PLP: ‘Minister Failed To Get Her Facts Straight’

May 1, 2013

“Minister Gordon-Pamplin has failed to get her facts straight, as Island Construction categorically did not receive a $14 million contract for landscaping at the Port Royal Golf Course,” Shadow Minister of Health Zane DeSilva said.

Mr DeSilva was speaking in response to a statement by Health Minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin, with two having exchanging words about the FutureCare health insurance programme for seniors.

Mr DeSilva had said “punitive increases” were put in place, while the Minister said “I think that the $14M that the Minister charged the people of Bermuda to do some landscaping at Port Royal golf course would have gone a long way to ensure that money was available for further benefits to our seniors, but it appears that his priority was not with our seniors.”

Starting back in 2008, Port Royal Golf Course underwent a major renovation spearheaded by Boston-based architect Roger Rulewich. The overall cost of the work is generally cited at $14.5 millon.

Mr DeSilva said, “In her haste to deflect attention from the rash and radical increases in FutureCare for the island’s most vulnerable seniors, Minister Gordon-Pamplin has failed to get her facts straight. Island Construction categorically did not receive a $14 million contract for landscaping at the Port Royal Golf Course.

“The Minister has not only attempted to deceive the public, but is indicating that neither I, nor my company, should receive government contracts based purely on my political affiliation. We demand that Minister Pamplin-Gordon apologize for this irresponsible and unstatesmanlike behavior and immediately retract her statement.

“The OBA may believe that innuendo, deception and deflection are effective ways to hide the truth, but what is done in the dark will be revealed in the light. The facts are that the OBA has broken a slew of election promises, been caught in repeated untruths and favored the elite and their friends in the business community over Bermuda’s working class and our community’s most vulnerable. The OBA has consistently run from tough questions, taken credit for PLP achievements and ducked responsibility for their actions.

“The facts are that the OBA callously raised FutureCare fees on seniors who could afford it the least and have failed to answer the cries of seniors whose prescription benefits are too low. We call on the OBA to stop running, stop deflecting and stop misleading our people,” concluded Mr DeSilva.

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  1. Argosy says:

    ....."“The OBA may believe that innuendo, deception and deflection are effective ways to hide the truth, but what is done in the dark will be revealed in the light."

    Yeah right - pretty rich coming from one of the Doc's closest bosom buddies!

    So, Zane, reveal to us in the light of today, how much of our tax dollars did ICL receive? Or will that stay in the dark.....thought so!

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    • Watching says:

      It was probably more like 13.8 million; but who's counting right ? You know how that 'we had to deceive you' crowd is

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      • Black Soil says:

        Zane likes green.

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  2. swing voter says:

    So I'm a little slow. tell me again, what is the problem with all seniors paying the same flat rate for health care? And while you're at it Zaney, just how much did your company get for moving soil around on Port Royal

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  3. disillusioned already! says:

    Me thinks that Zane doth protest too much!

    I've been waiting for the Auditor General's report on Port Royal that was started way last spring! Why is AG so quiet?

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  4. O'Brien says:

    Zane go have a lie-down bye...sick of your noise already.

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  5. Navin Johnson says:

    Oh Zaney....you complain about the RASH AND RADICAL increases in Future Care premiums and yet the decrease in premium for all but the first participants was far greater than the increase .....you should quit while you are behind Zane and you are far behind.....

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  6. JT says:

    He's good at spreading more the soil.

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  7. blankman says:

    As expected, Zane put his foot in it again. The Minister did not say that Island Construction received a $14 million contract but rather that the PLP had spent $14 million on the course. Two quite different things.

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    • LaVerne Furbert says:

      This is what the Minister actually said "I think that the $14M that the Minister charged the people of Bermuda to do some landscaping at Port Royal golf course would have gone a long way to ensure that money was available for further benefits to our seniors, but it appears that his priority was not with our seniors."

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      • Argosy says:

        and......

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      • blankman says:

        So where does she say that ICS received a $14 million contract?

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      • JT says:

        Perfect clarification Ms. Furbert. Thank you!

