PHILIPSBURG – Prime Minister Hon Marcel Gumbs delivered his first statement on Friday, December 19th, 2014 after being sworn in by His Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday. The statement reads as follows:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is with a great sense of pride and honor that I sit before you as Prime Minister of this greatest little country in the world. My entire life has been dedicated to service in one form or the other to St. Maarten. This latest chapter is just a continuation of that service. And now, it’s time to work!
We hold no illusions of the task before us. St. Maarten is at a critical stage in its development and growth as a nation. Our mission is clear: To ensure that St. Maarten thrives and grows, to stress and maintain financial discipline, integrity and transparency in government and to build a nation of character where people live quality lives.
It is now our turn to shoulder this heavy responsibility. We do so knowing that our approach must be to right the wrongs and insist on accountability. We move forward in a very tight fiscal space with clear financial realities in which we must govern.
Nevertheless, we aim to be a calm, measured, steady and purposeful government that says what it means and does what it says. We hope to be judged by what we have done rather than by what we have said we would do. The people of St. Maarten expect no less nor should they.
But above all, we must and will do our utmost to regain the trust of the people of St. Maarten and we will strive to set the ship right so that we can continue moving forward to becoming the great nation we all know St. Maarten can be. This country needs tranquility, stability, civility, and prosperity. Let’s get to work.
I would like to thank Formateur and Leader of the United People Party MP Theo Heyliger for his faith and trust in me to discharge these duties.
I want to thank his Excellency Governor Eugene Holiday for the excellent job he did in the entire process of the formation of this cabinet.
I would like to thank Formateaur and Leader of the United People Party MP Theo Heyliger for his faith and trust in me to discharge these duties. The UP party board, the UP fraction in Parliament, MP Leona Marlin-Romeo, MP Cornelius DeWeever for their confidence in me and my cabinet.
Thanks also to MP Sarah Wescot-Williams, the Members of Parliament, support staff and civil servants. Finally thanks to “Team PMMG”, you know who you are.