Hon. I Chester Cooper House Contribution on the purchase of the Grand Lucayan
- Sep 20, 2018 - 6:03:33 PM
Contribution To Resolution On Grand Lucayan Chester Cooper, Exumas And Ragged Island MP September 20, 2018:
Mr. Speaker, before I embark on the meat of my contribution of behalf of
the people of Exuma & Ragged Island who I am grateful to represent,
I begin with two statements of concern:
Firstly, I am greatly
concerned about the state of Grand Bahama and her people. Grand Bahama
is hurting. Plagued with high unemployment, the island needs new
investment, new opportunities, new jobs and new growth...
Davis warns Parliament that Grand Lucayan Resort Sale is "A Bad Deal!"
- Sep 20, 2018 - 5:52:43 PM
Addressing the House of Assembly this week on the Government’s push to
purchase the Grand Lucayan Resort, Opposition Leader Philip ‘Brave'
Davis said not only is this move a ‘bad deal,’ but the FNM
administration still has not presented an Agreement Of Sale to show
publicly what is being done.
Davis noted that in 2016, the former
government, while cognizant of the expiration of the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement (HCA), took a fundamental decision to revise relevant
concessions based on bipartisan considerations and recommendations of a
six-member Review Committee. The intent of this effort...
Leader of the Opposition Statement at Monthly Press Conference
- Sep 5, 2018 - 12:04:43 PM
Good morning media and good morning to all. Thank you for coming and participating in this morning’s media briefing.
special welcome to all students to the new school year and it is our
hope that you will make this an academically productive year.
also had the pleasure of welcoming the students to the new primary
school in San Salvador constructed under our administration, the
finishing of which was slowed by this administration...
Affordable Home Program: Another case of poor planning & execution
- Sep 2, 2018 - 8:09:32 AM
Debt crisis at macro and micro levels
Not unexpected with increased taxation and stunted economic growth
Unemployment, underemployment and over leverage at root
Government out of tune with plight of the average Bahamian
Reminiscent of failed Mortgage Relief Program
Failing to plan is planning to fail
recent revelation that only fifteen percent (15%) of the 60 applicants
qualified for the serviced lots under the Government’s Affordable Home
Program is a classic case study on poor planning and deficient
execution. According to the Government,
Picewell Forbes Shadow Housing Minister on FNM Housing Programme
- Aug 29, 2018 - 3:26:44 PM
The picture of a Prime Minister and his Minister of Housing laying a
plaque to promote the sale of a mere ten lots shows how desperate this
government is for good news. Unfortunately there is no good news there
First their housing programme is woefully inadequate,
under resourced, if not non- existent. It is shameful that all the
Housing Minister can tell us is how the majority of people who applied
for their service lot programme could not qualify.
The FNM has
this unfortunate way of glorying in the misfortunes of its citizens. The
Minister should have instead been boasting about how they are working
with each applicant to ensure that they do qualify...
Statement from the NP Women’s Branch of the PLP on the unseemly behavior of the BPL Minister
- Aug 26, 2018 - 4:18:26 PM
The New Providence Women’s Branch of the Progressive Liberal Party are
appalled and cries shame on the Minister for BPL Desmond Bannister for
his public savagery of the reputation of the former BPL chair, Mrs.
Darnell Osbourne. The minister's statement was sexist and we condemn it.
The issue for us and the country is whether Mrs Osbourne
conducted her job with probity and integrity. The issue is not her
applying facial makeup...
The Office of the Opposition Leader on the BPL crisis and announced investigation
- Aug 26, 2018 - 6:41:38 AM
The recent news stories about BPL have conveyed unfortunate allegations
of a culture of cronyism, favoritism, male chauvinistic behavior and
corruption that too many Bahamians find absolutely shocking. To those
who know firsthand the true habits of the leadership of the FNM, it is
simply no surprise.
However, it is not our intent to offer
political jabs as the issue of BPL goes beyond politics, it impacts our
economy and way of life in a material way. It is clear that BPL would
not be able to successfully access the international capital markets...
DNA - BPL Debacle: Proper and Independent Investigation Needed
- Aug 25, 2018 - 3:07:19 PM
BPL Debacle: Proper and Independent Investigation Needed
Issues must not be swept under the rug...
We have followed with interest the ongoing saga involving the nation’s
power supply company, Bahamas Power and Light (BPL). It is an
understatement to opine that the Government’s response has been
underwhelming, inadequate and petty. This is unfortunate and
unacceptable for an administration that professes a commitment to good
governance, transparency and accountability...
DNA: FNM Government is alien to good governance
- Aug 20, 2018 - 3:07:07 PM
The Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) debacle came to a head last week
with the unceremonious removal of the Board. It was reported that the
entire Board of the nation’s main power supply company was asked to
resign due to their inability to agree on matters and key decisions.
The Government’s decision to ask all members of BPL’s Board to step down
followed questions raised by the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and
Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC), the Utilities Regulation and
Competition Authority (URCA) and leaders of the two unions representing
the workers of BPL...
Press Conference statement by Opposition Leader on recent public issues
- Aug 19, 2018 - 4:16:07 PM
Today I have called you here to challenge you and the public to demand
answers from The Bahamas government, the Prime Minister and the Attorney
General in particular about the conduct of his Government and the
agents of the state.
It has been more than 48 hours since the affidavit I saw filed in the
Shane Gibson matter made allegations of serious misconduct on the part
of the prosecution. There has been no reply from the Government.
At the very least this demands a word from the Government that they have
not been involved in prosecutorial misconduct...
