Dear Hon. Premier McLaughlin,
Further to our letters of May 1, 2019 and May 29, 2019, the cruise port referendum petition has now been handed into the Elections Office and a copy to His Excellency Governor Roper.
While we have met with the Governor and the Elections Office we have not yet had the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the petition. In the interests of openness and collaboration we are therefore writing to request a meeting with you, the Honourable Deputy Premier and His Excellency The Governor, to discuss how we can best work together to ensure that the petition signatories are fairly represented.
This path to our first people initiated referendum has been a challenging one, but as indicated by the position of Cabinet and Governor Roper, we agree that it is important to the people of the Cayman Islands that the process be open and robust.
Throughout the campaign we have aired the widespread concerns held by many members of our diverse community in relation to the proposed cruise port, and why we all feel strongly that a referendum needs to be taken on this important decision for our country. Although politicians have spoken for and against the effort on both sides of the house, the essence of this honest and visible campaign has been community driven and led by concerned, apolitical volunteers.
With so much already invested in this crucial capital project we hope that you will grant us the time at this meeting to present our concerns, better understand your position and most importantly, agree an outline process towards the referendum which is fair to all.
We are very conscious that this is a historic event and a positive sign of our democratic evolution. We are sincerely committed to ensuring that it serves our people justly and that the outcome is the best for all of us.
We hope that you agree and will grant us this meeting in good faith accordingly.
Michelle Lockwood, Katrina Jurn, Linda Clark, Gabriella Hernandez, Shirley Roulstone, Mario Rankin, Johann Moxam, Melanie Harris
On behalf of Cruise Port Referendum (CPR) Cayman
CPR Cayman a grassroots initiative