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Leader of Opposition on Overview of post Hurricane activities - Sep 10, 2019 - 1:19:33 PM

To date I have led a delegation to Moores Island, Treasure Cay, Grand Bahama and just yesterday we landed in Marsh Harbour and left from Sandy Point and had the opportunity to see much of the devastation wrought on the super structure, infrastructure and most importantly, the impact it had on the lives of thousands of Bahamians.

My delegation comprised Deputy Leader Chester Cooper, MP for Englerston Glenys Hanna Martin, Senators Darville and Coleby-Davis along with party officers.

On each trip we carried a limited but a variety of supplies including water, generators and canned and dry food products subject to the capacity of the aircraft.
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Glenys Hanna-Martin on update on post hurricane activities - Sep 10, 2019 - 1:16:36 PM
Yesterday we traveled to Marsh Harbour, and Spring City, Abaco. I accompanied the Leader there and we were able to view first hand the devastation and destruction wrought by Hurricane Dorian

The Leader has appointed a Disaster Relief Committee dubbed Operation Restoration which I co-Chair with Sen Michael Darville who is today in Freeport overseeing our efforts there including the distribution of meals to approximately 200 people daily.

The Leader has appointed a Disaster Relief Committee dubbed Operation Restoration which I co-Chair with Sen Michael Darville who is today in Freeport overseeing our efforts there including the distribution of meals to approximately 200 people daily...
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Remarks by Philip Brave Davis at The Pan American Games Awards Ceremony - Aug 28, 2019 - 6:00:19 PM

I fully adopt the establish protocol.

Many thanks to the Bahamas Olympic Committee for your kind invitation to participate in this special event in the life of our young athletes. A pleasant good evening to all assembled here, especially the family, friends  and supporters of our young athletes who continue to inspire a generation of Bahamians while strengthening the Bahamas global sports brand...
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DNA: Government must now answer on corruption - Aug 28, 2019 - 3:40:58 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has reviewed the recent ruling by the Court of Appeal in the Frank Smith matter. According to court documents, the appellate court dismissed the argument made by the prosecution that Chief Magistrate Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt erred in her ruling that Ms. Barbara Hanna was not a reliable witness and therefore, there was no case to answer. While the Court of Appeal acknowledged that the Chief Magistrate made some procedural missteps, they concluded that there was an 'abundance of examples of doubtful testimony' from Ms. Hanna...
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Davis in response to government's 'frank' meeting with union leader - Aug 26, 2019 - 11:00:25 PM

The so called 'frank' meeting between the government and labour unions on the 24th August achieved nothing and exposed the public to what the PLP had asserted and predicted over two budget cycles: the government's financial administration was wanting and the Finance Minister did not and still does not know what he was doing.

The PLP decried the $60 million lump sum payment to one vendor; the unsolicited tax breaks to companies with turnovers in excess of $50 million...
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PLP Leader and Spokesman on BPL and National Energy Policy - Aug 11, 2019 - 8:43:46 PM

Good afternoon

After all of the touring and explanations by BPL this afternoon, the power is still off and there is no end in sight to the power cuts.

This afternoon throughout the island of new Providence, the power is off in large swaths of neighborhoods. As a result...
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DNA responds to May 2019 Labour Force Survey - Aug 11, 2019 - 3:50:13 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) acknowledges the labour force survey results recently released by the Department of Statistics. The results come at a time when the government is desperate for some positive news to distract us from the national crisis that continues to inflict much suffering on residents due to massive load shedding by Bahamas Power & Light, conflicts of interest scandals and the obvious leadership deficit in government...
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DNA Chairman: DNA on Compass Point Saga - Aug 8, 2019 - 12:31:31 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is deeply concerned by the recent saga involving the owner of Compass Point Resort and the Government of The Bahamas.

It was disappointing to see a foreign investor lambast a sitting administration while using the employment of Bahamian workers as a bargaining tool. Simply put, it is totally unacceptable for any investor to use Bahamians as pawns to force the government to meet his demands...
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The Leader of The Opposition, Philip Brave Davis Renewal: A Call to Action - Jul 24, 2019 - 2:25:59 PM

On the eve of the Progressive Liberal Party’s 54th convention, I would like to share a few thoughts.

The theme of our convention is Renewal: A Call to Action.  We have approached our work of reinvigorating the Progressive Liberal Party with a sense of urgency, because The Bahamas needs a strong, inclusive, forward-looking party that stands up for the people...
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DNA Leader on resignation of T. Brent Symonette - Jul 16, 2019 - 4:36:27 PM

Today, for and on behalf of the Bahamian people, the DNA launches its 10 days of Activism demanding transparent, accountable and anti-corrupt governance.

We have assembled here today before this landmark building, the Town Centre Mall, a symbolic landmark of corruption, cronyism, nepotism and conflicts of interest.

