By KHRISNA VIRGIL
Tribune Staff Reporter
DESPITE two assurances by Prime Minister Perry Christie to set the record straight over the Stem Cell controversy and fashion tycoon Peter Nygard’s involvement, he has yet to do so.
Mr Christie told The Tribune over the weekend that he would speak on the matter when Parliament convened yesterday, however after a disruption in the chamber by Opposition leader Dr Hubert Minnis the session was adjourned. The House of Assembly is not expected to sit again until August 7.
The Prime Minister was slated to speak last week Wednesday in the House but at that time, proceedings were suspended before it was his turn.
Mr Christie told this newspaper on Saturday that he did not make the contribution because Parliament would have run on too late.
Last Tuesday he said: “I can’t wait to go to the House of Assembly on Wednesday for the Stem Cell debate. They been saying that Nygard cause me bring the stem cell legislation.
“Listen let me tell you something, I want them to tell me about those FNM politicians who does be down by Nygard house. This what they should be telling me about and they want my ministers to resign? Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you the Bahamas is a very special place. A part of the political game is to cause distractions.
“They introduce what they call red herrings to cause to stop what you are doing...I told the younger fellows over and over, try not to make mistakes with personal behaviours and integrity issues and be the best you can because you can be judged more harshly than anybody else.”
Mr Christie suggested that former Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham had taken flights on helicopters with the Aga Khan, but had not received the backlash that the PLP had after it went public that several Ministers had met with Mr Nygard shortly after the May 2012 general election at Nygard Cay.
The Stem Cell Research and Therapy Bill has been described as a groundbreaking move for the Bahamas, which is expected to create another multi-million dollar stream of income.
However, sitting FNM parliamentarians have said they will not support the legislation because they have little faith that the Christie administration will properly police stem cell procedures.