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DNA Leader responds to resignation of T. Brent Symonette - Jun 30, 2019 - 9:21:33 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is in possession of an official communication from the Cabinet Office announcing the resignation of the Hon. T. Brent Symonette as Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration effective July 1, 2019.  According to the Cabinet Office, the Hon. Elsworth Johnson will assume the same portfolio effective July 1, 2019.

The Government of The Bahamas provided no explanation or reasons for the abrupt and unceremonious resignation of this high-ranking Cabinet Minister who had been described as the Super Minister due to his multiple portfolios and responsibilities...
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Davis remarks at the farewell ceremony for Governor General The Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling - Jun 27, 2019 - 8:10:38 PM

I fully adopt the established protocol.

If I had to recognize all of the dignitaries in attendance, I would most certainly use up most of if not all of my allotted time.

I, like many of you here today, have known Dame Marguerite for many years. As a public figure – being the country’s first lady for one quarter of a century - many Bahamians became aware of the Dame through her public image as she served as patron and fundraiser for local charitable organizations
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Senator Fred Mitchell on The Guyabera in Summer Time - Jun 27, 2019 - 11:30:12 AM

Senator Fred Mitchell speaking on the wrap up of the debate on the 2019 Budget in the Senate has proposed to the Government that the PLP would support a rules change in the Senate which allow men to dress in  for the sessions of the Senate during the summer time. 

Senator Mitchell recalled that there was such a rule in the public service which has fallen into disuse and said that the rule should be returned, given that The Bahamas is a hot country...
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Senator Davis 2019-2020 Budget Contribution - Jun 25, 2019 - 8:15:54 PM

Madame President, with your leave I would like to thank firstly the heavenly father for blessing me this opportunity.

In addition, Madame President, I wish to join my colleagues on this side and use this time to thank the leader of Opposition and the incoming next Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas the Hon. Philip Brave Davis for bestowing upon me his trust, and confidence to represent in this senate for Women, Millenials and Bahamians from all walks of life. Our Leader is a man that understands, and believes in the philosophy of the PLP, and respects the policy of Bahamianization. Our leader understands and connects with the story of the small man...
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Philip Brave Davis 2019/2020 Budget Communication - Jun 17, 2019 - 6:00:18 PM

Thank you for recognizing me, Mr. Speaker.

As you know, I stand in this Honourable House on behalf of the great and resilient people of Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador.

I also stand here today on behalf of all who care about building a better country and a better future, including the many Bahamians who feel left out and left behind by this government...
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DNA on Immigration Policy - Jun 15, 2019 - 6:00:39 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) notes comments attributed to our former leader, Mr. Branville McCartney reported in the Tribune Newspaper (14th June 2019).  As a former politician and private citizen, Mr. McCartney is entitled to his personal opinions and lends his voice to national issues from time to time. Additionally, as a former Cabinet Minister with responsibility for Immigration, Mr. McCartney also has some insights on this subject matter.

While it is apparent that views espoused by Mr. McCartney do not constitute the official position of the DNA, we wish to provide further clarity in this regard...
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Press Conference with Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis - Jun 4, 2019 - 11:30:28 AM

"PLP and Labour are one; we are joined at the hips" said PLP Leader, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, as he addressed the media during his monthly press conference.

He noted the 1977 Memorandum of Understanding between the PLP and Labour unions that paved the way for the modern labour laws workers enjoy today, including agency shop.

He called on the PLP to craft another MOU with the Labour Unions for the further protection of the rights of and benefits for workers...
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DNA: Budget 2019/20 – Much Ado About Nothing - May 30, 2019 - 11:25:29 AM

The Minister of Finance delivered his third Budget Communication in the House of Assembly yesterday to a nation in desperate need of hope and some positive news. Once again, the Free National Movement (FNM) administration showed its lack of compassion and disconnection from the plight of the masses. The delivery of the communication was both uninspiring and underwhelming, while the extended rendition of shallow pronouncements was painful to watch.

In a communication that fell flat for most Bahamians, the government’s idea of positive news was the continuous reminder...
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Leader of the Opposition on 2019 Budget Communication - May 29, 2019 - 7:08:28 PM

The 2019 Budget Communication of the Minister of Finance unfortunately continues a clear pattern of this Government of mis-stating facts, falsifying statistics and just plain lying to Bahamian citizens and to those who purchase and rate Bahamian Government debt.

We know that the Minister of Finance has placed himself under great pressure to deliver an unrealistic deficit reduction programme.  We know that his 60% VAT increase has only increased total revenues by 16%...
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DNA: Regressive fiscal policy hurting The Bahamas - May 29, 2019 - 3:35:15 PM

A recent report issued by the Tax Justice Network (TJN) placed The Bahamas on another tax haven list. The Corporate Tax Haven Index (CTHI) ranked our nation as number nine on an adverse list among ten jurisdictions with corrosive corporate tax policies.

