HAMILTON — A General Election will be held this year, Premier Paula Cox last night signalled to the party faithful.
And she pledged an end to conscription and the creation of a smaller, full-time Bermuda Regiment – sure to be popular with young male voters eligible for call-up.
Cox also – in line with earlier speakers – also issued a rallying call and appealed for voters to get out and go to the polls.
Cox told the party faithful: “This year, and I’m giving you a hint here, in the coming election, the Progressive Labour Party will count on you to stand up for these values and look at what we have done in our three years of office.”
She added: “We are committed to having a full-time Regiment with a full-time complement of officers and move away from mandated conscription.”
Cox was speaking as she delivered the keynote speech at the party’s annual delegates conference at the auditorium at CedarBridge Academy in Pembroke.
She said: “Five years ago, we as a party committed to work for Bermuda and Bermudians – we have kept that promise because we have never stopped fighting to make Bermuda everything she can be.
“We are standing strong at a defining moment – a moment when our economy is still recovering and many of our people are feeling vulnerable.
“It’s far too difficult to find jobs, the cost of living is high and gang violence is a problem among our youth.”
She added: “The PLP government is addressing all these issues and we will not be hindered by political sniping…” (Bermuda Sun)