With the awarding of these contracts to non-Bermudian companies, millions of dollars are likely to flow out of Bermuda. In contrast, local companies would have pumped this money back into our economy, directly and positively benefiting Bermudians.
There are serious questions surrounding the awarding of these contracts.
- Why wasn't there an open tender process in place for these multi-million dollar contracts?
- How many companies bid on these contracts?
- Where is the list of Bermudian AND foreign companies that tendered?
- What were the prices received?
- What process was used to select contractor?
The best process for awarding contracts is one that is open, transparent, gives value for dollar and has maximum positive impact on both our economy and Bermudians. Secrecy and lack of transparency is unlikely to benefit Bermuda or Bermudians and is more likely to end in tears.
We call on Ministers Gibbons and Cannonier to end the secrecy, stop the lack of transparency and come clean on the details surrounding the awarding of these contracts to two non-Bermudian companies
This type of mistrust has shown itself in successive OBA Administrations. It seems systemic in how the OBA handles negotiations and how they interact with others.
Statement from Shadow Sports Minister Michael Weeks
Statement from Shadow Sports Minister Michael Weeks
PLP Commends Bermuda National Football Team
"The Progressive Labour Party would like to congratulate the Bermuda National Football Team on their aggregate 8-0 victory over Bahamas in the first round of World Cup 2018 Qualifiers.
The urgency, commitment and dedication to the game that has been shown by the players, coaches, and support staff have shown a team that is committed to going far into this current World Cup experience.
We congratulate them all on their success and encourage them as they prepare for the next round against Guatemala. Guatemala will provide challenges different than Bahamas but we support our team and stand with them. We are confident they can defeat Guatemala!
We thank the thousands of local fans who came out to provide support to our team, and we encourage the BFA to provide all the support to National Coach Andrew Bascome to ensure our team has sufficient preparation in advance of the next round.
One again, congratulations to all for an inspiring performance thus far in World Cup qualifying 2018!"
The Speaker's actions are making a mockery of the rules and privileges of the House of Assembly and our democracy.
"Shadow Minister of Finance, David Burt, JP MP and Senator Renee Ming, invite residents in the East to attend Vision 2025 - an overview of Bermuda's current economic situation, the Opposition Budget Reply, and the PLP's Vision until 2025.
This forum will be heldat East End Primary, and will begin at .
We encourage everyone to come out and actively participate.
The Shadow Minister MP David Burt will guide the audience through key points in his Budget Reply, and he and Senator Ming will also detail to the audience the PLP's plans for our economy from now until 2025.
We look forward to seeing you there."
Deputy Leader David Burt, delivered the PLP's economic vision for the future "Vision 2025" during today's Reply to the 2015/16 Budget. Read the full response here.
PLP Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister of Finance David Burt, delivered "Vision 2015" the PLP's reply to the 2015/16 Budget in Parliament on Friday, February 27, 2015. In that response he outlined the PLP's economic vision for the future and steps that can be taken to realise the goal of a strong and diversified ecomony by 2025. He explained how the OBA's budget cuts made the economy weaker and the how the PLP's alternate budget proposal that would make signifigant investments in education, training, and alternative energy would help Bermuda's economy grow.
As Junior Minister of Education she should be a standard bearer.
As a former educator I am dismayed by the recent actions of OBA MP and
Junior Minister of Education, Leah Scott, where she denied plagiarism
in her recent 'Letter to the Editor'.
When comparing an op-ed published on 'hellobeautiful.com' back in 2010
to the letter the Junior Minister submitted last week, the contents
were strikingly similar. This has led to accusations of plagiarism in
the public domain, as evidenced both on local media websites, social
media and over the airwaves. However, the OBA MP continues to deny
what appears as the obvious to many Bermudians.
An apology and admission would seem to have been the logical response;
however this not being the case has only served to further inflame the
Her subsequent attempt to qualify plagiarism by stating that she
didn’t copy "word for word" is an affront and no defense. As a member
of the local bar and the Junior Minister of Education, Ms. Scott has
As Junior Minister of Education she should be a standard bearer. Any
statement implying that it is okay to take someone else's work as long
as you don't copy "word for word" is certainly not a practice accepted
in academia at any level; primary, secondary nor tertiary. The usually
result to such an action is a zero allocation or the grade 'F'.
I would suggest that MP Scott's behaviour would warrant like
consequences especially since this is compounded by no admission or
expression of apology. How would a student deem this behaviour? Does
she pass the test? Would an honour student retain such a title if she
was found to have plagiarized? Should the Junior Minister expect to
retain her title?
In order to promote excellence in our school system we must lead by
example and be a testament to the behaviour we expect of our students.
I would hope that after the strong negative reaction to MP Scott's
less than acceptable explanation, that she will do the honourable
thing and relinquish the title of Junior Minister for Education.