Government House. *File photo
Government House. *File photo

On July 4, 2014, we saw a motion tabled and passed in the House of Assembly that stated a Commission of Inquiry should be established to look at “historic losses in Bermuda of citizens’ property through theft of property, dispossession of property, and adverse possession claims.”

Through the democratic process, a Commission of Inquiry was to be set up to investigate and further probe into these concerns of the people of Bermuda.

On July 9, 2014, the Governor responded, in a letter to the Speaker of the House, that those concerns “are not clear enough or urgent enough to require a Commission of the type proposed.”

That decision is for the lawmakers, the representatives of the people, and the people of this country to determine, not an un-elected Governor. That is the hallmark of Democracy. The stance taken by the Governor is an affront to that very democracy.

Martin Luther King once said “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Bermuda, we must stand up to protect our democratic right, and we must stand up for it now. This time, in denying the commission, the Governor has violated democracy by refusing to adhere to the will of the people expressed in parliament. What will it be next time?

No matter our differences in political belief, race, faith, or the walks of life we may come from, we must come together and stand up to protect democracy in our island home of Bermuda.

We invite you to stand for Bermudians this Tuesday, July 15,,2014, at 5:30 PM, at the Langton Hill entrance of Government House. Join us, as we stand together to peacefully protect the future of democracy in Bermuda.