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Senator Fred Mitchell response to House comments by The Immigration Minister - Mar 20, 2018 - 9:14:53 AM

Statement By Senator Fred Mitchell Opposition Spokesman on Immigration responding to Minister Brent Symonette’s statements in The House on Immigration:

The PLP has not seen the details of the proposals on immigration by the Minister for Immigration.  Judging, however, from what is reported in the press, the question must be asked: why would the Government waste time on an amendment to the immigration laws to grant permanent residence with the right to work to those who miss the application deadline for citizenship beyond their 18th birthday...
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Office of PLP Chair on immigration hires - Mar 14, 2018 - 11:55:53 PM

It is sad that ten months after the General Election the Public Service Minister cannot simply do his job and have the letters of appointment issued to the immigration  trainees who are working every day to defend this country.

Yesterday his statement to the House complaining about how they were hired left many of them depressed and dispirited. Even those who have letters of appointment were denied a passing out parade to show their friends and family...
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DNA: EU Blacklist - Did the Government drop the ball? - Mar 13, 2018 - 12:00:53 PM

The Bahamas was today added to the European Union’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes (blacklist). The blacklisting of The Bahamas was carried out despite last minute efforts by the Government to prevent this adverse action by the EU and following an initial exemption from the screening process due to the impact of hurricanes on the Caribbean region in 2017.

In its press release announcing the addition of The Bahamas to the infamous list, the EU stated that The Bahamas “failed to make commitments at a high political level in response to the EU’s concerns”...
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DNA: EU Blacklist - Time to change our approach - Mar 12, 2018 - 1:00:54 PM

The recent announcement that The Bahamas is at risk of being included on the European Union’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes (blacklist) is both surprising and disappointing. According to media reports, the Code of Conduct Group (COCG) intends to recommend to the Council of the EU, the inclusion of The Bahamas on this infamous list.

In the aftermath of the recent efforts made by the Government to avoid the blacklisting of our nation, it is clear that the age-long practice of international and multilateral agencies continuously moving the goal post is still alive...
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DNA: Government must terminate Fraudulent Heads of Agreement - Mar 5, 2018 - 7:55:06 PM

For weeks now, the Oban Energies melodrama has played out in the media. Each week, new revelations have been unearthed tearing away at the credibility of both the company and more importantly, this inept Minnis administration, which failed on multiple fronts to maintain the confidence of the Bahamian people in this and future foreign direct investments. Rather than attempting to adequately address the lingering concerns of environmentalists and the wider population, the Prime Minister and his cabinet have often become defensive with members of the press and others who have dared to suggest that the deal in question is not in the best Interest of the people of the Bahamas...
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DNA: Feed a Nation, Free a Nation - Mar 1, 2018 - 3:38:42 PM

A nation’s ability to feed its citizens is by far one of the most important markers of true development. At a time when our regional counterparts have managed to position and market themselves as exporters of produce, fruit and vegetables, the Bahamas has remained nothing more than a consumer. Sadly, here at home, successive governments have paid only lip service to the idea of agricultural development. Now, it appears that this visionless Minnis administration is hell bent on continuing the trend. Like other Bahamians, we in the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) were shocked to hear the PM gush about the possibility of having products grown in Haiti on his plate...
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PLP Chairman on Tribune inquiry on morgue in Cat Island - Mar 1, 2018 - 2:31:35 PM

The following statement comes in answer to a question put by Morgan Adderley of The Tribune on the morgue in Cat Island and related issues. The MP for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador the Hon. Philip Davis has authorized the following statement:

The situation with the morgue should be properly addressed to the FNM administration. There were provisions for a morgue in the construction of the new clinic which had begun under Mr. Davis' superintendence as Works Minister...
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Statement by the PLP Chairman on the CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meetings - Feb 26, 2018 - 5:10:20 PM
From The Office of  The Chairman of The Progressive Liberal Party on The Caricom Intersessional Meeting Feb 26:

It appears that the Free National Movement and the Prime Minister who leads their party has finally caught on to the need for there to be international contact and exposure. They came to office with shocking ignorance of the ways the world but now are flying into international meetings apace with large delegations which they criticised while in Opposition.

The Caricom meeting is amongst the most important in our international engagements. The relationship with Haiti is also an important one. We hope the FNM finally gets it...
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Remarks at PLP Rally by Chester Cooper, Exumas and Ragged Island MP, PLP Deputy Leader - Feb 15, 2018 - 2:26:31 PM

Remarks at PLP Rally, Chester Cooper, Exumas and Ragged Island MP, PLP Deputy Leader  February 15, 2018:

It’s incredible to be here tonight to see so many PLPs who will stand up for what is right!

I hope that today, in the aftermath of what went down in the House of Assembly yesterday, Bahamians of political persuasions can see that democracy and due process are under assault in this country.

