Mr Hollis noted that Mr Furbert said the contract was terminated back in September 2012 — which he later retracted – and said it would be very easy to assume that the Bermudian public was misled due to the upcoming election.
The Park Hyatt resort was originally scheduled to open last year at the old Club Med property, however construction has not even begun.
In September of last year Mr Furbert told ZBM the agreement between the Government and developers was “terminated,” however the following day he issued a statement saying he “misspoke.”
Speaking this afternoon, Mr Hollis said: “I am sure I speak for most Bermudians when I express my utter amazement at the statement made by the former Minister of Tourism, Wayne Furbert, to the effect that the PLP Government cancelled Mr Bazarian’s contract to build a hotel in St George’s some time last year.
“Mr Furbert actually announced that the agreement had been terminated in September. At the time, he said: “The agreement with the Club Med, or Park Haytt, has terminated. We all know that the termination took place. But the Government is looking at its options of what it should do.”
“Then the following morning, he issued a statement saying that he had had made a mistake. ‘Yesterday, when I spoke on ZBM news,‘ he said. ‘I misspoke when I said that government has terminated the Park Hyatt agreement.
‘What I meant to say, is that the time period for the agreement has expired and that the agreement has lapsed. We are fully committed to a hotel in St George’s. Mr Bazarian and his team are travelling to Bermuda and we will be meeting with him next week.’
Mr Hollis continued: “It would be very easy to make the assumption from these statements that Mr Furbert told the truth in the first place, and that his colleagues in the Government, knowing an election was to be held in December, selected the option of misleading the Bermudian public, lest the news harm the fortunes of their candidates in St George’s.”
“If that is the truth, it would be an extraordinary abuse of the trust many voters had in the PLP, trust which the PLP told us, over and over again, was entirely justified.
“Perhaps Mr Furbert should tell the voters, especially those who live in St George’s, exactly when this termination of the agreement with Mr Bazarian took place,” concluded Mr Hollis.
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