Senate Passage of Fairmont Southampton Act

“Another important step for Bermuda’s economic recovery,” said the Junior Minister of Tourism, Senator Owen Darrell today after the Fairmont Southampton Act passed the Senate without objection.

Senator Darrell said, “We cannot emphasize enough just how much the people are relying on the economic and career opportunities this hotel redevelopment will bring. Today’s debate showed the people of Bermuda that the Government is prepared to lead the way in the social renewal that will come from providing dignified work and economic security for our people.”

It should be noted that the Opposition attempted to advance a number of amendments to the Bill, but all but one was ruled as unconstitutional by Senate President Joan Dillas-Wright, who had earlier adjourned the Senate sitting to the afternoon to take legal advice.

Senator Darrell added, “Ten minutes before we were to begin today’s important session, Government Senators received eight (8) pages of amendments from the Opposition. Almost all of them were unconstitutional and just delayed the important work we had all come to do.”

Further noting that the Bill passed without objection, the Junior Minister concluded, “It must be frustrating for the people of Bermuda to witness this political gaming with Opposition speeches all ending by saying they can’t or won’t support the Bill and then failing to do their duty and vote with their convictions when given the chance to do so.”

Senator Darrell concluded, “Today we are a step closer to the creation of hundreds of jobs and a step closer to this hotel playing its part in the recovery of tourism for Bermuda.”

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