Bahamians, we have stepped to an all-time low. Our Government has no shame. Our leaders have no shame...
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DNA Deputy: Political favors costing taxpayers under PLP and FNM - Jul 4, 2019 - 3:30:42 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) continues to observe Prime Minister Minnis and his band of merry men as they inflict suffering on the Bahamian people. This has been evident from the passage of the Commercial Enterprise Act spearheaded by former Minister Brent Symonette, to presiding over the multiple blacklisting of our financial services industry, rise in unemployment and poor labor relations, to increasing VAT to 12% when Bahamians can't pay their bills or find good paying jobs to have a decent standard of living...
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DNA Chairman: We are in a national crisis - Jul 3, 2019 - 5:15:08 PM

Bahamians are in a state of hopelessness, frustration and annoyance by the recent blackouts that have become a part of everyday life in our country. The load shedding exercise being carried out by BPL is evidence that successive Free National Movement (FNM) and Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) administrations including the current Minnis-led administration lack a viable plan for reliable and sustainable energy. Meanwhile, while the people sweat, PM Minnis and his entourage are in comfortable and air conditioned accommodation at a resort in St. Lucia...
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DNA: Debate is about economic empowerment and equal opportunity - Jul 2, 2019 - 12:00:43 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) has reviewed comments attributed to the Hon. Brent Symonette regarding his unceremonious resignation from the Cabinet of The Bahamas.

The DNA condemns any and all attempts to further divide Bahamians along racial lines in an environment polarized by political tribalism as created by the Free National Movement (FNM) and the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP). The DNA is the unifying force for Bahamians of all races, gender...
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DNA Leader responds to resignation of T. Brent Symonette - Jun 30, 2019 - 9:21:33 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) is in possession of an official communication from the Cabinet Office announcing the resignation of the Hon. T. Brent Symonette as Minister of Financial Services, Trade and Industry and Immigration effective July 1, 2019.  According to the Cabinet Office, the Hon. Elsworth Johnson will assume the same portfolio effective July 1, 2019.

The Government of The Bahamas provided no explanation or reasons for the abrupt and unceremonious resignation of this high-ranking Cabinet Minister who had been described as the Super Minister due to his multiple portfolios and responsibilities...
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Davis remarks at the farewell ceremony for Governor General The Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling - Jun 27, 2019 - 8:10:38 PM

I fully adopt the established protocol.

If I had to recognize all of the dignitaries in attendance, I would most certainly use up most of if not all of my allotted time.

I, like many of you here today, have known Dame Marguerite for many years. As a public figure – being the country’s first lady for one quarter of a century - many Bahamians became aware of the Dame through her public image as she served as patron and fundraiser for local charitable organizations
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Senator Fred Mitchell on The Guyabera in Summer Time - Jun 27, 2019 - 11:30:12 AM

Senator Fred Mitchell speaking on the wrap up of the debate on the 2019 Budget in the Senate has proposed to the Government that the PLP would support a rules change in the Senate which allow men to dress in  for the sessions of the Senate during the summer time. 

Senator Mitchell recalled that there was such a rule in the public service which has fallen into disuse and said that the rule should be returned, given that The Bahamas is a hot country...
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Senator Davis 2019-2020 Budget Contribution - Jun 25, 2019 - 8:15:54 PM

Madame President, with your leave I would like to thank firstly the heavenly father for blessing me this opportunity.

In addition, Madame President, I wish to join my colleagues on this side and use this time to thank the leader of Opposition and the incoming next Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas the Hon. Philip Brave Davis for bestowing upon me his trust, and confidence to represent in this senate for Women, Millenials and Bahamians from all walks of life. Our Leader is a man that understands, and believes in the philosophy of the PLP, and respects the policy of Bahamianization. Our leader understands and connects with the story of the small man...
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Philip Brave Davis 2019/2020 Budget Communication - Jun 17, 2019 - 6:00:18 PM

Thank you for recognizing me, Mr. Speaker.

As you know, I stand in this Honourable House on behalf of the great and resilient people of Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador.

I also stand here today on behalf of all who care about building a better country and a better future, including the many Bahamians who feel left out and left behind by this government...
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DNA on Immigration Policy - Jun 15, 2019 - 6:00:39 PM

The Democratic National Alliance (DNA) notes comments attributed to our former leader, Mr. Branville McCartney reported in the Tribune Newspaper (14th June 2019).  As a former politician and private citizen, Mr. McCartney is entitled to his personal opinions and lends his voice to national issues from time to time. Additionally, as a former Cabinet Minister with responsibility for Immigration, Mr. McCartney also has some insights on this subject matter.

While it is apparent that views espoused by Mr. McCartney do not constitute the official position of the DNA, we wish to provide further clarity in this regard...
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Press Conference with Opposition Leader Philip Brave Davis - Jun 4, 2019 - 11:30:28 AM

"PLP and Labour are one; we are joined at the hips" said PLP Leader, the Hon. Philip Brave Davis, as he addressed the media during his monthly press conference.

He noted the 1977 Memorandum of Understanding between the PLP and Labour unions that paved the way for the modern labour laws workers enjoy today, including agency shop.

He called on the PLP to craft another MOU with the Labour Unions for the further protection of the rights of and benefits for workers...
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