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Dr. Minnis: PLP’s Failure to Improve Education - Mar 28, 2017 - 3:46:51 PM

Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement:

“Mandela once said, ‘education is the most powerful weapon with which you can use to change the world’. In fact, I didn’t know that I was poor until I went to school. It’s there I realized a good education could give me the same opportunities as everyone else. It helped me work my way up, earn my education and become a Doctor. I’ve never forgotten those lessons and never will. Future generations of Bahamians deserve educational opportunities to help them reach their dreams and aspirations. These last five years we’ve watched our educational system erode – potentially robbing an entire generation of the opportunity to rise up...
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Dr. Minnis’ Statement on the Government Budget - Mar 28, 2017 - 2:57:03 PM

Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement regarding the government’s management over the budget:

“As the economic state of The Bahamas continues to decline, the government’s deficit in leadership has become as significant of a concern as the budget deficit itself. Even after collecting over one billion dollars in VAT the national debt continues to rise. Their lack of leadership was again demonstrated by Deputy Prime Minister Davis, who said on Wednesday that our budget was ‘thrown off course by 400 million dollars’ as a result of the two recent hurricanes. This explanation isn’t a simple miscalculation...
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Sidney Collie: Transparent Elections - Mar 27, 2017 - 3:08:17 PM

“In order to maintain transparent, democratic elections, it is essential that our government readily accepts international election observers. We encourage the candidates and constituents of all political parties to willingly comply with every election law—out of respect to Bahamians and to protect the dignity of our democratic system. We must never ignore the lessons history has taught us, and although I’m confident that our country will uphold the rule of law, the government should act prudently to ensure this is a certainty. To these ends, Bahamians deserve nothing less than complete cooperation from their government...”
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Dr. Minnis: PLP’s Failure to Address the Crime Epidemic - Mar 27, 2017 - 1:05:39 PM

Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the PLP’s broken promises to reduce crime:

“Amidst a plethora of campaign promises made five years ago, the PLP assured Bahamians that crime would subside under their watch. Yet after five years of empty rhetoric and broken promises Bahamians are being suffocated by a growing crime epidemic that at first this PLP Government insisted on downplaying and only lately have come to realize the gravity of the situation confronting our communities.”

“Even today when the PLP uses terms like ‘perceived’ or ‘seems’ when it comes to increases in crime they are sending a dangerous message to our country, and a disheartening one to so many victims impacted by violent crimes...
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Rick Mackey on Unpaid Customs Tax - Mar 27, 2017 - 1:00:17 PM

“This morning, as promised over the weekend, I paid in full my outstanding customs tax bill. I’m sorry I allowed this to become a distraction in this campaign taking away from the issues we hear so many Bahamians want us focused on – such as how we will fix our educational system, get our economy moving again to create jobs and target the growing crime epidemic – just to name a few.

I know the PLP seeks to avoid engaging on these issues because of their abysmal record – and releasing my tax statement this weekend is the latest example, however, but the problems facing our communities and country today are too big for us to allow them to distract us from the things that truly matter to the Bahamian people...”
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Chipman Challenges Christie to a Debate on Centreville….A Constituency He Represented For Forty Years - Mar 27, 2017 - 11:46:44 AM

I would like to challenge Mr. Christie to a debate on the Constituency of Centreville. It is obvious that the now Prime Minister is unaware of the issues of the constituency he represents. I would like to debate him on what has been done and what he intends to do for the communities of East Street, Farm Road and Centreville. I am not sure he realizes that yes, we still have outside toilets, yes we have eight government assisted housing and apartment buildings that are not being taken care off by their landlords. Yes we have many persons without light and water, and Yes many persons who are homeless and most importantly directionless.

I would like to challenge him on the work of his Street Generals/Community Leaders and Campaign Team and whether or not the community benefits in the way that it should. He should be challenged on his record of representation, and whether homes can show, if, any kind of benefit that came from his representation...
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(VIDEO) Pintard: FNM 1-Stop Shop solution for Freeport & More - Mar 25, 2017 - 9:39:36 AM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - February 22, 2017 it was standing room only for The Rotaract Club of Freeport Grand Bahama's first Political Forum held at Geneva's Place Downtown. While candidates from all Political parties of the Marco City constituency were invited to participate, questions submitted to each candidate in advance and attendance confirmed by each candidate in advance; FNM Candidate Michael Pintard and DNA Candidate Nevar Smith and PLP Candidate Norris Bain, only the FNM and DNA candidates showed up for the young businessperson's Political Forum. It was a vibrant well organized nonpartisan event put on by The Rotaract Club of Freeport accented with direct questions from young persons seeking relevant policy answers that have and will have direct bearing on their lives. It is our hope that another opportunity will arise enabling persons to hear from ALL candidates as to
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Wallace Rolle on DNA Candidacy - Mar 24, 2017 - 12:18:20 PM

