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Dr. Hubert Minnis’ Statement on the PLP’s Record of Failure - Apr 12, 2017 - 11:00:34 PM

Dr. Hubert Minnis, Free National Movement (FNM) Leader, issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s record of failure:

“Our embattled Prime Minister continues on his candor tour, this time admitting what the people already knew, that this ‘PLP Government is not perfect’.  The Bahamian people would simply settle for competence from his inept, corrupt Government!  But the embattled Prime Minister and his PLP cronies run about the country blissfully ignorant of the reality that so many families are suffering under this long, five-year, PLP rule.”

“As the people struggle, Perry Christie has the audacity to cite ‘accomplishments’ of his failing regime.  Going so far as to claim his administration’s phantom investments in education and non-existent improvement of the Family Islands are record setting...
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McCartney on the Bahamas General Elections 2017 - Apr 11, 2017 - 11:04:04 PM

The date for the General Elections has been set for Wednesday, May 10, 2017 in The Bahamas. This marks the ninth time in an Independent Bahamas that the country allows it citizens to demonstrate their right to select representatives for the House of Parliament. However, this also marks another electoral occasion without addressing Campaign Finance Regulations, Anti-Corruption Laws and a tangible Freedom of Information Act.

The DNA party has, since its inception, called for fixed election dates which will remove the element of surprise from the process, and also allow for the proper planning and execution of the electoral process...
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PM Christie Remarks at Grand Bahama PLP Regional Candidates Launch - Apr 11, 2017 - 11:59:06 AM

Brothers and sisters, you know that we come from a history of triumph over adversity, and we are marching forward together now, with the sense of purpose that comes from believing deeply in what this country can be.

The world is changing, shifting all around us.

We have to know who we are, what makes this little country so special, and we have to be able to stand up for ourselves, and chart a course true to our values.

That’s why perhaps the most important work of any leader is to recruit a team of outstanding people – people of intellect, energy, values and heart...
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Dr. Minnis: 'Fake' opening of Baha Mar - Apr 10, 2017 - 5:07:07 PM

Dr. Hubert Minnis, Free National Movement (FNM) Leader, issued the following statement regarding ongoing concerns with Baha Mar:

“We are less than three weeks from the ‘fake’ opening of Baha Mar and once again, we are to take the orchestrators of this mess at their word. Last week, a senior Vice President of Baha Mar admitted to the Guardian that ‘the booking window is extremely short’, but not to worry because ‘an announcement on the matter would be made in due course.’ While I welcome an explanation from these ‘lodging experts’ Bahamians are still owed an explanation for the PLP government’s laundry list of failures...”
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DNA Vision 2017 & Beyond - Apr 10, 2017 - 2:58:24 PM

I invited you here today to announce the launching of our Vision 2017 & Beyond document, a comprehensive plan to guide a Democratic National Alliance government over the next five years.

The Vision 2017 is a 70-page document that will be distributed electronically, as we in the green party seek to reduce our carbon footprint and move to a paperless environment – a philosophy we will take with us into governance as a start in eliminating the rampant waste and lack of accountability that signifies the past 20 years of PLP and FNM rule.

By releasing this document we are saying to the Bahamian people “hold us accountable” we will show you how we’re going to change this country. Unlike the FNM and PLP who have released similar manifestos, and failed to deliver for us, this is not just campaign talk – this is what we will accomplish...
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Official Photo of Members of Senate - Apr 7, 2017 - 2:27:10 PM

Official Photo of Members of the Senate, April 3, 2017.  From left: Jerome Gomez, Tanisha Tynes, Robyn Lynes, Rodney Moncur, Alex Storr, Allyson Maynard Gibson (Government Leader), Lady Sharon Wilson (President of the Senate), Joseph Curry (Vice-President of the Senate), Gregory Burrows, Monique Gomez (Opposition Leader), Gary Sawyer, and Jude Knowles. 

