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Opposition Leader on prolonged delay in regularizing postal services - Mar 19, 2019 - 11:40:04 AM

Statement by Hon. Philip Brave Davis:

The PLP is very concerned about the prolonged delay in regularizing postal services in New Providence and the negative impact this is having on postal workers, businesses, the general public and the economy at large.

This is particularly so in view of the fact that this administration met a process in place where ultimately the Bahamian...
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DNA: EU Blacklist: What has really changed? - Mar 13, 2019 - 11:16:43 AM

The recent announcement by the European Union (EU) that The Bahamas remains on its grey list and has not been blacklisted is a welcomed development. This follows the removal of The Bahamas from the EU blacklist to the grey list in May 2018 after the government made several commitments to carry out reforms.

While the temptation to embark on celebratory exercises and seek political brownie points may seem attractive to the government, it would be prudent not to do so. In reality, The Bahamas’ status as a country on the EU grey list has not changed since May 2018...
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Opposition Leader on "secret Disney deal signing" - Mar 11, 2019 - 1:30:26 PM

The Government of transparency and openness has once again failed the test of openness and transparency and flubbed the example of open government.  

Hard on the heels of the fake and phony Oban deal, the Prime Minister sat in secret and signed the Disney deal last Thursday 7 March.  No cameras or outsiders were allowed save for the government's minders and mouthpieces...
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DNA: BPL shrouded in controversy under FNM Administration - Mar 11, 2019 - 12:00:15 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has long advocated for reform within our energy sector to reduce the cost of doing business and its negative impact on the disposable income of Bahamians. The pain and suffering placed on the backs of the masses by the current administration as a result of the 60% increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate has further worsened the financial situation of most Bahamians.

It is against this backdrop that the DNA supports any effort aimed at improving the reliability of power supply and reducing the cost for our people. However, the government must ensure that its initiatives are not covered in secrecy and controversy as shown in the recent award of a $95 million contract to Wartsila.
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DNA: Government imposed hardship not delivering desired results - Mar 6, 2019 - 1:08:16 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) opposed the imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT) while in opposition and described the introduction on taxes on the Bahamian people as a lazy approach to governance. In true fashion and living up to their reputation as hypocrites, they increased the VAT rate by 60% on the backs of the struggling masses.

The Bahamian people will not forget the actions of a government that passed a budget of hardship. A government that focuses more on numbers than economic growth and the people that are impacted daily with rising cost of living...
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DNA: No More Delay - Implement Marco’s Alert and Sex Offenders Registry - Mar 5, 2019 - 4:00:22 PM

Over the past few months the country has seen a rise in abduction and sexual assaults on children with the most recent case being that of an eight-year-old girl on Sunday March 3rd, 2019 and before that a three year old boy sometime in February. These are just the reported cases and it is only by the grace of God that these children did not lose their lives.

In 2016, the Mandatory Action Rescuing Children Operation (Marco’s) Law was enacted nearly five years later after the disappearance and murder of eleven-year-old Marco Archer with a commitment from the former Minister of National Security...
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Monthly Press Conference remarks by Hon. Philip Brave Davis - Mar 5, 2019 - 12:30:44 PM

As usual, I am pleased to be joined by the Hon. Chester Cooper, Deputy Leader and by Senator the Hon. Fred Mitchell, Chairman, Robyn Lynes, Deputy Chair and other members of the parliamentary team here present!

We express condolences on the passing of a consummate public servant and courageous Bahamian hero, Senior Commander of th e Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Amos Rolle. As many of you know, Mr. Rolle was the Senior Commanding Officer of the HMBS Flamingo...
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PLP Chairman calls for resignation of Minister of National Security - Mar 3, 2019 - 4:20:50 PM

The Progressive Liberal Party believes that Marvin Dames and his colleague in the Cabinet must resign or be dismissed.

In the case of Mr. Dames, the evidence against him is even more compelling given the public meltdown in the House of Assembly last week. He denies that this happened even when PLP Members of Parliament were there including the Leader of the Opposition who saw what happened before their very eyes.

The truth is clear.  Mr. Dames lost control...
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Statement by the Hon. Picewell Forbes on the Opposition's return to Parliament - Feb 26, 2019 - 2:10:13 PM
The general public is advised that the Opposition parliamentarians and Senators will return to the House at the next sitting. The Lower House meets on Wednesday, 27th February 2019.

The Opposition is satisfied that the point of the boycott of Parliament was sufficiently made in the public domain about the corrupt conduct of the government and in particular, the conduct of Ministers Marvin Dames, Duane Sands and Carl Bethel, whose behavior in the Frank Smith's case undermined the rule of law and were roundly condemned by an independent and dispassionate judicial review...
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Special Call meeting of Marathon Aspirants for the Next General Election - Feb 25, 2019 - 9:15:35 PM

Madam Chairman Sharon Martin and Executive members, those aspiring to represent Marathon for the PLP in the next general election and members of the Marathon constituency, Good Evening.

