Opposition leader meets the governor

Opposition leader McKeeva Bush said he had a “good discussion” with new Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick on Monday, following years of rocky relations with her predecessor.

“She was keenly interested, nothing like [former Governor] Duncan Taylor, who you always felt had an ulterior motive for whatever he did,” Mr. Bush said. “I don’t think so with her.”

The governor’s office said the Monday meeting was at the invitation of Ms Kilpatrick and was a simple meet-and-greet. The governor herself did not comment on the meeting.

Mr. Bush said the discussion with Ms Kilpatrick ranged from subjects like immigration, crime and policing. He added that he told the governor that local unemployment was a particularly “dire situation” that had to be finely balanced.

“Caymanians have to work, but we’ve got to grow our country,” he said.
Mr. Bush said his style as opposition leader would differ sharply from that of his predecessor, now-Premier Alden McLaughlin.

“It’s not one that, as the People’s Progressive Movement takes, of opposition for opposition’s sake,” he said. “Certainly, I’ll give the government the widest berth possible. The country’s in dire need of the projects that I’ve proposed.”

Mr. Bush said he thought the new governor seemed willing to listen.

“She wants a good working relationship and we’re off to a good start,” he said.

“She was keenly interested, nothing like [former Governor] Duncan Taylor, who you always felt had an ulterior motive for whatever he did.”

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Mr. Bush and Ms Kilpatrick
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