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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 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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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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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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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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Bahamas Prime Minister House Contribution -Tabling of four (4) Constitutional Amendment Bills‏ - Jul 23, 2014 - 11:25:09 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a Communication by The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, M.P. Prime Minister of The Bahamas:

These four bills, representing the first round of constitutional reform, are bound together by a common thread: the need to institute full equality between men and women in matters of citizenship and, more broadly, to eliminate discrimination in The Bahamas based on sex.

It will be recalled that the Constitutional Commission, in its Report last year, made specific recommendations concerning this matter. The Commission has now presented to Cabinet – and Cabinet has approved - the four bills that will be introduced in this honourable House this morning
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Bahamas Leader of The Opposition House Communication -Tabling Of four (4) Constitutional Amendment Bills‏ - Jul 23, 2014 - 10:59:52 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a Communication by Opposition Leader, Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis' :

The cardinal principle that every man, every women and the child of every Bahamian, is endued by our Creator with the inalienable right to expect and to receive equal treatment before the Law and under the Constitution has been a guiding principle of the Party that I am honoured to lead from its inception. I am advised, Mr. Speaker, by those who attended the Independence Conference held at Marlborough House in London in December, 1972, that the FNM Delegation, which was lead by the Late Sir Kendal Isaacs...
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"PLP Policy on Employment: A Series of Lies and Misrepresentations" - Jul 17, 2014 - 10:10:47 AM

The Christie administration’s “policy” on job creation and employment in this country has left much to be desired. In fact, it has been a series of misrepresentations and even outright lies. Despite the release of figures from the Department of Statistics which show that unemployment, particularly among young people is at the highest it has ever been, members of this incompetent government insist that they have created the ten thousand jobs promised on the campaign trail.

Over the past several weeks, we have heard various government Ministers including Labor Minister Shane Gibson boast about the 43 thousand jobs which were allegedly created by this administration. Weeks later, the Deputy Prime Minister Philip Davis declared to the media that his ministry alone created 10 thousand jobs for Bahamians. The Department of Statistics numbers show just over 3,000 NET JOBS added...
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Roberts: Minnis should thank the PLP Government‏ - Jul 16, 2014 - 3:10:07 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Enclosed is a statement by Bradley B. Roberts National Chairman, Progressive Liberal Party:

The problem with the media comments attributed to Dr. Minnis is that it was he and the FNM who were kicked out of office in May 2012 before the FNM “destroyed the country” because their “record of poor judgment in governance” that placed The Bahamas on a path to “disaster.” Further, Dr. Minnis needs to be more concerned about immediate problems and turmoil within his party and the threat of his leadership, let alone an early general election.

Minnis may have a short memory and is banking on the Bahamian people having a short memory, but I must remind him that his government’s mismanagement of the Bahamian economy exacerbated the recession locally and the suffering of thousands of Bahamian families where NO net jobs were created and unemployment doubled...
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DNA: Two years For Freedom of Information is too Late! - Jul 15, 2014 - 10:29:01 AM

While the country grapples with countless social ills, and the throes of a stagnant economy, we as a people are further forced to contend with an incompetent government who has proven time and time again that they do not have the growth and development of the country at the heart of their legislative agenda.

The Democratic National Alliance along with countless other organizations has led the call for a Freedom of Information Act as part of efforts to pull the country from the shadows of corruption and malfeasance. Unfortunately, secrecy and mystery continue to shroud the government’s dealings even as the people cry for greater accountability from its elected officials. Unfortunately, the government has chosen to stonewall its people by denying them access to key details on plans for forward development, even as our greatest ally, the United States of America, publicly questions the country’s...
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