity and business performance
ment of Immigration and by and create career ladders in
ensuring proper enforcement order to heighten awareness
of all Government policies. and interest in individual
careers.
We will strengthen the policy
to require that employers Establish a One-Stop Ca-
offer training opportunities reers Centre that will offer
to Bermudians and, where numerous workforce-related
appropriate, will tie the issu- services that meet not only

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Rolfe Commissiong
Candidate for Constituency # 23, Paget West
The founder and President of Black Star Communications Ltd, a multi-
faceted communication’s company that specializes in public relations,
advertising and tele-communication products and sales, Rolfe is a
tireless, advocate and activist for social justice on behalf of the dis-
advantaged and the voiceless in our society. Rolfe is also a keen
supporter of economic empowerment initiatives directed
toward those who have traditionally been excluded from
full participation in the economy.

Youth And
The New Economy
One of the main In this third term, the PLP Gov- Partner with the interna-
ernment will unveil a dynamic, tional and local business to
economic policy goals inclusive Youth Strategy, which develop training and appren-
will bring the youth into full par- ticeship models in informa-
of the PLP was to ticipation in Bermuda’s political tion technology.
increase economic and economic environment. Provide students with a
opportunity for those The PLP understands what the
government portal to regis-
ter information about their
Bermudian citizens marketplace of tomorrow will field of study and career they
look like. The economy of the
who had been screened future is based on knowledge
wish to pursue or are pursu-
ing.
out of full economic experts, computer literacy, in-
Provide students with in-
novation and creativity. There-
participation in the land fore, young people will have to formation about jobs, and
the required qualifications.
of their birth. prepare themselves for the future
economy of Bermuda. Student interest will then be
forwarded to employers and
The PLP Government will: flagged by Immigration.

Continue to sponsor aware- Introduce kiosks that are


ness projects such as TECH easily assessable to students
Week. and employers regarding job
information.
Encourage Bermudians to
gain the technological skills Re-invigorate an interest in
needed to be competitive, Bermuda’s other core busi-
ness - the hospitality industry.
Support technology appren-
ticeship development pro-
grammes.

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
William Alexander Scott, JP
Candidate for Constituency # 24, Warwick South East
With an impressive political career that spans nearly 30 years.
Alex Scott served as Premier of Bermuda from July 28, 2003
through November 11, 2006. In Warwick South East, he has worked
to address flooding problems, to attend to health concerns
caused by the commercial storage of sand and aggregate at
a local Quarry; and to work with the police to address the
problem of crime in this area.

Identity & Culture


Bermuda has a strong cultural and celebrate in the success of Gombeys have attained inter-
history and fabric and we will each other. Like the excitement national recognition and indeed
continue to teach our culture experienced by young and old, acclaim.
to the next generation through black and white when our Na- The PLP Government has
books, textbooks, oral histories, tional Cricket Team was selected consistently used international
libraries and story telling. We for the World Cup. Bermudians, conferences such as the annual
will preserve our national heri- across the spectrum were exhila- RIMS Conference and interna-
tage with all due diligence. rated. tional tourism briefings to show-
case Bermuda talent: notably
The PLP Government has On the arts and culture front, Ms. Gita Blakeney-Saltus, Mr.
established a history of support Bermuda’s Gombeys have expe- Gene Steede and Mr. Wendell
for the visual and performing rienced a revival under the PLP Shine Hayward.
arts like the African Diaspora Government. In fact, Bermuda’s
Heritage Trail; Historical and
Cultural Societies, artisans and
trades-people. In addition we
will support research into Ber-
muda’s ancestral past through
The St. David’s Island Indian
Committee. Government recog-
nised a local artist in its choice
of designer for the ‘Lost At Sea’
Memorial.

The PLP Government is proud


of the people of Bermuda. We
will continue to recognize our
diverse ethnic background in our
Heritage programmes. We share

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Dale D. Butler, B.A., JP
Candidate for Constituency # 25, Warwick North East.
Historian, orator, and Bermuda’s most prolific writer and publisher
Dale Butler is a former teacher and well-known principal..