This blacklist follows the passage of myriad legislation and implementation of regulatory changes by the government to ensure compliance with international standards. We have expended much time and resources on being removed from lists produced by international agencies...
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Statement from the Chairman of the PLP on Union Strike Vote - May 29, 2019 - 1:30:03 PM

It should not have come to this point where the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union feel that they need to take a strike vote in order to get a just result in their contract negotiations.

Our understanding is that the Government is not taking this matter seriously and is not moving aggressively enough to get the parties to the table and have this matter settled.

It appears to us, given the history of the contract and the background of the lack of a livable wage in many sectors in The Bahamas, that the fifteen per cent gratuity is a sine qua non in the contract talks...
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DNA:BPL saga continues to cost Taxpayers - May 27, 2019 - 1:18:19 PM

Following the unceremonious termination of the previous Board of Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) amid allegations of political interference and unethical behavior, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) called for a swift and independent investigation into these matters in August 2018. Nine months later, it remains unclear if and when the probe promised by the Prime Minister will be completed and a report issued to the Bahamian people.

The DNA notes the recent confirmation by the Attorney General (AG) that the government has retained a local firm of private lawyers to defend the $1.1 million lawsuit against the Minister of Public Works filed by former directors of BPL...
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DNA discourages Public Shaming via Social Media - May 15, 2019 - 3:15:49 PM

Recently, videos of a disturbing nature have been circulating depicting our nation’s youth in a less than savory manner. We in the DNA implore agents of the Department of Social Services to heighten their alert and conduct investigations into the homes and environments of these young individuals where and when necessary. Often, matters of this nature are overlooked or taken for granted until it becomes a substantial problem in our society that is beyond control...
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Senator Jobeth Davis Contribution- Immigration Amendment Bill - May 13, 2019 - 12:30:49 PM

Thank you Madame President.

As always I am grateful to God for granting me this opportunity to stand in this place and contribute to the building of this great country, The Bahamas.

Before I begin my contribution, I want to use this opportunity to wish my closest friend Lanecia Darville a Happy Birthday, she is like a sister to me, an auntie-goddie to my daughter, a very ambition and inspiring young lady, who, like myself, I am certain has much to offer in the building of this Bahamas for the benefit of Bahamians...
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DNA Mother's Day Message - May 12, 2019 - 2:35:36 PM

It’s that time of the year when we pause to pay homage to our mothers and salute the mother figures in our lives.

When we reflect on our lives, many of us will acknowledge the many sacrifices that our mothers made to ensure that we fulfil our God given potential. Their sleepless nights, their constant prayers and their hard work shaped us into who we have become.

As I look back on my own life, I can truly say that my mother has been a source of inspiration and a driving force for my success. However, the reality is that the role of a mother is filled not just by biological mothers but also by foster mothers...
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DNA responds to WTO Report - May 8, 2019 - 2:00:08 PM

The recently released WTO Impact Assessment produced by Oxford Economics and commissioned by the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation provided some insights that reinforced widely held concerns by Bahamians. In general terms, the Report did not reveal concerns that had not been expressed by the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) in our position paper on the WTO released in January of this year nor by diverse local commentators and observers albeit it did go into more details on the potential impact of WTO accession on the Bahamian economy. High energy costs, inefficiency of government agencies...
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Chester Cooper response to the government's Nine Month Fiscal Snapshot - Apr 30, 2019 - 1:30:04 PM

Response To Nine-month Fiscal Snapshot
Chester Cooper, Exumas And Ragged Island MP, PLP Deputy Leader:

The more fiscal snapshots the government releases, the clearer the picture of failed policy and bad administration by this government becomes.

It is astounding to learn that the government is $1 billon away from its annualized revenue target with only three months left in the fiscal year.

It’s inconceivable that this administration budgeted so poorly...
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Leader of the Opposition on the shooting at Government House - Apr 28, 2019 - 10:56:07 PM

The PLP offers its condolences to the family of Petty Officer Philip Perpall, the marine fatally shot this morning on the grounds of Government House

The Prime Minister must publicly state that this fatal shooting is not an attack on the state that exposes safety and security weaknesses at public institutions and public safety generally...
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DNA expresses concern over recent murders - Apr 28, 2019 - 8:30:11 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is deeply concerned by the news of the gruesome murder of a Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) marine at Government House earlier today.

Government House is the official residence of the Head of our nation - the Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. This historical and monumental property should enjoy the highest level of security in the land...
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PLP Chairman on Road Traffic Amendment - Apr 26, 2019 - 7:45:57 AM

The Prime Minister suddenly found traffic cop religion last week when he responded to the United States Government’s warning about road traffic fatalities. The Prime Minister said that he would support a change in the laws on traffic fatalities. It is interesting how the Prime Minister ignores the pleas of Bahamians, but as soon as the United States says something, he jumps.

The Bill to Amend the Road Traffic Act is now before the Senate. While it seeks to criminalize driving without a drivers license and using a cell phone while driving, it does not deal with the charge “killing in the course of dangerous driving”...

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