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The Leader of The Opposition, Philip Brave Davis Renewal: A Call to Action
Jul 24, 2019 - 2:25:59 PM

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On the eve of the Progressive Liberal Party’s 54th convention, I would like to share a few thoughts.

The theme of our convention is Renewal: A Call to Action.  We have approached our work of reinvigorating the Progressive Liberal Party with a sense of urgency, because The Bahamas needs a strong, inclusive, forward-looking party that stands up for the people.

The core values of the PLP – freedom, justice, equality – will always guide us.  It is up to us to fight for those principles in today’s Bahamas.

One of the most important things a political party can do is to reach out and recruit new voices, new energy and new ideas.  We have made great strides in establishing new reforms and new ways of working to accomplish just that.

We have held multiple candidate modules, a new way to give our activists and branches more input, so that how we recruit, choose, and support candidates becomes more inclusive, more democratic, and more effective.

We are engaged in a constitutional reform process, one that will implement much-needed changes and strengthen the role of women and young people in the party.

We have been preparing the path for a new platform, because on too many fronts, The Bahamas is stuck, and needs new, innovative people-first policies.

We are holding our third convention in two years, because bringing people together is important when there’s a lot of work to be done.

All of this work is important because renewing the PLP means building a party that is ready to govern, ready to stand up for Bahamians, ready to tackle our nation’s most urgent problems.

There have been questions about the race for Chairman of the Party.  I say here what I have been saying to fellow PLPs:  Whoever wants to run for any position should run.  This is the time to sort these kinds of things out.  I feel very good about the current team’s forward momentum.  But if Obie wants to make an argument about why he should be Chairman, he should do so.  He came to ask me about running, and I told him I don’t see that he has the support.  But if he sees things differently, no one is standing in his way.

We are looking forward to an exciting and productive convention.  Bahamians are going to see a party that is filled with purpose and energy.  It is our hope that our Call to Action is heard far and wide, as we invite all citizens to join the movement and contribute to building a better Bahamas.

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