Wednesday September 1st, 2021
(For Immediate Release)
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the party’s 2021 Manifesto:
Today, the Free National Movement released its 2021 Manifesto. Party Chairman, Carl Culmer, stated, “Manifesto 2021 details the FNM Party’s comprehensive plans for the country’s health, economic and social recovery. It provides new and progressive ideas to take the country forward, following the worst national disaster in the history of our country and as we work through a devastating global pandemic.”
He further stated, “The Manifesto also details a number of the Minnis Administration’s numerous accomplishments for the Bahamian people over the past four and half years, despite these unprecedented events. It serves as a bold statement about the future of The Bahamas.”
Among the FNM’s pledges in Manifesto 2021 are the following:
- End the emergency phase of the pandemic, by continuing the comprehensive National Vaccination Programme, expanding testing capacity at the National Reference Lab, continuing to foster robust contact tracing, enacting legislation to replace the Emergency Orders, improving public health infrastructure, and other elements of the COVID 19 response detailed in the Manifesto;
- Give Bahamians more access to land and affordable homeownership throughout the country by building on existing programs, while also developing new ones;
- Establish a Ministry of Investments, Financial Services and Commerce, to expand conditions for economic growth and trade, opportunity and job creation, to transform domestic and international investments, and to enhance Bahamian ownership of the economy through entrepreneurship and innovation;
- Expand the Family Island Infrastructure programme by continuing to construct airports, bridges, roads, docks, hospital upgrades and clinics, and other essential infrastructure to enhance the quality of life for all Bahamians;
- Resource a National Sovereign Wealth Fund to mobilize assets and private capital for infrastructure development;
- Collaborate with the Grand Bahama Port Authority to improve business processes on Grand Bahama, in particular for micro-businesses, execute a housing programme, and create master plans for East and West Grand Bahama;
- Implement the work of the National Commission on Marijuana, including: decriminalising the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, legalising medical marijuana, establishing a Cannabis Licensing Authority and making Crown Land available for Bahamians to grow legal cannabis; and
- Build the technical infrastructure to undergird the work of the Information Commissioner already appointed by this Minnis Administration under the Freedom of Information Act.
Some of the accomplishments identified in Manifesto 2021 include:
- Taken the country from a decade of either no growth or net negative growth to a period of consecutive years of economic growth prior to Hurricane Dorian and the pandemic;
- Introduced the historic Fiscal Responsibility Act, which led the way to a 60% reduction in annual fiscal deficits before Hurricane Dorian and the pandemic;
- Executed a massive infrastructure programme throughout the Islands of The Bahamas, including the docks, bridges, airport upgrades, water works, seawalls, and extensive roadworks throughout the Family Islands and New Providence;
- Transformed the provision of Government services to the public through digital platforms, including e-passports, licenses, and birth, death and marriage certificates, as well as education instruction;
- Established the Small Business Development Centre, which has provided critical business support to micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and has approved over $60 million for approximately 2,000 Medium- and Small-Sized Enterprises; and
- Consistently reduced serious crimes, including murders, armed robberies, and sexual offences, through deliberate strategies.
More of the FNM Party’s 2021 Manifesto will be shared this evening by the Party’s Leader, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis, at the Rollin’ Red Rally at the Winton Super Value Food Store parking lot and streamed live on social media platforms.
Manifesto – Free National Movement
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Tuesday August 31st, 2021
(For Immediate Release)
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s deceptive and failed attempt to bribe Unions:
“What’s old is new again for the woeful PLP, led by Master of Corruption, Brave Davis. Desperate to seize back power, they continue to replicate the lies and deceptive tactics that have long become a hallmark of their campaigns. The PLP is quick to make promises, but never keep them. This time around Davis attempted to bribe the Bahamas National Congress of Trade Unions, promising to address all their issues in exchange for their support in the upcoming election. But Bahamians have grown wise to Brave’s deceitful tactics, with nine separate Unions stating they never heard of the agreement, and ‘refuse to stand idly by and allow our members to be used as pawns’.
“Davis’ efforts to manufacture headlines isn’t new. Many will remember when he served as the top deputy in the disastrous Christie Administration and they were called out for attempting to hold a fake opening for Baha Mar. At the time The Tribune wrote, ‘Mr. Davis’ contributions during the public hearing, as well as during his subsequent interview with reporters, were devoid of details’, making it clear their ‘soft-opening’ was nothing but a failed publicity stunt.
“The woeful PLP under Brave Davis has come to the end of the line. Being called out as they turn to their old deceitful tactics, as well as being lambasted by the media for their warmed-over economic plan, called out for being ‘recycled’ from their previously failed promises and ‘unfulfilled’ plan.