Throughout his career, he has cultivated a reputation as a responsive,


relentless, grassroots constituency representative with a sincere
appreciation for his constituents.

The PLP Government has not


only funded the arts but has cre-
ated opportunities to showcase
local talent like the Onions stage
at the Bermuda Music Festival.

In addition, the PLP Govern-


ment has highlighted the con-
tributions of Bermudians by
naming key landmarks after
distinguished Bermudians, such
as the L. F. Wade International
Airport, the T. N. Tatem Middle
School, the Warren Simmons
Community Field, the ‘Sparky’
Lightbourne Bus Terminal, the
“Warbaby” Fox fast ferry and
the Dame Lois Browne-Evans
Courts of Justice Building, which
is to be erected.

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
Dr. Ewart Brown, JP
Candidate for Constituency # 26, Warwick South Central.
Dr. Ewart Brown’s political career has spanned more than three
decades, when he began as a student activist in Bermuda campaigning
for social justice. He has a long history in the United States as a
community-minded physician, where he is the recipient of numerous
awards for his dedicated and self-less service. As Medical
Director of Bermuda HealthCare Services, he endeavors to
ensure that all Bermudians are provided with efficient
and cost-effective health care.

Health and Housing


The Progressive Labour Party courage better life styles amongst of doctors and health care
Government is determined to citizens from childhood to the professionals.
reshape Bermuda by encour- seniors years. We are committed
aging healthier lifestyles. The to setting realistic goals to reduce
PLP Government has adopted a
number of initiatives to improve
the incidence in heart disease Housing
diabetes over the long-term.
our health report card. The most enduring challenge of
Dramatically increase exer- this 22 mile finite land mass is
We will: cise and physical fitness for the creation, development and
Introduce free dental cov- children provision of affordable housing.
erage for seniors and the Continue to develop wellness Since taking over reins of gov-
needy models for Bermuda Com- ernment nine years ago, the PLP
Build and operate Urgent munity Government is proud to have
Care Clinics at both ends Pass legislation to introduce housed 800 Bermudians.
of the Island labeling guides to healthy
foods Some of the housing develop-
The PLP government will de- Dramatically increase schol- ments that have come on line
velop practical strategies to en- arship funding for training include: Anchorage Villas, St.

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Elvin G. James, B.A., JP
Candidate for Constituency # 27, Warwick North Central.
First elected in 1998 as the Member of Parliament for Warwick West,
Elvin James has a background in education, sports, administration,
and youth services. A teacher, he is also well-known and recognized
sports figure. He is a former President of the Bermuda Cricket Board
as well as the Warwick Workman’s Club.

George’s – (16 units), Butter- Sandys and Anchorage Villa, St. mortgage programmes to
field Lane, Sandys (12 units), George’s have been transferred give younger people access to
Rockaway Seniors development to the “geared to income” initia- home ownership.
(100 units). Under construc- tive which ensures that families Investigate reverse mortgage
tion Perimeter Lane, Pembroke spend only twenty-five per cent opportunities for seniors who
(38 units) Loughlands (96 units) of their income on housing. All are land rich and cash poor.
and HarbourView Village (110 BHC tenants who do not have Upgrade legislation on
units), which will see Bermudi- any arrears will be transferred to Landlord/Tenant Bill of
ans becoming home owners for geared to income on their lease Rights.
just $199,000. renewal date. Amend Boarding House and
Common Lodging legislation
A private / public sector initia- The Bermuda Progressive La- Develop additional public/
tive is the Westcott Lane devel- bour Party believes that shelter is private partnership to build
opment of 54 units and future a basic need that every Bermu- affordable homes for sale to
construction will take place at dian should have. first-time Bermudian home
Ewing Street and Ireland Island. owners.
As such in its third term the PLP Increase the number of help-
To develop further private public will build on its success of the ing programmes provided to
sector initiatives the Custom first two terms in Government. BHC tenants.
Tariff Act has been amended A multi-pronged approach to In addition to providing 500
to allow custom duty relief to address both the rental market as interest free down payments
persons constructing low cost well as homes for purchase will to first-time Bermudian
housing. be employed. home owners to develop-
ing other innovative ways to
The Progressive Labour Party We will: increase Bermudian home
Government intends to increase ownership.
home-ownership and to help Meet the demands for single
young families struggling to be unit apartments for young
first-time home buyers. The Bermudians. Hustle Truck
PLP Government will provide Continue to build geared-to-
interest free down payments to income housing units.
five hundred first time home Provide incentives to land-
owners. lords to return rental units
back onto the market.
Bermuda Housing Corpora- Work with banks so that
tion tenants in Butterfield Lane, they can continue to design

