PLP Welcome News Of Commission Of Inquiry

December 29, 2015

The PLP said they welcome the news that a Commission of Inquiry will be formed to investigate the findings of the Auditor General’s report as they “agree that any corruption, malfeasance or unethical behavior must be identified and punished regardless of whether the perpetrators are PLP, UBP or OBA,” Acting PLP Leader Dennis Lister said today.

Earlier today Premier Michael Dunkley announced that a Commission of Inquiry will be formed “to investigate the issues raised” in the Auditor General’s report on the Government’s Consolidated Fund for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2011 and 2012 – which included information on instances of overspending, expenditures not having the required Cabinet approval, contracts not being tendered, duplicate payments being made and other issues pertaining to tens of millions of dollars.

Mr Lister said, “The Bermuda Progressive Labour Party welcomes the news that a Commission of Inquiry will be formed to investigate the findings of the Report of the Auditor General on the Consolidated Fund of the Government of Bermuda for the Financial Years ending March 31 in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

“We agree that any corruption, malfeasance or unethical behavior must be identified and punished regardless of whether the perpetrators are PLP, UBP or OBA.

“As was made clear in our 2015 Reply to the Throne Speech, good governance is good for Bermuda and good for Bermudians. An open and transparent government is attractive to investors, enhances political and economic stability and assures the public that their government is trustworthy and free of wrongdoing.

“This Commission will hopefully answer any questions, resolve any concerns of the general public, and bring about the full implementation of the Good Governance Act,” concluded Mr Lister.

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  1. hmmm says:

    The Auditor General already found problems, hence the scathing report.

    You have to ask yourself why Burt wouldn’t bring it to PAC and kept stalling the process with the airport which was not a breach in financial rules.

  2. NCM says:

    HAHA! This has to be the funniest thing I have read all year. I’m sure the PLP welcomes this like a turkey welcomes Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  3. San George says:

    They welcome it because they know there will be no consequences. They are all just cogs in the wheel. The civil service advise, ministers decide and taxpayers hand over the money.

    Status Quo does not care – they get regardless.

    Quo Fata Ferunt

    • Lois Frederick says:

      Depends on the where the money trail leads.

    • rhonda says:

      Status quo doesn’t discriminate…. There’s a Good Governance Act.

      What’s happening with it, I heard the oba say they don’t have to abide by it.

  4. nothing else one can do says:

    Really don’t see what choice they have but to welcome it–to deny or go after the Gvt for initiating the Commission would fly in the face of what the party is telling its suppoters about trasnparency etc.

    Tricky one politically really….

  5. rhonda says:

    My prediction after no one is found guilty of wrong doing, another set of good governance procedures are written…. The plp publicly expresses vindication. Oba, in dog whistle politics, will respect the finding, but still alleged corruption occurred albeit it can’t be proven. Will claim that laws will be changed to make sure what never happened, doesn’t happen again…

    All the obaers who believe corruption happened, will still believe it, plpers will carry on, independence will be non the wiser…

    Then oba will call the general election.

  6. Lois Frederick says:

    This Inquiry will focus solely on the plp specifically the years 2010 – 2012. The plp had many years to pursue investigations and have a Commission but never did.

  7. Coffee says:

    After three years of diligently looking under the hood , the OBA either don’t have a clue what they are looking for or haven’t found the smoking gun . Like Bush in Iraq they refuse to take no for an answer !

  8. Alvin Williams says:

    Just another OBA election ploy since it can not tell the people of Bermuda that it has created the two thousand jobs that it promise.

    • Zevon says:

      Oh yeah. Finding out who’s a crook. That’s an “election ploy”. LMAO.

  9. O'Brien says:

    The PLP are just happy the cut-off is 2010. Remember who left office in that year. Please believe there are a lot of people who breathed a sigh of relief when they saw that date.

  10. rhonda says:

    With such a narrow time frame, and what we already know, has been said publicly.

    After we waste time and money, the defense would be, this is systematic problem, but we can’t prove it due to narrow scope

    • Kath "Redford" Bell says:

      Good! We need to get some answers to some very serious questions. We need to highlight and tidy up legislation if necessary to ensure our Government always conducts its business in the light of public scrutiny.
      An enquiry should put an end to all the rumours and speculation – it should provide us with the facts or a means to discovering those facts. Then, we as a community, can move on.

  11. navin johnson says:

    I can think of a few who may not be so welcoming

  12. hulk_too says:

    Saying it was “critical” that anyone with information come forward, Michael Dunkley, the Premier, said “Witnesses make a difference in solving crime. If you know something, say something.
    interesting comment , wow so wish genuine was more prevalent within our government (sad to say) within both parties

  13. hulk_too says:

    PLP welcome this – be stupid not to, anything to make the auditor (AG) look incompetent in her findings. Continues to deflect the heat off the PLP. Yeah PLP way to go
    On the other hand – may be far fetched in saying this….. OBA working with the PLP on this one – we stop this investigating, you stop the complaints of ie … the airport …. / Americas cup

    • Johnny says:

      The problem is that they waited too long for the enquiry. What should be happening right now is an audit of the present govt. Because by the time they get around to auditing all the OBA gates, it will be too late again.

  14. mf87 says:

    I should hope the PLP are quaking in their boots.

    if i were Mr Bean, I wouldn’t mention the hilarious affidavid as comeback here, especially as it is now common knowledge who BROKE THE LAW to obtain the affidavid and leak it to a certain person in the first place….I should hope the fall out from that debacle sees someone disbarred…….

  15. Zaob Yob says:

    The OBA is playing its ‘Joker’. They are ahead in the Polls, the PLP is fractured and weak, so why not press ahead and go for the jugular!