Nazim Burke is a caring and meticulous servant of the people of St. George North East. However, his commitment to “contribute to the development and implementation of socio-economic policies” is to the entire nation.
As a lawyer, economist and educator, Nazim meets Grenadians, on a daily basis, who suffer unnecessarily. When he listens to them, he discovers that most of their problems are relate to:
- Unemployment or underemployment, particularly among women and young people;
- Increasing poverty resulting from the lack of a decent income and the high cost of living;
- Poor housing;
- The absence of educational and recreational facilities and opportunities in their communities; and
- The lack of an enabling environment for citizens with bright business ideas to pursue their dreams and ambitions to set up and run their own businesses.
He recognizes that these problems are compounded by corruption and mismanagement by an uncaring Government.
From a very young age, Nazim Burke was a studious and hard working person. Having received his early education at Bishop’s College and the Grenada Boys Secondary School, he went on to study at Concordia University, the University of Windsor, York University and Queen’s University (Canada). He holds graduate degrees in both Law and Economics and has worked and taught in both fields.
Like most young people of his generation, Nazim was an idealist and hungry for change. As the world changed, so did he. He is now committed to sustainable development, which is best guaranteed through the strengthening of democratic institutions and the rule of the law. He believes that the NDC under the leadership of Tillman Thomas will give Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique the best chance to fortify democracy and create the conditions for people to grow, develop and prosper.
Over the past five years, he has not only been engaged as an Attorney and University Lecturer, but has served as the Opposition Shadow Minister of Finance and the Economy.
Nazim has a vision for Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. It is simply one in which people are empowered to realize their full potential in their own country. Central to this vision is the need for good governance. He is convinced that corruption is theft from the people and increases both poverty and the cost of doing business; that dictatorship stifles the development of talent; and that exclusion wastes human resources. It is the principles and policies of honesty, participation, consensus-seeking, inclusion and accountability that attracted him to the NDC.
Nazim is married to Jacqueline Sealy-Burke and they have two children. Their hope is that their children’s generation will inherit a more prosperous Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique in which there is opportunity for all- regardless of political affiliation.