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
George Scott JP
Candidate for constituency # 28, Warwick West.
The Member of Parliament for Constituency 27 since 2003, George
Scott is currently the Chief Union Organizer for the Bermuda
Industrial Union. Fluent in Portuguese, he devotes his free time
Bermuda’s education system. He is very interested in expanding
vocational training to train Bermudians to work in Bermuda’s
industry.

The PLP Government will: Safer Communities


Expand the Hustle Truck Pro- It is reasonable to expect that all We will:
gramme that is currently helping residents feel safe and secure in
the unemployed sustain them- their communities. We under- Explore additional ways of
selves through limited employ- stand that some Bermudians feel maintaining police staffing
ment and life skills development. there is a lack of visible police levels.
In the 7 months the programme presence and although it is the Continue to seek outside as-
has operated, some 60 persons Governor to whom the Com- sistance for the BPS.
have graduated to full time em- missioner of Police reports on Implement a ‘home grown’
ployment. operational policing - and not anti gang initiative.
the Government - the Govern- Expand the role and staffing
The programme, considered a ment will continue to work of the Bermuda Regiment to
resounding success, is providing with Government House and assist the Police with non-po-
assistance to many community the Commissioner of Police to licing duties
and charitable organisations as remove the perception of public Where possible, combine
well as being a resource for the vulnerability to the criminal ele- uniformed support services
Bermuda Housing Corporation. ment. to effect greater cost savings.

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Stanley W. Lowe, JP
Candidate for Constituency # 29, Southampton East.
The MP for Southampton East since 1968, Stanley Lowe is well re-
garded for his knowledge of Parliamentary rules and procedure and
disposition for fairness. Through his tireless advocacy for the needs of
all Bermudians, he has built a the reputation as the “People’s MP.”

THE POWER OF PARTNERSHIPS


The public-private partnership dences an effective partnership nered to cooperate and develop
model is a hallmark of the PLP with the Government, the BMA programmes to satisfy the needs
Government and will be used as the independent regulator and of a growing Seniors population.
to optimal effect to improve our industry, in creating an effective
efficiency and effectiveness as the model that reflects commonsense Bermuda has a strong tradition
Government. and pragmatic in forging a regu- of volunteerism and the PLP
latory framework that is sound. Government will:
There have been many such
notable partnerships between The PLP Government in its Continue to encourage and
the PLP Government and key partnership with the youth has support volunteers to help
stakeholders in Bermuda. Stra- provided a grant of $250,000 to them make a difference in
tegic linkages forged to evidence Youth On the Move to operate their communities.
the shared commitment to doing in the EEZ. Encourage partnerships with
good for the people of Bermuda. communities to strengthen
Premier, Dr. Ewart F. Brown and charities in Bermuda.
One such partnership that the Minister of Finance, Paula Consider ways to encourage
underscores the public-private A. Cox regularly travel to Wash- social enterprise companies
sector partnership in education ington to liaise and to make in their community endeav-
is the Bermuda Technology Edu- representations on behalf of ours.
cation Collaborative (“B-TEC”). Bermuda’s national interest with
Washington policymakers. Community – neighbourhood
The Bermuda International – family these are the nurturing
Business Association (“BIBA”) is In addition, the annual bilateral environments for our families.
another example. A standard visit with the Hon. US Consul
diary date are the Bermuda General is another instance of Therefore the PLP Gov-
Briefings in London and New an effective working partnership. ernment will build on the
York in which local BIBA busi- These trips have also become an successful Community Areas
ness representatives, the BMA annual fixture on the diary of Programme (CAP), with
representatives, together with your Government leaders. a specific focus in densely
the Minister of Finance and populated areas.
the Minister of Environment, The National Office for Seniors Keep the focus on develop-
Telecommunications and E- and the Physically Challenged ing open space / recreational
Commerce participate. This evi- and Age Concern have part- areas.

