Madame speaker, I rise on behalf of the concerned
constituents of Grants Town and likewise all Bahamians the length and breadth of
the Bahamas to contribute to this debate on the proposal to return the Clifton
Pier property to its former owner that was acquired by the Bahamas Government.
Madame speaker, it is of importance for me to note
that Bahamians across the country and the political divide are questioning which
Member for North Abaco will they be dealing with today as a result of this
debate? Madame speaker, are they dealing with the duplicitous Member for North
Abaco that said on June 17, 1999 in a Nassau Guardian article that, “The
government has no difficulty approving Clifton Cay? (show newspaper article)
Or Madame speaker, are they dealing with the
schizophrenic Member for North Abaco that said in the Tribune article of
February 25, 2000 that he in effect is prepared and ready to, “wash his hands
of Clifton?” (show article)
one Madame speaker are the people expecting to hear from today? I suspect that
the very fact that we are debating a resolution to return the land to its former
owner, the Member for North Abaco will stick to his schizophrenic statement of
February 25, 2000. In effect finding the Bahamas with having direct involvement
in the Holy Bible by us now having our own Pontius Pilot.
Madame speaker, this debate that we are engaging in
today, when assessed in the eternal and unapproachable light of God, will turn
out to have been a debate that will either send a righteous message from the
government that will please the masses of the people, or it will be a message of
infamy sent by this government that will cause despair, agony and
disenfranchisement for the masses of Bahamians.
I say that Madame speaker, because this debate is
only worthy of each government member speaking from his or her conscience on
behalf of their constituents to a subject that has deep-rooted implications both
psychologically and physically to each Bahamian. Madame speaker, it would be
most inappropriate for any government member in this place, to choose to absence
themselves from this debate because they cannot speak their conscience.
Therefore Madame speaker, it should be expected that
each member of the government speaks to this debate with the freedom of not
following this one- man government’s line of politics. Anything less than that
will be tantamount to betraying and selling out the constituents that they have
been sent here to serve and relinquishing what little dignity they may have left
as government officials who are dictated to by their leader, while reducing
their ability to see God with confidence on that inevitable day that they must
Madame speaker, as a corollary to this debate on the
Clifton Cay Resolution, I wish to draw to the attention of this House that it
was former-Justice Jeffrey Thompson, former PLP Cabinet Minister who in 1998
drew to my attention that the pavilion on Southern Recreation Grounds had fallen
informed Mr. Thompson that the Southern Recreation Grounds was not in my
constituency, but it was just on the border of Grants Town. I however informed
him that I would immediately bring the matter to the attention of the Minister
of Works, who at that time was the Member for Mt. Moriah.
Madame speaker, the good Minister responded and work
did commence. The roof was taken down and no further work to restore the
historic pavilion was ever further executed. Madame speaker, I reminded the
Minister on several occasions and although he never said it, I got the
impression that monies were paid and the work was not completed.
Madame speaker, that kind of event is not unusual
under this FNM Administration. I mention this Madame speaker because my late
great-grandfather, Earnest Lenkard Bowen who was a member of this place in the
early 1900’s was a part of the committee appointed by this House, that was
involved in the establishment and operations of the Southern Recreational
Grounds. The politics of the 1950’s can be said to be of recent vintage.
Madame speaker, during the days of the early 1950’s
the popularity of the Southern Recreation Grounds was world acclaimed, as many
international and national luminaries of that time period gave spine tingling
speeches to the masses regarding the signs of those times. Madame speaker, such
persons as the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King and Congressman Adam Clayton
Powell were some of the dignitaries from abroad that spoke to the masses from
Madame speaker, many of our own historical giant’s took the podium at the
Southern Recreation Grounds to address the masses. Those that come to mind are
Clarence A. Bain, Sir Milo, Sir Lynden, Sir Cecil, Sir Orville, Paul Adderley,
Arthur Foulkes and even spiritual superstars such as Reverend’s H.W. Brown and
Madame speaker, you will note that one of the persons
mentioned is the present Governor-General, the father of the former- Minister of
Works, who obviously in his own wisdom, or lack of any, must have concluded that
the historic site at the Southern Recreation Grounds is of no significance to
him which may represent the thinking of the good doctor, the Member for North
Abaco and the other pitiful followers in his Cabinet.
government decides to restore the pavilion at the Southern Recreation Grounds, I
am certain that the present Minister of Works will have great difficulty in
participating in the restoration of that historic site, because of the perennial
history of those of his ilk seeing the value of Bahamian property, in the
context being only if by some means they can acquire it.
Madame speaker, here is the point in my mentioning
the Southern Recreation Grounds as a corollary to what we are debating here
today; if one cannot appreciate the historical significance of the Southern
Recreation Grounds and it’s pavilion, it should come as no surprise that this
FNM Government cannot appreciate the historical significance of the Clifton Pier
Madame speaker, I have no hesitation in saying that
for the most part, the older Bahamian in the community of Grants Town and the
rest of the Bahamas, understands and appreciates the importance of what took
place during the early and mid 1900’s at Southern Recreation Grounds. And I
likewise Madame speaker, dare say summarily that they and the younger heritage
advocate’s understand the importance and significance to the Bahamian history
and culture of Clifton Pier. All understand except this one-man government,
Madame speaker, despite his pitiful attempt to convey to the contrary.
the only history this government understands is the infamy of placing an
undesirable person on Bahamian currency. Madame speaker, this government
understands the historical significance of pandering to the infamy of special
interest groups regarding our currency, but they ignore the historical
significance of the indigenous Bahamian’s land. This is ludicrous and a
classic case of tortured logic.
Madame speaker, in turning to the background on
Clifton Pier, I am reminded of the understanding by all cultures of people, as
to why the Jewish race guards very jealously over their heritage and culture.
The procurement and preservation of anything of Jewish origin is promoted by the
Jewish race because of the Jewish holocaust in Europe, wherein 6 million Jews
lost their lives.
speaker, with this accepted fact, it is disgraceful that this government who has
as its majority a black electorate, would ignore the historical significance of
Clifton Pier, when we know that all of the inhabitants of that site were the
Lucayan Indians, others known as Loyalists, and Africans who survived the
journey from Africa on slave ships, wherein millions died in the middle passage
of the Atlantic Ocean during this journey.
speaker, six million Jews unfortunately died in the holocaust and they as a race
have never forgotten it, nor will they let anyone else forget what happened to
them. But this government is prepared to murder the history and heritage of a
race, their own race for the most part, that has as a history the loss of
millions of lives.
