September 3, 2013
Loretta Butler-Turner in the House of Assembly.
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LONG ISLAND MP Loretta Butler Turner yesterday rejected talks of a coalition between the FNM and the DNA as “not a good idea” given the third party’s fledgling status.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner has rebuked FNM Chairman Michael Pintard over accusations that he and other party executives were planning to hold an executive meeting in her constituency on Friday without consulting her, which she said is in contravention of the FNM’s protocols.
DURING a House of Assembly session yesterday, Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner read parts of a chilling death threat letter anonymously sent to her and suggested that previous reports to police about threats were not taken seriously.
FORMER Free National Movement Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday broke her silence to reveal that she is open to running again for leader of the party – and Prime Minister of the Bahamas by extension – “if the opportunity presented itself”.
AS REBUILDING efforts begin to take shape in Long Island, area representative Loretta Butler-Turner held the second in a series of town meetings, working to ensure that all concerns raised by residents are heard.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner became emotional yesterday after being denied the chance to speak on behalf of her constituents during a heated House of Assembly session in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin.
THE Bahamas’ economic future is now in “dire jeopardy” due to the “drastic miscalculations, belligerence and widespread incompetence” displayed by the current Christie administration in its handling of the Baha Mar ordeal, according to Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner said yesterday she is moving “full speed ahead” with her planned lawsuit against State Minister for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez and she intends to make an “example out of him” in court.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday reignited accusations that the government’s Stronger Bahamas programme is nothing more than a “partisan propaganda and political tool” being used as a part of the PLP’s re-election bid.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner has questioned whether the government is truly neutral in the Baha Mar negotiations, after a leaked email from a senior government advisor to an attorney at a US law firm last month suggested that a new equity partner be brought in to invest in Baha Mar as a way to secure the necessary financing to complete the project and get it open.
FOX HILL MP Fred Mitchell lambasted Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner while visiting her constituency, suggesting to residents that the island has not flourished under her representation because of its MP’s attitude toward the government.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday criticised the government, saying at a time when the unopened Baha Mar resort has caused a “tailspin”, the Christie administration has turned to lashing out at those who are critical of its “ineptness” and inability to resolve the matter.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday called on Prime Minister Perry Christie to make his Cabinet ministers retract their “extremist” statements against Baha Mar developer Sarkis Izmirlian or resign.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner criticised the government for stalling its contractually obligated payment to Baha Mar for West Bay Street roadwork, adding that the money owed should not be “tied to any quid pro quo”.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie’s poor leadership has been reflected in the actions of his members of Parliament who joined the PLP on the unfulfilled promise that they would play an integral role in leading this country, according to Long Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler Turner yesterday castigated the Christie administration saying it was “paralysed by violent crime” as the government continued to falter from “scandal after scandal”.
FORMER Social Services Minister Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday criticised female PLP parliamentarians saying they could have done more to advance the “forgotten” constitutional referendum, which seeks to enshrine equality into the Bahamas’ guiding principles.
EMPLOYEES at the Long Island Museum have not been paid for three months and may be out of a job “very soon”, according to Long Island MP Loretta Butler Turner.
BAHAMIANS are “catching hell” under the Christie administration due to a stalled economy and worsening job prospects, Shadow Minister of Labour and Social Development Loretta Butler Turner said yesterday.
LONG Island MP and Shadow Minister for Labour Loretta Butler-Turner said she is “astounded” by the impending staff layoffs at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company, adding that “problems” facing the company stem from the management and CEO Leon Williams.
FORMER FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner suggested that the government “incompetence” is to blame for any further delays to the proposed referendum on gender equality.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday questioned whether taxpayers will have to foot the cost to repair the dormitory that was destroyed by fire at the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) last month.
SHADOW Minister of Labour and Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday urged people and local businesses to give to charities this season, after reports of decreases in contributions.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday called for the government to either bring the National Intelligence Agency legislation to parliament or “shut the agency down forthwith”.
WITH the Free National Movement’s convention a week away, leadership contender Loretta Butler-Turner has ramped up her campaign with the release of a jingle.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner is calling on the government to respond to the needs of the 190 Crystal Palace employees who were fired last Friday.
WHILE many Free National Movement supporters in Grand Bahama are reserving their comments over the leadership battle, some believe that Loretta Butler-Turner’s decision will deepen democracy in the party.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner revealed for the first time yesterday that party chief Dr Hubert Minnis initially did not want her as his second-in-command.
AN INSIDER in the Free National Movement has charged that rivalry between the leaders of the party is hurting the political organisation.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday expressed concern that the government will not meet its “important deadline” of tabling legislation to regulate the controversial National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
FNM DEPUTY Leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday denied she had “snubbed” party leader Dr Hubert Minnis at a private event that was held for her in North Abaco over the weekend.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner questioned whether postponing a date for the gender equality referendum to 2015 was too long, but said the government had only itself to blame because the entire process was mishandled.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner has urged the Christie administration to specify its intentions for the constitutional referendum on gender equality as the proposed November 6 date for the vote gets nearer.
FREE National Movement Deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday urged the Christie administration to table the Financial Action Task Force’s recommendations that were given to Attorney General Allyson Maynard Gibson nearly two months ago in Paris.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner warned yesterday that the government may have to postpone its scheduled November 6 constitutional referendum because the process of enshrining equal rights for men and women in the Constitution is being compromised by repeated delays in passing the four Bills in Parliament.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner said yesterday she still “fully supports” the four bills that seek to enshrine gender equality in the Constitution, despite her party leader Dr Hubert Minnis declaring the party will not support the changes.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday branded comments made by Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller over the Constitutional amendment bills “misogynistic” and said the remarks are a testament of his “unenlightened thinking”.
