PLP To Hold Town Hall Meeting on Airport Privatisation
During yesterday’s session of Parliament, Minister Bob Richards once again refused to discuss the independent Deloitte report on the Airport.
Therefore, the Progressive Labour Party invites all concerned citizens to a Town Hall Meeting on "The Privatisation of Bermuda's Airport" to be held on Thursday, August 20th at 7:00pm at Warwick Workmen's Club.
The featured panelists will be Deputy Leader & Shadow Finance Minister, Mr. E. David Burt, JP MP, and Shadow Transport Minister, Mr. W. Lawrence Scott, JP MP. The panelists will review the independent
Deloitte report which highlighted numerous deficiencies in the OBA’s approach to this important project and also review the PLP's alternate vision for the airport redevelopment that will keep the airport in public hands.
In July the OBA were required by the UK Government to do the following: The United Kingdom Government and the Government of Bermuda must agree on what measures are required to address the deficiencies that are identified by Deloitte in their assessment report(s).
The Government of Bermuda must publish a written and evidence-based assurance that the required measures have been taken, before the Contract can be concluded.
These conditions make it clear that the OBA government must address the numerous deficiencies that were identified by Deloitte prior to moving forward with the airport redevelopment project. Despite this, Minister Richards is determined to lock Bermuda into a 35 year agreement without conducting the required steps to ensure value for money.
It is critical that the largest capital project in Bermuda’s history is executed correctly. We as a country cannot afford to get this wrong, especially as the OBA is planning on giving Aecon the rights to control our air terminal for the next 35 years. From the outset of this project, we have urged the Government to put the airport project out to competitive tender to ensure that Bermuda gets the best deal possible. Further, we agree with the independent Deloitte report which states that the Government must use a “Public Sector Comparator” to
ensure that the public-private partnership (PPP) that they have agreed to makes the most long-term economic sense for Bermuda.
We encourage all taxpayers to read the independent Deloitte report which is available on www.parliament.bm (or here http://tiny.cc/aiportreport) , as it echoes many of the concerns raised by the Progressive Labour Party since the OBA announced that they had agreed a sole-sourced Public Private Partnership to build a new airport terminal.
We can all agree that this topic is one that should concern all of us. Therefore, we invite and encourage everyone to come out to this important meeting to learn about the independent Deloitte report and to hear the PLP’s alternate vision for the redevelopment of the airport.