Madame speaker, out of every 100 Bahamians, 85 of
them had ancestors that came from Africa as slaves by way of slave ships from
the African continent and others came by way of travel from the American
colonies during the late 18th and early 19th century.
the war of the 18th century, those that we know as the 15% of white
Bahamians came from Europe by way in most cases through America. Which should
put to rest what the Member for Long Island said last week in his Communication
On Privilege when he claimed that his ancestors came on the ships from Africa
like my ancestors did.
speaker, the member may have had a few ancestors on those ships, but certainly
he wouldn’t identify with them if they were in the hole in the bottom of the
boat like my ancestors were. He possibly was referring to some of his ancestors,
if any existed, that were a part of the administration of the ship’s affairs.
Madame speaker, the relevance of Clifton Pier to the
Bahamian majority, can be found on the property in the form of slave cabins,
kitchens, plantation walls and of course the ruins of slave master, William
Wylly’s house, which is inclusive of many other artifacts and structures that
are a reminder of our history during that period which has shaped for the better
or the worst, the minds of most black Bahamians.
Madame speaker, we also know as an historical reality
that the ocean’s edge is a part of the Clifton Pier Site, the area at which
our ancestors were thrust into a bathing basin by slave masters to be washed
with fresh water in effect removing the grime and the rigors of having traveled,
so to speak, as “sardines in a can” across the middle passage of the
Madame speaker, that is not all of the saga of Clifton Pier and yet even what we
know today is not the entire story because as long as the property for the most
part, remains intact, discoveries can and would still be made.
Madame speaker, notwithstanding that some Bahamians
would rather have the majority of us remain ignorant by believing that the
Lucayan Indians were not considered our ancestors and thereby absolving mixed
Bahamians of their ancestors complicity in the slaughtering of Indians who
previously occupied the entire Caribbean, the fact of the matter is that all
persons of color are considered to have as their origin, the mother country of
speaker, that being a reality, the Clifton Pier Site was also a place where
Lucayan Villages found its beginnings right up to the time that the Europeans,
starting with Columbus plundered this land, which is something that the Member
for Long Island can more easily and comfortably connect with. Madame speaker,
the remains of these villages were recently discovered by consultants hired by
the FNM Government.
consultants have informed the FNM Government that, “the sites still preserved
at Clifton may represent the last opportunity to learn about the daily lives of
people who first made the Island their home. It is our professional opinion that
no single property in the Bahamas should contain as many equally significant,
prehistoric and historic cultural resources as are located on the Clifton
Madame speaker, that is what the consultants hired by
the government said in its report of January 2000 and in spite of that and many
other things concerning Clifton Pier, this government still attempts to draw
infamy unto itself by moving full speed ahead and through the back door to
obliterate the historical site known as Clifton Pier, by turning it into a
residential area named Clifton Cay.
speaker, I say through the back door because we know that returning the property
to its former owner does in fact allow the owner to sell it to whomever it
wishes, but we should not forget that the one-man National Economic Council of
this one-man government has already given approval in principle the proposed
Madame speaker, this is just a back door way for this
government to still achieve its originally desired results, by way of what they
consider to be the path of least resistance, by ultimately telling us that it is
unBahamian to refuse a land owner the right to sell their property.
all Bahamians to remember that this member told you that, because that is what
they are setting up today and that is what they will say. Madame speaker, it
makes one have to seriously wonder if the conclusive report of the
government’s consultants on Clifton Pier, only motivated this government to
make sure we have no memory of our past, by obliterating what does exist of it
by way of building a gated-community site.
speaker, this project is just another facet of this government’s plan to
ensure that the more intelligent and proactive Bahamians of the future, never
have any knowledge of our real history, thereby being forced to continue in the
building of this society on the false premise that special interest groups have
always been and continue to have a right to be the owners of this society and
speaker, I charge this government with
conspiring to commit historical genocide on the Bahamian masses with this
devious plot to rob the majority of Bahamians of their culture, their norms, the
knowledge of self and their heritage. In this matter of Clifton Pier and the
government’s ruthless decision to use the Parliament’s time to force a
resolution down the throats of Bahamians, it brings to mind only one word to sum
up this whole affair—criminal.
Madame speaker, there are many things that are
attached to the heritage of Clifton Pier and the unfortunate heritage of slavery
in this country. Madame speaker, not every memory of Clifton Pier and slavery
can be found in the ruins that remain and those yet to be discovered. There are
also real human life heritage that needs to be told, because the fact of the
matter is that we have for too long refused to educate ourselves and others
about the times of slavery, which in some instances mirror what is happening
Madame speaker, it is time that we teach as a matter
of priority, what the slave experience was like in order for us to bring down
those strongholds that still occupy our lives today, as a result of being passed
down to us whether of slave or slave master heritage and mentality.
Madame speaker, one such story, that I seriously
doubt many of us know about, has special significance in that it played a part
in the abolition of slavery, which ended in 1834. Madame speaker, it is a story
about slave owners in 1827, named Henry and Helen moss, whose ancestors is
bekieved to have been one of the former owners of Clifton Pier. These slave
masters were living in Great Hope Plantation, Crooked Island when they were
convicted and imprisoned for excessive cruelty to Kate a slave girl.
speaker, that was the thinking at that time, that some cruelty was okay, but
excessive cruelty was going a little bit too far. You see Madame speaker, we
must know our history otherwise as we can see today to some extent, we would be
doomed to repeat it.
Madame speaker, this story of the slave girl Kate, as
found in the Journal of the Bahamas Historical Society (1998), has great
importance because her plight got the attention of abolitionists in England, who
then publicized her case which in turn gained support for the abolition of
slavery. That is a part of our history Madame Speaker, the fact that we made
world history, albeit out of sad circumstances, that in turn helped put an end
Madame speaker, is why we need to teach our history in the schools, to bring
some dignity to our people, who during that time suffered under the most
terrible of circumstances. If we don’t teach these things Madame speaker, I
fear we will repeat them because we are already well on our way in that
direction with this FNM Government.
Madame speaker, let me tell you briefly the story of
Kate. Madame speaker, the slave plantation that Kate was subjected to was a
plantation granted to George Gray in early 1791. Gray was a doctor in Nassau
until his death in 1817. He sold the property to James Menzies in 1792, who also
bought all the adjoining land grants, eventually totaling some 1,770 acres.
Madame speaker, the land changed hand many times and
then it was sold to one Henry Moss. Moss was the nephew of James Moss, and
already lived on Crooked Island, out of this acquisition arises the story of a
girl called “poor Black Kate,” who was a 16 year old domestic slave, or as
some would call it and as many in this place can identify with, a house
Niggress. Kate refused to mend her clothes and do her work.
