Roberts: Minnis’ BAMSI comments encourages “ignorance in leadership”
- Sep 1, 2014 - 10:03:05 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts
comments in the media today that were attributed to Dr. Minnis and
associated with his trip to BAMSI in North Andros on Sunday demonstrate
that he is committed to peddling ignorance in leadership as he lacks a
working knowledge of the policies of the government of which he is a
part and wants to lead. The Tribune headline story about his BAMSI trip
is misleading and filled with material inaccuracies principally because
It is a well known fact that Dr. Minnis is clueless about
any plan to address the pressing issues currently facing this country,
but is it asking too...
DNA: Bahamian’s Misfortune Equals PLP Political Expediency
- Sep 1, 2014 - 3:08:01 PM
More than five years
have passed since the Supreme Court ordered the winding up of CLICO
(Bahamas). The closure of CLICO’s local operation, which at the time
accounted for 68% of its parent company’s total premiums in the region,
translated into major job losses for some 141 qualified Bahamians
including 90 sales agents, and 50 administrative staff. Even worse
however, was the fact that thousands of Bahamians lost all the funds
they invested in insuring their lives and valuables. Those Bahamians, an
estimated thirty thousand of them, have, years later received no
satisfaction or reimbursement for their policies.
to court records, CLICO (Bahamas) handled some 17, 297 Life Insurance
policies in the Bahamas with annual premiums of $5.1 million dollars. In
Accident and Sickness Health policies, the figure totaled...
DNA: Murder and Mayhem in Paradise
- Aug 26, 2014 - 4:40:39 PM
In the wake of yet
another weekend of bloodshed here in New Providence, a weekend which saw
the Prime Minister’s own Press Secretary slain during the early morning
hours, a weekend which saw 4 other Bahamian families become the victims
of tragic and unnecessary loss, the nation’s leader is again heading
“back to the drawing board” to re-examine the government’s strategies on
Before taking office in May of 2012, this PLP
administration berated the then Free National Movement government on
their failures to keep the rising crime rate in check. In fact, this
Christie led administration plastered crime statistics on billboards as
part of an election campaign tactic. They assured the public that they
had the answers to addressing crime and the fear of crime...
Bahamas Constitutional Amendments Debate Contribution by Brave Davis
- Aug 20, 2014 - 8:13:01 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a Contribution
by The Hon. Philip Brave Davis, Deputy Prime Minister The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas:
Thank you for recognizing me.
I stand, I am privileged to do so on behalf of the people of Cat
Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador - whose trust and confidence permit me
to be here.
On their behalf, I remain focused on the task at
hand, committed to ensuring the sustained growth and development of the
This Week in Bahamian Politics
- Feb 22, 2013 - 11:48:36 PM
Check here for the past week in Bahamian Politics!
The Bahamas Weekly provides a category just for the political voices of The Bahamas, whether it be the Free National Movement, the Progressive Liberal Party, the Bahamas Democratic Movement, the National Development Party, or a place for anyone to write about their political opinion in The Bahamas.
Read the latest viewpoints or banter right here on The Bahamas Weekly...
Commentary: The chill of government financial irresponsibility
- Jan 1, 2012 - 3:15:21 PM
financial analysts the world over await the outcome of the
"negotiations" in the United States to see if they can avoid the so
called fiscal cliff - the day automatic tax hikes and spending cuts will
kick in - many people believe it will push their economy back into a
recession. To unsettle things even more, the fiscal problems have not
abated in Europe and right here at home there are unsettling concerns
among the business sector and taxpayers.
With The Bahamas debt to GDP ratio approaching 60% (including unfunded liabilities), and rumours of government
cash flow troubles, they remain remarkably quiet on plans to help revive
the struggling Bahamian economy and avoid...
Alexander Laroda: Then that other party must be ash and cinder
- Aug 24, 2014 - 1:24:56 PM
The Headline in the Tribune on Thursday, 21st August 2014 read "PLP MELTDOWN" in bright yellow…or was it gold?
the mind of the Tribune’s News Editor (or Managing Editor or Editor or
owner), a difference of opinion between Dr. Andre Rollins, a PLP
backbencher, and the senior leadership of the PLP constitutes a
“meltdown” in the PLP. Let’s take the view of the Tribune at face value
and apply logic to it.
The leader of the FNM, Dr. Hubert Minnis
opposed Stem Cell research and therapy, but the deputy leader of the FNM
opening supported it.
Dr. Minnis opposed the legalization of
webshop gaming, but the chairman of the FNM, Darren Cash, believed that
webshop gaming should be legalized...
