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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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Senator Fred Mitchell on recent immigration decision in the courts - Jan 31, 2018 - 12:40:44 PM

I have advised the Leader of the party that the sensible thing for the Government to do in these circumstances in my opinion is to appeal the recent decision all the way up to the Privy Council.

That policy court ought to be asked to determine the question as  to whether in the circumstances the courts, even exercising purported constitutional remedies, are able to substitute their decision for that of the  Immigration Department as opposed to remitting the matter to the executive, if the Supreme Court thought there was an abuse of the process. ..
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PLP NtlChairman responds to PM's national address - Jan 29, 2018 - 11:45:54 PM

The Prime Minister's National Address on the 29th January offered no immediate economic and social relief.  
The PLP has made this fundamental point to the country before. The net result of the government’s fiscal and economic policies to date are higher unemployment and a deterioration in the performance of the public revenue. These results indicate that the economy has either stalled or lost most of the momentum clearly evident when the PLP lost office eight months ago...
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DNA: New year, new dump fires and much more of the same - Jan 29, 2018 - 10:30:35 AM

Over the weekend, residents in Nassau with the misfortune of living near the New Providence landfill were awoken by the smell of noxious fumes and thick heavy smoke – the result of yet another dump fire. The health and environmental implications of these toxic fires have been well documented and have been linked to any number of illnesses facing Bahamians. While in opposition, the FNM was extremely vocal about the PLP’s poor handling of the dump. At the time, they promised immediate action and vowed to make the plight of area residents a priority of an FNM administration.  This unfortunately can now be added to the list of broken promises made by this government, who, like the PLP before, it has FAILED TO ACT...
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Statement by Senator Dr. Michael Darville on the economy of Grand Bahama - Jan 26, 2018 - 9:29:51 AM

After months of public demonstrations and urging by the people of Grand Bahama for the government to fix the economy of Grand Bahama, the Park and Shop business establishment is closing its doors after decades of service due to the poor economy. This closure adds to the unemployment woes of this island.

What is the Prime Minister's message to the people of Grand Bahama in the face of this announced closure and the further deterioration of this island's economy? He told the straw vendors to have faith but faith without works is dead...
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Statement from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition FNM Government admits Its policies created higher unemployment - Jan 23, 2018 - 6:23:23 AM

Today’s headline story in the Nassau Guardian shows that the Finance Minister and his colleagues in the FNM deliberately created higher unemployment in The Bahamas to fulfill their political agenda. 

At the same time as they have agreed that what they have done since coming to office will raise unemployment, they now want to blame the PLP. This is part of the FNM’s pattern of behavior: blame everyone except themselves. Let me make it clear, the FNM is the Government...
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Statement by the Leader of the Opposition on the purported removal of certain URCA board members - Jan 21, 2018 - 8:00:46 AM

Statement by the Leader of the Opposition On The Purported Removal Of Certain URCA Board Members

The PLP notes the purported changes in the membership of the Utility Regulatory Competition Authority's (URCA) Board of Directors. We question whether the Government has acted properly and according to law by appointing and announcing changes to the Board. We are deeply concerned that the changes announced by the Attorney General are ultra vires the Act.

The law surrounding and governing any and all changes to this statutory board are as follows...
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DNA: Where is the bahamian plan? - Jan 18, 2018 - 11:24:57 AM

In the eight short months since taking the reigns of governance, the Minnis administration has seemingly adopted the same late again, and foreigner dependent style of governance made popular by the Progressive Liberal Party during their last term in office. Despite its many campaign promises the government has failed to put forward any plans designed to meet the needs of the citizenry and have instead focused its efforts on fast tracking legislation which satisfy foreign interests and bend to international pressures.

First, the government set an aggressive 2019 timetable for the Bahamas’ accession to the WTO, which has left little time for local businesses to prepare for impending changes to the business climate...

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