“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.”
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.