Opposition Members welcome and congratulate the cruise pier campaigners for reaching the threshold required to trigger a People's Initiated Referendum.
The newly elected Leader of the Opposition, Arden McLean said:
"The Official Opposition Members support and applaud the cruise pier campaigners in achieving a historic first. Their determination in the face of the Government machinery operating against them is a triumph for people power and the steadfast belief that Governments should work for, work with and not work against its people.
Their victory is therefore a victory for all of us who believe and embrace the democratic principles that so many have fought for and continue to do so.
The proposed Cruise Berthing Facility is the largest infrastructure project this country has ever considered, and more importantly, the outcome, if built as proposed, will impact generations to come and have a lasting impact on our environment.
We all must share this planet and it is disheartening, disappointing and dispiriting to see the Government refusing to engage transparently on the financial as well as the environmental impact of this project. Despite being aware that the campaign has reached the required threshold, the Premier is still in denial.
While the real work is yet to come, we are encouraged that the Caymanian people have demonstrated their intention to embrace participatory democracy, but we must express our disappointment in the Governments abject failure to follow suit."