March 26, 2012
K Peter Turnquest
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DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said yesterday the Minnis administration intends to begin making good on its tax-related promises in next week’s budget presentation.
DEPUTY Prime Minister K Peter Turnquest said yesterday said the government intends to honour the commitment made by former Prime Minister Perry Christie to pay overtime to Royal Bahamas Police Force officers but “some degree of borrowing would be required” for this to happen.
Grand Bahama Power Company’s (GBPC) plan to recover its $25 million in Hurricane Matthew restoration costs from consumers was last night blasted as “highly irregular and unfair” by one of the island’s MPs.
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.
The Bahamian people “should be mad as hell” with both the PLP and FNM for placing the country in a position where it is being threatened with a downgrade to ‘junk’ status, the Democratic National Alliance’s (DNA) leader has charged.
The threat of a Bahamas boycott by Florida-based air cargo operators was yesterday branded as “the unintended consequences of ill-thought out policy” by the Opposition’s deputy leader. K P Turnquest warned that as an import-dependent economy, reliant on international transportation links, the Bahamian economy could only suffer if freight companies reduced or eliminated services to this nation.
The Government has pushed back its original projections for eliminating the fiscal deficit by three full years, and is now pinning its hopes on a $449 million, four-year 'swing' into surplus.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said he has “no worries or concerns” about being challenged for his position, claiming that his chief opponent does not currently “possess the skills that are paramount in need” to move the country forward.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said that the government’s decision to bring in a special task force from the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist local law enforcement with crime, proves the Progressive Liberal Party was not truthful about having the solution to crime in 2012.
THE National Intelligence Agency continues to operate without oversight and may be abused by officials, Free National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said yesterday.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest yesterday applauded the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s latest efforts to combat crime but said it is “unfortunate” that 134 people had to die for the government to finally get serious.
FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest yesterday criticised Royal Bank of Canada Bahamas for its “ridiculous” new $10 charge for non-RBC account holders, and called on the government to ensure that the Toronto-based bank was not seeking to “take advantage” of Bahamians.
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 Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest has emphasised that he does not believe any Family Island affected by Hurricane Joaquin should be abandoned.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said yesterday that stakeholders should consider whether it is wise to rebuild islands like Crooked Island following the devastation that Hurricane Joaquin has left in its wake.
FOLLOWING the recent brutal murder of a young couple in West Grand Bahama, Deputy Leader of the Free National Movement Peter Turnquest says gun violence continues to steal some of the nation’s young and “brightest lights”.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest yesterday asserted that Prime Minister Perry Christie was “on very thin ice” regarding his economic forecast coupled with his outlook of the country’s continued ability to borrow at reasonable rates.
FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said that Standard & Poor’s (S&P) decision to downgrade the Bahamas’ sovereign creditworthiness this week justifies the “conservatism” displayed by his party in the recent budget debate.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest yesterday criticised the Department of Statistics’ recent Labour Force and Household Income Survey, calling it a “mirage” that is “no way realistically reflective of what is going on with the country’s economy”.
FREE National Movement deputy leader Peter Turnquest yesterday said the government’s failure to secure a return on the $11.3m spent to hold Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is a “sad indictment” which proves that the Festival Commission “gambled” with taxpayer dollars.
FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest has suggested that the Christie administration chose to file a Supreme Court petition to wind up Baha Mar as a reactionary jab at the resort’s developer, Sarkis Izmirlian, who shocked many when he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the resort in a US Delaware Court several weeks ago.
FREE National Movement (FNM) deputy leader Peter Turnquest yesterday accused the government of delaying its tabling of the controversial Auditor General’s report into Urban Renewal 2.0 to “buy itself the time to clean” the programme’s records.
THE decision by the Bridge Authority to delay the introduction of Value Added Tax on toll fees at the Sidney Poitier Bridge to Paradise Island was today endorsed by Free National Movement Deputy Leader K Peter Turnquest.
