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Remarks by PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis at the PYL Installation - Sep 24, 2017 - 3:40:08 PM

Remarks by Hon. Philip Brave Davis Q.C,  Leader of the Opposition Sunday 24th September 2017 at PYL Installation:

Youth is a critical component of the future of this organization, and of the development of our nation.
 
Your participation here today speaks volumes to our country at large.
 
All is not lost!...
 
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Brave Davis: The need for a bipartisan approach to fighting crime - Sep 21, 2017 - 10:34:44 AM

Statement By Hon. Philip Brave Davis, Leader of The Opposition:

The Free National Movement during the general election identified reducing criminal violence as a critical priority for their administration. The government's crime strategy remains nonstrategic and unprioritized. Independently from the human tragedies leaving a trail of violence across the corridors of our country, violent crimes remain an impediment to our economic development.

The reality of the country's crime circumstance implores the Progressive Liberal Party to agitate a bipartisan approach beyond just scrutinizing government policy...
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PLP Leader Brave Davis makes stops in South and Central Andros - Sep 19, 2017 - 3:22:59 PM

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PLP Leader Philip Brave Davis travelled to South Andros and Mangrove Cay on his ‘Road to Convention’ stops across the Bahamas.
 
MPs Picewell Forbes, Chester Cooper, and Sen. Jobeth Coleby-Davis joined Mr. Davis for the visit where residents put questions about the way forward for the Progressive Liberal Party.
 
The PLP is gearing up for its National Convention, which will be held at the Melia Hotel beginning October 22 - 25....
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Bahamas Opposition leader addresses packed hall of supporters on Grand Bahama - Sep 16, 2017 - 3:59:05 PM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Friday, September 15th, 2017 Hon. Philip Brave Davis Q.C., Leader of The Bahamas official opposition, PLP delivered an address to a packed hall of supporters at the Bahamas Union of Teachers Hall on Pioneers Way. What follows is the text of his speech.

He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery!

Stalwart Councillors, Party Officers, PLPs Good Night! It is good to be in Grand Bahama tonight! I am at home in Grand Bahama! I am happy to be here to let you know that our party is not dead! We are alive!

We will rebuild! And not long from now we will return as the Government of The Bahamas.

Despite being alive we know all is not well! There is no doubt that our party is at a crossroads! These are serious times in our country … and these are serious times in our beloved PLP! Only four short months ago we suffered the worst election defeat in the history of our party...

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Opposition Leader Brave Davis calls on Grand Bahamians to join him in rebuilding the PLP - Sep 16, 2017 - 10:10:33 AM

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Supporters of the PLP gathered at the B.U.T Hall as Philip Brave Davis was welcomed to Freeport Friday September 15th, 2017 as his road to the 2017 Convention campaign took the party leader into Grand Bahama.
 
Scores of Grand Bahama delegates packed the hall, taking every seat In the building and leaving standing room only.
 
Mr. Davis joined a pannel of Grand Bahama leaders as he announced plans to rebuild, rebrand and renew the PLP.
 
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Glenys Hanna Martin - Shadow Minister for National Security Statement - Sep 5, 2017 - 6:40:46 AM

The reports of 9 shootings last night resulting in at least two fatalities in multiple incidents occurring in various areas of New Providence are matters of grave concern to all right-thinking Bahamians.

Last weekend, just prior to this horrific night of violence we learned of 3 murders occurring throughout The Bahamas. In the last few days an 8- month old infant was murdered.

Within the last 4 months alone we have had more than forty (40) murders. This horrifying rate of killing and bloodshed combined with what appears to be an alarming rise in armed robberies have escalated levels...
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Progressive Liberal Party Official National General Convention announcement - Aug 28, 2017 - 3:00:55 PM

According to the Constitution of the Progress Liberal Party, there shall be a General Meeting of the Party each year in the month of either October or November or
otherwise determine by the National General Council, which the meeting shall be called the 'National General Convention, "Convention."

