West Bay MLA Captain Eugene Ebanks does not believe the PPM government will win a majority of seats in the next general election.
Speaking during his contribution to the budget debate, Mr. Ebanks noted that Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts was appealing to the voters to give the People’s Progressive Movement government another term in office.
‘The people of these Islands have had enough of the PPM,’ he said. ‘I hate to disappoint the Leader of Government Business, but the people have already decided that the PPM will not be getting back into power.’
Mr. Ebanks noted that many people are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.
‘On page three of the PPM’s policy statement, about being the government in sunshine… well, I would also add in [government in] rain, as three and a half years after Ivan, there are still many families living with relatives or under leaking roofs.’
Responding to remarks made by Mr. Tibbetts during his budget policy statement concerning the United Democratic Party’s failing to rise to the challenge after Hurricane Ivan, Mr. Ebanks said there was more recovery done in Cayman in the short time between the hurricane and the next election than done in the same time on any other Caribbean island hit by a hurricane.
‘The financial services sector was back up and running in a couple of days, while the cruise lines were back in a couple of weeks,’ he said. ‘The leader of government business had the audacity to say we did nothing, and here they are still complaining that the EU money has not come.’
Mr. Ebanks spoke to Mr. Tibbetts’ appeals for the people to ‘keep the faith.’
‘I’m afraid the Caymanian people have run out of patience,’ he said. ‘They need help and they’re not getting the help, so they need change.’
Mr. Ebanks also spoke about the part of Mr. Tibbetts’ policy statement in which he wanted people to count their blessings one by one.
‘The Leader of the Government should add a verse that says ‘count your many hardships; name them one by one; and it will surprise you; what the PPM has not done.’