All 18 MLAs sworn in


The Cayman Islands new government and opposition benches took their final shape Wednesday morning, as all 18 Members of the Legislative Assembly took the oath of office on the steps of the LA building in downtown George Town with Governor Duncan Taylor administering..

The ceremony then moved into the LA building, where Juliana O’Connor-Connolly was formally nominated as Speaker of the House, a position she last held a decade ago and Cabinet members were to be officially confirmed.

Former Premier McKeeva Bush was nominated as Leader of the Opposition, a position he held between 2005 and 2009 during the first Progressives administration. Bodden Town MLA was nominated as deputy Speaker of the House.

As expected, new George Town MLA Roy McTaggart was nominated as Public Accounts Committee chairman.

Aside from providing pomp and circumstance appropriate of the occasion, the first meeting of the new government also answered some lingering questions about who would be teaming up with whom under the new governing arrangement.

Not counting Ms O’Connor-Connolly who, as speaker, will not get to vote in LA matters, Premier Alden McLaughlin will have 11 people total in his new government. That includes himself, eight Progressives party members and two independents, Tara Rivers and Winston Connolly.

United Democratic Party Leader McKeeva Bush sat in the customary opposition leader’s chair aside his colleagues Bernie Bush and Capt. Eugene Ebanks.

In the “south-east” corner of the assembly floor, independent member Roy McTaggart fit in between returning incumbent independents Arden McLean and Ezzard Miller.


New Premier Alden McLaughlin shakes hands with Governor Duncan Taylor during the swearing-in ceremony outside the LA building Wednesday. Photo: Jewel Levy


New lawmakers, front row from left, Winston Connolly, Marco Archer, Alden McLaughlin, Roy McTaggart, Kurt Tibbetts, Capt. Eugene Ebanks, Bernie Bush, Tara Rivers and McKeeva Bush. Photo: Jewel Levy


  1. I think it is disrespectful to the Brackers/Little Caymanians who voted Julie in. Now, as Speaker, she can not represent them in the LA. This seems very ridiculous. I personally disagree with her on just about everything, but democracy is democracy. It is not about her, it is about the people that voted for her to represent them. She has really let her constituents down, but she spent the last 4 years letting the rest of the country down, so why should anyone be surprised?

    Finally, did anyone else see the significance of the giant checkerboard umbrella at the ceremony? The Lodge folk were probably laughing themselves silly at their open display of unity.

    Funny how some MLAs are happy to put themselves under a lodge umbrella, but unhappy to pledge allegiance to the people with the help of God.

  2. Eaglewing, if I was close enough I would have to shake your hand. Every word you have said about Juliana is true. She surprised me, she really did. What is she about anyway? What kind of religion church does she attend anyway; surely it has to be connected to checkered Lodge umbrella. Hallelujah.

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