By RASHAD ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
AFTER Prime Minister Perry Christie insisted people will “cheer with him when” Baha Mar opens, Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner said he has “let down employees” and the businesses involved with the resort.
“The PLP’s actions at Baha Mar have done irreparable damage to the country’s potential for foreign direct investment,” she said in a statement.
“Investors have taken notice of how the PLP has treated the resort’s developer.”
Despite his optimism about the stalled resort, Mr Christie has been unable to give a date when construction might restart or when the property will open.
In the House of Assembly on Wednesday, Mr Christie said those who scoff at him will join him in celebrating the success of the resort’s opening.
In her statement, Mrs Butler-Turner suggested Mr Christie hasn’t fully grasped the significance of the problem the Baha Mar debacle poses for the country, saying it transcends his party’s political needs and could plunge The Bahamas into a “serious recession” and credit downgrade.
“What is preposterous is that the prime minister actually believes he should be applauded for his efforts, while he makes no reference to his direct actions and responsibility in bringing the resort to its knees in the first place,” she said.
Mrs Butler-Turner placed fault for the impasse on the government’s failure to seek to resolve the matter with the aid of Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian, saying government ministers “repeatedly threatened” him.
Members of the Christie administration engaged in a war of words with Mr Izmirlian for much of last year over their competing views about what was best for the resort.
“The prime minister has injected his ego, self-interest and his delusional thinking into the resolution of the Baha Mar matter,” Mrs Butler-Turner said. “He would do the country a tremendous favour by talking less and by making predictions which rarely come to pass. I urge the government to do all in its power to get the resort open as quickly as possible in the interest of the many thousands of Bahamians seeking employment amidst growing unemployment.”