Official photo taken by Letisha Henderson of Bahamas Information Services...
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Dr. Hubert Minnis on the State of the Parliamentary Register - Apr 7, 2017 - 2:22:41 PM

Dr. Hubert Minnis, Free National Movement (FNM) Leader, issued the following statement regarding the state of the Parliamentary Register:

“Yesterday, Parliamentary Commissioner Sherlyn Hall attempted to assure Bahamians that the register—containing hundreds of errors—would be cleaned up within 14 to 15 days from the date of its closure. The register is in such disarray that we have no faith in the government's ability to produce a clean register which is a prerequisite to a free and fair election. The experiences of the 1987 general election and the recent Referendum conducted by the Progressive Liberal Party are glaring examples that the PLP is incapable of managing this basic responsibility that is so necessary for the holding of free and fair elections.”
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Dr. Minnis remarks at FNM Rally at Christie Park - Apr 7, 2017 - 12:35:09 AM

It is good to be here, not far from where I grew up. Perry Christie didn’t grow up far from here either. But the difference is that when he left the Valley he never looked back as he reached the mountain top. Because I grew up on the rough side of the mountain I will never forget from whence I came.

Bain Town is in my heart and soul. As your Prime Minster, I will honor the memory of my mother Rosalee North, by helping a new generation of young people to make their dreams come true, just as my mother did for me.

A lady called me up the other day and said she wanted a “Roc with Doc” t-shirt. I told her I was only giving them out in Killarney...
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FNM founding member praises Pintard at Marco City Senior's Luncheon - Apr 6, 2017 - 5:21:32 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -  on Sunday April 2nd, 2017 Free National Movement candidate for Marco City, Michael Pintard continued his ongoing outreach to all Marco City residents with a Senior Citizen Luncheon at Castaways Resort.  In attendance was Free National Movement  founding member, former MP and Bahamas Senior Statesman Maurice Moore. In this video interview Mr. Moore heralds the dynamic new non partisan approach of Michael Pintard in his campaign for MP of Marco City stating; ”Mr. Pintard has taken a whole new approach, he’s taken an approach for service where he committed himself to the people. It doesn’t matter what politics you are...that is the new approach. Our party and the new breed, what the young people are bringing to the country is what the country needs. We need to get away from hardline, you’re either PLP or FNM and you are treated accordingly. That’s wrong.“  Going further Mr. Moore exclaims that “Michael Pintard has got a concept, he’s got an attitude, he’s got the kind of approach that is needed
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DNA Unveils its Shadow Cabinet - Apr 5, 2017 - 8:13:16 PM

Over the past several months Bahamians have been introduced to the party’s impressive slate of candidates comprised of some of the best and brightest in the world of finance, business, law, law enforcement, healthcare, labour and civil society. Each individual has proven themselves to be a leader in their respective disciplines and have been assigned to specific portfolios based on those abilities. Outside of the role of the Attorney General which, under the DNA will be an independently selected Bahamian chosen from civil society and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, members of the Shadow Cabinet as outlined will speak to the issues plaguing their specific portfolios, offering not just an opposing view but a glimpse into how a DNA government will – in the short, medium and long term – reverse some of the distressing trends which have emerged in our 21st century Bahamas...
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Attorney Michael Scott to Participate In The FNM's General Election Campaign - Apr 5, 2017 - 6:07:54 PM

The FNM is pleased to announce attorney Michael Scott’s decision to participate in a number of areas in the party’s general election campaign.

Mr. Scott is a longstanding FNM and former candidate. He has served as a party executive and on the Central Council. Mr. Scott is also the former Chairman of the Hotel Corporation of The Bahamas.

Party Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis stated, “We welcome Michael’s renewed participation and full integration into the general election campaign...”
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DNA: Dorsett’s Promises on Landfill an Election Season Farce - Apr 5, 2017 - 11:53:10 AM

Weeks after a massive fire ripped through the New Providence landfill forcing the evacuation of nearby communities, those residents continue to cope with the serious health implications of that blaze. The fire has since sent government officials into a scramble amid a barrage of harsh criticisms on the part of affected Bahamians. Sadly though, it is apparent that the government’s recent interest in finding a real solution to the issues plaguing that facility has more to do with proximity of a general election.

After years of wasting time, and energy tiptoeing around issues at the New Providence Landfill, the DNA finds its very interesting that this administration, with just weeks to go before a general election is once again making grandiose promises regarding the future of the New Providence Landfill...
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Minister Bannister Remarks at FNM Candidate Launch - Apr 5, 2017 - 10:39:27 AM

Remarks By Thomas Desmond Bannister at S. W.  Regional Rally 4th April, 2017:

Mr. Party Leader, this is your Carmichael Team of Champions…..And this one will end with a knockout!

Thank you Carmichael for the wonderful welcome back home.

Thank you for inviting me into your homes...

