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DNA: FNM Government is alien to good governance - Aug 20, 2018 - 3:07:07 PM

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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...
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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...
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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.

There were 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...
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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...
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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.

According 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 elected.

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...
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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.

Additionally, 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...
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Opposition Leader Contribution on Economic Empowerment Zone Bill 2018 - Jul 26, 2018 - 10:00:46 AM

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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

Mr. Speaker

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...
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Brave Davis: Bahamians being taxed ‘Half to Death' - Jul 15, 2018 - 7:26:30 PM

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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.

Davis explained 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
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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
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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 to change.
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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 continuous...
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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 economic growth.

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 casino employees...
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Davis says ‘Dismantled' REU will decrease revenue growth - Jun 24, 2018 - 6:30:43 PM
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Stating that the 2018/2019 Budget is void of any real economic growth, Opposition Leader Philip ‘Brave' Davis is certain this is due in part to how the government has ‘dismantled' the Revenue Enhancement Unit (REU) causing revenue collection in the country to suffer.

According to Davis, the REU was established within the Ministry of Finance and was responsible for collecting additional revenue in the sum of $25 million to $30 million per month. Their work, he said, was even commended by international credit rating agencies...
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Davis: Worst Budget Ever Brought To Parliament - Jun 20, 2018 - 1:45:49 PM

In little over a year, the country has descended into the “worst of times” says Opposition Leader Philip ‘Brave' Davis, citing the 2018/2019 Budget, as proposed by the FNM Administration, as the worst budget ever brought to Parliament in a post-independence era.

Davis said the present government cannot point to a single Foreign Direct Investment of any note to the economy. Additionally, the hurricane restoration programme is no where to be seen as all of their ‘sweet promises’ ...
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DNA: The Voice of the People will not be Silenced - Jun 19, 2018 - 5:39:56 PM

The Voice of the People will not be Silenced

    Government is tone deaf

    The people’s voice will not be silenced...

According to media reports, the Members of Parliament (MPs) for Golden Isles, Bain and Grants Town and Pineridge have been terminated from their government posts for voting against the legislation that increases the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate from 7.5% to 12%. This historical day will be remembered as a day when men of courage were persecuted and paid a price for standing up for their constituents...
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Opposition leader responds to the Prime Minister's Budget Presentation - Jun 18, 2018 - 5:45:53 PM

Statement by the Leader of the Opposition in response to the Prime Minister’s Contribution June 18, 2018:
 
The Prime minister’s attempt today in the House to justify the unconscionable and massive increase in taxes on the backs of ordinary Bahamians, fell abysmally flat. It was most unimpressive and lacked a basic grasp of his own budgetary initiatives and what underlying economic principles informed such programs. It represented a complete about face from his campaign promises recalling that taxing is the lazy way out...
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Davis: Proposed VAT Increase oppresses poor and provides for rich - Jun 18, 2018 - 4:16:46 PM

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Opposition Leader Philip ‘Brave' Davis says he cannot support the presentation of the 2018/2019 budget as its various increases in areas like VAT only oppresses the poor and provides for the rich.

He noted that the increases in VAT being proposed is ‘symtomatic' to the disease of mismanagement, but not the root cause. The root cause, he explained, is more frightening as it is simply the inability of those who have responsibility for the Bahamian people's fiscal well-being, to manage it in a responsible manner...
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2018 /2019 Budget Contribution by The Hon. Philip Brave Davis MP - Jun 14, 2018 - 6:20:13 PM

2018/2019 Budget Contribution The Leader Of The Opposition Hon. Philip “brave” Davis House Of Assembly Parliament Square, Nassau Thursday, 14th June 2018:

INTRODUCTION

Thank you Mr. Speaker for recognizing me

I rise on behalf of the resilient people of Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador.  In doing so, I am reminded of my grandfather’s words.  You see, in the days of my youth, there would be three structures on the property – one where we slept...
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DNA: 2018/2019 Budget - A Landmark Budget of Hardship - Jun 6, 2018 - 4:40:22 PM

    -Budget is evidence of lack of economic growth plan
    -Consultation is a little too late
    -Need to trim fat first before raising taxes
    -Economy too fragile for proposed revenue measures
    -Government must go back to drawing board

In the lead up to the May 10, 2017 general election, the Free National Movement (FNM) convinced many that voting for them will usher in the people’s time. While it was clear that the FNM had no plans for the governance of the Bahamian economy, the people voted for what was perceived as the lesser of two evils. In the absence of a plan, the current administration while in opposition took positions for political expediency without regard for their ability to deliver if they were successful at the general election...
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PLP Chairman: Turnquest mischaracterizing Michael Halkitis and James Smith on 15% VAT remarks - Jun 6, 2018 - 1:20:22 PM
The Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest  speaking in the House of Assembly this morning has misused quotes from both Michael Halikitis and James Smith, former Ministers of State for Finance about a supposed proposed 15 per cent Value Added Tax  during the PLP's time in office.
 
It is clear when you look at the statements by both men that the Minister quoted, these were statements made at a time when the taxes were not settled law...
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