During what was scheduled to be a constituency meeting leader of the opposition and the Free National Movement (FNM), Doctor Hubert Minnis spoke to the public outside the South Abaco constituency office in the Abaco Shopping Plaza on December 4.
Dr. Minnis noted extensively what the FNM sees as the failings of the Prime Minister Perry Christie led government and stated that “the PLP you see today you will see no more.”
Dr. Minnis said that the highlight of the Progressive Liberal Party’s (PLP) unfulfilled promises, poor conduct and failures was highlighted a few weeks ago when the country’s murder count surpassed previous records.
“Project Safe Bahamas has not kept anyone safe and their proclaimed Stronger Bahamas PR program has not made The Bahamas, and in particular you in Abaco any stronger,” he said.
Dr. Minnis said that for any crime initiative to be successful “it must be lawful and practical and the government must be willing to genuinely invest in the people, material and resources to create a reliable and effective program.”
He told the audience that “We must build a New Bahamas, and that it would take a new leader and leadership team. “Our nation needs the FNM.”
He decried the PLP as a scandal ridden government and the most undemocratic government The Bahamas has ever experienced.
Dr. Minnis reminded the audience of the BAMSI (Bahamas Agricultural and Marine Science Institute) scandal, the “Alfred Gray Fiasco interfering with a magistrate, Urban Renewal home repair scandal and the Rubis Gas spill in the Marathon area in Nassau.
Dr. Minnis also spoke of the lack of relief provided from VAT and that the PLP still has to borrow money to assist hurricane victims in the Southern Bahamas.
He touched on unfulfilled promises, particularly in Abaco, asking what has happened to the “seat at the table” promised to the North Abaco Minister of Parliament, the Sports Complex in Murphy Town, the Mini Hospital and asked where are the jobs promised to the youth?
Dr. Minnis told the audience that “an FNM government led by me and my team, will cause the strengthening of local government with a percentage of your revenue collected remaining here with you.”
He added that they would introduce Family Island Affirmative Action which would provide free tuition, room and board to students attending from the Family Islands.
He also touched on Crown Land reform as he desires to ensure every Bahamian has the opportunity to own their own land, and seeks to continue the plan originally laid to bring telemedicine to the family islands allowing persons to see specialist without having to travel.
Dr. Minnis encouraged everyone to ensure they are registered and ready to “vote out the PLP… and save our future generations.”
Also travelling and speaking at the event was Howard Johnson, new member Renward Wells and Minister of Parliament for South Abaco, Edison Key. Former Minister of Parliament Frederick Gottlieb also spoke at the event.