DESPITE strong criticism over voting against the Christie administration’s 2014/2015 Budget, the Free National Movement stood by its decision in a bid to highlight the lack of transparency and clarity in the government’s fiscal plans.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Loretta-Butler-Turner is hopeful the government will make the right decision on the appointment of a new governor general amid a revelation that Dame Marguerite Pindling owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in real property taxes.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday admitted that she has not filed her annual financial disclosures since 2012.
THE appointment of board director Leon Williams to the post of CEO at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company is “nothing short of a major step backward”, according to FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner.
FREE National Movement Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner last night said she is considering running for the leadership of her party, adding that she has been inundated with support from people asking her to vie for the FNM’s top position.
AMIDST debate on how to spur the country’s economic growth, an opposition MP warned that the Bahamas must stop giving all of the concessions and opportunities that it does to foreigners.
OFFICIALS at the Public Hospitals Authority say the Critical Care Block at the Princess Margaret Hospital is closer to being fully operational with the facility this week receiving key certifications.
FNM DEPUTY Leader Loretta Butler Turner yesterday criticised the government for not allowing the Opposition an opportunity to sit down with the New Zealand Value Added Tax experts.
FNM Deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner suggests that a payroll tax coupled with another revenue generation scheme like a national lottery should be implemented rather than the controversial Value Added Tax (VAT).
FNM DEPUTY leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday criticised the Christie administration for failing to table in Parliament regulations to legalise and tax web shops in the country.
FNM deputy leader Loretta Bulter-Turner has questioned whether mass lay-offs for scores of BTC employees is imminent as the company reportedly prepares to outsource its call centres to Panama.
FNM Deputy leader Loretta Butler Turner is demanding from the Ministry of National Security a full explanation of the events surrounding a wedding at the Central Police Station, including the authoritative figure who sanctioned the act.
FNM DEPUTY Leader Loretta Butler Turner said she will continue her crusade to stop Bahamians from losing their homes despite her decision to postpone her march against Prime Minister Perry Christie.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner once again denied a rift between herself and party leader Dr Hubert Minnis yesterday, despite Dr Minnis publicly distancing himself from a protest she intended to lead.
DEPUTY Leader Loretta Butler Turner yesterday questioned why the government is spending more money to have nine new ships built for the Royal Bahamas Defence Force than the FNM planned to spend on 11 from the same company less than two years ago.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner joined in with marking International Women’s Day, which is celebrating the theme of “Equality for women is progress for all” this year.
FNM Deputy leader Loretta Butler Turner yesterday called for a full investigation into the alleged abuse of a 14-year-old boy at the Simpson Penn Centre.
FNM Deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner is calling on Prime Minister Perry Christie to fully disclose whether he at some point fell behind in paying his real property taxes, and, if so, the years involved.
AMID criticisms over the politicisation of rapes in the country, FNM Deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner blasted the government and its efforts to combat violence against women calling them “vastly insufficient”.
THE accuracy of the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s crime statistics are being questioned as there were 40 per cent more rape cases treated in the hospital than were reported by the police.
LORETTA Butler Turner, FNM deputy leader, is questioning the Christie administration’s approach to governance if an elected official acting as Prime Minister can be left without a proper security detail.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler Turner questioned yesterday why Acting Prime Minister Phillip “Brave” Davis was not given the same security detail as Prime Minister Perry Christie.
LONG Island MP Loretta Butler-Turner has condemned the Dominican poachers who continue to threaten the livelihood of many of her constituents.
DEPUTY FNM leader Loretta Butler-Turner is demanding full disclosure of the costs associated with Prime Minister Perry Christie’s trip to Sri Lanka, London and the Vatican.
“HOW can someone just get a nolle?” is the question Free National Movement deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner put to parliamentarians yesterday.
A LINK between organised crime and webshop operations in the Bahamas became a touchy subject in the House of Assembly yesterday when Free National Movement Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner called into question an admission by Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller that he bought numbers.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday accused the government of “governing without transparency” by not keeping Bahamians informed about proceedings in the Cuban detainee abuse trial.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner called Minister of State for National Security Keith Bell a “loose cannon” and claimed this is why Prime Minister Perry Christie never appoints him as Acting National Security Minister.
PRIME Minister Perry Christie last night squared off against FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner in an explosive evening session of the House of Assembly.
BAHAMIANS should be “outraged” that the press have been denied permission to cover the Cuban detainee abuse hearings, FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner said yesterday.
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday branded the government’s decision to reschedule the Constitutional referendum as a “shameful and disrespectful” move.
FNM DEPUTY leader Loretta Butler-Turner yesterday slammed the government over its handling of the proposed referendum on changes to the Bahamas constitution.
MOVING to end gender discrimination in the Bahamian Constitution would be correcting “one of the worst offences that the PLP perpetrated against half of the county’s population”, FNM deputy leader Loretta Butler-Turner told The Tribune.
'Decision of the FNM's new leader was made in my absence.' Loretta Butler-Turner on leadership, Hubert Ingraham and a female PM
FNM Deputy Leader Loretta Butler-Turner spoke to The Tribune about the future of a post-Hubert Ingraham FNM, the role of women in politics, the possibility of a female Prime Minister, the legacy of her grandfather and how she felt shut out of the decision to choose Hubert Minnis as FNM leader.