MEMBERS of Parliament engaged in a heated argument in the House of Assembly yesterday over whether the Christie administration’s National Health Insurance scheme represents a paradigm shift for healthcare or if it will mirror what is already available under the public healthcare system.
FORMER Cabinet minister George Smith said Progressive Liberal Party leadership challenger Alfred Sears should not be considered “dead in the water,” saying a leadership race is healthy for democracy.
HOUSE Speaker Dr Kendall Major admitted yesterday that he should not have allowed Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald to read and table the private emails of environmental action group Save The Bays in Parliament.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday dismissed concerns over potential challengers to her bid to be re-elected in that constituency. She said that she will retain her Long Island seat in the upcoming general election.
A DAY after South Beach MP Cleola Hamilton chastised the Grand Bahama Human Rights Association for not rebuking remarks about female sterilisation from Montagu MP Richard Lightbourn, the group released a statement asserting its condemnation of the comments.
FORT Charlotte MP Dr Andre Rollins yesterday accused the government of scrambling to put together the primary care phase of National Health Insurance in order to “fool the Bahamian people” into thinking the government has delivered on an election campaign promise.
SOUTH BEACH MP Cleola Hamilton said last evening that she believes if there was no public outcry to Montagu MP Richard Lightbourn’s “tube tying” comments, that the Free National Movement would have taken steps to enforce that “outdated” policy.
FOREIGN Affairs and Immigration Minister Fred Mitchell said yesterday that Haitian Ambassador Jean Victor Geneus’ critique of the Christie administration’s new immigration policy to clamp down on illegal migration was “materially incorrect”.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie will win the Progressive Liberal Party’s leadership race by a “landslide” because he not only continues to resonate with party delegates, but he has proven that he has what it takes to keep the organisation together, West Grand Bahama and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe has predicted.
ATTORNEY Marion Bethel, the wife of Progressive Liberal Party leadership candidate and former Attorney General Alfred Sears, said she is “ready” for the responsibility and accountability that comes with her husband’s announcement that he intends to challenge Prime Minister Perry Christie for the party’s top post.
DEPUTY Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis was evasive when asked yesterday if he will join Alfred Sears and challenge Prime Minister Perry Christie for leader of the Progressive Liberal Party in November.
FREE National Movement Chairman Sidney Collie said yesterday it is time for former Cabinet minister Tennyson Wells to “zip his lips” if he is not saying anything “helpful” or beneficial to the party.
MARATHON MP Jerome Fitzgerald said the chances of former Attorney General Alfred Sears defeating Prime Minister Perry Christie in the Progressive Liberal Party’s leadership battle are “highly unlikely” as he questioned the rationale behind the former MP’s bid to head the governing organisation.
DNA Leader Branville McCartney yesterday questioned the Free National Movement’s decision to make Bamboo Town MP Renward Wells leader of opposition business in the House of Assembly despite not knowing the full story surrounding his controversial signing of a $650m letter of intent with Stellar Waste to Energy while a member of the Progressive Liberal Party.
IN the absence of an official Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examination letter grade breakdown, Education Minister Jerome Fitzgerald’s high praise of an across the board improvement in eight test subjects, including mathematics and English, have raised questions over how well students fared in individual subjects this year.