On July 22, 1826, she was confined in the stocks and
was not released until August 8th, a period of seventeen days. The
stocks were constructed so that she could not sit up or lie down comfortably and
she remained in them night and day.
She was also flogged repeatedly, Madame Speaker, and
red pepper was rubbed in her eyes to prevent her sleeping. On one day of
Kate’s imprisonment she complained of fever. When she was taken out of the
stocks she was cramped, but was again flogged and sent to labor in the fields.
Madame speaker, on the evening of the third day after
her release, she was brought before Henry and Helen Moss for refusing to work,
and she again complained of having had fever. They did not believe her, but told
the driver to bring her to them for medicines in the morning if she was ill.
Madame speaker, the driver took her to the slave
village and flogged her again. In the morning she was taken to work in the
fields where she died at noon. Madame speaker, the Grand Jury refused to hand
down an indictment for murder, but did hand down indictments for misdemeanors
for cruelty to a slave.
Madame speaker, the trial of Henry and Helen Moss was
held in Nassau in February 1827. Henry and Helen Moss were found guilty, fined
300 pounds and sentenced to 5 months in the common jail in Nassau. Madame
speaker, despite petitions for their release sent to London by their supporters,
they apparently served their jail time, although they were given personal cells
and special treatment not accorded common criminals. Today however Madame
speaker, some don’t even see jail.
Madame speaker this are one of the many stories,
albeit sad, that needs to be told to show Bahamians the majesty of Kate, in
refusing to bow down to her masters and the circumstances. But what I need
clarified today is Madame speaker, whether there are any Kate’s in this FNM
Government who will stand up against what they know is wrong.
Madame speaker, I recognize that there are many
Kate’s in the government who are only experiencing the slavery side of the
story, but what I need to know and what the Bahamian people need to know is, are
there any Kate’s in the government who are prepared to stand on what they
believe, even if it cost them their political lives, so they can help positively
shape the future history of politics and governance in this country?
Madame speaker, I can say with relative surety that
in the sense of a Kate that will stand fearless on principle, there is only one
and possibly two members of this government that I believe will do so, and they
are the Member for Shirlea and I hope my representative, the Member for
Delaporte. Outside of that Madame speaker, the real Kate would have to come down
from Heaven and point out those in the government who have her spirit.
CAY-SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
Madame speaker, as I understand it the sequence of
events relating to the current proposal to develop Clifton Pier, started with a
newspaper article in the April 28, 1998 edition of the Tribune, the byline was,
“Town meetings considered on controversial Clifton Cay development.”
Madame speaker, the Permanent Secretary in the Office
of the Prime Minister, Miss Theresa Butler said that, “government is
considering holding town meetings to give the public an opportunity to express
their views on the proposed Clifton Cay project. Ms. Butler said the matter is
being considered because of the great interest expressed in the proposed
Madame speaker, the article also said that Ms. Butler
denied rumors that the application had been approved. The article continued by
saying, “Brothers Jeff and Allan Waterus, Brian Sweeney and Tad Buchannon, all
Canadians, are the principles pushing for permission to develop an exclusive
$500 million residential complex. They are described as property developers in
Madame speaker the Tribune article continued, “the
Clifton Cay area is of critical, historical and biological Importance according
to the Bahamas National Trust. Trust members voted overwhelmingly on the
resolution last week to preserve the area.”
Madame speaker, one of the investors, Jeff Waterus
acquired the Catholic Convent on West Hill Street, which is located in the
Grants Town Constituency and that Mr. Waterus had the historic building gutted
without the necessary approvals.
Madame speaker, in this same Tribune article, Ms
Butler in speaking to this matter said, “Jeff Waterus apparently received
approval for one aspect of the project and incorrectly assumed he had permission
to gut the building.” Madame speaker, Ms. Butler believed the incident was a
genuine mistake and said, “Mr. Waterus is awaiting approval on his application
to convert the Convent into offices and a gallery retail- restaurant.”
Madame speaker, that was more than two years ago and
the former historic convent remains gutted. Why is this Madame speaker? Is Mr.
Waterus one who has gotten rich off of the Clifton Cay deal and has just said
the hell with anything else, thanks to the groveling and ingratiating behavior
of this one-man government?
Madame speaker, I will in a moment, reveal who people
like Waterus are and what role they played in us being here today engaged in
what has to be an unGodly affair.
Madame speaker the sequence of events continued in
March of 1998, when the operators of Stuart Cove Dive, South Ocean, prepared a
list of 28 questions regarding the proposed Clifton Cay development. I wish to
share some of those questions raised by Michelle and Stuart Cove:
Madame speaker, on January 29, 1999 a notice from the
Office of the Prime Minister and Department of Physical Planning notified of a
Madame speaker, on February 9, 1999, in the Tribune
there was an article that read, “Appeal for injunction can’t stop
development at Clifton Cay,” Wells says. The article said in effect that
former lawyer, Ortland Bodie last year (1998) asked the Supreme Court to declare
Clifton Pier, Clifton Point and Clifton Cay, a protected national site under the
provisions of the Antiques and Museum and Environmental Protection Acts.
Madame speaker, only with us knowing when Mr. Bodie
got that lucrative job at the Housing Ministry that literally raised him up from
the dust and ashes of his previous life, can we then determine how he feels now
about what we are doing here today.
Madame speaker the sequence of events continue with
TO KELLY’S ARTICLE APRIL 14, 1998
TO KELLY’S ARTICLE APRIL 28, 1998)
Madame speaker, the sequence of events also continued
in what most would call a turn for the worse when Mr. Oswald Brown, Guardian
Editor wrote in his column:
TO BROWN’S ARTICLE FEBRUARY 15, 1999)
speaker, in view of the cloak and dagger events surrounding this two year saga
of Clifton Cay, coupled with the FNM Government’s continuous ad-nauseum
pronouncements of the former government and many of its supporters being front
men and bag men for foreign investors of dubious character, Bahamians have been
asking for some time now, who are the promoters of this project called Clifton
speaker, Bahamians are asking and rightfully so, are Chaffin & Associates
the real promoters of this project? Madame speaker from as far as I can tell
based on its public relations, Chaffin and Associates are a group of persons who
have been given recommendations by Americans of some repute. Madame speaker,
communications from American persons to this government about Chaffin &
Assoc. are as follows:
INTO RECORD LETTERS FROM VARIOUS AMERICANS)
speaker, while it is commendable that the Americans would support their own
citizens, the question still abounds as to whether the Chaffin Group was the
original proposers of this project or were they thrust on us by someone else and
leaving this government with only being able to pray to God that they are who
they say they are?
speaker, I say this because I have been advised that Chaffin and Assoc., the
present proposers of this development were not the original people who came to
the Government of the Bahamas in respect to the development of Clifton Cay.
