Two new Cabinet ministers were sworn in at Government House this evening. The Honorable Michael Weeks, JP, MP, replaces Renee Ming as the Minister of National Security and the Honorable Vance Campbell, JP, MP, was sworn in as Minister of Tourism.
“ When I received the call from Premier Burt last evening, I accepted the position [to become National Security Minister] with humility,” Mr. Weeks said moments after becoming minister. “ Before I provide any insight, answers or solutions to any matter of national security, it is imperative that I meet with the various heads that come under this ministry; the Regiment, Customs, police, Corrections and the fire service–all of those who work on the front lines, striving every day to keep our country and borders safe and secure, and I would like to thank them.”
Mr. Weeks brings vast experience to the ministry, having worked with Bermudians both young and old, whether in residential care or treatment, or drug and alcohol reform. He stressed the importance of addressing the issue of gun violence on the island, calling it a “community problem.”
“ If we want to find solutions, we cannot place ourselves outside of this situation,” he said. “ We need everyone, from our neighbors to community leaders, to our community club leaders, to our church leaders; those in Tucker’s Town and MiddleTown, those from Front to Court Street . . . all of us must get involved.”
“ The Ministry of National Security seeks to protect our country’s fundamental needs; i.e.the protection of the lives and safety of our residents, maintaining a united front, ensuring our values, institution and island home are protected,” he continued.
Mr. Weeks ended his ministerial speech by quoting 44th President of the United States Barack Obama.
“ We know we cannot stop every act of evil in the world, but maybe we can try to stop one act of violence or evil.”
During his maiden ministerial speech, Mr. Campbell said that he will bring humility to the Ministry of Tourism.
“ I believe that my experience across various industries would be a positive addition to the table on Tuesdays at Cabinet and as Minister of Tourism, I will meet with key stakeholders on a regular basis,” he said. “ I will listen and will always strive to do what’s best for my country and the citizens of Bermuda.”
Premier the Honorable David Burt, JP, MP, will hold a press conference tomorrow (April 5) to discuss the reconfigured Cabinet positions.
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