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
Zane Joseph Stephen DeSilva
Candidate for Consistency # 30, Southampton East Central.
Zane De Silva is a self-made business titan who rose from humble
beginnings as a dishwasher to become the owner, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Island Construction Limited.

A well rounded Bermudian with the distinction of representing his


country in several sporting disciplines as well as serving on the
Boards of a number of charitable and sporting organizations.
Zane remains actively engaged in a variety of social and
community based programmes.

Energy And Social fication can set out the energy ef-
ficiency rating of a building and
may be used as a way to provide
Responsibility incentives to the owners of those
buildings that are very energy
efficient.
In considering the international velopment has caused us to de-
commitments made in Kyoto, vise ways to assist by incentives
Efforts will be made to also pro-
the PLP Government will review those who construct housing in
vide recommendations on how
any proposals that have practical the public and private sector in
to improve the energy efficiency
relevance to Bermuda and un- ways that are energy efficient.
of buildings.
dertake to prepare a comprehen-
sive plan and proposals for an In partnership with the private
The PLP Government will
energy policy. We will construct sector we will consider ways to
introduce a Green Paper on
meaningful and realistic solu- assess the energy efficiency of
Energy that will provide a policy
tions to the problem of global buildings in both the residential
framework for reducing Bermu-
warming. and commercial sectors and to
da’s reliance on fossil fuel.
The need to encourage and to provide a means of certification.
actively promote sustainable de- The energy performance certi-
The PLP Government will:
Promote new ‘green’ tech-
nologies
Recognize businesses that de-
velop and promote sustain-
This can be the best of times for all Bermuda. able practices
This will come only when we recognize that our Encourage the use of ma-
terials for ‘Green’ building
children will continue to sit side by side in our promotions.
classrooms, we will all ride the ferry, we will bump Make relevant and respon-
sive policies to best protect
into one another in the supermarket aisles, and the island.
we will all worship in one of God’s many houses Encourage the use of al-
ternative energy sources in
every weekend. buildings and homes.
Recognise residents for
inventive ideas on preserving
the environment.

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Marc Bean
Candidate for Constituency # 31, Southampton West Central.
An alumnus of the Berkeley Institute and Bailbrook College in the United
Kingdom, Marc Bean is the President of Somerset Bridge Recreation Club.
An FAA certified commercial pilot, as well as a small business entre-
preneur, he is currently Managing Director of Paradise Air Limited.
Deeply involved in community service, he is also the Recruitment
and Enrolment Manager for the Mirrors Program.

Environment
From our beginning The PLP Government: Follow the demonstrated suc-
Continue to encourage re- cess of the experiment long-
in 1963, the PLP has cycling line fishing within Bermuda’s
advocated change, Promote biodegradable
200-mile Exclusie Economic
Zone (EEZ).
agitated for change, products
Establish shore side facilities
The PLP Government will:
and has been for provision of fishery sup-
Closely monitor global pliers.
Bermuda’s primary climate change and policy,
Link farming and fishing
catalyst for change and my potential impact on
entrepreneurship to existing
Bermuda.
and social justice. This Institute mandatory thresh-
hospitality industry opportu-
nities.
will continue to be the old standards on gas emis-
Create apprenticeship op-
sions, as we monitor our air
mission of the PLP. I quality.
portunities for young people
with experienced commer-
will continue to be an Review waste dumping and cial fisherman.
unapologetic crusader provide public policy guide-
lines.
for change.

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
K.H. Randolph Horton, JP,
Candidate for Constituency # 32, Southampton West.
K. H. Randolph Horton can be rightly described as a fiercely
dedicated, passionate, fiery and forceful individual. In sports,
education, tourism promotion and political circles, his name is
synonymous with achievement. From sports to education – from
community affairs to the judiciary, his name is synonymous
with the achieving.