I am pleased to be here to speak about my political future and offer advice to not only the aspiring candidates here tonight, but to all those who wish to run in the upcoming elections for the PLP...
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Chester Cooper MP - Response to Moody - Feb 24, 2019 - 11:40:08 AM

It was pleasing to see that Moody’s recently changed the country’s economic outlook from negative to stable.

Though it is regrettable that Moody’s has yet to change the country’s credit rating from the junk status it placed us in several years ago.

The reasons for the downgrade in the first place were questionable.

The delay in the opening of Baha Mar was caused by the developer’s inability to shepherd the project to completion...
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Hon. Philip Brave Davis remarks at Joint Public Meeting - Feb 18, 2019 - 8:45:29 PM

Friends, this is quite a time we’re living through.

On the one hand, when I visit with people across our islands, I am so inspired by the talents and optimism of our people, the desire to grow and change and reach our fullest potential as a nation. 

Young people, in particular, are so ready to do the work necessary to transform The Bahamas into a modern, dynamic country...
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Opposition Leader: The FNM brings Politics into Prosecutions - Feb 13, 2019 - 11:52:18 AM

This is a very serious moment for our country.

We have always had a vigorous give-and-take in our politics.

All Bahamians know politics isn’t for the faint of heart.

But what we are seeing today isn’t politics -- it’s the criminalization of politics...
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PLP Chairman responds to 'Attacks' on PLP Leader on Cruise Port - Feb 11, 2019 - 10:49:34 PM

The nastiness and filth that now comes from the pen of the Chairman of the FNM about Philip Davis is getting worse.

This is clear from the latest filth in today's press release. It is clear that the FNM is getting desperate. They have no idea what to do or say.
So instead of discussing policy ideas, the FNM has to carry on like the market donkey, braying and braying. The calypso song says a jackass will prance and bray...let him bray....let him bray.

So that is the PLP's position on the FNM: they are braying like a jackass...
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Glenys Hanna Martin on Fiscal Strategy Report 2018 in HOA - Feb 6, 2019 - 9:45:10 PM

Rise Englerston
EP Roberts Primary – Ms Moss, transformation, momentum, high performance
Bright eyed children in the Englerston constituency – become national leaders movers and shakers to take country to new levels.

Proud to represent the fine people.

Mr Speaker,

It is amazing to watch (and if you don’t laugh, you will cry)  how members of this administration use language and fancy words to describe their actions but which do not comport in any shape or form with the meaning of their actions...
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Davis calls second press conference on Frank Smith Case - Feb 5, 2019 - 12:00:56 PM

At my last press conference held here on Sunday, 3rd February 2019, I called for the resignation of two government Ministers, Marvin Dames and Duane Sands for conduct unbecoming in their government Ministerial offices in the Commissioner of Police vs. Frank Smith.
I call for them to do so again. I ask the Prime Minister to act to dismiss them if they do not resign.
The Minster of National Security Marvin Dames just doesn’t get it. He thinks it is a joke or to use his word “comical”...
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Opposition Leader on Aftermath of Frank Smith Case - Feb 3, 2019 - 5:00:41 PM

I have called you here this afternoon to make the call for the resignation of two Ministers of the Government - Duane Sands and Marvin Dames - for their conduct in the Frank Smith case. The behavior of the Attorney General must also be reviewed and appropriate actions taken in accordance with generally accepted principles of ethical conduct having regard to the outturn of this case and specifically the cited conduct of his office during the Frank Smith case...
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DNA: Government must own its failures - Feb 3, 2019 - 4:30:53 PM

Our democracy was deepened but a dangerous precedent was set in a case involving former Senator Frank Smith. The DNA had followed this matter since inception but reserved comment on the same due to the confidence we have in our judicial system. It is our view that the independence of the judiciary as demonstrated in this matter further deepened Bahamian democracy. However, the involvement and implication of two sitting Cabinet members and Members of Parliament has cast a dark cloud over the executive and legislature.

There could not have been a better description of the actions of both the Minister of Health and the Minister of National Security than that offered by the learned Chief Magistrate Ferguson-Pratt..
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Senator Hon. Jamal Moss contribution on the government fox hill lots - Jan 31, 2019 - 3:00:55 PM

Madam President,

I want to start off by saying that I want to take this time to wish the Bahamian people, my fellow Hon. Senators here in this upper chamber and also the MPs representing the lower chamber, a very, very happy new year. Serving as a Hon. Senator I am truly honored. I take this opportunity to serve my Bahamian people very seriously and truly a humbling experience. I want to wish everyone in our Bahama land a very safe and prosperous new year.

Madam President,

Proverbs 25:14 A person who promises a gift but doesn’t give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.
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DNA: International report confirms FNM has failed in anti-corruption - Jan 30, 2019 - 2:34:53 PM

After the nation’s Prime Minister embarked upon a world anti-corruption crusade and promised to stamp out corruption at its core, recent reports that The Bahamas has moved down to 29th on Transparency International’s corruption ranking is an indictment on the Minnis administration. The Bahamas’ recent ranking on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) shows a lack of true commitment by the Minnis Administration to transparent and accountable governance.  Even though the current administration had campaigned on transparency and accountability in governance on the 2017 campaign trail...
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