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Office of the Leader of the Opposition on the 2018/2019 Budget Communication - May 31, 2018 - 11:56:43 AM

Statement from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition 2018/2019 Budget Communication: Evidence of failure:

The Ministry of Finance has failed. The 2018/2019 Budget Communication provides ample evidence of its failure. The key agencies of the Ministry of Finance, Customs and the Department of Inland Revenue are not performing...
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PLP on the fiscal state of the nation ahead of the 2018/2019 Budget Presentation - May 27, 2018 - 5:53:12 PM

Budget 2018/2019 represents opportunities and challenges for the Government. It represents a real opportunity to present a growth agenda which this Administration is sorely lacking. In its first year, the Administration seem more fixated on making alarmist statements on the issues of fiscal management and accountability, which damaged the reputation of the country rather than improving the lives of Bahamians.

WHAT IS THE CURRENT FISCAL STATE?

As a result, in the first year in office many of the gains made by the previous administration have evaporated.  For example, there has been anemic revenue growth notwithstanding the opening of Baha Mar... 
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The Office of The Chair of The PLP on congratulations to the New Government of Barbados - May 26, 2018 - 9:50:04 AM

From The Office of The Chair of The Progressive Liberal Party on Congratulations to the New Government of Barbados:

The PLP has extended congratulations to the new Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley on her historic 30 to 0 victory in yesterday's general election. Chairman of the PLP Senator Fred Mitchell who is in Barbados personally extended congratulations on behalf of the PLP and our Leader Philip Davis...
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DNA - EU Grey List: Welcomed but not out of woods - May 25, 2018 - 4:49:56 PM

We must look beyond December 2018...

The news that The Bahamas has been removed from the European Union’s (EU) list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions is welcomed. According to a press release issued earlier today, The Bahamas has been moved from Annex 1 (blacklist) to Annex II (grey list) by the EU.

While this is a notable development, we are not out of the woods yet and there is much work to be done to ensure that The Bahamas is totally removed from any adverse listing published by the EU. This is bearing in mind that countries on the grey list can be moved back to the blacklist if they fail to honor their commitments... 


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Davis to FNM: No Lie Lasts Forever! - May 15, 2018 - 4:00:12 PM
With so many broken promises being thrown at the Bahamian people after one year in office, Opposition Leader Philip "Brave" Davis served notice to the FNM Government on Wednesday that "No Lie Lasts Forever".

Scores of PLPs at the Sir Lynden Pindling Centre listened as the Party Leader revealed what he described as the "many lies" the FNM government has been telling the public, man of which have had a devastating effect on the lives of Bahamians going forward. Davis reminded them of the Prime Minister's claim in London of the $500 million dollars he said was lost in The Bahamas due to corruption... 
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PLP Chairman Statement on Bradley Roberts Chairman Emeritus Designate - May 13, 2018 - 9:07:27 AM

From The Office of The National Chairman Of the Progressive Liberal Party
on The Status Of Bradley B. Roberts Chairman Emeritus Designate:

I spoke this morning with Bradley Roberts our former Chairman. He is recovering from surgery which took place successfully on 28 April. He indicates that he is on the mend and asks for our prayers and support. He is in his usual fine spirits...
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Remarks by Opposition Leader Davis at Special Call Meeting - May 9, 2018 - 7:22:00 PM

Address by Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis, Q.C., M.P. Leader of the Official Opposition, Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party on the Occasion of Special Called PLP New Providence Meeting Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 7:00 p.m. Sir Lynden Pindling House Farrington Road:

Theme:“No LIE LASTS FOREVER”

Good Evening, thanks for coming and it’s a pleasure to be amongst energized PLPs as we make the SS PLP battle ready...
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DNA issues report card on FNM administration first year in governance - May 9, 2018 - 6:35:57 PM

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The FNM was ushered into office based on the negative sentiments towards the PLP. The overwhelming majority of 35-4 has weakened the voice of the official opposition
The same tactics of emotionalism, grandiose promises and manipulation were employed during the 2017 elections.

Many have argued that the standard had been lowered so much by the PLP that the FNM didn’t have to do much to impress the electorate...
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Opposition Leader Davis says its time for the PM to appoint New Chief Justice - May 4, 2018 - 9:00:51 AM

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Opposition Leader Philip ‘Brave' Davis advised on Monday that the time has come for Prime Minister Hubert Minnis to appoint a new Chief Justice (CJ), bearing in mind that having one in place ensures the process of  ‘balanced' governance.

Addressing the media during the party's monthly press conference at PLP headquarters on the Prime Minister’s reluctance to appoint a new CJ, Davis said no one is forcing the FNM leader to have the post filled as it is his duty to do so...
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Opposition Leader attacks Minister of Finance on political interference and manipulation - May 3, 2018 - 8:00:46 AM

PLP Leader Philip ‘Brave’ Davis criticized what he views as the ‘last minute’ action of Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest to pay $400 million in bills last year, noting that it was really a move of political interference and manipulation.

