PLP To Hold East End Town Hall On Airport

September 14, 2015

The PLP will be hosting a Town Hall on the airport project at 7pm this Thursday [Sept 17] at St. George’s Cricket Club, where they said the “panelists will review the independent Deloitte report which highlighted numerous deficiencies in the OBA’s approach to this important project.”

A PLP spokesperson said, “The One Bermuda Alliance government has yet to fulfill the requirements of the Letter of Entrustment, given to them by the UK Government regarding the Airport Redevelopment Project.

“Therefore, the Progressive Labour Party invites all concerned citizens to a Town Hall Meeting on ‘The Privatisation of Bermuda’s Airport’ to be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00pm at St. George’s Cricket Club.

“The featured panelists will be Deputy Leader & Shadow Finance Minister, Mr. E. David Burt and Shadow Transport Minister, Mr. W. Lawrence Scott and the Town Hall will be moderated by Senator Renee Ming.

“The panelists will review the independent Deloitte report which highlighted numerous deficiencies in the OBA’s approach to this important project.

In July, the OBA were required by the UK Government to do the following:

  • The United Kingdom Government and the Government of Bermuda must agree on what measures are required to address the deficiencies that are identified by Deloitte in their assessment report[s].
  • The Government of Bermuda must publish a written and evidence-based assurance that the required measures have been taken, before the Contract can be concluded.

“These conditions make it clear that the OBA government must address the numerous deficiencies that were identified by Deloitte prior to moving forward with the airport redevelopment project.

“It is critical that the largest capital project in Bermuda’s history is executed correctly. We as a country cannot afford to get this wrong, especially as the OBA is planning on giving Aecon the rights to control our air terminal for the next 35 years. From the outset of this project, we have urged the Government to put the airport project out to competitive tender to ensure that Bermuda gets the best deal possible.

“Further, we agree with the independent Deloitte report which states that the Government must use a “Public Sector Comparator” to ensure that the public-private partnership [PPP] that they have agreed to makes the most long-term economic sense for Bermuda.

“We encourage all taxpayers to read the independent Deloitte report as it echoes many of the concerns raised by the Progressive Labour Party since the OBA announced that they had agreed a sole-sourced Public Private Partnership to build a new airport terminal.

“This topic is of major concern to us as the Opposition party as it is our responsibility to hold the government accountable. When questioned about the numbers, the Minister of Finance referred to critics as ‘number bombers’ and when asked what the final costs will be, his response indicated that he did not know.

“We call on the East End Community to make your presence felt and attend this Town Hall Meeting at St. George’s Cricket Club, on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00pm.”

The 200-page Airport Appraisal report by Deloitte follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. hmmm says:

    Yawn

    • Thanks PLP for exposing this shady deal, I would use the C word but I might be liable to court action, a word these DREAMERS used and worst when PLP were in power and now it’s thrown back at them they want to cry like baby’s.
      Street talk it’s called being a B!@# @$$ punk.

      • Earth watch police says:

        Yah thanks plp that 800 million could have built the airport bridges low cost housing fixed roads he’ll we should have gotten some tax breaks at least it was our money after all.

      • Ed Case says:

        …and because things would be so much better under the PLP. Yeah right. hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah.

        • Mr. Orange says:

          Yes indeed ED. In the meantime just look out of your window into the sky…see all those airplanes circulating waiting to land? Indeed this airport venture is immediately necessary with the drastically increasing air arrivals and all…

          • Build a Better Bermuda says:

            Actually, a new airport is of urgent need, quit looking out the window at the sky and take a good look at the infrastructure and condition of our current airport and you would realize that it is past its lifespan and on borrowed time. It is only going to get more expensive to keep that one running.

  2. SpinCycle says:

    Bermuda needs a new (3rd) political party. This would ensure that the ‘opposition’ pulls its socks up, and is not just the opposition by default!