Bahamas Opposition Leader on VAT
- Aug 21, 2014 - 9:15:58 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
During the parliamentary debate on Wednesday August 20th, Leader of the
Opposition, Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis expressed the following:
is a tax which would cause great pain and suffering on the middle
class, the sick, the poor and the young. It would cause an increase in
gas and electricity, and the cost of living in general and a decrease in
disposable income for many. How could jewellery be exempt but bread
basket items and medication are not?
Young people make up the
majority of the labor force and are the biggest consumers. VAT would
make it difficult for them to buy homes, pay mortgage and feed their
DNA: The PLP Unleashes the VAT BOMB!
- Aug 21, 2014 - 2:44:45 PM
With Value Added Tax (VAT) now just 4 months
away, the legislative arm of the government has only now completed
debate on the laws which will govern tax reform in the Bahamas. In just
132 days, scores of businesses will be forced to confront the impact of
the new taxes on their profit margins, which has raised concerns about
further job losses and a deferment of new hires in an already struggling
True to form
however, this Christie led administration has waited until the
11thtable, debate and pass the legislation making any real preparation
on the part of the local business community, nearly impossible. Even as
Wednesday evening’s debate wrapped, scores of Bahamians in various
sectors of society remain unclear about how this new tax will truly
affect their lives.
Minister Kendred Dorsett's VAT Communication
- Aug 20, 2014 - 7:51:48 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Hon.
Kenred Dorsett MP, Minister Of The Environment and Housing,
Communication to Parliament on the Value Added Tax Bill Delivered on
August 20th, 2014:
Change is not
always an easy experience but it is a constant occurrence in life
whether desired or not. Sometimes we must do what is necessary even
when it is not what we want to do. The time has come once again for
major change to come to The Bahamas, this change is the introduction of
Value Added Tax (VAT) as part of the government's tax reform
initiative. Mr. Speaker, this government since assuming office in May
of 2012 has been doing what is necessary, even in the face of criticism
and opposition, to ensure that The Bahamas remains on the right track
Shane Gibson Contribution on VAT Bill 2014
- Aug 20, 2014 - 7:42:24 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Remarks by Hon. D. Shane Gibson, M.P.,Minister of Labour and National
Insurance and Minister of the Public Service during The Value Added Tax
Bill, 2014 delivered on 13th August 2014:
Speaker, I wish to thank God once again for another opportunity to
stand in this Honourable House as I represent the great people of Golden
Gates. Mr. Speaker, I firmly believe that the Government is on the
right track in moving ahead with the Value Added Tax (VAT) legislation
as most progressive countries around the world including the European
Union with its 27 member countries in the United Kingdom and Europe as
well as Caribbean nations such as Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica,
Barbados, St. Lucia and Grenada have already adopted this form of
Bahamas Finance State House Communication (2nd Reading) on VAT Bill
- Aug 19, 2014 - 10:52:32 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Remarks by The
Honourable Michael Halkitis, Minister
of State for Finance (Second
Reading) of the Value
Added Tax Bill on August
I will, specifically, touch on the following issues:
1.Setting the new VAT
and tax reform more generally within the context of the Government’s
overarching national development plan;
concerted efforts to reform and modernize the administration of the major,
existing taxes in order to enhance revenue collection performance;
again, the many initiatives that we have
launched to better contain and control public expenditure;
4.Expanding on the
key elements of the VAT policy and administrative framework that are featured
in the VAT Bill...
Roberts says, "Minnis unstable as he turns back on women’s rights"
- Aug 15, 2014 - 10:27:54 AM
The latest Jekyll and
Hyde like episode of flip flopping and backtracking by Dr. Minnis on the four
constitutional bills currently before Parliament prove once again that he is
unstable in his ways, does not support equal rights for women nor does he
support equality for all under the law.
It was on the 23rd
July that Dr. Minnis was fully onboard with the bills when he expressed
pleasure that “once again this Parliament will be enabled to take a stand in
favour of the equality of every Bahamian Citizen upon our Nation’s Constitution
and the laws of our Land.” This was after an exhaustive consultative process
with both the Constitutional Commission and the government so he was fully
aware of and in full agreement with the bills...
DNA Calls on Chinese Ambassador to The Bahamas
- Aug 12, 2014 - 11:13:31 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - On Friday the 8th August, 2014 some of the Leaders of the Democratic
National Alliance along with their spouses paid a courtesy call on His
Excellency Yuan Guisen, Chinese Ambassador at his residence.
