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FNM: Promises made, promise kept Vol. 3 - Nov 14, 2019 - 9:00:59 PM

Though criticism of BPL mounted for five years under the woeful PLP, the Christie Administration continued to neglect needed upgrades, choosing rather to pass on the results of their complacency to the next government.

-What They Did Then-

“Today’s load shedding occurs because of the PLP decided to continue using outdated equipment, some 60 years old, rather than planning upgrades to improve service, capacity and reliability...
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Disaster Relief Contribution - Senator Jobeth Coleby-Davis - Nov 13, 2019 - 4:55:45 PM

Madame President, before I begin my Contribution I wish to raise in this Honorable place a formal objection regarding the matter of the communication by the AG. Madame President it is clear that the conventions state there should be no controversial material in a communication and nothing that invites debate. However, on Monday pass, ignoring the conventions and rules, the PLP was ambushed and accused of things that it never did or said! I was further surprised and could not believe that the Vice President in accordance with practice allowed the communication and then allowed the Senate to be suspended without, in the interest of fairness, an opportunity to hear the other side...
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Senator Clay Sweeting's contribution on Disaster Relief - Nov 13, 2019 - 3:48:21 PM

Madam President, Senate Colleagues, I'm thankful to be here once again to speak on behalf of the Bahamian people and to contribute to this Disaster Reconstruction Authority Bill 2019. However before I begin, I would like to take the opportunity to extend condolences on behalf of my family, my wife Delia and our son Davin, to the family of Frankie Symonette, he was a true friend, and a father, and he took pride in his job working for the privately owned St. Georges Cay Power Company on Spanish Wells. I extend my prayers to his family, especially his 3 year old daughter...
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Senator Fred Mitchell on the response of the President of the Senate - Nov 10, 2019 - 5:54:31 PM

On Thursday 7 November 2019, I received a two line communication from the President of the Senate in response to a letter written on behalf of the Progressive Liberal Party dated 24th October 2019.

The PLP’s letter raised inter alia the fact that a debate on hurricane relief was about to occur in the Senate and given her role as one of the coordinators of hurricane relief in Grand Bahama directly answerable to a Minister of the government, she was in a position of a conflict between her role as presiding officer of the Senate and that of a member of the executive.

It was suggested that at the very least, she should not have presided over the debate last week, given her dual role...
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Chester Cooper Contribution to Disaster Recovery Authority Bill - Nov 6, 2019 - 1:35:01 PM

I rise today on behalf of the good people of Exuma and the good, as well as forgotten, people of Ragged Island to contribute to the Disaster Recovery Authority Bill, 2019.

And as is my tradition I will say at the outset that we are not going to support this legislation.

In fact, let me go a step further and say that this is one of the worst drafted, poorly thought-out pieces of legislation I have seen.

It is actually offensive in many regards...
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Philip Brave Davis remarks at Monthly Press Conference - Nov 5, 2019 - 1:20:47 PM

The ongoing persecution of Frank Smith

After having their bribery case brought against Frank Smith under dubious and questionable circumstances dismissed by the Magistrate’s Court and upheld by the Appeals Court, the FNM has decided to take their crusade of persecution to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

I wish to respond to the statements made by the Attorney General in the press in response to the PLP’s statement on the matter issued on Sunday, 3rd November 2019, by the Chairman of the PLP Senator Fred Mitchell..
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Senator Clay Sweeting contribution on Disaster Readiness Amendment Bill - Nov 4, 2019 - 9:05:19 PM

Madam President, thank you for recognizing me and allowing me to speak for a short while on the compendium of bills today.  As always I thank God for the strength he has afforded me to once again stand up and contribute in this place.

Before I begin, I would  like to take this opportunity to extend heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Calsey Johnson and to Mrs Florence Scavella. The two were like biological siblings and both decsended from Hacthet Bay, Eleuthera...
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DNA: Speaker must not stifle the Fourth Estate - Oct 30, 2019 - 1:45:03 PM

The Speaker of the House of Assembly has been making the headlines for the wrong reasons since the Free National Movement (FNM) assumed office in 2017. As the head of the second arm of government, the Speaker holds a pivotal role in our parliamentary democracy and ought to uphold the highest standard in the discharge of his duties.

Regrettably, the Speaker has fallen short of the expected decorum, composure and objectivity required of his office...
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DNA: The uneasiness of doing business in The Bahamas - Oct 27, 2019 - 5:00:50 PM

On the campaign trail, the Free National Movement (FNM) campaigned on a number of issues that were important to the Bahamian people and the private sector. They created the impression that they cared about a fair taxation system, meritocracy, fighting corruption and conflicts of interest, freedom of information and improving the ease of doing business.