PROGRESS
AND PROSPERITY
The PLP Government is direct- on materials used for manu-
ing resources to where they can facturing Bermuda perfumes. Only one government has
do the greatest good for the brought closure to the issue of
people of Bermuda. provided duty-free diesel fuel Long term Residents.
for fishermen.
Our national sports clubs ben- Only one government has intro-
efit from duty relief on capital provided duty relief on all duced term limits.
expenditure to improve their equipment, supplies and ma-
community sports facilities. chinery imported by farmers. Only one government has intro-
duced mandated smaller class
Public and private affordable provided a tax exemption so sizes.
housing schemes benefit from that no ‘death tax’ is payable
duty relief on housing materials by families on the primary Only one government has
able. family homestead. showcased our special Bermu-
dian heritage to the world with
Small and medium-sized busi- The PLP Government intro- participation in the Smithsonian
ness benefit from a restructured duced the HIP prescription drug Institute.
payroll tax benefit for seniors.
There is only one Government
In addition, the PLP Govern- We are committed to ensuring that has underwritten to such a
ment has: expanded opportunities for Ber- significant extent sports develop-
mudians in the labour market. ment in our national sports of
provided customs duty relief cricket and football.
on material used in light Only one government in Ber-
manufacturing such as PVC muda has delivered the change
window treatments and to single seat constituencies.
doors, steel studs and tracks
for drywall installations. Only one government has intro-
duced prescription drug financ-
provided customs duty relief ing.
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Moving Bermuda Forward
Terry E. Lister, JP
Candidate for constituency # 33, Sandys South.
Terry Lister has represented Sandys South since being elected to the
House of Assembly in 1998.

Mr. Lister has served as the Minister of Works and Engineering, then
as Minister of Education and Development, during his tenure, the
Mature Student Scholarship Programme was implemented.

Secure Hands
Strong Economy
As we reflect on the record of toric victory in 1998. GDP – the internationally ac-
our economic programme, the Indeed, the maintenance of cepted measure of an economy’s
facts show that Bermuda’s econ- economic stability and sustained output – was approximately $3
omy has turned in a remarkable growth, even through periods of billion. As a result of sound and
performance under the three difficult times as we had in 2001 effective PLP economic policies,
Progressive Labour Party admin- and 2003 has been a central Bermuda’s GDP has expanded
istrations. While the growth rate feature of the Progressive La- to over $5 billion under the pru-
of our economy has varied from bour Party’s successful economic dent and wise stewardship of the
year-to-year, the overall pace of management since becoming successive PLP administrations.
expansion has been well above your Government in 1998.
that which prevailed during the All of the key sectors of the
few years before the PLP’s his- In 1998 when we took office, economy have grown under

In 1998 when we took office, GDP – the internationally accepted


measure of an economy’s output – was approximately $3
billion. As a result of sound and effective PLP economic
policies, Bermuda’s GDP has expanded to over $5 billion
under the prudent and wise stewardship of the successive PLP
administrations.
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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
Walter M. Lister, JP
Candidate for constituency # 34, Sandys South, Central.

First elected to Parliament in 1976, Mr. Walter Lister has capably


served Bermuda for over 30 years. His advice, supported twenty-
five years’ experience in the insurance industry in Bermuda has
enabled him to make an invaluable contribution to the PLP
Government team.

All of the key sectors of the economy have grown under our
watch. Construction has boomed, new service sectors have
opened, tourism has turned around and international business
has generally led the way along Bermuda’s path of sustained
growth and development.

our watch. Construction has seized the new opportunities to In other words, economic op-
boomed, new service sectors start and to flourish under our portunity has been available as
have opened, tourism has turned enabling environment. never before for our people.
around and international busi- Concessions to farmers, fisher-
ness has generally led the way men, taxi operators and the As a consequence of the strong
along Bermuda’s path of sus- restructuring of payroll tax to economy maintained by the PLP
tained growth and development. assist small businesses in their administrations, family incomes
early years has sparked and re- have increased and the quality
During these years of expan- kindled the entrepreneurial spirit of life has improved for the vast
sion, many new businesses have amongst Bermuda’s people. majority of Bermudians.

