Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cayman Islands: With PM Bush Ousted, the Governor Should Act on Behalf of Canadian Tourist Killed by Intoxicated Driver

For a British protectorate that depends on foreign tourism for 70% of its gdp, Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush, 57, who was arrested in December 2012, on various corruption charges, has done little to take action in the death of Canadian tourist Dan Marce, 66, who was hit by an intoxicated driver on West Bay Road on February 8, and died from his injuries on February 13.

Mr. Marce's injuries, too numerous to list, required that he be medically evacuated from the Caymans via air ambulance for care.

COMMENT: What is most interesting is that the unidentified intoxicated driver remains on bail with no announcement from the administration as to what action, if any, will be taken against the driver. 

Local media reports never indicated whether the driver of the vehicle was compelled to submit to a breathalyzer test or a blood alcohol test, which is a elementary best practice in most places. 

In an unrelated matter, the  was arrested by the Royal Caymans Police Service in December and subsequently released. Yet, Cayman Islands MPs shortly thereafter ousted Bush in a no-confidence motion a week after he was arrested on suspicion of misconduct.

The governing party, opposition and independent legislators later joined in voting 11-3 in favor of the motion which effectively ended McKeeva Bush's role as head of government for the Cayman Islands, a three-island Caribbean territory that is the world's sixth largest financial center and a major haven for mutual funds and private equity.

It was uncertain whether the splintered governing party could form a new government or whether parliament would have to be dissolved to pave the way for early elections. A vote has been scheduled for May.

Although Mr. Marce's untimely death may not be a key issue for Governor Duncan Taylor, given the negative impact that roadway safety has on foreign tourists, one would hope that the Governor's office takes prompt action against the intoxicated driver who contributed to Mr. Marce's death.