“There is a way that the PLP could end up with six seats…that way would be where there is maybe some agreement with…the Free National Movement.” These are the words of Branville McCartney, published in the Nassau Guardian on 14th May, 2016 under the caption, “McCartney: DNA/FNM coalition still possible”.

In a letter dated March 22nd, 2017, Democratic National Alliance (DNA) Leader Branville McCartney wrote informing me of his, and “the party’s”, decision to retract my nomination as the DNA’s candidate for the Nassau Village Constituency for the upcoming General Election...
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Gatekeepers Bahamas: Open letter to Mr. Christie and Mr. Roberts - Mar 24, 2017 - 12:04:56 PM

Dear Mr. Christie and my friend, Mr. Roberts,

You may recall that in 2009, we often met and exercised together at Goodman’s Bay. For many mornings you may remember how I tried to persuade  you, Mr. Roberts, to run for the position of chairman of the P.L.P. (our party at that time) Your response to me was, “I am retired”. Eventually, after much persistence on my part, and support and encouragement from Mr. Christie, who also walked at Goodman’s Bay periodically, you finally agreed to contest for the position, and the rest is history. I have reminded you of this for a reason.

You  need not be reminded, that Mr. Ingraham was then the Prime Minister, and I had told you that Mr. Christie would beat Mr. Ingraham in the next election, based on a dream I had, and that in fact, Mr. Christie would retire Mr. Ingraham, from political life...
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Dr Minnis: It’s Too Late for the PLP to Say Sorry - Mar 24, 2017 - 2:27:46 AM

You know, many times people only say sorry when they get caught. But, it’s too late for the PLP to say sorry. It’s too late for them to say sorry about 600 murders on their watch, and the worse crime record ever in The Bahamas. It’s too late to say sorry to the thousands of Bahamians who lost their jobs, even though the PLP promised 10,000 jobs in their first year.

The sad truth is that the highest period of unemployment ever experienced in the history of The Bahamas occurred not under just any PLP administration. It happened under this PLP administration! It happened on Perry Christie’s watch!
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Dr Minnis on Baha Mar opening - Mar 23, 2017 - 8:06:09 PM

“It’s unfortunate, though far from surprising, that Prime Minister Christie’s baseless rhetoric over the last five years has replaced constructive dialogue on how to clear the hurdles that stand in the way of progress for all Bahamians. This rhetoric continues with Jerome Fitzgerald’s recent statements that myself and the FNM are ‘pulling and rooting against the Bahamian people’ with regard to Baha Mar’s scheduled opening. Nothing could be further from the truth as we have stated publicly all along. It’s a shame that he and his PLP comrades would spread these lies in an attempt to continue to avoid transparent disclosure of the details that Bahamians want and deserve to know.”

“The PLP calls it a ‘soft’ opening but as the details continue to leak out, the Bahamian people are left with the sinking feeling once again of what amounts to a ‘fake’ opening as they hear things like the resort is not taking reservations for this opening..."
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Shanendon Cartwright on Robbery at the St. Barnabas Church Registration Station - Mar 23, 2017 - 4:20:39 PM

“The recent robbery of several Parliamentary Registration Department personnel at the St. Barnabas Church registration station is deeply disturbing and highlights our nations ongoing battle with a stubborn criminal element fixated on upending the Bahamian way of life. During our walks and conversations throughout the St. Barnabas Constituency crime continues to be a primary concern for residents and their families. The Free National Movement is committed to arresting our vexing crime problem with the implementation of strategies that have been shared with the Bahamian people over the past months. We applaud the tireless efforts of the entire staff of the Parliamentary Registration Department and extend our deepest regrets and empathy to their colleagues involved in the unfortunate dramatic ordeal of this week..."
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DNA: The PLP has The Bahamas in a debt spiral - Mar 23, 2017 - 1:10:18 PM

The financial mismanagement of this current administration is continuing unabated without a care or concern in the world. At the end of the first half of this fiscal year, this administration would have borrowed some $780 million dollars. This is in addition to the Value Added Tax money they are collecting and other revenues.