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Sidney Collie: The Importance of Registering to Vote - Apr 4, 2017 - 2:22:31 PM

“With the Prime Minister’s notice of Parliament’s dissolution on Apr 11th, everyone wishing to vote must register on or before Monday, April 10th. I encourage all Bahamians to seize this opportunity to participate in positive change as soon as possible. As a democracy, your vote impacts the future of our country, and with your vote, you have a say in what our future entails.”

“Bahamians have eagerly waited for the chance to restore our nation and build a future that offers greater opportunities to Bahamians, safer communities for all and first-rate education that gives our learners access to the tools they need to pursue their endeavors. Together, we can enact this vision...”
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DPM Davis: Minnis Lies on Baha Mar Are Disqualifying - Apr 3, 2017 - 7:30:32 PM

That Baha Mar is important to the Bahamian economy is indisputable.That hundreds and soon thousands of Bahamians will be employed there is clear. And yet, Hubert Minnis is desperate for this hard-won success to be a failure.He sees everything only through the prism of his own political ambitions.

For weeks, Hubert Minnis has maintained Baha Mar is not actually opening.What happens when reality collides with his delusions? We shall find out on April 21st, when Baha Mar will open. How will he respond? With grace and humility, or with more lies? Will he congratulate the new Bahamian employees? He’s more likely to repeat his promise to Stop and Cancel Baha Mar’s opening...
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DNA: Register to Vote for a Better Life - Apr 3, 2017 - 7:18:30 PM

On Sunday, Prime Minister Perry Christie announced that Parliament will be dissolved on April 11and voters who wish to participate in this election will have until Monday, April 10to register to vote.

In recent times, we have witnessed widespread disaffection with the status quo among the electorate.

The moment to firmly grasp the reigns of our country and change its fortunes is nearly upon us.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) urges eligible Bahamians to register to vote in order to participate in our democracy and bring a much needed change to governance in The Bahamas.
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Dr. Minnis on Upcoming Dissolution of Parliament - Apr 3, 2017 - 4:03:14 PM

Hubert Minnis, Free National Movement (FNM) Leader, issued the following statement regarding the upcoming dissolution of Parliament and coming Election:

“Yesterday the office of the Prime Minister gave notice of the dissolution of Parliament, which will take place April 11th, and at which point the Writs of Elections will be issued. Ringing the bell signals an opportunity for a referendum on the failed government leadership that has been the unfortunate experience of all Bahamians over the last five years. It gives rise to a new time for Bahamians, an era in which we can build upon the vision for a hopeful and prosperous future that all deserve...”
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DNA: Christie’s VAT Explanation Laughable - Apr 2, 2017 - 4:00:58 PM

After what seems to be a near eternity since the Bahamian people pleaded with this current administration for an accounting on the Value Added Tax regime, Prime Minister Perry Christie, who is also the Minister for Finance, delivered what was a very weak performance on what was billed as the “Report” on Value Added Tax” that he promised. Considering that his Junior Minister failed in previous attempts to explain to the Bahamian people on the VAT’s performance, we were expecting a bit more at this juncture.

It was clear to anyone listening that the “Report” would be thin on analysis, as well as short on actual answers. The Bahamian people deserve better than this and we in the Democratic National Alliance believe wholeheartedly that change is needed and needed now....
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Jeffrey Lloyd on the FNM's Education Plan - Apr 1, 2017 - 9:08:14 PM

Jeffrey Lloyd, Free National Movement (FNM) candidate for South Beach, issued the following statement regarding the FNM’s plan for aggressive educational reforms:

“The FNM believes educational improvements must rise to the top of the government’s list of priorities, for reasons that are two-fold though intertwined. Most importantly we know a quality education leads to future opportunities and growth, giving our children the keys to unlock their unlimited potential. We also need to position ourselves for the increasingly competitive global markets, which require a workforce-ready nation...
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Komolafe: : Relaxing Exchange Controls to Benefit Bahamians - Mar 31, 2017 - 12:16:14 PM

We are pleased that the Government has seen the wisdom in relaxing the exchange controls, enabling Bahamians more access to foreign currency.

The Prime Minister made the announcement in Parliament on Wednesday that the Central Bank will release a report on the liberalization measures and process to take effect in April 2017. The Right Hon. Perry Christie also noted that under the new policy considerations, Bahamian-owned businesses with “broad foreign exchange earnings potential or that are engaged in activities that promote national development goals will be able to obtain foreign currency funding, either from local commercial banks or from external sources”.

The DNA welcomes any policy decision that presents an opportunity for the advancement of businesses in The Bahamas...

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