Issues discussed related to the development of the Bahamas and China's
relationship, China's investments in the Bahamas, joint partnerships in
private businesses, agriculture and marine resources and food security for
the Bahamas. Quite similarly, words such as Reform, the Rule of Law,
Environmental Protection and Respect for each other were prominent in the
Seen here from Left to Right: Ethric Bowe, Linamae Bowe, Lisa McCartney,
Branville McCartney, His Excellency Yuan Guisen,
Chinese Ambassador, Susan Wilson, Christopher Mortimer, and Andrew Wilson...
Bradley remarks at Informational Forum hosted by the Constitutional Commission
- Aug 11, 2014 - 8:04:25 PM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Remarks by Bradley B Roberts, National Chairman, Progressive Liberal
Party at the Informational Forum hosted by the Constitutional Commission
held at BCPOU Hall on 11th August 2014:
On behalf of the
Progressive Liberal Party, I extend my heartfelt thanks to the
Commission for offering of its time and talents to bring greater clarity
and treatment to the four Constitutional Bills currently before
Parliament and the subject of vigorous debate and scrutiny.
is only the second time in forty years that The Bahamas has attempted to
amend its constitution via a Constitutional Referendum so this occasion
is historic in nature and the correct information is critical to our
ability to make the correct choices regarding our Supreme Law...
Commentary: The Case for Constitutional Reform in The Bahamas
- Aug 8, 2014 - 1:28:07 PM
The Bahamas prides
itself in being one of the oldest democracies in the western hemisphere,
having convened Parliament in September 1729. Ironically, it is one of a
handful of countries maintaining far reaching reservations on the
United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). That places us in unenviable
company such as some Muslim countries that practice Sharia law. The
Bahamas is about the business of fixing this with vigorous Parliamentary
debates on four Constitutional Bills, followed by an intense public
education campaign that will culminate in a Constitutional Referendum
for enshrinement on November 6 in accordance with Article 54 of the
In short, the amendments to the constitution seek
to eliminate gender inequality, discrimination against women and
DNA: The PLP Matrix of Corruption!
- Aug 4, 2014 - 11:01:50 PM
John Steinbeck once said: “Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power”.
members of the country’s legislative arm to continue to cling to power
accumulated over long political careers, Bahamians have watched the
country’s regional and international reputation suffer as our nation’s
leaders hit new and unimaginable lows intended only to line the pockets
of their friends, families and political cronies.
Since taking office
in 2012 members of this Christie led administration, have revealed
themselves to be morally bankrupt. Even worse though, is the Prime
Minister’s seeming unwillingness and or inability to keep his cabinet in
line. As it was during his first term in office, the Prime Minister
continues to allow his cabinet to operate in an out of control and
ill-disciplined manner, which has led to serious implications for our
still developing nation...
Chris Mortimer: The Politics of Illegal Migration in the Bahamas
- Aug 4, 2014 - 9:16:09 PM
The recent visit of Haitian President
Michel Martelly to the Bahamas has again thrust issues of failed
government policy, longstanding prejudices, and emotionally driven
arguments surrounding the Haitian-Bahamian dynamic back into the public
While his official visit was billed as the first
step in creating and sustaining a trade relationship for agricultural
products, Martelly’s comments on how to properly address the influx of
illegal migrants from Haiti to the Bahamas; have again become the
centerpiece of heated debate regarding the way forward for this country
in terms of establishing a clear and concise policy on immigration...
Latrae Rahaming remarks at Economic and Social Renaissance Fox Hill Branch Meeting
- Jul 24, 2014 - 12:10:03 PM
Bahamas - On July 23rd Latrae Rahming and the Fox Hill Progressive
Liberal Party gathered at Doris Johnson High School, where Rahming spoke on current
issues and the accomplishments of the government. His speech discussed
immigration, empowering Bahamians, economic inequality, education,
crime, tourism, college affordability, health care, politics, and the
Madam Chairman, Party Officers, Members of the
Progressive Liberal Party, Fellow Supporters, and My Fellow Bahamians
Good Night. Home is where the heart is. Like Lebron James I am to
returning to my home the great constituency of Fox Hill where the
foundation of my bloodline resides.
Similarly the foundation of this party resides in the platform of 1962 which was the blue print for governance by the PLP...
Roberts: Latest jobs report shows that country on right track
- Jul 24, 2014 - 1:57:27 AM
The latest Labour
Force Survey published by the Department of Statistics is proof positive
that under the Christie administration, The Bahamas is indeed on course
and moving in the right direction.
I congratulate the government
for its focused leadership in directing this meteoric economic
turnaround in just two short years. Inheriting an economic mess in May
2012 where the economy had bled over 15,000 jobs during the FNM years in
government coupled with immeasurable suffering of the Bahamian people
where the misery index was off the charts, the addition of over 8,000
jobs to the economy in just two short years is welcomed and encouraging