On Thursday, August 24th 2017, the National General Council of the Progressive Liberal Party ratified this year's Convention to convene at Melia Nassau Beach from October 22 - 25 at which time all elected offices of the Party will become vacant.
During this year's highly anticipated Convention the party will undergo an extensive assessment and begin the process of strategizing the way forward...
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DNA: Still No Help and Hope for Grand Bahama - Aug 27, 2017 - 2:15:21 PM

Last week, the nation’s second city took center stage on the national dailies but not in the way that many Grand Bahamians have hoped. The recent media reports surrounding the breakdown of negotiations for the sale of hotels on the Lucayan Strip on Grand Bahama are just the latest in series of unfortunate events for the island and its residents.

The passage of the hurricanes in 2004 and 2005 did irreparable damage to the Grand Bahama economy, sending thousands of Bahamians to the unemployment line when the Royal Oasis resort closed its doors. Since then the island has struggled to regain its footing and its residents though promised help and hope by successive governments have for the most part, been left to fend for themselves...
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DNA: The unfulfilled 100 days - Aug 23, 2017 - 3:39:08 PM

On May 10, The Free National Movement secured a landslide victory at the polls. Armed with a myriad of pre-election promises on how to improve the lives of Bahamians, the Minnis led opposition rode a wave of anti-PLP sentiment into office and declared that after 5 years of lackluster governance it would finally be The People’s Time. Unfortunately, more than 100 days into this term, it has become painfully clear that the FNM, though clearly capable of winning the election, was not prepared to govern.

On the campaign trail, the party’s leadership unveiled a substantial list of promises which they pledged would be part of an immediate plan of action designed to improve the lives of Bahamians.....
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Statement by Brave Davis on the detention of Shane Gibson - Aug 4, 2017 - 10:02:00 AM

Statement by Hon. Philip Brave Davis:

I was appalled and outraged at the way Shane Gibson, my former Cabinet Colleague, was dealt with by the police today. It was obvious that the man was in physical pain. I am advised that he is recently recovering from surgery. It appears that none of this was taken into account as he was dragged to court, hobbling this afternoon. In fact, he had crutches medically ordered because of his condition and they were deliberately taken away by the police.

His rights did not end upon his detention, arrest or having been charged. It is the enjoyment of rights that preserve the dignity of human existence. PLPs and others of goodwill are unsettled about what is taking place and where this is taking this country...
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GBHRA : Let the chips fall where they may - Aug 3, 2017 - 3:30:59 PM

The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association (GBHRA) is shocked and appalled by the cynical posturing of the Progressive Liberal Party in the face of an ongoing anti-corruption probe.

If PLP attorney Wayne Monroe has information regarding alleged FNM corruption, he should turn it over to the police immediately and let the chips fall where they may...
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Senator Jamal Moss responds official opposition leader's address - Aug 1, 2017 - 12:00:40 AM

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Leader of the Official Opposition Hon. Philip “Brave” Davis responded to the Dr. The Hon. Hubert Minnis’ national address in a press statement released on July 27, 2017 with the clear intention of reframing its content. The national address of July 26, 2017 sent a clear message — this administration is committed to good governance, directly addressing the concerns of the Bahamian people, and reversing the negative effects of the reckless behavior of the former administration. Davis’ response focused specifically on the economic state of The Bahamas, knowing the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP)-led government is responsible for the current state of affairs.

On June 26, 2017, in my contribution to the budget debate, I called on the previous administration to make an apology to the Bahamian people for wasting money, and
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Bahamas Opposition leader responds to PM Minnis - Jul 31, 2017 - 11:14:08 PM


My Fellow Bahamians:

At the recent celebrations of the 44th Anniversary of Independence of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, many prayers were said for the nation: for our people, our leaders and the life of the country. It is a time when Bahamians come together to give thanks for God’s gracious gift to us; a time when Bahamians reflect on our journey thus far, and a time when the country unites behind a common purpose, namely a better future for all.

After the Prime Minister’s first address to the nation last week, we in The Opposition are left perplexed that the address did not reflect the vision of Hope put forward at Independence. Instead of seizing the opportunity to unite the country after a hard-fought election, he chose to continue the divisive rhetoric,
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National address by Bahamas opposition leader Brave Davis - Jul 31, 2017 - 4:11:01 PM

National Address by Hon. Phillip Davis Leader of the Opposition in Response To Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Hubert Minnis on Monday, July 31st, 2017 8:00 p.m.