Madame speaker, the truth is that a couple of promoters came
and sold the government a bill of goods, in order to promote the project. We now
know that it was the Waterus Brothers, a Mr. Sweeney and a Mr. Buchannon. If
some others preceded these persons, we have yet to know, Madame speaker
speaker, in keeping with its concept that any non-Bahamian, who walks into the
Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Building adorned with a coat, tie and briefcase; that
person is automatically considered a bona-fide foreign investor.
It was then that these same promoters got from the government
of the Bahamas the authorization to develop Clifton Cay. They became Madame
speaker on behalf of the government the authorized dealers for the Clifton Pier
property to be turned into Clifton Cay, by whomever they could get to do it.
gotten that authorization Madame speaker, they then had something to sell and
they approached the Bechtel Corporation and or their family members based in
Madame speaker for these promoters it was a quick profit and
probably the easiest money they ever made, by in effect selling the concessions
granted to them by this government, even when there was no proof of their
ability or commitment to in fact execute the massive undertaking of building
what would be known as Clifton Cay.
These promoters Madame speaker joined a long list of
foreigners who generated for themselves great wealth through the generosity of
this FNM Government. But why should we be surprised, Madame speaker? When it’s
a known fact that with things belonging to the Bahamian masses, as the Clifton
property does at this present time, this government has been scornfully
ingratiating and liberal to whomever represents anything but what is Bahamian.
once these promoters had the go ahead from the government to market our land,
the Bechtel Group decided to get involved, but to do so on the conditions that
another developer take the lead in the project. Why was that Madame speaker?
Was the Bechtel Group concerned that such venerable and
knowledgeable persons like Mr. Robert Kennedy Jr. would automatically be on
their case because of their abysmal record in the US concerning projects and the
environmental impact of such projects? Was Bechtal anticipating trouble so they
put some other persons up front?
speaker, enter Chaffin and Assoc. and the interesting aspect of this was that
the Bechtel Corp. did not see themselves as fit and proper persons to finance
the very same promoters whom the FNM Government gave the concessions to.
So Madame speaker what is it that we really have here? We have
the government being the front men for the Bahamian people because the land was
held for us in governance; and they in turn engaged front men to sell the idea
to someone who had the financing; but who for devious reasons decided themselves
to use other front men to get the project done.
Madame speaker, this is a classic case of deviousness wrapped
up in a package of stupidity on the part of this Government. Everybody was
fronting for every one else, while running for cover because of what they know
was wrong about this whole affair. And I suppose Madame speaker, we likewise
have some non-patriotic Bahamians also now running for cover since valiant
Bahamians have decided that enough is enough concerning the giving away of our
speaker, I found it interesting and disingenuous that Mr. James Chaffin in a
statement which appeared in the Bahama Journal on March 22, 2000, under the
headline, “Developer Attacks Christie” claimed, “We were invited here to
be the developers because our reputation for environmental sensitivity and our
commitment to excellence in the many successful communities we have
speaker, in light of what I have just conveyed to this house concerning the
events surrounding Chaffin and Assoc. coming here, the question is, did the
government invite Chaffin, Light and Assoc. here; or were they invited by
Fremont, the associate company of Bechtel? I believe the Bahamian people should
know who invited whom to the Bahamas.
5. LACK OF LAND
FOR HOUSING AND COST
speaker, the issue of available land for the inhabitants of a country has always
been and will always be a source of sensitivity and contention if it appears
that its government is insensitive towards this reality and goes about the
peoples business as if the people have no rights to anything including their
Madame speaker, the
fact of the matter is and history will prove that more wars have been fought
over land than any other issue in the existence of mankind. Countless millions
of human beings have died in the pursuit of ownership or rights to land. And
Madame speaker, there is no precedent for us to conclude that it cannot happen
in this country.
speaker in this regard I find it appropriate to quote from an article written by
columnist Allyson Gibson in the Nassau Guardian of March 10, 2000, where she is
dealing with the existing problem that Clifton Cay will only aggravate. Mrs.
Gibson said, “Clifton Cay raises many questions including whether we are
prepared to sacrifice at the altar of development (meaning money), our heritage
and the ability of future generations of Bahamians to buy land in the Bahamas.
We know that Clifton Cay means building our children’s future upon sand. What
will they say of and to us.”
speaker, the real problem of the limited amount of land for housing in New
Providence and the cost of land for low income Bahamians, is not one that is
going to go away because this government decides to give away land in lieu of
jobs and bragging rights to a robust economy as far as the numbers show.
speaker the proposed development of Clifton Cay, represents approximately 600
acres of land. The proposed gated-community is designed to accommodate some 600
plus upscale housing units, golf course and a marina. Madame speaker, I am
familiar, as I’m sure others are in this Parliament with Pinewood Gardens,
which like the proposed Clifton Cay, comprises some 600 acres.
speaker, that subdivision has approval for 4,000 lots. It is easy therefore for
one to compare the 2 projects that are similar in size. Madame speaker, some 20
years ago, a 3 bedroom, 1 bath-house in Pinewood attracted a price of some $38
to $39,000. Today that same size home in Pinewood can cost a price of $109,000.
Madame speaker, a vacant piece of land in Pinewood sold for $3,900 twenty years
ago, today the price is $22,000.
speaker, we have limited amounts of land available in New Providence and what is
available is prohibited to persons making less than $200 per week. Any
reasonable thinking Bahamian should therefore appreciate the dilemma that a
large number of Bahamians find themselves confronted with in their pursuit to
own their piece of the rock and to eventually build a house of their own.
speaker, likewise we now know that the problem’s associated with inadequate
housing for Bahamians is evident in the dysfunctional aspects of this society.
Madame speaker it is not happenstance that inadequate housing causes lackluster
performances on the job, short spans of attention in the school system by
students and deviant behavior on the part of many persons because they have no
comfort in their homes, subsequently having no piece of mind and consequently
breeding angry persons who turn to criminal acts because they feel that for them
they have no appreciable stake in their own country. The only country they have.