Without question we do not see the value of that money on the ground in tangible forms. What we see are promises to do the same things that they promised to do at the last election...
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Komolafe: The Endangered Bahamian Middle Class - Mar 23, 2017 - 11:55:22 AM

Successive administrations have presided over the annihilation and shrinking of the Bahamian middle class with each new day bringing about more negative reports on actions that threaten this vital segment of our society.

The loss of jobs within our two main industries of tourism and financial services have exacerbated an already vexing issue within The Bahamas. Over the last decade, we have witnessed significant downsizing in both the international and local financial services sector. While these actions have resulted from international initiatives, strategic decisions, restructuring, consolidation and outsourcing of functions within financial institutions...
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DPM Davis: It’s a time of great uncertainty - Mar 23, 2017 - 6:22:52 AM

I wanted to congratulate the Prime Minister for his speech last night at the University of The Bahamas, where he spoke about our national development and our work with CARICOM.

The Prime Minister highlighted the ways in which regional cooperation can be so important on critical issues like shutting down illegal immigration, sharing data to increase our security, and standing together on climate change.

When we think about the coming years, many are projecting a time of increased turbulence in the world. There’s no question that it’s a time of great uncertainty.
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Dr. Minnis’ Statement on Baha Mar Hand Over - Mar 22, 2017 - 5:11:33 PM

“How can this PLP Government turn over a set of keys to a property they claim they don’t own?  Always searching their next photo op, the PLP duly lined up for their latest staged event at Baha Mar, which is a property they claim not to own.  So, what or whose keys were they handing off?”

“And let’s dispose of the PLP’s notion that the FNM is opposed to the opening of Baha Mar. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, just the opposite is true. We welcome the additional rooms and attractions to our tourism product but we question the wisdom of prematurely opening the doors without one scintilla of advertisement in the market place..."
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Dr. Minnis Responds to PM's Comments On Crime - Mar 22, 2017 - 9:47:22 AM

Dr. Minnis, Leader of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the Prime Minister’s latest comments regarding the growing crime epidemic:

“'Perceived increase in crime'? ‘Madness that has seemed to grip our county’? Prime Minister Christie’s and Minister Nottage’s words, not ours. Words matter and actions matter even more and the two of them prove they just don’t get it. Mr. Christie should know, to Bahamians terrified to leave their homes at night, it doesn’t ‘seem’ like a crime epidemic – there is one. The senseless murders gripping our streets are not ‘perceived’ like Minister Nottage suggests, they are real...
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Brave Davis responds to Hubert Ingraham on Public Finances - Mar 21, 2017 - 7:45:54 PM

In a startling and unusual moment of candor, FNM Leader Hubert A. Minnis once admitted in Parliament, that “when we left office, we were faced with the worst recession…we left the Bahamian economy in a wheelchair.”

He must have caught hell from his colleagues for sharing that truth, because he hasn’t been so honest on the topic since.

And here comes Ingraham, who must be missing the spotlight, and must find it painful to watch his successor wander around in a fog of incoherence...
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Sidney Collie on the BAMSI Campaign Ads - Mar 21, 2017 - 3:23:51 PM

Sidney Collie, Chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement on the ongoing BAMSI campaign ads issue:

“True to form instead of simply addressing an issue that is within their control the PLP and the Deputy Prime Minister would rather throw up smoke screens, point fingers and use misdirection. The same is true with their BAMSI political ads. They have the power to address this and end this - yet all the public gets is political attacks insults and dodging. The Bahamian people want to know – has the PLP been using the BAMSI to fund some of their political advertising and if so why? One would hope even the PLP – would at least acknowledge that using the people’s money for political ends is wrong...
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Sidney Collie responds to Bradley Roberts - Mar 20, 2017 - 4:34:02 PM

“Whenever the delusional Bradley Roberts speaks it’s like listening to a broken record. Deny, deny, deny in a desperate attempt to make the news story go away. While they do wrong this is what they do. But after all the corruption the PLP has turned into an art form, does Bradley Roberts really expect the people to fall for the explanation that the PLP paid for the BAMSI ads with their own campaign money out of simple generosity? Where was the generosity these past five years as Bahamians suffered through staggering unemployment: the imposition of an onerous VAT tax on their bread basket items: and watched as their Government lavished friends and donors with generous government contracts that the PLP fully controlled? It would seem the PLP’s generosity only extends so far.”
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