Visiting the Government Complex for the first time as Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Perry Christie was impressed with the “extravagance” of the Prime Minister’s office and said he would consider having a cabinet here in the future.
“My colleagues and I saw instantaneously that there is an opportunity to hold a cabinet meeting here in Abaco and I will give consideration to holding a cabinet meeting here in Abaco,” he said. He noted that the Prime Minister’s conference room at the complex is big enough and that it would be the first time that a cabinet meeting would be held outside of the capital.
As the Prime Minister toured the building he said that the people occupying the complex expressed that they are comfortable, but a few shared some needs with him. He added that after touring the Prime Minister’s office “it is clearly well accommodated even to the point of a level of extravagance that surprised me.”
Looking forward to the North Abaco bye-election on October 15 he said that members of his party would be in Abaco often leading up to the election. “The people of Abaco will get to see me, get to know me and know my colleagues.”
He said that the PLP proposes to give the people of Abaco a real program, not just a one year or election program, “but a program that goes over the next twenty to thirty years. That is our charter for governance.”
Mr. Christie stated that his party is not here to govern for five years and not just make election decisions. “We are here to move the country forward and to move this island forward. And this island is particularly important to us as it is the third economic destination in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”
Renardo Curry, the Progressive Liberal Party’s candidate for North Abaco, will explain again his vision to Abaco now that he is supported by a government that has the capacity to execute his plans, Mr. Christie explained. “The people of North Abaco will have the opportunity to decide for themselves whether or not they would want Mr. Curry to sit at the table with us to make decisions for them to advance their cause over the next five years.”
He noted that former Prime Minister, Hubert Ingraham, had done well for his constituency as could be seen. “But his time is up. It is a new day; and it is that new day that we are heralding. It is a new day where Abaco will have the opportunity to be a part of what we are doing in a meaningful way,” he said. “The people of North Abaco will see that Mr. Curry is a partner with those in the government.”
Mr. Christie said “Let me just assure and reassure everyone whatever Abaco does the Progressive Liberal Party will be the government and the PLP has as its obligation to govern effectively and properly for all the people of the Bahamas, but this special opportunity they will have in North Abaco, to have one of their native sons come in four weeks from today into government at the House of Assembly and herald this as a new beginning.”
He said Mr. Curry has “impressed all of us; he’s very articulate and a Christian bearing man and has an incredible disposition when it comes to people and then above all he has a vision.”
Mr. Christie said that whatever Mr. Ingraham left off doing Renardo Curry will pick up and take to “another dimension.”
“Ingraham has done well for his constituency; we’re going to do better,” he said. “Renardo Curry has a plan and he has a government to help him execute his plan.”