Madame speaker, when these circumstances are placed in
juxtaposition to the government allowing any tom, dick or harry to come into
this country and be allowed to prosper off the fat of the land and the blood,
sweat and labor of the Bahamian masses, when in most cases they don’t live
that well in their country of origin; one can adequately and conclusively see
why mayhem and malice rules the day and night in this present Bahamas.
speaker, selling off all of the land in the Bahamas to foreigners has a far more
reaching effect than not having land for Bahamians to live on, even though that
is tragic enough. It also means that Bahamians have nothing of tangible value to
look forward to receiving from their days of toil and tribulation in this life.
Madame speaker, Bahamians are becoming at an alarming rate, proverbial tenants
in their own houses, and we know that most people who rent their living quarters
do not have too much concern for what condition they leave the house in once
they have gotten fed up with the landlord.
speaker, I put this government and those foreigners who operate as if this
government is the be-all and end-all to their prosperity in the Bahamas on
notice that the reality is that the bloodiest of wars in history has been fought
over land. It was the landless fighting to the death, the landlord.
That Madame speaker, may not concern some at this point in the
Bahamas’ development, but at some point if this trend continues, it will have
to concern everyone, when all hell breaks loose. As unfortunate it is for me to
have to say that, hopefully a word to the wise should be sufficient.
6. NATIONAL TRUST RECOMMENDATIONS
7. WHY REJECT RESOLUTION-NATIONAL PARK
speaker, the case to justify why Clifton Pier should not be developed as a
gated-community by Chaffin & Assoc., or by any entity in this whole wide
world, is contained in the Archaeological Reconnaissance and Test Excavations
within the Boundaries of the proposed Clifton Cay Development Project, 1999.
speaker, the report was prepared under contract for the Government of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas by Professors Dr. Laurie A. Wilkie and Dr. Paul
Farnsworth of the University of California at Berkley and Louisiana State
University at Baton Rouge, respectively. The date of the study is October 1999.
speaker, included in this major study are the recommendations which are
limited development alternative
modified Project alternative
as currently planned and the final thoughts from the study of Clifton Cay.
speaker, there are many salient points that can be derived from the many
correspondence concerning the viability of a gated-community on the Clifton Pier
property. Those points are as follows:
FROM THE REPORT BY WILKIE AND FARNSWORTH
FROM THE LETTER FROM WILKIE TO BECHTEL
FROM THE NDRC LETTER
FROM THE COMMENTS AT THE FIFTH FORUM LETTER
FROM THE IMPACT OF CLIFTON CAY ON JAWS BEACH
FROM THE RE-EARTH LETTER TO PM
FROM FREMONT GROUP LETTER
KELLY’S ARTICLE REEFS REAP REWARDS MAY 16, 2000)
speaker, the member for North Abaco started out his contribution to this debate
by saying amongst other things that the previous government did not proceed with
the original plans for a container port at the Clifton Pier site because, “The
study further found that a major port development would have significant
ecological impact resulting in the destruction of significant parts of the off-
Madame speaker, what in the studies and reports I have just
referred to, makes that same destruction not an issue with a decision to uproot
and obliterate the property by way of residential development?
Madame speaker, with the voluminous material available to the government and the
Chaffin Group as I have just referred to, one can only wonder with grave
suspicion why the government didn’t run these foreign shysters out of town
when it became known that the first Environment Impact Assessment Study done by
the Chaffin Group was by all accounts of the experts, seriously flawed and
speaker, as if it wasn’t bad enough to submit a flawed initial environmental
impact assessment, the Chaffin Group on December 22, 1998 wrote a letter to the
Permanent Secretary at the Office of The Prime Minister in which they stated:
(READ HIGHLIGHTED SECTIONS OF LETTER).
Madame speaker, this clearly shows from the last excerpt that
the Chaffin Group had submitted inconclusive reports that couldn’t pass the
scrutiny of the experts, therefore causing them to do what they called a
comprehensive study, which makes one have to wonder why they considered the
first and faulty one likewise comprehensive?
Likewise Madame speaker, one has to take a dim view at the
sincerity of the Member for North Abaco, when on May 2, 1999, he chose to
deliberately come to this Parliament and mislead the people, when in his speech
on environmental enhancement he said, “there has been no reduced access to
beaches in New Providence or Paradise Island, whether at Cabbage Beach,
Delaporte, Caves Beach, Orange Hill or Clifton Cay. Indeed, plans are in train
to make each of these beaches more user friendly with the introduction of
organized parking and rest room facilities where possible.”
speaker, this charade as pronounced by the Member for North Abaco, was first
hatched and spawned in deceit as can be seen from the FNM’s Manifesto 1 and 2,
where it states that an FNM Government will:
that beaches and access to beaches are reserved for Bahamians while promoting
development in the Family Islands. Where possible, reserve areas for green belts
in New Providence and study the feasibility of establishing a central park.
and provide access to beaches for the public and create family recreation
centres at various sites, e.g., at Lake Killarney, where full recreational
facilities will be maintained.
speaker the FNM’s Manifesto 2 compounded these untruth’s by stating:
Free National Movement recognizes and appreciates that conservation and
enhancement of the environment are critically important to the sustainability of
the economy of the Bahamas and, hence, to the economic wellbeing of future
speaker, the manifesto went on to say, “BEST is charged to develop a National
Conservation and Sustainable Development Strategy, while initiating policies
requiring environmental impact studies, review and evaluation of BEST, as a
pre-requisite for all international development proposals, thereby putting in
place an enhanced maintenance program for public parks, public cemeteries, road
verges and public beaches throughout the country.”
speaker, the FNM government vowed to in essence, “improve and finalize BEST
guidelines for Environmental Assessment Impact processes and procedures and
require that all major development schemes, whether by international or Bahamian
investors, include environmental impact studies as a part of their
speaker, all of this the FNM Government has promised to the people and after
eight years what have they received? All the people have received Madame
speaker, is to have another gated-community rammed down their throats that not
only reduces the already limited availability of land, but likewise promises to
ruin the environment and bring harm to the national treasures at Clifton.
All those lofty words in the FNM Manifesto’s and those of
the Member for North Abaco, have come today to amount only to a resolution to
return land back to its former owner, so that every precept they espoused in
their Manifesto’s and their words would turn out to be too cheap even for the
cheap paper it was written on.