DNA - Moody’s: Government must address fiscal policy credibility
- Aug 18, 2018 - 7:06:02 PM
The recent credit opinion released on The Bahamas by Moody’s only
highlighted the points that have been repeatedly raised by the Bahamian
people. In maintaining our sovereign rating at Baa3 with a negative
outlook, the rating agency focused on the fundamentals and prospects of
the Bahamian economy under the current administration.
hardly any new revelations in Moody’s report that calls for the
commendation of the Government. On a positive note, the rating agency
acknowledged The Bahamas’ strong institutional framework, the policy
credibility of the Central Bank and macroeconomic stability...
DNA - Government Urged: Disclose strategy for Grand Lucayan
- Aug 1, 2018 - 1:37:15 PM
As shown in the recently released labour force survey for May 2018, the
unemployment rate in Grand Bahama remains high and the same as that
recorded in May 2017. While the Department of Statistics has pegged the
rate at 12.4 percent, the struggles and despair of residents of Grand
Bahama cannot be captured in mere figures.
There is a general
consensus that our second capital city is in urgent need of economic
boost and revitalization. Hence, the Government’s efforts to attract
viable investments and projects to Grand Bahama are welcomed...
DNA - Labour Statistics: Evidence of Lack of Economic Growth Plan
- Jul 29, 2018 - 2:29:43 PM
One year after the current administration assumed office, the economy remains challenged.
to the preliminary results of the Labour Force Survey for May 2018
recently released by the Department of Statistics, there has been
deterioration in macroeconomic indicators since this administration was
While this is not surprising for a Government that
lacks an economic growth plan, it is detrimental to Bahamians who
continue to be disenfranchised and face significant hardship...
Address by The Hon. Philip Brave Davis to delegates at one day PLP Constitutional Convention
- Jul 28, 2018 - 10:33:47 PM
Opening Address by The Hon. Phillip “Brave” Davis at the Constitutional
Convention of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) On Saturday, 28th July
At The Holy Trinity Activity Centre, Nassau, Bahamas
Mr. Chairman, Mr. Deputy Leader...
Ladies and Gentlemen:
It is appropriate that we should begin with
a minute of silence in memory of our beloved supporter and spiritual
adviser, Bishop Rodney Roberts of Five Porches Ministries.
since we last met in Convention, there are eminent stalwarts and
revered supporters of our party who have passed on to eternal rest,
including the late Basil Sands...
Opposition Leader Contribution on Economic Empowerment Zone Bill 2018
- Jul 26, 2018 - 10:00:46 AM
Philip “Brave” Davis, Q.C., M.P. Leader of the Official Opposition
Leader of the Progressive Liberal Party Thursday, July 26th, 2018
Economic Empowerment Zone Bill 2018
Today marks two days since we lost a great son our country, my friend and ardent supporter Bishop Rodney “Coffee” Roberts.
Bishop Roberts is one, who came from a mighty long way to reach the higher heights of accomplishment in this society...
Brave Davis: Bahamians being taxed ‘Half to Death'
- Jul 15, 2018 - 7:26:30 PM
Nassau - Disappointed in the FNM Government's move to enforce a 12%
VAT hike on Bahamian citizens, Opposition Leader Philip ‘Brave' Davis
strongly cautioned them at a PLP rally to stop taxing the people ‘half
to death' as a way of balancing their budget.
that the VAT increase is really about the government's belief that they
can put this tax burden on Bahamians because it would place them in a
better financial position for the next three years. Unfortunately, he
said this will not work in favour of the people as while they seek to
balance the budget, it will only be a certain
PYL: "Sir Roland Is no national hero"
- Jul 15, 2018 - 7:00:52 PM
The Progressive Young Liberals have followed with great unease
the announcement of Sir Roland Symonette as a National Hero and the
governing party's attempts at re-writing history
We wish to
state that two generations after Sir Roland Symonette unceremoniously
left the political scene, a generation of young Bahamians trying to
advance in this country are quite aware of the dark corners of our
history surrounding the economic, social and psychological suppression
of blacks, mulattoes, and the poor in The Bahamas. Young Bahamians are
astutely aware of the pain, humiliation and hardships
PLP Leader accuses National Security Minister of Hypocrisy
- Jul 11, 2018 - 11:01:01 AM
Nassau - Opposition Leader Philip ‘Brave' Davis is sounding the
alarm on what he describes as an act of ‘hypocrisy' by National Security
Minister Marvin Dames, whom he claims is doing the same thing he once
criticized others of.
Davis, who was addressing scores of PLP
supporters at a recent rally held at party headquarters, said not only
did Minister Dames oppose the process of promotions practiced by the
Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) when he first took office, but he
turned right around and endorsed the promotion of a close friend,
similar to the very manner conducted on the Force that he was determined
Davis: The Government Made a Bad Decision on IAAF Relays
- Jul 9, 2018 - 12:37:11 PM
I am distressed that step by step the FNM government is gradually but
deliberately seeking to destroy this country's reputation as a country
whose word is its bond. The latest example of these actions is the
inexplicable, bad decision to cancel the IAAF relays in The Bahamas. We
in the PLP have warned the FNM before to understand that government is
Opposition Dismisses Government Reasons For VAT Hike
- Jun 26, 2018 - 6:45:35 AM
Opposition Leader Philip ‘Brave' Davis dismissed the FNM Government's
reasons for VAT hike during the recent budget presentation, saying it
will still place a severe burden on the public and stunt the nation's
Davis criticized the new budget calling it
unconscionable and unbearable. He said it represents 60% increases in
VAT, an unprecedented increase in Immigration fees and other unwarranted
tax hikes like: 5% tax on deposits and withdrawals of gaming customers,
increase in police record fees, increase in fingerprinting fees for