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      I seems to me the PLP has lost the plot, they keep harping on about government not meeting the requirements for the letter of Entrustment, but they only need to meet that to sign the contract. Something they are still at least a year away from. That is a year to ensure they can fill all the gaps they had identified when they commissioned the Deloitte report to provide them with. And the deficiencies were not that numerous, a word the PLP seems to like using whenever they have something negative to propagate.

    • If you build it they will come.

    • Earth watch police says:

      Yah they have their own math formula.

    • Unbelievable says:

      SpinCycle, that is a great idea.

    • Rockfish#1 and#2 says:

      That will provide J Simmons and W Furbert with another opportunity to ply their trades, and add to their resumes’.

      • Rockfish#1 and#2 says:

        This comment is for Spin Cycle’s comment on a third party.

        • PBanks says:

          To be fair, Mr Furbert’s only jumped parties once.

          As for a new and true ‘third’ party, seems like any and all efforts to do so for the past several years have fizzled out before even building up a hint of steam.

  3. blow in says:

    don’t forget to bring the WICKET KEEPER to control the crowds

  4. Not exactly says:

    Brace yourselves: more BurtMath is coming!

    • Earth watch police says:

      Yah they have their own math formula.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      With their proficiency for ignoring expenditures in equations, it is little wonder they nearly sunk us in so much debt.

      • And we are in as much more after 2 years of SpongeBob’s Fuzziness.

        • Earth watch police says:

          Yes plp fuzzed the numbers with their own patented math formula now the finance minister has to pay the plp s, note you better find that money rumour has it that all files were not destroyed going to get heated soon.

        • Build a Better Bermuda says:

          We’ve done better on the budgets after 2 – 3 years with Minister Richards than the PLP ever did with their 14 years of budgets.

        • Ed Case says:

          and things would be so much better under the plp. hahahahahahahahahahahaha

        • hmmm says:

          Onion Juice, please explain why the PLP should be voted for in the next election ? You seem to be anti anything OBA, so I want to know why.

          spit it out or STFU.

  5. just wondering says:

    Wish the OBA would start another project, these guys are killllllllling this one………

  6. Terry says:

    It is almost Autum and leaves should fall.

    We usually walk in crap but this is much.

    Alah Aka Bean

  7. A Party that ran this Island for what 14 years and had done nothing about the airport but change its name have now all the answers to all the problems…Not only at the airport but everywhere… Please whistle another tune u’lot :-(

    • Earth watch police says:

      How St Georgians allow the plp across the bridge is mind blowing seeing as they destroyed so much of their beloved town.

      • Causeway says:

        Why wouldn’t they have the meeting at someplace like St. Georges Golf Course? Oh yeah they shut it down then demolished it right around the same time they leveled the Club Med!

        I think I’ll pass on this Town Hall Meeting.

      • Faulk says:

        Indeed, I was thinking exactly that the other evening whilst walking around what used to be the St. George’s Golf Club course. This course used to be a source of relaxation for locals and visitors from across the island, had a thriving bar and restaurant at the 19 th hole, kept folks employed, etc. In one fell swoop this was all shut down and abandoned thanks to whatever it was Brown and Bazarian were up to that never happened. If the PLP want a public meeting and investigations about abuse of process, etc, start here first.

  8. jt says:

    So, was the misinformation provided at the first town hall deliberate or due to ineptness?
    Now we shall see.

  9. Navin Johnson says:

    Have they had any Town Hall Meetings before? This week I mean……beat that dead horse please…37 people will attend

  10. Vulcan Trash Cleaner says:

    I’d love to see Hecklers at these plp useless meetings!

  11. Bobby says:

    PLP, STOP, why did you not build a new airport, and a new causeway, fix the busses, pave some of the roads… You had your time, let it go, and let the country move on….

  12. town hall meeting or pure 1 sided undemocratic shove this cra* down a selected fews opposition to anything peoples throats. If it had a reasonable cross section of LEVEL headed speakers of both sides maybe. Just amazes me the 2 faced s*** they talk after having had 14 years to do something PRODUCTIVE.

    • Varied says:

      It’s a PLP meeting, it’s not surprising that the panel is all PLP, frankly.

