Governor Jack leaves today
Premier McKeeva Bush chaired the Cabinet meeting yesterday, marking the first time a Caymanian elected official has ever done so.
The historic occasion was made possible by the commencement of the new Constitution on 6 November. Previously, the chief secretary – now known as the deputy governor – chaired the meetings in the governor’s absence.
Governor Stuart Jack leaves the island today, but he did not attend the cabinet meeting yesterday.
Mr. Bush commented on the significance of the event.
‘Given the many outstanding politicians who have led our country since the introduction of constitutional government, I am honoured and humbled to have been able to make history in this fashion,’ he said. ‘The new constitution allows Caymanians to assume a more visible leadership role at the country’s helm, even as it encourages us to assume greater accountability for our actions.
‘This can only be a positive thing for us as a people.’
Deputy Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said it was fitting for Mr. Bush to be the first elected Caymanian to chair a Cabinet meeting since he was the Father of the House, being the current longest standing member of the Legislative Assembly.
‘This represents an incremental stage of our journey toward self-determination,’ she said.
Deputy Governor Donovan Ebanks said Caymanians should not underestimate themselves.
‘If we are courageous and show respect for one another, there’s no limit to what we can do,’ he said. ‘We can lead ourselves without any external involvement.’
Education Minister Rolston Anglin said the occasion showed Cayman was more mature than people sometimes think.
‘Today is a great day for Cayman; a historic day,’ he said. ‘This is where the history of the celebrations of last month meet the road in terms of a modernised Constitution.’
Minister of Community Affairs Mike Adam also expressed his pleasure at the occasion.
‘I’m privileged to be a part of the process,’ he said.
Minister of Health Mark Scotland echoed the sentiment.
Cabinet Secretary Orrett Connor commented about the importance of the event when it came to ‘piloting the good ship Cayman’.
‘In my six year as Cabinet Secretary, I’ve seen many firsts and this is certainly the crowning star in terms of the changes,’ he said.