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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.

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