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
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...
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...
DNA cautiously optimistic on reduction in crime
- Jan 17, 2018 - 1:22:55 PM
After years of record breaking crime numbers, The Democratic National
Alliance welcomed this week’s report of an overall drop in criminal
activity around the country. The figures released by the top brass of
the Royal Bahamas Police force are a testament to the incredible work
being done by these hard-working public servants, many of whom have made
the decision to protect and serve their communities at great personal
We are, however, cautiously optimistic that this
downward trend will continue. While the reduction in overall crime is
cause for celebration, now is not the time to become complacent...
Statement by the PLP in response to crime statistics
- Jan 17, 2018 - 10:00:49 AM
From The Office Of The Chairman of The Progressive Party responding to
The Crime Statistics: No False FNM Crowing 17 January 2018:
There is an old saying that there are lies, damn lies and statistics.
So we don't want the adoring media doing any false crowing about how crime is down because of the efforts of the FNM...
PLP National Chairman: on Latest US Travel Advisory To The Bahamas
- Jan 11, 2018 - 7:00:40 PM
We note the latest travel advisory issued by the US Government to its
citizens travelling to The Bahamas. We thought that the FNM promised
that all these advisories would stop once they became the government.
Alas just as in the case of the three murders in one week in Freeport,
FNM policies on crime have not made a bit of difference. By many
measures it is worse.
Of course, the advisories are a double
edged sword in that they do not often adequately tell the true story and
are often counter productive. But unlike the FNM, the PLP takes no joy
or pride in telling both the Prime Minister and his National Security
Minister " we told you so"...
Statement from the Office of the National Chairman of the PLP on Majority Rule Day
- Jan 11, 2018 - 8:30:06 AM
On behalf of the Progressive Liberal Party, it's Leader Philip Davis and
all officers and supporters, I wish to thank the Bahamian public for
the support and interest shown in the Majority Rule Day celebrations and
the history behind the event.
The Progressive Liberal Party is
proud of the groundbreaking role that it played in that day. That day
ultimately led to our national independence. We remember the father of
the nation Sir Lynden Pindling and all the other heroes and heroines of
Komolafe: Majority Rule a Bahamian Victory
- Jan 9, 2018 - 3:44:31 PM
This year marks the 51st anniversary of the attainment of Majority Rule;
a national event which holds a special place in Bahamian history like
the Emancipation of Slavery, Labour Day, and Independence –
accomplishments that played major roles in the prosperity we experience
in The Bahamas today.
Majority Rule is an event of significance
which gave birth to the Bahamian Dream and represents a victory for the
Bahamian people at large – it should not be narrowed down to an issue of
race or partisan politics.
Mitchell responds to FNM Chairman's Jan. 7 Statement
- Jan 7, 2018 - 6:44:39 PM
There is a Bahamian saying when you're dumb you're dangerous. We can
think of no better way to start in response to Carl Culmer, the hapless
and hopeless Chairman of the FNM. You can always tell a political
scoundrel when you see that he cannot respond to policy ideas but has to
resort to personal ad hominem attacks. Poor Carl Culmer, he doesn't
realize it bless his heart that 35 to 4 in the House of Assembly does
not confer intelligence on him. He is once again blind, deaf and dumb to
Let us take his accusation about corruption in the PLP. We say prove it...
Office of The Chairman of The PLP: Statement on crime in Grand Bahama
- Jan 7, 2018 - 4:00:04 PM
From The Office of The Chairman Of The PLP On The Homicides In Grand Bahama:
Minister of National Security Marvin Dames had all the answers before
the general election of 2017. He knew how to solve crime and murder.
This is now 2018. There were 120 murders last year 2017...
Remarks by Opposition and PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis at Agape International Baptist Church
- Jan 7, 2018 - 2:00:29 PM
Remarks by Hon. Philip Davis MP QC, Leader of the Progressive Liberal
Party Majority Rule Day Service 7th January 2018 Agape International
Helen McPhee, officers of the Progressive Liberal Party, members of the
congregation here at Agape, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.
Thank you for having us here this morning to mark this special
Sir Arthur Foulkes, then Governor General, writing on 8 January 2014 in his message on Majority Rule Day said this...
DNA: Setting the Tone on Marijuana
- Jan 4, 2018 - 9:34:15 AM
The past 24 hours has seen social media explode with public opinion
regarding the possible decriminalization of marijuana in the Bahamas.
The chatter comes ahead of a planned CARICOM sponsored meeting designed
to obtain information on the social, economic, health and legal issues
related to marijuana use and gauge regional opinions on this global
issue. While it should be noted that the Democratic National Alliance
has been clear on its position, we remain concerned however, that the
country’s current leadership has not made its position clear – a reality
which paves the way for the narrative on this issue to be written for
Mitchell: FNM Chairman Is Lost In Space
- Jan 3, 2018 - 5:30:37 PM
"Clearly the Chairman of the FNM is blind deaf and dumb to the suffering
inflicted on the Bahamian people since the FNM came to office. His
statement of 'everything is rosy' is an appalling lack of sensitivity.
list of FNM missteps includes but is not limited to cutting back on
social services to the poor, firing entry level workers in the public
service and sending them to the bread lines, jailing their PLP opponents
with the FNM’s brand of victor' s justice and most glaringly of all the
FNM have not fixed Grand Bahama..."
