Delivered by His Excellency the Governor on Friday, 7 November, on the occasion of the convening of the legislature.
Madame President and Members of the Senate
Mr. Speaker and Members of the House of Assembly
History is replete with examples of people and their governments facing challenges that tested and revealed what they are made of.
The United States of America showed innovation, energy and optimism in weathering the Great Depression. The United Kingdom demonstrated courage, composure and defiance when it stood alone against the might of Nazi Germany. And South Africans, following the lead of Nelson Mandela, turned the other cheek to “work together” in their first post-Apartheid election.
These countries survived and progressed because their people faced the challenge and came together for the greater good.
Bermuda today is facing its own distinct challenges.