The four members of the opposition went to Parliament in attempt to do something extremely straightforward – have the speaker of the House of Assembly removed for his complete lack of impartiality and flagrant abuse of the rules of the House...
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Leader of the Opposition on the No Confidence motion against the Speaker of the House - Feb 14, 2018 - 10:25:56 AM

Statement by the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis:

Today we bring the case of Halson Moultrie before this Parliament and ask the House to condemn his behaviour for the following acts:

Count one - A statement made to the House on 7 February in response to we do not know what;

Count Two - The unlawful, wrongful, capricious, arbitrary and disproportionate suspension of the Member of Parliament for Englerston on   31 January...
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PLP Statement from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition - In support of Glenys Hanna-Martin - Feb 12, 2018 - 7:50:36 AM

The Speaker of the Honourable House of Assembly  has by his recent conduct and utterances  lowered the  standards  of our Parliament and has abused the  authority of the Chair.

On January 31st, the Speaker named and suspended me from the House  contrary to the Rules and further  refused me access to the House.
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DNA: All eyes are on the Bahamian Parliament - Feb 11, 2018 - 10:35:55 PM

A Speaker should maintain his neutrality in all deliberations within the precinct of the Honourable House of Assembly. It is a tenet of our parliamentary democracy that the holder of this esteemed position must always leave his or her politics out of comments made and make a conscious effort at employing diplomacy in his or her utterances.

The Speaker is the chief mediator in parliamentary debates and ought not to engage in personal attacks.  Based on the events of the past week, it appears that the Honourable Speaker does not fully understand his role and the gravity of the position he holds. It is further disappointing that the Speaker has doubled down on his unfortunate statements...
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PLP Statement from The Office of the Opposition Spokesman on Immigration - Feb 11, 2018 - 3:09:19 PM
Statement from The Office of the Opposition Spokesman On Immigration
On The Rony Jean Case 11 February 2018:
The PLP is heartened by the fact that the Government refused to enter into a consent order with Attorney Fred Smith Q C in the matter of the case of Rony Jean. The case should be prosecuted to the Privy Council level...
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DNA: Political Games vs. Hurting Bahamians - Feb 8, 2018 - 2:00:47 PM

I, like the rest of the country was disgusted by the display of our country’s elected officials in the halls of Parliament on Wednesday. The hallowed halls of democracy became nothing more than a sandbox fight between two petulant, childish “political gangs”. In addition to an all-out assault on our democratic process we, as a people witnessed the day that our duly elected officials abandoned their duties in favor of participation in a petty political soap opera, to which the world had a front row seat. But we’ve seen this before in the last PLP administration. More evidence which confirms what the DNA said in the run up to the last election.  They are two sides of the same coin...

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PLP on the withdrawal of Senators from Senate proceedings - Feb 8, 2018 - 6:00:02 AM

From The Office of the Leader of Opposition Business in The Senate On Withdrawal of the PLP Senators from Senate proceedings:

In accordance with the announced position of the Leader of the PLP on Sunday 4th February 2019, the Senators representing the Progressive Liberal Party withdrew from the Senate's proceedings this morning and will not return until the Members of Parliament of the PLP are reinstated in their rightful place in the House of Assembly...
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FNM MP for MICAL on statements made in HOA - Feb 7, 2018 - 8:53:08 PM

On Wednesday, February 7th I made certain statements in the House of Assembly in support of respect for authority which were taken totally out of context and misunderstood. While I will not repeat this unfortunate analogy, I want the record to reflect that I Miriam Reckley-Emmanuel MP MICAL do not condone domestic violence or any type of violence in any way shape or form...
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DNA on comments made by MICAL MP, Mrs. Miriam Emmanuel - Feb 7, 2018 - 8:14:58 PM

Comments made by the Member of Parliament for MICAL, Mrs. Miriam Emmanuel, were unfortunate and disheartening. Our disappointment is exacerbated by the fact that her statements appear to have been premeditated and carefully thought out prior to delivery. The Bahamian people watched with dismay as no Member of Parliament present during the delivery condemned or distanced themselves from the insensitive statements.

The trend that is developing in the Bahamian Parliament which trivializes the serious epidemic of domestic violence is alarming and further demonstrates that there is much work to be done in our society to address this social ill...
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Statement by the Progressive Liberal Party Nassau Guardian editor confused and delusional - Feb 7, 2018 - 11:39:07 AM

This morning (7 February) the editor of the Nassau Guardian continued with the usual practice of parroting the false and discredited propaganda that has become synonymous with the FNM.

If the Nassau Guardian is unable to produce one shred of evidence in support of their wild, dishonest, reckless and delusional claims of PLP greed, scandal and corruption, then the editor should just give it a rest...
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From the Office of The Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party on The Actions of The Government in The Court on Immigration - Feb 5, 2018 - 4:07:34 PM

The PLP learned early yesterday morning that the Attorney for the applicant who is at the centre of a dispute over his citizenship with the Government Of The Bahamas was returned by his Attorney to The Bahamas notwithstanding an appeal of the decision and application for a stay was to be heard on Monday 5 February at 3 pm by prior agreement with the Attorney General.
This behaviour is not surprising and the Government will soon learn more about the nature of the individual attorney...
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Leader of the Opposition in support of Glenys Hanna-Martin - Feb 4, 2018 - 4:03:39 PM

This afternoon we are here to support our colleague Glenys Hanna Martin MP for Englerston in her just fight to represent the people of Englerston.

You will no doubt recall that Mrs. Hanna Martin is one of four Members of Parliament for the Progressive Liberal Party in the House of Assembly and the only woman representing our party in that body... 

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