FNM: 2017 ends with stability working toward greater growth in 2018
- Dec 17, 2017 - 6:20:30 PM
The stable economic outlook report from Standard & Poor's (S&P)
affirms that the steps the FNM is taking to stimulate investment,
enhance revenue collection and reduce public spending confirms that the
country is moving in the right direction.
In addition to the positive news from S&P, the Bahamas also recently avoided being blacklisted by the European Union...
Kwasi Thompson Responds to PLP on Hawksbill Creek Amendment
- Dec 12, 2017 - 10:05:36 AM
Commonwealth Of The Bahamas Press Statement Sen. J. Kwasi Thompson
Minister Of State For Grand Bahama In The Office Of The Prime Minister
11th December, 2017:
Mr. Brave Davis leader of the PLP will stop
at nothing to twist facts in support of their bad past practices and
policies. In 2016 the PLP enacted The Grand Bahama (Port Area)
Investment Incentives Act, but failed to bring the regulations fully
into effect. The Act did nothing to stimulate investment by current
licencees nor did it give future potential investors confidence to
invest in Grand Bahama...
PLP Ntl Chair on Baha Mar Sales Completion
- Dec 8, 2017 - 5:31:59 PM
Statement From The Office Of The National Chairman Of The Progressive Liberal Party
On Baha Mar Sales Completion
the official close of the sale of Baha Mar, the Bahamas tourism product
is measurably strengthened with the addition of a world class hotel
operator and developer and Bahamians have good reasons for optimism
Statement by I. Chester Cooper MP on the post Irma recovery efforts in Ragged Island
- Dec 5, 2017 - 10:38:23 PM
Statement by I. Chester Cooper MP Exumas & Ragged Island PLP Deputy Leader ON December 5, 2017:
note a story in today’s Nassau Guardian Business section that quotes an
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) official who remarked that “it
doesn’t make sense” to rebuild Ragged Island because it would be too
With all due respect to the IDB, that academic assessment
of Ragged Island is not something that the Bahamian people should at
all take seriously.
DNA: Grandstanding Hypocrites
- Nov 30, 2017 - 8:40:54 AM
The Minnis administration’s poorly constructed and unfocused Commercial
Enterprises Bill has, in the past two weeks, sparked national outrage
and rightly so. The legislation is a complete departure from this
government’s promise to facilitate the empowerment of Bahamian
entrepreneurs and instead promotes the interests of wealthy foreigners.
International economic models have proven time and again that the theory
of trickle-down economics being pushed by this administration simply
does not work. The idea that this sham of a legislation will somehow
expand the middle class or create opportunities for Bahamians will
undoubtedly fail, leaving our already fragile economy in a more
The DNA raises questions about Commercial Enterprises Bill (CEB)
- Nov 22, 2017 - 9:50:47 AM
The DNA notes that when Parliament reconvenes on Wednesday, 22nd 2017,
members are expected to debate the Commercial Enterprises Bill (CEB).
The DNA supports government initiatives aimed at improving the ease of
doing business in The Bahamas and making The Bahamas’ business
environment more investor friendly. However, we find it curious that
this legislation is being pushed ahead of other pressing matters
confronting the Bahamian masses.
The CEB seeks to fast track work permit approvals and empowers the
Minister (defined as the Minister of Financial Services) to usurp the
powers of the Director of Immigration by granting blanket certificates
for work permits to investors after meeting certain criteria...
Senator Jobeth Davis' contribution to the Constitution and Pensions Amendment Bills
- Nov 20, 2017 - 9:18:12 PM
November 2017 Contribution- Second Reading of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill and Pensions
(Amendment) Bill 2017 Senator, Hon., J.L. Coleby-Davis- Opposition
Senator and Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Minister of Legal Affairs,
Madame President, Senate Colleagues, my fellow
Bahamians, I am grateful to God and thank him for another opportunity to
present in this place once again. I take pleasure in the opportunity to
represent the Bahamian people, and I do not take these moments that I
stand to advocate on their behalf lightly.
Statement by the Progressive Liberal Party on job losses and the banking sector
- Nov 16, 2017 - 5:30:42 PM
Commenting on the continuing job losses and in
particular the banking sector generally, PLP National Chairman Senator
Fred Mitchell had this to say:
is always dreadful when men and women lose their jobs. It is an
unfortunate pattern so far in this administration - job losses after job
losses. The (FNM) administration thinks too often of stats and figures
and not enough about people...