Alden not in the plan
Update 1pm: Both the United Democratic Party and the People’s Progressive Movement responded to the Coalition for Cayman’s statement Wednesday. The text of the UDP statement can be found here. The text of the PPM statement can be found here.
Joining the latest group of the United Democratic Party’s post-election opponents, the seven candidates endorsed by the Coalition for Cayman have said they will not support UDP candidates in any coalition government.
However, the coalition group has stated that it would be happy to work with some members of the People’s Progressive Movement in a post-election scenario, assuming the two groups together have enough people to form a ten-person government together.
One condition: Current PPM party leader Alden McLaughlin need not apply.
“To those candidates of the Progressives who have approached us and who are unhappy with their party’s leadership, we welcome the opportunity to work with you in a coalition-led government if you are elected and prepared to put the people of these Islands first,” a statement released by the coalition candidates Wednesday stated.
Mr. McLaughlin has previously said that his party – which is running 15 candidates in the upcoming 22 May general election – would not consider the idea of forming a coalition government until after the vote was taken. Essentially, there would be no pre-election deal-making.
“The C4C has certainly not indicated any interest at all in working with the Progressives,” Mr. McLaughlin had said earlier. “What I can say, which I’ve said in the past, is that there are strong links between certain C4C candidates and the [United Democratic Party].”
The coalition candidates, Jude Scott, Roy McTaggart, Winston Connolly, Sharon Roulstone, Jacqueline Haynes, Tara Rivers and Mervin Smith all said there would be no post-election alliances with former Premier McKeeva Bush’s party.
“We will not form a Cabinet with the United Democratic Party,” the statement read.
The coalition candidates reiterated their case that countries such as Canada, Switzerland and the UK all currently have multiple-party governments and that Cayman previously had such governments prior to 2001.
“Coalitions foster independent thinking, broader representation for the people and require leaders to find compromise on opposing views,” the statement read.
Mr. McLaughlin and Mr. Bush have previously argued that one-party governments maintain a better ability to hit the ground running following an election, rather than coalitions which can often take some time to organise.