Premier’s funding of East End projects questioned
Opposition Leader Alden McLaughlin said Thursday that he would write to the governor and auditor general asking them to look into Mr. Bush’s support for candidate John McLean, who is expected to run of office in the upcoming May 2013 elections.
“This must be official corruption,” Mr. McLaughlin said of the matter.
Mr. Bush told supporters in East End during a Tuesday public meeting that he had essentially by-passed elected representative Arden McLean in favour of candidate John McLean in working to secure funding for several public projects for that area of Grand Cayman.
“With John McLean, we put [these projects] in place for this district,” Mr. Bush said, admitting that John McLean was his “preferred candidate” for the East End district. John McLean ran against Arden McLean in 2009 and lost.
The money for the various projects came from funds provided to government by the Dart group of companies, according to Mr. Bush. The Premier did not state that he had provided any funds directly to John McLean.
The premier said John McLean had come to him seeking funding for the projects and deserved praise for his efforts.
MLA Arden McLean said Wednesday that he had presented a number of recommended projects for East End district to Cabinet members in 2010. Those included improvements to East End Primary School, support for after school programmes and the extension of John McLean Drive.
“It’s a sad day in this country when the Premier announces that the richest man in this country is financing the candidates’ election,” Mr. McLean said. “How can we have fair elections in this country?”
The Caymanian Compass has contacted Premier Bush’s office for a response to the opposition claims and will print that if it is received.
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