In fact, Davis stated, a proper accounting and cash management system was left in place by the PLP in 2017 and that no quick action was necessary by the Ministry of Finance or the Public Treasury to have the bills paid last minute like the FNM did in June of last year. This, Davis advised, eventually confluenced a report by the Central Bank...
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Bradley Roberts observations of The FNM Government one year later - Apr 29, 2018 - 3:14:38 PM

Some observations of The FNM Government one year later Commentary by Bradley B. Roberts Former Cabinet Minister and MP 29 April 2018:

As the first anniversary of the FNM government approaches it is customary to rate the government’s performance and assess the country’s policy direction. To date, a clearly defined vision for The Bahamas eludes this government as uncertainty, scandal, hypocrisy and one untruth after the other continue to dog and define the Minnis administration...
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Philip Brave Davis remarks at Southwestern Region Public Meeting - Apr 25, 2018 - 2:59:25 PM

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Remarks by Philip Brave Davis MP, QC Leader, Opposition Progressive Liberal Party Southwestern Region Public Meeting Garvin Tynes Primary School 25 April 2018:

SALUTATIONS
 
It is a pleasure to be back in the all-important southern corridor.

There is a current saying in our politics that the party that wins the southern corridor wins the government and so it is vitally important that we take our record of achievement and our message of empowerment...
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Leader of the Opposition responds to PM's press conference - Apr 23, 2018 - 5:20:13 PM


From Office of the leader of the PLP responding to the press conference of the Prime Minister upon his return to the Bahamas:

It is clear that the Prime Minister is still mesmerized and full of excessive pride by the math of the general elections, 35 to 4, even as Bahamians have moved on from this equation and are now demanding concrete results...
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PLP Chairman responds to Nassau Guardian Editorial - Apr 18, 2018 - 2:45:34 PM

The Guardian gets worse and worse every day. Their regard for the truth, their inability to decipher fact from fiction erodes every day. They need to hire themselves out as the official propaganda rag of the Free National Movement. They have outdone even The Punch.

Their latest unhinged, prejudiced broadside  against the PLP is  their editorial of 18 April which says that we should  be quiet and not answer the nonsense that is spewed by the  various spokesman for the Government from the Prime Minister on down, simply because we lost an election last year...
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DNA: The Bahamas must plan beyond the EU Blacklist - Apr 18, 2018 - 9:43:58 AM

The decision of the European Union Code of Conduct Group (COCG) to recommend to the Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) Council that The Bahamas should be removed from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes is a welcome development. The announcement that our removal from the blacklist is expected to be approved and made official by the ECOFIN Council by May 25, 2018 is good news.

The short period of time between the inclusion of The Bahamas on the infamous blacklist and the COCG's recommendation for The Bahamas' removal suggests that we ought not to have been placed on the list in the first place...
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Leader of the Opposition responds to PM's comments abroad - Apr 17, 2018 - 4:15:09 PM

"The Prime Minister just does not know what to say when speaking on our behalf overseas. He has been to South America and now in Europe and at each stop along the way, he told the world that The Bahamas is a corrupt place in which to do business.

This bad mouthing of our country shows that common sense is not common. To support his unfounded allegations of a corrupt country, he claimed that 200 million dollars was lost to corruption..."
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Leader Of The Opposition responds to The House Communication by The Deputy Prime Minister - Apr 15, 2018 - 12:31:30 PM

Statement From The Office Of The Leader Of The Opposition in response to The House Communication by The Deputy Prime Minister Seeking An Apology From The Leader Of The Opposition 15 April 2018:

Upon my return to the country on Friday 13 April, I learned that the Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest took advantage of my absence from the House on 11 April to raise a controversial communication purportedly answering statements made by me by way of a press release relating to his conduct as Minister of Finance...
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PLP Chairman on Sandilands Primary Pre School - Apr 15, 2018 - 8:21:50 AM

The Ministry of Education must explain why it has not approved the generous offer of a private citizen to design and build a brand new administration building for the Sandilands Primary School in Fox Hill. That citizen had also agreed simultaneously to retrofit the existing administration building to accommodate a 40 child preschool.

I am forced to bring this to the attention of the Minister given a recent photograph published by him of children welcoming him to a preschool. The children of Fox Hill would love to have the opportunity to do so as well...
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Leader of the Opposition responds to Turnquest - Apr 8, 2018 - 8:13:14 PM

Statement from the Office Of The Leader of the Opposition on Peter Turnquest’s attack on The Opposition Leader about the FNM’s Borrowing Habits 8 April 2018:

Peter Turnquest’s ad hominem and highly emotive attacks on me and the PLP for holding the FNM government’s feet to the fire smacks of arrogance and desperation. He must account for the government’s stewardship of the people’s scarce resources in pure policy terms. To date, the FNM government has not been forthright, transparent or accountable to the Bahamian people...
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DNA: Who has the horse in the OBAN race? - Mar 23, 2018 - 12:37:21 PM

As the week comes to a close, the Bahamian people must be suffering from flashbacks to 2012 of the first year in governance of the PLP and the failed Gambling Referendum.  At that time, the Prime Minister assured that there was “NO HORSE IN THE RACE” from his administration, but in the end, scores of Bahamians believed otherwise.

In similar fashion, The Oban revelations have caught the Minnis Administration in a web of inaccuracies, half truths, misstatements and fraud. The most unsettling part is that the revelations are still coming...

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