THE decision to implement value added tax on the toll at the Sidney Poitier Bridge to Paradise Island has been criticised as another burden on the working class.
THE government’s decision to commission an independent report into Urban Renewal’s Small Homes Repairs project is an attempt to “interfere with” and “sabotage” the work of the Public Accounts Committee, FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said yesterday.
THE Bahamas National Festival Commission has not lived up to its self-imposed 21-day deadline to release the revenue and economic impact report on the inaugural Junkanoo Carnival because the event did not perform as organisers “overzealously” projected, according to FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest.
FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said the new “Stronger Bahamas” government initiative is propaganda, adding yesterday that the Christie administration is “insulting” Bahamians by suggesting in an advertisement for the plan that the country has become safer.
FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said the government’s hype over the tax reductions it will implement on select items for the upcoming fiscal year is misplaced.
THE Free National Movement yesterday criticised Prime Minister Perry Christie’s 2015/2016 Budget communication, saying that it lacked detail and was a “fanciful” document filled with misplaced optimism.
THE Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is expected to soon submit a formal report to parliament following an extensive probe into the operations and expenditure of Urban Renewal 2.0, Free National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said yesterday.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest said he was “very concerned” about the country’s economic future as he castigated the government over its lack of detail in the 2014/2015 mid-year budget presentation.
OPPOSITION Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest is calling on the government to clarify details surrounding the set up of the country’s second mobile services provider amid what he believes to be confusion about what will happen to the 51 per cent majority share in the company.
FNM Deputy leader Peter Turnquest yesterday criticised the government’s decision to delay announcing the strategic partner for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation’s restructuring, calling it a “smoke screen” because of a lack of direction on the initiative.
FREE National Movement Deputy leader Peter Turnquest yesterday questioned the government’s progress on proposed reform plans for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, which have not materialised since Prime Minister Perry Christie first announced them in August 2013.
FREE National Movement (FNM) Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest expressed disappointment yesterday over the fact that Prime Minister Perry Christie did not formally address the public ahead of the January 1 roll out of Value Added Tax (VAT).
FNM Deputy Leader Peter Turnquest yesterday criticised the government for failing to announce or address their plans for Social Services once value added tax is implemented tomorrow.
The latest results are in from the FNM convention at Holy Trinity’s Convention Centre in Stapleton Gardens.
EAST Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest believes his status as a member of parliament puts him at an advantage heading into tomorrow’s FNM convention, where he will vie for the deputy leadership post.
FNM Shadow minister for Finance Peter Turnquest yesterday said it was critical for the government to address minimum wage concerns before the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT).
PETER Turnquest, FNM Shadow Minister for Finance, expressed concern yesterday over the “rushed” passing of Value Added Tax legislation in Parliament on Wednesday.
THE Free National Movement yesterday dismissed the government’s 2014/2015 budget as a “dismal failure” that contained nothing but “false hope” and the “same old promises.”
FNM MP Peter Turnquest has called into question the viability of Urban Renewal 2.0 in the absence of a comprehensive overview of the programme for the last two years.
THE government is reportedly in talks with banks regarding the manner and the amount of money that is repatriated from the Bahamas, according to well-placed sources.
COURT action taken by web shop bosses over the government’s order that the sale of numbers is to cease sparked criticism from FNMs yesterday.
The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) was yesterday urged to account for the $8.5 million in ‘economic development promotion’ fees it has extracted from Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) over the past 17 years, an MP also suggesting that the latter’s customers were “getting the short end of the stick”.
GRAND Bahama MP Peter Turnquest is calling on the Grand Bahama Power Company to reconsider its decision in terminating some 20 workers at the company.
GOVERNMENT members yesterday suggested that FNM Grand Bahama MP Peter Turnquest had first sought a PLP nomination before joining the FNM. The claims were made as Mr Turnquest took the
FREEPORT - Outlining his plans for change, FNM candidate for East Grand Bahama Peter Turnquest opened his constituency office on Saturday before an excited crowd of supporters.