(CMR) MP Dwayne “John John” Seymour of Bodden Town East held a public meeting Tuesday evening speaking to the constituents about the likelihood of him moving over to the government bench in Parliament to join ranks with the PACT government.
Several government ministers spoke about the events leading up to the offer to have him join PACT and shared that Seymour was able to make a meaningful contribution to the current government's agenda.
During Friday's Parliamentary Budget contributions Minister of Finance Chris Saunders forecasted the decision and invited MP Seymour to come and join the government sharing that:
“Mr. Seymour I am saying to you on behalf of the people of Bodden Town, you have one half and I have the other, there's a lot of work to be done, and if you want to get some stuff done on behalf of your people I welcome you on this side because I know your heart is in the right place.”
The three term MP explained that he had given it some lengthy consideration and wanted to bring the proposal to his people before making a final decision. However, thus far he noted that the support was overwhelmingly positive in favor of him making the move. It appears that the PACT government encouraged him to join them “in putting the interest of the people of the Cayman Islands first.”
Based on the details that were shared at the public meeting Seymour would be given a parliamentary secretary position working in conjunction with Ministers Bryan and Ebanks on several initiatives including housing and public transportation.
One of the speakers indicated that Seymour had called all of the members of the Progressive's and advised them earlier on Tuesday that he would be making the move. He is expected to walk across the floor during Wednesday's parliamentary session.
Most PACT members were in attendance showing a front of solidarity and support including the Speaker of the House Hon. McKeeva Bush and parliamentary secretaries Kathy Wilks, Heather Bodden and Issac Rankine. The two ministers from West Bay were missing – Minister of Sports, Bernie Bush and Minister of Financial Services, Andre Ebanks.