Concessions to farmers, fishermen, taxi operators and the


restructuring of payroll tax to assist small businesses in their
early years has sparked and rekindled the entrepreneurial spirit
amongst Bermuda’s people.

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Moving Bermuda Forward
Dennis Lister, JP
Candidate for Constituency # 35, Sandys North Central.
Dennis Lister was first elected to Parliament in the General Election
of 1989. During the first PLP Cabinet, he served as Minister of Youth &
Sport and Minister of the Environment. During his time at the Ministry
of Environment he oversaw the restructuring of the Ministry and at-
tended the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johan-
nesburg, South Africa. Minister Lister returned to Cabinet
in November, 2006 to serve as the Minister of Works &
Engineering.

In 1998 when we took office, GDP – the internationally accepted


measure of an economy’s output – was approximately $3 billion.
As a result of sound and effective PLP economic policies, Bermu-
da’s GDP has expanded to over $5 billion under the prudent and
wise stewardship of the successive PLP administrations.

One of the main economic The concept mobilised people tax concessions excite the com-
policy goals of the PLP was to and its shape and direction came munity and lead to development
increase economic opportunity from the people. The develop- and happiness.
for those Bermudian citizens ment of the economic empower-
who had been screened out of ment zone has caught the atten- The Progressive Labour Party
full economic participation in tion of young Bermudians and Government’s tax policy has
the land of their birth. has energized a group who are both elements in its fiscal man-
spearheading the way forward in agement, namely, fair and
Our plan for the economic social enterprise. reasonable taxes and, tax breaks
empowerment zones will help and tax concessions.
to shift the balance of economic Young people have transformed
power such that those who were themselves into fearless entre- Seniors have benefited from no
previously screened out will have preneurs who have the courage land tax on the home they oc-
the opportunity to create new to step into leadership roles cupy. This measure brought both
wealth for themselves, for their amongst their generation. delight and happiness to seniors
families and for the community and their families. In addition,
at large. With the foundation of strong the PLP’s sustained programme
economic and financial manage- of pension increases for seniors
The first economic empower- ment, we have fashioned these and the introduction of the
ment zone in North East Ham- results with the help of our prescription drug benefit under
ilton provides the PLP’s signa- enlightened tax policy. Fair and HIP for seniors have brought
ture on the record of economic reasonable taxes help to build immense relief and added joy to
performance since 1998. our community. Tax breaks and the lives of our senior citizens.

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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
Michael John Scott, LLB, JP
Candidate for Constituency # 36, Sandys North.
Michael Scott is a lawyer with his own practice in Somerset.

He is a Member of the Allen Temple AME Church in Sandys Parish


where he serves on a number of committees and also serves as
President of the Senior Choir and as a member of the Board of
Trustees.

Secure Hands
Strong Economy
Families have benefited from the Our philosophy and pro-
tax shelter on the primary family grammes have been patterned As a consequence
homestead. on the wise counsel of a great
African visionary and leader, of the strong
Fishermen and farmers have Kwame Nkrumah who said:
benefited from customs duty economy
concessions. “Go to the people
Live among them maintained by the
Hotels and restaurants have Learn from them
been assisted with tax breaks on Love them PLP administrations,
materials used in renovations Plan with them
and refurbishments. Start with what they know
Build on what they have”
family incomes
Workers have benefited by the
PLP holding the line on tax That is what your PLP Govern-
have increased and
increases. ment has done for the people of
Bermuda since 1998 when we the quality of life
With your trust and your help, began our journey to the ‘New
the PLP will continue the good Bermuda’. With your trust and has improved for
stewardship that benefits all of with your continued support, the
our citizens and will hold steady PLP will complete the historic the vast majority of
to the course towards the ‘good journey.
life’ for the coming generations. Bermudians.

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Moving Bermuda Forward
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Patterns of Progress Progressive Labour Party
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Moving Bermuda Forward
“Go to the people
Live among them
Learn from them
Love them
Plan with them
Start with what they know
Build on what they have”

Three
Straight!

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