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"OBA Lacking in Openness and Transparency Again"

For Immediate Release

July 27, 2015

Contact:  Wayne Furbert: wayne.furbert@gmail.com

The announcement by WEDCO that two non-Bermudian firms have been awarded contracts that combined are allegedly as much as 50 million dollars without an open tender, follows the OBA pattern of secrecy, lack of transparency and failing to provide equal and fair opportunities to Bermudians.
 
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.

  1. Why wasn't there an open tender process in place for these multi-million dollar contracts?
  2. How many companies bid on these contracts? 
  3. Where is the list of Bermudian AND foreign companies that tendered?
  4. What were the prices received?
  5. 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

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Opposition PLP Sends Letter to Governor Regarding Allegations

The allegations by developer Michael MacLean, contained in a sworn affidavit, involving illegal actions of Government Ministers, should be taken seriously by all concerned citizens of Bermuda.
 
While the central claims of bribery are yet to tested, the allegations are so serious that they demand urgent police investigation, as it is vital that there be the appearance of transparency and openness on the part of the Government.  In this regard, it is the position of the Opposition Progressive Labour Party, that the Government Ministers mentioned in the affidavit be made subject to a swift urgent police investigation and the Ministers involved be relieved of their duties by the Premier pending the investigation being concluded.
 
Please find attached our letter sent to His Excellency Governor George Ferguson with regard to this matter of public concern.
 
Michael Scott
Shadow Attorney General
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OBA Breeding a Culture of Mistrust

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 Immigration Minister Walton Brown, Jr.
 
 
Since December 2012, we have seen many instances of mistrust between the OBA Administration and their dealings with the Opposition.  Our own Opposition Leader was subjected to being tape recorded in a private meeting with an OBA MP, and also having his conversation aired through speakerphone in front of an unannounced audience.
 
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.
 
The current Premier Dunkley, Minister Fahy, and others in the OBA have shown a consistent lack of regard for the basic rights of communication between political colleagues, be they allies or adversaries. While the PLP is ready and willing to collaborate, it is unfortunate that due to these behaviors, there is an unprecedented level of mistrust between Government and Opposition. 
 
While my meeting was based on a genuine intent to establish immigration reform that satisfies all, it seems that meeting with people of this character will not result in anything productive.  For a sitting Premier to not only try to undermine our meeting by leaking details to the public, and then misrepresenting these details to score political points is unheard of and a sad indictment on Premier Dunkley. 
 
Sometimes in our efforts to do good for the people of Bermuda, we forget that everyone is not cut from the same cloth.
 
As the Shadow Minister of Immigration, I reiterate my call to the OBA Government for the establishment of a Joint Select Committee on Immigration Reform.  This will provide stability, security and the confidence that the community is yearning for.  It is time for the "he said, he said" politics to be out the door, and instead an era of collaboration to be established. 
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PLP Commends Bermuda National Football Team

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!"

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PLP Congratulates Bermuda National Football Team in 1st Leg Win over Bahamas

"The Progressive Labour Party congratulates the Bermuda National Football team on it's solid performance in the first leg of the World Cup Qualifier against Bahamas in Bahamas.  We commend the players, the coaching staff, training staff and the remainder of the team for this result and we anticipate a wonderful game on Sunday, March 29 at the National Sports Centre. We encourage everyone to join our team and show our national pride. Let's fill the stadium on Sunday!
Party Leader Marc Bean adds "I was proud and honoured to attend this first leg in Bahamas and to witness Bermuda's solid victory. I look forward to Sunday at the National Sports Centre!"
 
Picture of Party Leader Marc Bean with National Team players Jarreau Hayward and Freddy Hall.
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PLP Congratulates Bermuda National Football Team in 1st Leg Win over Bahamas

"The Progressive Labour Party congratulates the Bermuda National Football team on it's solid performance in the first leg of the World Cup Qualifier against Bahamas in Bahamas.  We commend the players, the coaching staff, training staff and the remainder of the team for this result and we anticipate a wonderful game on Sunday, March 29 at the National Sports Centre. We encourage everyone to join our team and show our national pride. Let's fill the stadium on Sunday!
Party Leader Marc Bean adds "I was proud and honoured to attend this first leg in Bahamas and to witness Bermuda's solid victory. I look forward to Sunday at the National Sports Centre!"
 
Attached please find a picture of Party Leader Marc Bean with National Team players Jarreau Hayward and Freddy Hall.
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Statement by Shadow Finance Minister David Burt

The Speaker's actions are making a mockery of the rules and privileges of the House of Assembly and our democracy. 

The unfortunate events that took place in the House of Assembly this evening were precipitated by the Speaker's disregard for or inability to understand the fundamental rules of parliament. The Speaker's actions are making a mockery of the rules and privileges of the House of Assembly and our democracy. The most elementary tenet of parliamentary procedure is that motions and amendments are to be debated in the House. The fact that the Speaker of the House refused to allow debate on an amendment to a motion that was put to the House brings the entire democratic process into disrepute and calls into question the Speaker's ability to properly discharge the functions of his office.

Further, after the Speaker twice refused to hear my point of order, he then refused to acknowledge me when I rose on a point of privilege, a right afforded to all members of the House. Without even hearing my point he proceeded to order me to be removed from the House of Assembly, which is an affront to the rights and privileges of all Members of Parliament.

It is my hope that the Speaker will familiarise himself with the rules of Parliament, so that he can cease his pattern of not allowing members of the Opposition  to be heard and start to enjoy the confidence of both sides the of the House. Impartiality is the necessary obligation of his office.‎
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PLP to Hold East End Forum on Economy & Bermuda - VISION 2025

PLP to Hold East End Forum on Economy & Bermuda - VISION 2025

 

"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 held Tuesday, March 10 at East End Primary, and will begin at 7pm.

 

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."

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Vision 2025: Reply the 2015 Budget

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. 

The full document is available for download here. If you have feedback, MP David Burt can be contacted on dburt@plp.bm

 

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Statement by Shadow Education Minister Lovita Foggo

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
situation.

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
fallen short.

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.

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