At some point Madame speaker, the rules of this place have to
be adjusted, so that a person in this place can be called a pathological liar,
when their actions are deliberate and obscene. Especially Madame speaker, when
they come in this place and lie, about what they claim isn’t going to happen
when at the time they say it won’t happen, it in fact is actually happening.
speaker, the fact of the matter is that since the advent of the FNM
Administration, we have witnessed at an alarming rate, the elimination of beach
space and access to such spaces. Madame speaker, the government’s policies of
forfeiting beach space in order to build gated-communities flies directly in the
face of what we know has always been an inherent right of all Bahamians. It has
always been a constitutional right and tradition for Bahamians to have access to
speaker, it is no secret that the beachfront at Clifton Pier is one of if not
the last substantial stretch of beach available in the New Providence thanks to
this FNM Administration and its spiteful behavior towards anything that
represents the masses.
these circumstances, Madame speaker, one has to wonder what kind of perverse
mind would then seek to give up this last amount of beachfront, so investors
could destroy the environment?
these circumstances, Madame speaker, what kind of scornful spirit would rather
have a gated-community on the majority of the beachfront that we have left in
exchange of a few hundred feet of beachfront being handed to us as if, someone
feels sorry for our pitiful state and misdirected leadership?
speaker, only a demon spirit sent directly from the devil to rule over our
affairs would choose to give back land that we presently own to a previous
owner, while knowing that the only quality beachfront left in New Providence
will be lost to ordinary Bahamians forever. Clearly Madame speaker, the mindset
of a person who would do this, lets Bahamians know in the most salient of terms
that, if you allow enough time for the devil to do his thing, everything that
belongs to Bahamians will be given away.
speaker, there comes a time when politics of the day has no place in the affairs
of a people where decisions affect every citizen and this situation with Clifton
Cay represents that time.
Madame speaker, the Bahamian and non-Bahamian population has been
growing by leaps and bounds in New Providence year after year. There is limited
beach areas for recreational purposes available to residents of the Bahamas. Yet
Madame speaker, this government has decided to give away a large stretch of
public beach currently owned by the people of the Bahamas at Clifton Pier for
the exclusive use of foreigners for their private frolicking.
Madame speaker, there can be no justification for this. And I don’t
care how the Member for North Abaco fixes his mouth to say otherwise, or uses a
cute approach to cover up infamy as he did during his contribution, history will
not be fooled and will roundly condemn him and his cohorts. And to think Madame
speaker, this is a government who is posing him as a man who has engaged in a
decade of leadership, as we are witnessing his public relations puppets
preparing to do tomorrow.
Yes Madame speaker, that is what they call him trusted leadership, a man
who gives our precious and limited beaches away for the exclusive pleasure of
foreigners, without batting an eye, nor showing any shame. Madame speaker, the
people of the Bahamas can now see the Member for North Abaco for what he really
is and has always been—a leader that cannot be trusted to protect the rights
speaker, it is interesting to note that the Member for Bamboo Town at a recent
seminar for the New Life Christian Center said, “We have allowed too great a
gap to develop between the extreme’s of our society. Further it is being said
that the rapid expansion, without the benefit of planned human resource
development, has caused a reliance on expensive and pampered expatriates. The
presence of these expatriates serves to force the cost of property up and thus
alienate Bahamians from ownership of land and home. What the people of the
Bahamas deserves is leadership that is committed to the interest of Bahamians
and leadership that places a high premium on planning and a shared vision for
speaker, while I am sure that the Member for Bamboo Town is sincere about his
thoughts, he inadvertently lends credence to this government’s ignorance as to
why land for housing must be protected and Clifton Cay must be preserved for
Bahamians to advance this culture.
is why Madame speaker, the PLP has suggested that a national park be placed on
the property we now own that is known as Clifton Pier. A national park would
preserve the precious beachfront and offer the world an historical site for
eternity that will speak to our great heritage. And for this government that
believes Bahamians must always be hewers of wood and drawers of water, a
national park will also provide jobs, quality jobs however, that will bring
dignity to Bahamians and there willingness to uplift this nation.
8.ATTACKS ON OPPONENTS TO PROJECT
speaker, there has been a revolving pattern of behavior on the part of this FNM
Government and its supporters to attack those persons in this society who give
views of dissent to the wickedness of this government.
Upstanding citizens have been attacked on numerous occasions
by this government, attacks led foremost by the Member for North Abaco in his
cowardly way of using the Parliament’s time and the extensive media coverage
to do likewise, when in fact those under attack have no forum in which to
respond in kind.
Madame speaker, the dissent against the Clifton Cay Project has found
the Member for North Abaco at his nastiest and in this case, when he has run out
of venomous steam, he’s even endorsed the nasty remarks of the developers,
political assassins from his party and the deliberate censoring of the news at
ZNS as well as the government station refusing to run any paid advertisements
for the Coalition to save Clifton Cay.
speaker, there is presently a self- serving view on the part of this government,
that you Madame speaker have endorsed, that says the level of debate and decorum
in this Parliament has sunk to such a low that the public is no longer able to
view it from the comfortable position of their homes via television.
Madame speaker it has been the patented behavior of the Member for North Abaco
over his tenure in this place, that has in fact advanced the view that those who
are vilified in this place have no choice but to retaliate in kind. I dare say
Madame speaker, that in fact the vicious attacks on private citizens in this
place by the Member for North Abaco is the prime motivation for how the rules of
engagement in this place has changed.
speaker, people are not prepared in this day and age to allow someone who they
hired, to talk to them and about them from in front of a camera for the world to
see, as if they are wheat only to be shredded. And so today it is, retaliate in
order to protect oneself from the deliberate behavior of a perverse mind.
speaker, this Clifton Cay project has found many private citizens under attack
in this place. It was not too long ago that the Member for North Abaco stood in
this place and accused The Coalition To Save Clifton Cay of having sponsorship
from permanent residents who live in Lyford Cay as well as outside sponsorship
from American diginitaries.
Madame speaker, the brassiness of the Member for North Abaco to accuse
someone else of having outside sponsorship to conduct a campaign, when clearly
he knows that outside sponsorship is the foundation for him being the maximum
leader that he is today.
on top of that Madame speaker one has to wonder, as one always does, if the
Member for North Abaco was telling the truth because the leader for the
Coalition produced documented proof showing where their funding has come from
and what amounts. It then becomes a question of where is the Member for North
Abaco getting his funding from to launch a sustained attack on anyone opposed to
the Clifton Cay project.
this type of behavior is nothing new for the Member for North Abaco, nor the
desperadoes who serve at his pleasure. There were times Madame speaker, in the
not too distant past were some other members on that side launched some of the
most scurrilous of attacks on people in this place and at least some of them
have learned their lesson because now they behave for the most part as if they
are Nehemiahs and Bible-toting Esther’s. But that has been because of the
attacks launched back at them.
not the maximum leader of the FNM, he has continued in his repugnant style,
Madame speaker, and now he’s broadened his style by allowing the proposed
developers of the Clifton Pier property to attack the Leader of the Official
speaker, this government espouses and you Madame speaker have endorsed, the need
to respect the authority of office, notwithstanding how one feels about the
person occupying the office. But yet Madame speaker, Mr. James Chaffin launched
a most vile attack on the Leader of the Opposition in a style that can easily
lead one to believe it was choreographed by the master of vile attacks, the
Member for North Abaco.