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  8. special says:

    So Zane you say you dont have any Govt contracts why are you fighting so hard for them , being so malicious . You had your turn, everytime there is road work all you see is your workers and barriers .
    And you are correct: WHAT IS DONE IN THE DARK WILL COME TO LIGHT. Working in National Trust Garden.

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  9. Zombie Apocalypse says:

    Zane fails again.

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  10. Deliverance says:

    Since Zaney clearly didn't understand the question perhaps he can tell us why, after the PLP Govt's favourite hotel joined forces with Riddells Bay Golf Course that Island Construction received a $1 million UNTENDERED contract (that's right - no other companies were given and opportunity to bid) for laying a car park there?

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  11. joy says:

    Zane time you leave Bermuda your madness needs to end. JUST FACE IT YOU ARE A FAILURE TO US LEAVE THE NEW GOVERNMENT ALONE YOU FALSLY PICK AT THEM EVERY OPPORTUNITY YOU CAN GET. NEW GOVERNMENT PLEASE KEEP A GOOD WATCH AND MAKE SURE HE IS NOT PAYING YOUR STAFF TO KEEP PUSHING HIM CONTRACTS THAT ARE NOT PUT OUT TO TENDER. TIME TO HELP OTHER BUSINESS HE HAD HIS TURN FOR YEARS. HE NEEDS TO FELL IT LIKE WE DO. GOD DOES NOT SLEEP. HE IS A MILICIOUS ,DANGEROUS, UGLY, WHATEVER HE IS.
    JUST GET THE HELL OVER IT. GIVE UP PLEASE.

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    • serz says:

      I noticed that Mr. DeSilve did not state the amount of the contract. He merely stated that it was not $14 million. So if the contract was $14,000,000.01 or more he would technically be telling the truth while still steering clear of the actula amount. Very clever Zane I guess you learned from the best.

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    • Out of work contractor says:

      I agree with a lot of things that have been said by @joy i am glad the truth commission is finally coming out on mr deIlva i would like to get in contact with you so we can discuss this more @joy my email address is bigbru1@hotmail.com please respond if you would like to discuss this a little more in depth

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  12. Y-Gurl says:

    The golf course seems to have been just the tip of the iceberg, remember Cuba, are you sure you want to poke that bear Zane?

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  13. Telling it like it T.I.Z. says:

    Zane, if that was your attempt at trying to defend yourself that was an EPIC FAIL. Seems to me your comments were more about deflecting the issues and the truth. She never mentioned ICS, so why are you getting so "sensitive".

    You are all smoke and mirrors. Pay (and treat) your workers better from some of that 14 million you selfish, selfish man.

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  14. Nuffin but da Truth says:

    I wouldnt believe anything that comes out of Zaney's mouth!

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  15. street wise says:

    “The OBA may believe that innuendo, deception and deflection are effective ways to hide the truth, but what is done in the dark will be revealed in the light."

    The height of hypocrisy. SMH. From an all out PLP ex-Minister.

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  16. Islander says:

    How much did it cost us to have soil replaced after Mr. DeSilva's mess up with soil at Port Royal. How many remember the fiasco with soil?

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  17. GottaluvH8ers says:

    LOL!! Zane is a good man.. Most people who actually KNOW Zane know that he does the right thing no matter home much people hate on him.. and is still fighting for BDA.. He should give up and live his life... He doesn't need the PLP do live a good life he done it without them and will continue too.. Just goes to show you he isnt fighting for money.. He can do that without politics. He is fighting for the people of Bermuda.. Look outside the box.. Bunch of haters with nothing better to do than try to bring people down.. Oh and P.S. OBA is trash.. hahaha

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    • Concerned says:

      Many know Zane very well. Ask him how he got his dads business into his name? The only haters are people like yourself that would support a proven failed government no matter what and call others trash.

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      • Anbu says:

        Aye firkin men Concerned! I was waitin for someone to type it!!! Zane's a good man?! Ask his old man how good of a man he is. Cheesums bah. Some people.......lol

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