We are everybody: Bermudians will weather the recession by pulling together, David Burt said today. *File photo by Kageaki Smith
We are everybody: Bermudians will weather the recession by pulling together, David Burt said today. *File photo by Kageaki Smith

WEDNESDAY, MAR. 21: Bermudians will weather the recession by pulling together, a Government Senator said today.

Senator David Burt told the upper house that one of his friends had messaged him on Tuesday to say that he had been made redundant by a large local firm.

He added: “My heart sank. He, however, was not deterred or discouraged and his attitude and his spirit reminded me that the strength of this country is not the words or numbers that are on a page in a Budget book, but it is the people that call Bermuda home.

“In times of struggle, it is the Bermudian can-do spirit that will prevail. The spirit you see on display when neighbours band together to help one another, communities unite on public holidays and families gather to celebrate the many successes of our young people.”

Sen Burt said he had been lucky to get a job he loved and to start his own IT company when he returned from education abroad in 2003.

But he added: “The fact is, however, the world is a different place than it was nine years ago and many of our fellow Bermudians are struggling.”

He said, however, that the numbers of people at job fairs and undergoing training to prepare themselves for different careers, as well as the number of new business start-ups, was a cause for hope.

Sen Burt added: “It is my view that the best Government for our people is a caring Government that has demonstrated by its actions that it puts the welfare of its people above the numbers on a piece of paper because in times of crisis, the fabric of our society is more important than the bottom line.”