Either he maneuvered it or those closet Bahamians involved in
this project, who likewise how sway over this government maneuvered it.
Certainly we know it was allowed.
speaker, I have to conclude this based on the view that no rational thinking
investor would choose to attack an Opposition Leader, who may at some point
become the leader of a country, or even if someone from his party eventually
becomes leader of the country, while this Clifton Cay project is either going on
or has in fact been completed. For we know Madame speaker, that in the interest
of the public, any government can acquire any property in the Bahamas at any
time, no matter what is on it.
speaker, that is what confuses me about this whole affair, that an investor
would risk his proposed investment to engage in domestic politics of a country.
This is truly confusing, unless of course we remind ourselves that this kind of
behavior is synonymous with the actions of the arrogant Member for North Abaco.
speaker, as if this was not enough, the maximum leader and his band of
marauders, took a deeper plunge into stupidity, in sending one of his political
nit-wit assassins to attack Mr. Robert Kennedy Jr., a conservationist known
worldwide for his expertise and family success. In this vein the Member for
North Abaco, his bosses and his bag-men promoters went full circle by attacking
upstanding citizens of this country, the Official Opposition Leader and now a
foreigner of worldwide status. And look who they sent to threaten by letter, to
put Mr. Kennedy on the Stop List?
A person, who many doubt that he knew about or even understood
anything in that letter except his name, because we know that anyone in this
modern age, must know at least how to write their names. And Madame speaker, we
cannot forget that it was the former Minister and potential-Minister presently
on probation, the Member for North Andros, who was accredited with having made
the most ridiculous statement concerning Clifton Cay to a New York Times
reporter, that he denied without much success.
speaker, all of this has happened, over a matter that the overwhelming majority
of people in the Bahamas have said no to. Madame speaker, the Member for North
Abaco has gathered together all of the minority forces who stand to benefit from
this project, to launch the most arrogant and asinine attack on a nation of
people who say they are not willing to trade their heritage, their beachfront
and their dignity to see more buildings that the most they will be able to do is
work in them for slave wages.
speaker, I am constantly stricken at the level of income this government is
prepared to thrust on the people of the country, while they live ostentatiously
off the same people who they try to make slaves out of. And for this Madame
speaker, how does the FNM Party feel the Member for North Abaco should be
They bring forth a Hubert Ingraham Day, endorsing the maximum
leader’s spiteful, mean-spirited, vile, repugnant and tom-like tyrannical rule
over this country for the past eight years. Madame speaker, the most dangerous
persons in the world are the ones who know they are slaves and are happy about
speaker, it is astounding that in the view of overwhelming opposition to this
project that this government would move forward gung-ho. Madame speaker, there
is a view and one that is widely accepted as part of the nuances of government
behavior and political realities, that groups and persons lobby political
parties whether through money, investments or personal favors, to get things
done in a country that they desire to operate in.
speaker, this is a reality whether the lobbyists are legitimate or criminally
minded. They want to know that they have the power of a government behind them.
Madame speaker, I am not debating the right or the wrong of it, but just that it
is a fact.
speaker, we also know that the FNM government Members while in Opposition used
as its plank to governance a premise that the former government was inundated
with bag-men, who in turn represented sometimes nameless lobbyist, those
lobbyist who sought favors from the government in exchange for party
contributions and personal contributions. On this plank the FNM in Opposition
called the previous government corrupt and one that was selling out the peoples
birthright for a mess of porridge.
speaker, this view found acceptance with more than 40plus percent of the people.
speaker, following with that view that seemed so correct then; it now becomes
relevant to ask that in the face of overwhelming dissent to the Clifton Cay
project, if members of this government or their agents have received any prior
consideration and tangible evidence that is causing this one-man government to
move ahead at rapid speed down a dark tunnel that clearly has doomed spelled on
Madame speaker, it is relevant to ask under these present circumstances,
who, if anyone, got paid from some special interest group, whether Bahamians
non-Bahamians or both, that is causing this government to turn a blind eye to
the people? Who Madame speaker, has gone too far down the financial road with
some special interest group that they are prepared to make the most unpopular
decision of their political life?
speaker, we have heard many complex views about why this government is prepared
to give back land that we have already acquired. But sometimes Madame speaker,
the answers are not complex but in fact are rather simple.
And Madame speaker if the
answer is money, then this member advises that the easiest way to avoid this
disastrous resolution; this dastardly act that will disaffect the masses of
voters, that will lead to the absolute despising of this government and that
will lead to the Clifton Cay project having a worldwide stigma attached to it
leaving it an undesirable place to live and an unprofitable venture; the easiest
way to avoid all of this is to-- give the money back to the lobbyist that have
helped this government sow this web of stupidity and deceit.
speaker, if the government can give the land back, then why not give the money
back to whoever paid off those who peddle their influence?
speaker, it is only a logical premise that something untoward has transpired and
it is only a logical conclusion that what ever exchanged hands to facilitate
this obscene act we are debating today, should be reversed by giving the money
back and saying sorry Mr. Lobbyist, but this is one thing we cannot successfully
There is really no other position that can be taken, not
unless of course we are dealing with a group of persons who are legally insane.
10.VOTE OF THANKS TO OPPONENTS OF PROJECT
speaker, before I close out my contribution, I believe that it is only fitting
that some of the persons who have put forth a valiant effort toward what is
right concerning Clifton Cay, that those persons are extended heartfelt thanks
from the Bahamas. Madame speaker, because the persons are far too many and
laborious to name at this time, I will however name a few.