  13. 32n64w says:

    Perhaps Mr. Burt can refer to Delloite’s cover letter which sets out the reason they were engaged in the first instance.

    “We are pleased to submit this Final Report on the business case for developing the Bermuda Airport Development. This Final Report maps the existing analysis and documentation on the proposed Bermuda Airport Development, as provided by the Government of Bermuda, to the required contents of the Five Case model in a Full Business Case. It then presents a gap analysis of the existing documentation on the Bermuda Airport Development against the requirements of a Full Business Case.”

    “We understand that the Government of Bermuda is not yet ready to make a Gate 3 investment decision, and has the opportunity to close the gaps we have identified before entering in to contracting for the concession with the selected private sector supplier. We believe that addressing the key gaps in our analysis will add substantial value to the project, both by improving Value for Money for the Government of Bermuda, and by reducing risk.”

    The Government hired Deloiite to undertake a gap analysis to provide a framework to ensure best practice is followed. The UK have provided a timeline for adherence, a significant factoid which the PLP failed to disclose, either due to ignorance or deceit.

    So the PLP’s suggestion that Government has “yet to fulfill the requirements of the Letter of Entrustment” is purposely misleading and designed solely to further their disinformation campaign. It’s akin to admonishing a student for not yet turning in their 2016 year end thesis.

  14. Ed Case says:

    Dear PLP: Can you not think of anything useful to do? This is why you are losing support. You are about as modern as the church – and you will both disappear over the next few years. Sensible people simply don’t believe your BS anymore.

    RIP – PLP

    • Earth watch police says:

      You can gift wrap s,,,t but when you open it it is still s..t.

    • Earth watch police says:

      Plp you’ve been found out you better come clean Bermudians have strong political affiliations but I think for the most part we all love our country and will hold in account anyone who tries to destroy it .Bermudians want answers you better come clean.

  15. Rockfish#1 and#2 says:

    So! Senator Ming has resurfaced.
    Hopefully, she will tell us how she feels about Marc Bean’s comments regarding women. Bearing in mind the recent court case.

  16. Mark says:

    Should be about as enlightening as a broken light bulb.

  17. Rico says:

    My goodness. I try to be fair to both sides, but this is ridiculous, let it go and let’s get some jobs and contruction going. Peoples lively hood and getting us back to work need this deal started, and the hotel. Let’s come together St. Geo!

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      The PLP are all about trying to get people to work, they just don’t believing in doing what needs to be done and are still following the notion that they should have to give anything to the foreign investors for their investing here. They operate under the assumption that investors should come here and give us money simply because we are Bermuda.

  18. aceboy says:

    This is funny. The GOVERNMENT commissioned the report to identify deficiencies, so they could corret them. So the PLP take that report and use it to show that there are deficiencies. LOL. How idiotic can a political party actually be?

  19. Ed Case says:

    Let us recall that the only thing the PLP did for the east end was blow up a hotel, and close a golf course. Anyone who still trusts the PLP needs their head looking at.

    • Kindley says:

      The east end is the diamond in the ruff. The perfect place for tourist. Open the golf course and it would make such a difference. Love St. Georges!

  20. Faulk says:

    Here is perhaps the saddest part: the PLP hierarchy are not saying this stuff because they are cynical or disingenuous – they are saying it because they are that convoluted and warped – they believe the crap they are coming out with. That’s what makes these guys so unlikely to succeed at anything they ever get their hands on, God Help Us (I’m certain the PLPs election the first time was God’s revenge for taking too much for granted).

  21. DONALD says:

    It is all about Money !

    No more Debt !

    We can re ~ design and fix OUR AIRPORT in Phased Stages one brick at a time as we restore our tourism product.

    T.A.C made it money from selling insurance.

    T.A.C. is in Recession,and we know what that can do to a country.

    T.A.C. wants to take over Bermuda and the Caribbean one brick at a time.

  22. Looking for work says:

    More BS from the PLP disinformation machine.