Curtis Dickinson resigns as finance minister – Bermuda

Curtis Dickinson

Curtis Dickinson resigns as finance minister – Bermuda

The shock resignation of Curtis Dickinson as finance minister just days before the Budget has plunged the Government into turmoil.

Mr Dickinson’s shock decision – only a week before the blueprint for the next financial year is delivered to Parliament on February 25 – has blindsided the political establishment.

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David Burt, the Premier, has been left scrambling to replace a key Cabinet member as the island braces for another tough Budget in the wake of the economic fallout of the Covid-19 crisis.

The Royal Gazette understands the resignation may centre on disagreements over a deal with developers Gencom and the Southampton Princess renovation – although no reason for Mr Dickinson’s decision to quit has been given.

Well respected across politics and in the financial world, Mr Dickinson was talked of as a future premier.

Mr Dickinson today told The Royal Gazette he was not ready to make the reasons for his dramatic exit from the front bench public.

Mr Burt earlier said: “Bermuda has been well served by Minister Dickinson’s steady and thoughtful hand at the helm of the Government’s finances and fiscal strategy.

“Minister Dickinson led the financial support response to the pandemic and invested tremendous personal energy and commitment to ensure that the needs of the Island’s workforce were met as people were impacted by the necessary strict public health measures.

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“Personally, I know the immense toll that an individual’s public service takes on families and in thanking Curtis for his service I must also recognise the sacrifice of his wife and children during this unprecedented period of economic strain for Bermuda.

Cole Simons, the Leader of the Opposition, praised Mr Dickinson and said his abrupt departure so close to the Budget was “alarming” and “painful“

Curtis Dickinson resigns as finance minister  Royal Gazette


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