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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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PLP to Host Special Showings of Selma & Madea's Tough Love

We encourage you all to come out to view this historic film, and celebrate both Black History Month, and our Leader’s Birthday with us.

The Progressive Labour Party invites you to join us in a special showing of Academy Award Best Picture Nominee “Selma”.

 

Under the Distinguished Patronage of the Hon. Marc A.R. Bean, JP, MP and Mrs. Simone Smith-Bean, you are cordially invited to join us as we celebrate Black History Month, and our Party Leader’s Birthday, at a special viewing of the acclaimed civil rights themed film, “Selma”.

 

This special showing will be on Thursday, February 19, at 8:00pm at the Liberty Theatre, Union Square, Hamilton.  Tickets will be $20.00.

 

There will be a second showing for Senior Citizens and School Students on Friday, February 20,  at 10:00am.
 
There  will also be a showing of Tyler Perry's 'Madea's Tough Love" on Wednesday, February 18, at 10:00am

 

Tickets for all showings are available at PLP HQ, Alaska Hall, Court Street, Hamilton, or by calling 292-2264 and also at Liberty Theatre.

 

We encourage you all to come out to view this historic film, and celebrate both Black History Month, and our Leader’s Birthday with us.

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PLP to Host Public Meeting on the OBA Plan to Privatise the L.F. Wade International Airport


The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party will be hosting a second Public
Meeting on the OBA's privatisation of the  L.F. Wade International
Airport.

"With $1 billion dollars of future Bermuda revenue at stake, a no-bid
contract to a Canadian Company, and the loss of control of our current
and new airport for at least 30 years through privatisation, this is
an issue of national importance," said Shadow Finance Minister David
Burt. "Since our last Town Hall meeting, we have learned that the OBA
have delayed the go/no-go date for a final decision on the airport to
March 31, 2015. We have also learned that airport staff have been
informed that the OBA cannot ensure that all employees will be hired
by the new private airport contractor,” continued Shadow Minister
Burt.

Shadow Transport Minister Lawrence Scott remarked, "L.F. Wade
International is staffed nearly 100% by Bermudians, provides a major
source of revenue to the government and is our primary access point to
the world. We simply cannot permit it to be privatised for at least 30
years in what appears to be a backroom deal with no RFP that will
jeopardise Bermudian jobs."

The PLP's Town Hall Meeting on OBA's Privatisation of L.F. Wade
International Airport will be held on Tuesday, January 27th  at the
Purvis Primary School starting at 7pm. Speakers include Shadow Finance
Minister David Burt and Shadow Transport Minister Lawrence Scott.

All are welcome to hear the PLP's alternative vision for the future of
the LF Wade International Airport which will preserve Bermudian jobs
and keep Bermuda's airport in Bermuda's hands.

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