The Hon. L. Craig Cannonier, JP, MP
Former Premier of Bermuda
Craig Cannonier (born 1963) is a Bermudian politician and former Premier of Bermuda from 18 December 2012 until his resignation on 19 May 2014.
Early life and education
Craig Cannonier was born and raised in St David’s. Cannonier's was educated at St George's Preparatory school and the Bermuda Institute. After obtaining his high school diploma, he attained his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Psychology from Towson State University in 1986. Shortly after graduating from university, Cannonier acquired retail management experience in a number of different areas.
Cannonier began his career at the MarketPlace Group where his responsibilities entailed human resources, training and purchasing. He also served as the General Manager of People's Pharmacy for ten years during which time he helped the pharmacy become one of the Island’s premier independently owned pharmacy. Prior to beginning his association with Esso Bermuda, Mr. Cannonier served as a Relationship Manager for Cable & Wireless. Mr. Craig Cannonier currently runs Esso City Tigermarket, Collector’s Hill Esso and Warwick Esso.
Cannonier sucessfully contested the leadership post at the Bermuda Democratic Alliance (BDA) inaugural conference on 20 February 2010, when he defeated contender Myron Piper to become leader of the BDA. Cannonier’s victory made him the first non-MP to stand at the helm of a political party in Bermuda.
When the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA) was forged in May 2011, from a merging of the BDA with members of the United Bermuda Party (UBP), veteran UBP politician John Barritt initially took charge. Cannonier was appointed to the Senate that June — and, on 10 September 2011, he edged out Bob Richards in a close-fought contest to lead the fledgling OBA.
On 1 November 2011, Cannonier defeated the PLP’s Anthony Richardson in a by-election for Devonshire South Central, winning 504 out of 608 votes. His three-year career culminated with the OBA’s defeat of the PLP, by 19 to 17, on 17 December 2012.
Cannonier was sworn in as Premier on 18 December 2012. He remained in office, until his resignation on 19 May 2014, a little more than 17 months — the shortest term in Bermuda’s history.
Cannonier's resignation came after a US businessman confirmed to the local media that he and other businessmen had contributed 300 thousand US dollars to the party’s 2012 election campaign after meeting with Cannonier. Deputy Premier Michael Dunkley, who is also National Security Minister, has been appointed the new Premier.
Cannonier and his wife Antoinette are members of Marsden First United Methodist Church and enjoy spending time with family and friends. They have four children and a Yorkshire terrier puppy. Craig’s hobbies include sports, travelling, boating, as well as tackling various DIY projects around the house.