The historic general election of July 18th produced the clearest expression of the people’s will that Bermuda has ever witnessed. At more than 46,000 voters, the voters list was the largest in Bermuda’s history. The Progressive Labour Party secured just under 60% of this enlarged popular vote; a clear endorsement of the Government’s election manifesto, which laid out plans to build a better and fairer Bermuda. The Government has twice as many seats in the House as the Opposition;and the Government’s Backbench outnumbers Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.
These salient facts provide both the background and the mandate that drives the 2017 Speech from the Throne.
This convening will see a new parliament led by a new government committed to ensuring social mobility and removing social inequality. This Government will face the issues of division in our country head-on, and will overcome them.