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) like many Bahamians was aware that the FNM was not truly committed to the promises made...
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FNM: Prime Minister Minnis emphasizes commitment to accountability - Oct 25, 2019 - 10:00:45 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the government’s commitment to maintaining accountably and transparency throughout the recovery and reconstruction process:

“Since taking office in 2017, our Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has delivered on his commitment to bring transparency and accountability to government...
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FNM: New Medical School bringing jobs to Grand Bahama - Oct 23, 2019 - 9:45:38 AM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the announcement of the new medical school to be built in Grand Bahama:

“Our Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis is leading The Bahamas’ recovery and reconstruction, with decisive action and a clear focus on making progress in both Abaco and Grand Bahama. The historic disaster that dealt a blow to our nation will take time to heal, but it has not taken our government off course from its objective to create more jobs and opportunity for all Bahamians...
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Senator Dr. Michael Darville on HOA for a Medical School on Grand Bahama - Oct 22, 2019 - 2:50:18 PM

Yesterday (21 October 2019) the Bahamas Government signed a Heads of Agreement with a newly formed entity called Western Atlantic University School of Medicine Ltd. to establish and operate a School of Medicine in Freeport.

According to the press release the university intends to invest some 64 million dollars in Grand Bahama over the next ten years and hopefully create hundreds of construction jobs and some long-term employment opportunities...
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FNM: Government not letting Dorian stifle job growth - Oct 20, 2019 - 10:00:26 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding Baha Mar’s coming expansion and its resulting job growth:

“Our Prime Minister, Dr. Hubert Minnis, and the FNM government are continuing to focus on job growth and long-term economic growth, even as they stage the most comprehensive disaster relief and recovery effort in Bahamian history...
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DNA on resignation of Reece Chipman - Oct 11, 2019 - 1:25:34 PM

The recent resignation of Reece Chipman from the Free National Movement (FNM) came as no surprise to the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) and many Bahamians.

The Member of Parliament for Centreville who was responsible for unseating the former leader of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and former Prime Minister Perry Christie had been frustrated with a government that lacks integrity, ethics and transparency...
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Philip Davis remarks at monthly press conference - Oct 8, 2019 - 2:46:53 PM

Yesterday (Monday, 7 Oct 2019), my colleagues Glenys Hanna Martin, Picewell Forbes MPs, Senator Clay Sweeting and I travelled to Abaco in response to a call from residents in the Cays. We visited Man-O-War Cay and Hope Town in Elbow Cay.

I first want to say that before going to the Cays, we rode around Marsh Harbour. The stench of death is ever present. There was a report that a trailer of bodies was overlooked and only within the last week discovered...
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FNM: Same PLP, same neglect of responsibility - Oct 8, 2019 - 2:25:48 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s criticism of the Prime Minister’s consideration of curfew in light of security concerns in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian:

“One side shows leadership, the other side keeps playing partisan games.  Most Bahamians realize that Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis is taking action to mitigate the issues we are facing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian...
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DNA: Government’s actions worsen immigration fiasco - Oct 1, 2019 - 2:30:24 PM

The government seems to be acting on the cogent messages and questions within the recent press release issued by the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) entitled Government must address immigration quandary. This is apparent from the news headlines on the repatriation of undocumented shelter migrants, work permit holders without employment and enforcement of our immigration laws. Regrettably, the damage may have already been done due to initial actions, inactions and negligence...
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FNM: PLP should participate before disparaging - Sep 30, 2019 - 4:30:50 PM

The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s criticism of the Government over the hurricane relief effort:

“There is a time for politics and then there are times for leadership.  Partisan politicians – more interested in their political fortunes – can’t tell the difference, while true leaders do.  Sadly, the PLP continues to reveal themselves to be the former, not the latter...
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Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party on Hurricane Relief Concerns - Sep 29, 2019 - 6:45:18 PM

The Prime Minister can fly off to New York, party with the rich and famous, speak to the world audience and the Secretary General of the United Nations, but is unable to speak to the Leader of the Opposition in The Bahamas. Since he is intent on ignoring the PLP and the Leader of the Opposition, we make public the following national issues:

The people of Moore’s Island feel abandoned by the FNM government. They have no running water. They complain of lack of a government presence since the storm.

Yesterday the water system in Sandy Point, Abaco failed because the generator in the well field malfunctioned...
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DNA Response on the establishment of new Ministry - Sep 22, 2019 - 7:00:03 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) listened carefully to the Prime Minister's press conference earlier today for much anticipated updates on a comprehensive plan following Hurricane Dorian. We will address various aspects of the statements made by the Prime Minister in multiple releases. However, we are concerned about the proposed expansion of government and increased layer of bureaucracy created by the establishment of a new Ministry and the appointment of a new State Minister...
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