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Glenys: Plans To Raise Mps' Salaries A 'Crass Contradiction'

Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin.

Englerston MP Glenys Hanna Martin.

By AVA TURNQUEST

Tribune Chief Reporter

aturnquest@tribunemedia.net

ENGLERSTON MP Glenys Hanna-Martin called Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis' plans to raise the salaries of members of Parliament in the next fiscal year, a "crass contradiction".

In a post on Facebook on Thursday, Mrs Hanna-Martin underscored recent job cuts and the government's statements concerning the state of the country's economy.

"So tell me," the post read, "the PM says he intends to increase salaries of sitting MP's (all of whom already have full-time jobs and are earning salaries in addition to MP's salaries); this after having fired hundreds of Bahamians leaving them without income, claiming that the 'cupboard is bare'. Am I missing something about this crass contradiction? Ummm.. is it really the 'People's' time?"

Following Dr Minnis' announcement, Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip “Brave” Davis said a salary increase for MPs is “overdue”.

He said Dr Minnis should consider recommendations the former administration made rather than establish an entirely new committee to consider the matter.

In 2014, the Christie administration’s establishment of a parliamentary select committee to consider a salary increase for parliamentarians was widely criticised.

The report from the former parliamentary select committee, which was headed by Dr Bernard Nottage, now deceased, was never disclosed to the public.

At the time, Dr Minnis said the FNM would not agree to an increase due to economic hardship faced by Bahamians, adding that a politician's position was one of service.

In the Lower House on Thursday, Dr Minnis painted the intended increase as a sensible development, especially in light of the substantial salaries the former Christie administration paid some contract workers in the past five years.

"I want to put the country on notice that at the next budget I will come forward with a pay increase for the members of Parliament,” Dr Minnis said as debate wrapped up in the House of Assembly on a constitutional amendment bill to create an independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“I will establish an independent committee who will look at the members’ salaries, who will look at salaries for these half-a-million, these $800,000 and these contracts signed a few hours before election, all of that will be reviewed. (The committee will) review all salary structures for government entitles.”

Comments

Well_mudda_take_sic 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Rather than telling us about how he is going to feather the nests of himself and his parliamentary colleagues, Minnis should be telling us about his government's realistic and plausible plans for creating descent paying private sector jobs that are much needed by our people. Has our PM gone mad in his head! Has he forgotten it's the people's time!! What the hell is going on here?!!!

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licks2 7 months, 2 weeks ago

GOVERNMENT CREATING PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS!! WHAT STUPIDITY ROM YOU A POLITICIAN? GET UP OF YA BACKSIDE AND CREATE YA OWN DAMN PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS!! HECK. . GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE CUTTING SOME OF THEM PUBLIC SECTOR JOBS. . .NO WONDER THE PEOPLE DON'T "FEEL" YINNA DNA. . .TALK DUMB CRAP LIKE THIS POST!!

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sheeprunner12 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Glenys can do what Ingraham did .......... do not collect the cheque from Treasury.

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stillwaters 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I didn't even know Glenys could talk until now. She was sure quiet about everything while her party was in power. This is amazing!!To know she actually has opinions about curruption.

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realfreethinker 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Why Minnis would give these clowns this kind of talking point at this time is puzzling.

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OMG 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Yes a little inopportune to mention an increase now, but regular MP's are woefully underpaid compared to teachers and the like. Having said that Glenys should explain why most but certainly not all of the persons terminated were suddenly hired just before the election. These PLP hires were placed in positions where there was no real need and were not replacing genuine open vacancies or retirement positions.

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ThisIsOurs 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Please I bet they're all making 100,000 with board appointments and allowances that we know they don't have to do a lick of work to collect.

Except for Dr Sands and Desmond Bannister, they can raise the salary for those two to 200k as far as I'm concerned

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bogart 7 months, 2 weeks ago

What is the STARTING SALARY for a POLICEMAN $......., a GOVT SCHOOL TEACHER $........,A GOVT NURSE$........., A JANITOR $.........A GOVT DOCTOR ,.....A BANK TELLER$....... if one is to consider a pay oncrease of $60 TO $70,000 PER ANNUM FOR A GOVT MP.

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licks2 7 months, 2 weeks ago

SO HERE WE GO AGAIN. . .THE CROOKS TELLING US THAT THE "NEXT SET OF CROOKS" ARE TEIFING FROM WE!!

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concernedcitizen 7 months, 2 weeks ago

40 0dd million dollars went missing from Road traffic when she was Minister of transport and aviation ,,, 200 million out the front door of BOB when she was in power , untold amounts to Atlanta to try to make PGC daughter the next Beyoncé ,,Sit down Ms Hanna

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