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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

The 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...
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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...
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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 sacrifice.

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...
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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...
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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"...
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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 that day...
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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.
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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 the facts.

Let us take his accusation about corruption in the PLP. We say prove it...
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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:

The 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...
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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
  
Rev. 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 occasion.    

Sir Arthur Foulkes, then Governor General, writing on 8 January 2014 in his message on Majority Rule Day said this...
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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 us...
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Mitchell: FNM Chairman Is Lost In Space - Jan 3, 2018 - 5:30:37 PM

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"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.

The 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..."
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FNM: 2017 ends with stability working toward greater growth in 2018 - Dec 17, 2017 - 6:20:30 PM

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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... 
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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...
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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

With 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 moving forward...
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Statement by I. Chester Cooper MP on the post Irma recovery efforts in Ragged Island - Dec 5, 2017 - 10:38:23 PM

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Statement by I. Chester Cooper MP Exumas & Ragged Island PLP Deputy Leader ON December 5, 2017:

I 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 costly.

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.
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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 precarious state...
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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...
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Senator Jobeth Davis' contribution to the Constitution and Pensions Amendment Bills - Nov 20, 2017 - 9:18:12 PM

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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, and Youth:

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.
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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:

"It 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...
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