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Grand Bahama Is Worse Of Under Minnis, Claims Mcalpine

Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine.

Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine.

By DENISE MAYCOCK

Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

GRAND Bahama is “worse off” since the Minnis administration - which won all five constituency seats on the island - was elected to office, claims Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine.

“The harsh reality is, Grand Bahama has gotten worse despite all the political positions and so-called power,” the controversial FNM backbencher said during his contribution to the budget in the House last week.

“I have to make this confession, Grand Bahama did better with less political power. Five and we still took a dive! Add three and Grand Bahama is still not free! A total of eight and we still can’t get it straight!”

Mr McAlpine said that in Grand Bahama, unemployment is high, a proper hospital is needed, hurricane reconstruction is dismal, and the Grand Lucayan project has yet to start despite a heads of agreement signing.

He noted that in Grand Bahama, industrial companies are “laying off left, right and centre.”

Mr McAlpine also claimed that the Disaster Reconstruction Authority established by the Minnis administration is dismal at best. “We are already in another hurricane season and many people’s homes are still unlivable,” he added.

Additionally, he said that designated government shelters are still not ready.

“This government implemented legislation called mandatory evacuation and we’ve not built one hurricane-proof shelter for the people to evacuate to. Many shelters that have been deemed by the government are still not prepared to receive evacuees,” he stated.

He said Grand Bahama is still without a properly functioning hospital that the government promised to be completed by March 1, before the pandemic hit.

“The hospital is all over the place so you don’t know where to go for service. The conditions for our healthcare workers in Grand Bahama, to include our doctors, nurses, and patients, remain atrocious.”

On the topic of schools, he said that the Hugh Campbell Primary, which is in his constituency, is still in a “deplorable” condition since the hurricane last year.

“A school that has such a large influx of students should have received more attention and due care by this government,” he stressed.

Rev McAlpine stated that many Grand Bahamians feel abandoned by their government and the Port Authority. He noted that both seem to blame each other when it’s convenient. He noted that the island’s potable water issues are not fully resolved, nine months after Hurricane Dorian.

Speaking of Grand Lucayan hotel, he said: “We’re jammed with an abandoned hotel which has cost us dearly and is still costing us; making us believe it was a done deal when it was just a Heads of Agreement signing. I would have felt better if we bought the airport before the hotel because then we would have controlled the situation. We would have been responsible to bring heads to put in beds. We bought a hotel knowing that the airport has always been the issue; the taxes and landing fees.”

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tribanon 3 months, 1 week ago

Anyone seen or heard from Minnis lately?

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ISpeakFacts 3 months, 1 week ago

That roach? I think I stepped on one of his kind last night!

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TigerB 3 months, 1 week ago

Not sure this guy lives in Grand Bahama, I know I do,

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joeblow 3 months, 1 week ago

The Bahamas is worse off under Minnis and its not because of Dorian or COVID, but because he is insecure, incompetent, visionless, unable to communicate and uninspiring as a leader!

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licks2 3 months, 1 week ago

I kindda agree with you.. . .but I cannot put the "buck" on the back of doc!! He is the prime minister of the government. . .but he is not the government! This is where I don't like him for. . .he allows poor managers/ministers to stay in positions when they can't think their way out of a wet paper sack!! The Department of Education is a cesspool of dumbness. . .yet he maintain that foolishness!! He knows that he needs to deal with that foolishness. . .yet he let it fester. The next cesspool is the department of Social Services. . .he just leave them to fester. . .no structured intervention!!

But. . .I am afraid that he will be the PM for the next five years. . .Davis and Cooper are just not able to present a viable alternative. . .they just talk foolishness all the time!!! Where is Alfred Sears?

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joeblow 3 months, 1 week ago

... if there were a way for him and Sands to not win their seats, I would be willing to let the strongest survive and fight for the position of leader. I think we might have a better outcome!

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proudloudandfnm 3 months, 1 week ago

I'd like to see Sands as PM actually. I could care less about letting those people with test kits in. I would have done the exact same thing. I think he'd make an excellent PM...

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joeblow 3 months, 1 week ago

@proudlounandfnm... he made an unimpressive minister of health (unless you like talk and no action) and is making a dumb decision shooting himself in the foot while trying to cast shade on the government. That is not a sign of intelligence, but we all have our opinions and we all have one vote!

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TigerB 3 months, 1 week ago

He is also the PM for the next 2 years.. you all can change that in 2022. He might be there again after that election... But Ill give my vote to Chester, not Brave.

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tribanon 3 months, 1 week ago

Ya gotta be kidding if Dr. Sands is in the driving seat of the FNM or an altogether new political party.

