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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 National Chairman, Progressive Liberal Party:

The 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 of him.

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...
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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.
According 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...
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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 crime.
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...
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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:

Mr. Speaker

Thank you for recognizing me.  

As 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 Bahamian people
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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...

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Commentary: The chill of government financial irresponsibility - Jan 1, 2012 - 3:15:21 PM

As 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...

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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?

In 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...
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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:
"VAT 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 young...
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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 national economy.

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.

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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 financially...

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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:

Mr. 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 revenue...
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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 19, 2014:

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;

2.Outlining our concerted efforts to reform and modernize the administration of the major, existing taxes in order to enhance revenue collection performance;

3.Reviewing, once 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...

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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... 

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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 discussion.

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...

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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.

This 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...

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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 Constitution.

In short, the amendments to the constitution seek to eliminate gender inequality, discrimination against women and discrimination against...
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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”.

As 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...
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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 consciousness.

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...
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Latrae Rahaming remarks at Economic and Social Renaissance Fox Hill Branch Meeting - Jul 24, 2014 - 12:10:03 PM

Nassau, 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 economy.

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...
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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 news.
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