My Fellow Bahamians:

At the recent celebrations of the 44th Anniversary of Independence of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, many prayers were said for the nation: for our people, our leaders and the life of the country. It is a time when Bahamians come together to give thanks for God’s gracious gift to us; a time when Bahamians reflect on our journey thus far, and a time when the country unites behind a common purpose, namely a better future for all.

After the Prime Minister’s first address to the nation last week, we in The Opposition are left perplexed that the address did not reflect the vision of Hope put forward at Independence...
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The opposition exposing themselves with their blah, blah blah... - Jul 31, 2017 - 1:04:35 AM

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An Official Opposition (PLP) member has exposed his party’s Achilles heel when expressing contempt for the newly elected Prime Minister’s national address.

The spokesman’s comments that follow confirm the last government lived in an alternate universe.

PLP Comment: “What concerned me about the speech is why do they keep talking down this economy?”

Response: Providing an honest assessment of the state of the economy is not talking it down. Those of us that live in reality understand how long the economy has been on a downward trend and this must be reversed. The policies of the former government were compounding the economic problems.
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PLP witch hunt claims are the height of hypocrisy - Jul 23, 2017 - 10:44:53 PM

The Grand Bahama Human Rights Association is shocked and appalled by the cynical posturing of the Progressive Liberal Party in the face of an ongoing anti-corruption probe.

With several senior members questioned by police and two facing charges, PLP operatives now say they may seek to apply to the United Nations and the OAS for protection.

Recognizing the right of any citizen to seek such protection, the GBHRA nevertheless calls upon the PLP to clarify its sudden change of heart and about-face regarding questions of individual rights, abuse of power and the role of international institutions.

Can this be the same PLP that, while in office, accused the GBHRA of being traitors
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“FNM Victimized NIB Employees,” says Davis - Jul 6, 2017 - 6:06:29 PM

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Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Interim Leader Philip Davis has lambasted the Free National Movement (FNM) and its leader Dr. Hubert Minnis for victimization, after several senior National Insurance Board (NIB) employees were placed on paid leave.

In a statement yesterday, Mr. Davis called the move vengeful and said the FNM learned nothing about governance during their time as opposition.

“The Prime Minister Hubert Minnis, who is also the minister responsible for the National Insurance Board, must immediately inform the country why at least three employees of the National Insurance Board were summarily dismissed...
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Budget Debate by Senator Fred Mitchell - Jun 27, 2017 - 11:05:23 PM

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.  Abraham Lincoln.

Shakespeare tells us about the winter of our discontent. This is winter for the PLP. It will be cold, bitter and long as winters often are. But as sure as the sun will shine tomorrow, spring will come and then summer. The inevitable move of the seasons of life.  It is cyclical.  Everything must change. In the moment and the twinkling of an eye, we shall all be changed.

I sent a private message to PLPs who were despairing to tell them that they should stop wringing their hands. What has happened in the general election is neither messianic nor apocalyptic. It is simply an election...
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Senator Hon. Jamal Moss Budget Contribution - Jun 27, 2017 - 11:01:13 AM

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The following is the 2017 Budget Presentation by Senator Hon. Jamal Moss:

MADAM PRESIDENT

I rise this day in this Honourable Chamber, on the strength of none other than God, Almighty.

I, would like to express, my sincere and warm gratitude, to those who have played a role, in my being here today. I will forever be grateful to you and for what you have done to motivate me and aid me along my life's journey...
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Opposition Senator, Coleby-Davis 2017 Budget Presentation - Jun 26, 2017 - 5:50:22 PM

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I feel extremely blessed to formally address this place for the very first time. Additionally, I count this a privilege and one of my most proud moments as a young professional; to have been afforded this opportunity to take part in the continued effort to build, empower and unite this great country, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. I pray that God grants me continued favor and my contributions in this place will be beneficial to the betterment of the Bahamian society, and by extension the Bahamian people.

I wish to extend praise and adoration to the Heavenly Father, who has instilled in me the faith and confidence to be fearless, work hard and reach for the sky, because it is indeed the limit!
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