Charles Arthur Bruzon
June 10, 1938|
|Died||April 16, 2013
|Political party||Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party (GSLP)|
|Alma mater||Ushaw College|
|Portfolio||Minister for Housing and the Elderly|
|Website||Charles Bruzon at the Government of Gibraltar website|
Charles Arthur Bruzon (10 June 1938 – 16 April 2013) was a Gibraltarian curate and politician, affiliated with the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party (GSLP). In the general elections of 2011, he was elected and appointed Minister for Housing and the Elderly.
Despite being the son of a City Councillor and former member of the Legislative Assembly Luis Francis Bruzon, Bruzon's political vocation came after a religious vocation. In his youth, he studied for six years in the Ushaw College (a Catholic seminary) at Durham, which he left after being ordained priest in 1962. His family is originally from Genoa.
Bruzon was sent to Gibraltar and remained there for seven years as curate of the Bishop John Farmer Healy. However, after seven years in office, he began questioning his choice. It was not just a question of celibacy, since he says he fell in love with his future wife over a year after having leaving his clerical post but he was feeling that the church had moved away from people. According to Bruzon, despite having shown sympathy for the personal dilemma of the parish priest, his superiors could do little to speed up the Vatican's dispensation process from priestly obligations, which took eighteen months to be realized.
After leaving the clerical life, he got a job accounting for the Castle Marketing Group, where he worked for three years for the father of Joe Holliday. However, newly married and pressured by the lack of housing in Gibraltar, he decided to take a job in Hatton Garden in London. He worked at the South Africa's Deciduous Fruit Board in the Strand in London. Their two children were born during their stay in England. in 1987 he returned to Gibraltar with his family.
Working in a furniture shop, Bruzon claims to have come into contact with the problems of the population of the Rock, not only insofar as it concerns the issue of housing (or lack thereof), but also the difficulty in delivering furniture, because of the way that many of the local houses had been designed. But his political activism work only began to develop in 1996, when he joined the Voice of Gibraltar Group and went to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, asking for a resolution concerning the pressures of Spain against the residents of Gibraltar.
In 2001, Bruzon joined the GSLP. In the general elections of 2003, he was elected with the third highest number of votes of the opposition, along with another newcomer, Lucio Randall. Appointed Shadow Minister for Housing, Bruzon said he had carefully studied all the promises made by the Gibraltar Social Democrats (GSD) since 1996, about a solution to the chronic housing question in the Rock. In his analysis, the problem worsened during the administration of Peter Caruana.
He was re-elected to the Parliament in 2007 and remained as Minister for Housing. In 2011, with the victory of the alliance GSLP/GLP in the general elections, he was appointed Minister for Housing and the Elderly.
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- "The Voice of Gibraltar Group". Retrieved 2012-10-11.
- "Gibraltar Legislative Election 2003". Retrieved 2012-10-11.
- Charles Bruzon. Christian Socialist Movement, ed. "We Must Try Everything For Christ". Retrieved 2012-10-11.
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- "Minister Bruzon dies aged 74 following long illness". Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- "Govt Minister Charles Bruzon has died". Gibraltar Chronicle. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
- Charles Bruzon - Government of Gibraltar official site
- The Isthmus - True or False?
- Obituary at YGTV News