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licks2 3 months, 1 week ago

Doc Sands over and over showed that he don't have a clue. . .politically dumb!! But I hope he form a new political party! The FNM needs to be broken up. . . they need to see that they een all that!! They even een switch their ministers. . .they feel that the PLP is such a damn chicken picking group under Davis. . .they can do crap with no 2022 election consequences! I hold PLPs responsible for this mud hole. . .they keep Davis and Cooper out front. . .chenike!! Oh. . .did I forgot to tell ynna that I had light for months now? Don't tell that is because them hotels them are closed. . .I passed the hotels and their lights are all on!! Yinna playing. . .while doc riding high. . .the peoples them still like him!!

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moncurcool 3 months, 1 week ago

Guess you forgot the mess Branville created for us when he did that new party move. Last thing we need is a spilt FNM for gravy train and his team to take over the cookie jar.

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moncurcool 3 months, 1 week ago

Is Chester leading the PLP? NO! It is Davis, and no way in hell would I want to see the gravy train leading. Think we bad off now.

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Hoda 3 months, 1 week ago

I enjoy a good political attack , however, the bahamas govt doesnt have money to rebuild everyone in the northern bahamas home. I dont think he is as competent as he believes, but i guess we only require mp to hand out coiple cans a cornbeef, etc to show us they care.

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moncurcool 3 months, 1 week ago

Mr McAlpine also claimed that the Disaster Reconstruction Authority established by the Minnis administration is dismal at best. “We are already in another hurricane season and many people’s homes are still unlivable,” he added.

I am waiting for the first sensible and bold member of parliament who will have the courage to stand up and tell Bahamians that IT IS NOT the responsibility of the government to repair your house after a hurricane. That responsibility is yours as owner. Is it any wonder why our country is in debt? People expect government to do everything for them.

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themessenger 3 months, 1 week ago

@moncurcool, I don’t agree with a lot of what you post and I’m certainly not a rabid government supporter. However, I do agree with you that the government is not responsible for repairing or replacing private property damaged by hurricanes, or any other disaster for that matter, regardless of what McAlpine and Chester Cooper may think. Once the genie is out of that bottle it will never go back in. McAlpine is nothing more than another Bodie like political prostitute who changes aisles and asses to kiss more often than most people change underwear, PLP yesterday, FNM today, who knows what tomorrow. Bodie, everyone knows you’re Brave’s number one fart catcher but be careful McAlpine don’t sneak you.

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Hoda 3 months, 1 week ago

Furthermore, Cooper should stop allowing the plp to use him to spew stupidity. Has the public forgotten ragged island and gb from hurricane Matthew. All that money the prior administration spent supposedly, or handed out, anD gb was still full of roofs with blue tarp when Dorian on the way.

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proudloudandfnm 3 months, 1 week ago

Mac is correct , GB is much worse off today than the day this government was sworn in. Every MP we elected should be ashamed of themselves. Cept for Mac of course...

From Pakiesha to Peter. Shame on all of you, you have done absolutely nothing to make your home a better place...

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Hoda 3 months, 1 week ago

Gb is struggling. What has he done so in pine ridge. Gb needs jobs and economic vibrancy, petty politics, agendas, vindictiveness will not help. Cornbeef and school supplies will not help

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proudloudandfnm 3 months, 1 week ago

He's the only one speaking and trying to get attention to our issues. Nothing he can do when he's backed up by a team of worthless ass kissers who only care about party....

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Hoda 3 months, 1 week ago

clearly talking loud and making noise isnt enough, sure it is attractive and appealing and makes people who are struggling feel heard. How long will we continue to vote for people because they "speak up" but can not do anything. Freeport, is not as enslaved to the Nassau as politicians like Mac suggests. If he had the ability, or a clue, why isnt he looking for investment for the island, bringing investor to the port, liasing with the private sector. My point is how long will GB continue to vote for politicians who make the feel good, heard, remind them of their suffering, who have no skills, connections to get anything done, who have been no where and done nothing. In all his speaking up, has he proposed any plan, solution, idea or course of action to bring economic revitalisation to GB. What has he brought to the table. I agree that GB MPs are lacking. But they say it is insanity to do the same things over and over and expectation different result.

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tribanon 3 months, 1 week ago

Anyone know where Minnis is hiding out these days? How much longer is he likely to remain afraid to hold a lengthy news conference to answer important questions from the free press that the Bahamian people want answered to their satisfaction. Didn't Minnis in the run up to the FNM election victory in May 2017 repeatedly promise us that a government led by him would be the most transparent one we have ever seen? Come out, come out, wherever you are.

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