Coalition Opposed To Clifton Cay
Michael Stevenson, Vivian Wyhlly, Pericles Mallis, Fred Munnings Jr. and our friends from abroad, such as,
Smith of BET Network Television
Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow Coalition
Robert Kennedy Jr.
of these persons and thousands of other Bahamians and foreign persons to
numerous to mention, have done their part in sensitizing the world about the
heritage at Clifton Pier and the tyranny of this government, as it exist in what
was once a country ran on democratic principles.
speaker the level of deceit that has operated in concert with all of those in
favor of the project called Clifton Cay is nauseating for even the strongest
supporter of the FNM. Madame speaker, one aspect that many have failed to
recognize that will show this deceit comes from what the developers initially
speaker, the Bechtel Corporation had initially pledged to bring $40 million
dollars into the Bahamas. It was likewise claimed that the project would be
invested in to the tune of $400million dollars. If this is true Madame speaker,
this then begs the question of why the Chaffin Group was planning to borrow
$35million from Bahamian Banks?
speaker, are we to conclude that now that the Bechtel subsidiary, the Fremont
Group, has because of pressure pulled out of the deal, that the $40million is
gone and the $35million now takes its place? Madame speaker, that being the
case, where is the $400 million coming from that was supposed to be put into
this project that would supposedly benefit the Bahamian economy?
speaker, I put it to you and this government that there was never any intention
to invest $400 million dollars of foreign investor finances to insure the
economic viability of this project. Madame speaker, I put it to you that these
shysters always intended to borrow money from Bahamian banks, in order to get
the project started and then sell lots, until the sum of $400million was
received for their benefit, not the Bahamian economy.
is the same old story Madame speaker with this FNM Government, let any one come
to this country and collude with this government to make a bundle of money in
lieu of jobs for Bahamians who this government and its backers feel are only
qualified to slave for some privileged blacks, God-forsaken Uncle Tom’s and
those who feel it is their divine right to possess and plunder this land and its
speaker, on this note, I am compelled to ask, How much money was paid out and by
whom to the adverse claimants in the dispute of who was the owners of the
property at Clifton Pier, that was recently adjudicated by the Supreme Court of
the Bahamas? What was the sum and was it paid by Nassauoak Ltd.? Was it Madame
speaker paid by the proposed developers on behalf of Nassauoak Ltd.? Or is there
an outstanding commitment to pay the adverse claimants?
speaker, in the Member for North Abaco’s contribution to this debate, he said
that, “Legally the government is unable to acquire property for a stated use
and subsequently put to other usage.” Madame speaker, if one has to accept
this on face value, then it begs the question of, if the government was
seriously desirous of owning the land to establish a national park as has been
suggested by the numerous experts and consultants, the government merely had to
return the land in theory and at the sametime compulsorily reacquire the land
speaker, this likewise speaks to the deviousness and short-sighted behavior of
this government when it pertains to things that uplift a people and its culture.
Fore we know that a national park will create fantastic and innovative jobs for
all age groups of people, while thrusting this country on the world in a
positive light and putting on display for the education and entertainment of
Bahamians and foreigners alike, the things of our history, that stands us out as
one of the best little countries in the world.
speaker, the Jewish race have on display all over the world the tragedies of
their people which has in most cases led to the improvement of their culture and
the world’s sensitization of the horrors that man in his inhumanity to man can
resort to. All of this they do Madam speaker in order to ensure it never happens
again. But obviously Madame speaker, this government has no use for history,
other than that which they can manipulate and create through shameful public
speaker, a question that needs to be answered is, does the Clifton Pier site
qualify as an historic site under the Antiquities and Monuments Act? If it does,
why are we engaged in this sham exercise today? Or why were we engaged in the
sham act of passing the antiquities law?
speaker, the Clifton Pier property was acquired under the Land Acquisition Act
from Nassauoak Ltd., this resolution seeks to give it back. My conclusion, if my
contribution up to this point hasn’t made it clear is that Nassauoak had to be
in agreement for this to happen, otherwise it makes no sense.
speaker, it would only make sense, if a deal has already been consummated,
signed sealed and delivered for the developers to acquire the property on a back
to back arrangement. Which has proven to be true by the Member for North
Abaco’s pronouncement that he has now been informed that the developers have
entered into an agreement to buy the property for $15 million and some other
property for an additional $10 million.
speaker, he has been informed? Madame speaker, when does the public decide to
call a confirmed liar, exactly what he is- a liar? Madame speaker, what person
in their right mind would agree to pay out $25 million dollars to a property
owner, without knowing first if the government will approve the project the
developer proposes? What would the developer had done, if by some miracle, God
Almighty would have paid an unprecedented call on the heart of the Member for
North abaco, to entreat him to reverse his decision? Would the Member have told
God, it is too late, I am too deep in the pants pocket? But what if he did
change his mind, what would the developers have done, without having prior
speaker, the proposed developer could only agree to invest, if they had the
approval from the Bahamas Government and the National Economic Council in
advance, who I understand has several members on it who don’t even know when
projects are approved, unless the Member for North Abaco decides to be merciful
and inform them of a decision?
speaker, it being logical that the developers had approval in advance, brings us
to another logical conclusion; that the government, Nassauoak Ltd. and the
developers worked out a deal in advance, thereby proving that the Member for
North Abaco’s deceitful assertion that he is “washing his hands of the
matter” was nothing more than a show of contempt for the Bahamian masses that
he has exhibited since he became the maximum leader.
Madame speaker, to all of this I say, the devil is a liar and no matter how many
times we may want to believe him, Jesus has already told us that the truth is
not in him. This resolution is a shameful display of governance by lunacy. Never
Madame speaker, have I seen in my 18 years in this Parliament such a devilishly
motivated piece of legislation come to this place.
speaker, this resolution is morally wrong and has to be condemned. I entreat the
able and legal minds of this country to come to the rescue of the dignity of the
Bahamian people, to seek to have this matter overturned by the courts and if
necessary, all the way to the Privy Council.
Up to this point Madame speaker, I have only heard
Barrister’s Keod Smith, Damian Gomez and Senator Fred Mitchell weigh in on
this issue about Clifton Cay and the actions of this renegade government. We
must hear from all lawyers in this country on this matter.
Madame speaker, no foreigner or Bahamian should be allowed to rape and
pillage the national treasure at Clifton Pier. They do not have the right and we
in this place and the people at large should not allow it to happen.
speaker, we must bring an end to the madness of this alpha and omega in our
midst, either through the courts or the ballet box.
speaker, it has been said that the voice of the people is the voice of God, and
in this case of destroying our history and heritage, if this government does not
listen to God through the voice of the people, then rest assured that God
Himself will descend upon this land and do to the wicked rulers of this Bahamas,
that which has been their destiny since the foundation of the world.
speaker, since this government refuses to hear from the people then it only
leaves for them to hear directly from God. I can only hope that the government
members are able to live in eternity based on God’s judgement of what they are
doing here today, for we know that God considers it an abomination to move the
people’s ancient landmark.
ON THAT NOTE MADAME SPEAKER, ON BEHALF OF ALL BAHAMIANS WHO CARE ABOUT THIS
BAHAMAS, I THANK YOU.