“On the other hand, the Minnis Administration will continue working to make historic reforms to raise the standards for transparency and accountability, and the FNM will always put people over politics. They are working to overcome the historic challenges we’ve faced as a nation these past few years, as they seek to build opportunities and a better future for all Bahamians.”
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Carl Culmer, Chairman of The Free National Movement (FNM), issued the following statement regarding last night’s break in at the FNM’s headquarters:
“This morning it was discovered that the FNM headquarters was broken into at some point last night. We don’t have any details at the moment but are hopeful that an investigation will bring answers and justice will be served.
“It doesn’t seem coincidental that our party’s headquarters would be broken into on the evening before nomination day, but regardless of intent, it is a shame that someone would do this after the years of peaceful elections that our country is proud of.
“We encourage all political parties in The Bahamas to rebuke this type of behavior as it has no place in our electoral process. The FNM will provide more information when it becomes available.”
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the PLP’s extraordinary efforts to hide their record from the public:
“Hiding behind his party chairman and lawyers, Brave Davis is taking extraordinary steps in trying to conceal his party’s disastrous record from the voters. But pulling political levers and applying political pressure to get regulators like URCA to disregard their own regulations won’t silence the truth. The only thing negative about the ad Brave Davis and his party are taking extraordinary steps to remove from the airways is the fact that it graphically highlights the disastrous PLP record when they last held power.
“Incompetence was a hallmark of their tenure. Who can soon forget the fact the PLP let the landfill burn for weeks on end as neighborhoods surrounding it suffered – including children that were subjected to the toxic fumes? Or the fact they misled Parliament about a fire insurance policy at BAMSI – only admitting to it publicly two-months after a fire damaged a dorm. Brave and his team may have another name for it, but normal people know that’s rank ‘Incompetence’.
“We also know the PLP made many boastful promises during their campaign in 2012 only to see them broken once in office. Murder rates hit historic highs year after year under their watch – even after the PLP promised to reduce crime. That is just one example of the ‘Broken Promises’ the PLP served to the public, then, failed to follow through on once in office.
“And whether they admit to it or not, their tenure in office was a ‘Disaster’ for the country as a whole. Bahamians suffered through five years of zero or negative economic growth, a series of credit down grades and rampant, systemic unemployment. Try as they might, Brave and his party can’t erase that from the record – the people won’t forget. Imagine the state of our Nation had Dorian and the Pandemic occurred during their tenure in office.
“And through it all, an insidious cloud hung over their party with one newspaper remarking the PLP was ‘drifting from scandal to scandal’ during their last time in power. Brave and Fred would have us forget that it was one of their own Ministers who, ‘sought contracts from Baha Mar from his family’s business,’ and other ‘troubling instances’ of contracts being awarded under their watch. Their own post-mortem report, after their historic election defeat in 2017, ‘found that the perception of the PLP as corrupt was the single greatest element that impacted the party.’
“They lost an election because of their tone-deaf incompetence and monumental failures. Brave and his PLP have shown time and time again they have learned very little to nothing from that historic loss. Even today the media is pointing out that this ‘new’ PLP seems a lot like the ‘old’ PLP – where they offer up ‘largely a recycle’ of their past charter of governance that went ‘unfulfilled’ when they were in power.
“No solutions and bereft of new ideas, Brave’s woeful PLP is left hiding behind lawyers, threatening legal action, and pulling political levers to get regulators like URCA to ignore its own regulations, to do their bidding in hopes that they can erase the PLP’s disastrous record. While Brave and his party have learned very little since 2017, the Bahamian people have and won’t go back to the days of politicians running the country into the ground as they look to serve themselves at the people’s expense.”
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding D’Angelo Ferguson as the FNM’s new standard-bearer for the Mangrove Cay, Central and South Andros Constituency.
D’Angelo Ferguson is eager to serve as a voice for the residents of Mangrove Cay, Central and South Andros, and is passionate about youth representation.
Ferguson is an Assistant Manager at one of the local cable companies, responsible for customer experience and Information Technology.
He gives back to the community. He is an Assistant District Manager in the national Youth Empowerment Program and served as a former trustee in the Torchbearers Youth Association. He also founded The Lenard & Nancy Stuart Memorial Foundation, which raises funds to provide scholarship opportunities to the students of South Andros High School.
D’Angelo is happily married to Janine Ferguson and is the father of three beautiful children. He is also the owner of two growing businesses.
This 32-year-old is a son of the soil, born in Kemp’s Bay South Andros. D’Angelo has been campaigning side by side with the former Candidate Ken Smith every day throughout the constituency and knows the communities very well.
Party Chairman Carl Culmer stated, “With a background in IT and business, and a passion for developing our youth, the FNM is confident that D’Angelo Ferguson will help advance the Minnis Administration’s work to move The Bahamas forward for our children.”