FNM Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday called the Christie administration the “worst government this country has ever seen.” Crime will continue to rise as long as they are in power, he said.
STATE Minister for Finance Michael Halkitis yesterday defended the Baha Mar receivership from attacks against the resort’s developer Sarkis Izmirlian, saying the process is a way for “the speedy resumption and completion of the resort.”
AGRICULTURE Minister V Alfred Gray yesterday admitted that contacting Mayaguana administrator Zephaniah Newbold on behalf of one of his constituents after he had been convicted and sentenced earlier this year might have been a “misjudgement”.
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday welcomed the “positive” news that Baha Mar has been placed into receivership at the request of the Export Import Bank of China.
Free National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard said "fully expects" the government to delay the implementation of its proposed National Health Insurance scheme, adding that concerns over its funding comes secondary to the "infrastructural development of the existing healthcare system".
HEALTH Minister Dr Perry Gomez yesterday said government’s consideration of a new tax to fund its proposed National Health Insurance scheme is “not surprising,” stating that the best way to pay for the plan is “through some tax where everybody is paying a little bit toward a single goal.”
FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said yesterday that such drastic measures as “infringing on civil liberties and limiting freedoms” have to be taken to get a hold on the “crippling crime problem in New Providence.”
FREE National Movement Chairman Michael Pintard yesterday vowed that the paradigm shift needed to advance national politics was already evident in his party, proclaiming that the political norm has failed to advance The Bahamas.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie yesterday stressed his resolve in implementing National Health Insurance, adding that the government would not do anything to upset the economy in deciding how to fund the programme in its later stages.
LABOUR Minister Shane Gibson acknowledged “concerns” about how government will fund the first phase of its National Health Insurance scheme, which is expected to be rolled out next January, in view of recovery efforts for Hurricane Joaquin.
STATE National Security Minister Keith Bell yesterday blamed the Free National Movement for the country’s current crime crisis, adding that had the former government “been responsive, a great deal of the violence that we are experiencing today could have been avoided”.
TRANSPORT and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna Martin yesterday said the government is “actively considering” enhancing the capacity of the Department of Meteorology.
FREE National Movement Leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday renewed calls for greater transparency in the government’s proposed roll-out of National Health Insurance.
PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts yesterday shot down suggestions that the Christie administration was to blame for the more than 2,000 redundancies at Baha Mar last week.
DEMOCRATIC National Alliance Leader Branville McCartney blasted Prime Minister Perry Christie over his “false disappointment” response to the Baha Mar redundancies in a statement on Friday.