PAC To Hold Hearing On Airport Redevelopment

April 12, 2016

[Updated] The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Public Accounts will conduct a Public Hearing on Thursday [April 14] at 2:30pm in the Library at the House of Assembly, where they will deliberate on matters relating to the proposed airport redevelopment.

A spokesperson said, “It is expected that the Standing Committee will deliberate on matters relating to the proposed redevelopment of the L.F. Wade International Airport.

“At an earlier public meeting on 19th November 2015, the Public Accounts Committee unanimously requested that the Financial Secretary provide the Committee a copy of the Airport Development Agreement executed by the Minister of Finance with the Canadian Commercial Corporation.

“Though several requests and follow-up requests were made by the Clerk to the Committee, the full Agreement, inclusive of the Schedules, has not been provided to the Committee.

“On 5th April 2016, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee issued a summons under the Parliament Act 1957 requiring the Financial Secretary to produce the Airport Development Agreement with accompanying Schedules at the Public Hearing to be held on 14th April 2016.

“The Public Accounts Committee is comprised of Members of Parliament and is authorized by the House of Assembly to closely examine and report on matters relating to the accounts of the Government of Bermuda and, in particular, to investigate findings reported by the Auditor General in the Auditor’s Annual and other Special Reports.

“The current Chairman of the Committee is Mr. E. David Burt.

“Members of the public are invited to attend and observe the hearing to be held in The Library at the House of Assembly.”

Update: A spokesperson said, “The PAC Meeting scheduled for 2:30pm today will now be held in the SENATE CHAMBER at the Cabinet Building.”

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  1. Bob says:

    “…to investigate findings reported by the Auditor General in the Auditor’s Annual and other Special Reports.” I would like to know why PAC is not investigating findings of the Auditor General’s Report 2010-2012 instead of the new Commission of Inquiry? Isn’t this their mandate? Whatever happened with their investigation of the Auditor’s Report on Port Royal? Never ever heard any conclusion on that report either.

  2. In having spent time last year at several “Public Meetings” where Mr. David Burt chaired I along with others were disappointed witnessing nothing, (at the time) had been accomplished in reference to the inappropriate spending by the Progressive Labour Party on several projects i.e. the Port Royal Golf course along with Dockyard…By the way, I along with others had NO say.Note in having Mr. David Burt chair was an example of, “the fox watching the chickens”.
    I wish you to make this observation, don’t attend if you wish to speak-up or out; also the public seating is restricted..

    • Unnaceptable says:

      Maybe Bob Richards should have held hearings while he was Shadow Finance Minister.

      It makes sense to examine things while you can actually do something about it instead of looking at things from last decade.

      • Build a Better Bermuda says:

        But they have looked into it, repeatedly, and to date the worst thing they can say about it is that the accountant general can’t write a memo. And how much time has passed between the last PAC and this one where they could have met on how many past reports of mismanagement? Not just talking about the latest, there is a good decade worth of them. The PAC only came into being in the last year or 2 of the PLP.

        • jt says:

          Timely diversion. Wait until June.

          • Cant wait to hear from the last 4 years.

            • jt says:

              No qualified audits, so a good start, don’t you agree?

            • Build a Better Bermuda says:

              We have, cleaner audits with improved standings each year recognizing the efforts to address the maladministration and mismanagement the was continually highlighted in prior audits.

  3. Ringmaster says:

    The OBA should just drop the whole Airport plan and the jobs it would create and let Bermudians stay unemployed. Sad that the state of the Causeway is an example to people just arriving, but a fitting monument to the PLP’s 14 year time in office.

    • Drop airport project no…But yes, the Causeway is an absolute eyesore :-(

    • Johnny says:

      It’s not like there will be a lot of NEW jobs, especially with all the concessions given by the OBA. The airport developers can hire whomever they want from wherever they want without applying for work permits.

  4. Pete says:

    No No No No No ……..

  5. Build a Better Bermuda says:

    And yet nothing as relates to the multitude of actual mismangement a that took place during the chairman’s tenure in the governing administration and cabinet… except for maybe the farce of a review of the Port Royal debacle.

  6. sandgrownan says:

    I presume this is just a diversion from Burt?

  7. M.C. Beauchamp says:

    Bermuda very badly needs a new airport. Bermuda very badly needs Gaming. Bermuda very badly needs small Twizzy-like rental cars. Bermuda very badly needs population to drive economic growth. The endless talking shops only serve to delay what is otherwise urgent. Politics ahead of economy. It will be years before any of these things happen at this rate. And we wonder why the economy is in the toilet……

  8. Real talk (original) says:

    “Though several requests and follow-up requests were made by the Clerk to the Committee, the full Agreement, inclusive of the Schedules, has not been provided to the Committee.

    “On 5th April 2016, the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee issued a summons under the Parliament Act 1957 requiring the Financial Secretary to produce the Airport Development Agreement with accompanying Schedules at the Public Hearing to be held on 14th April 2016.

    Is this what transparency looks like?

    • jt says:

      Have the full agreement and schedules been ratified? Hard to provide if they haven’t.

  9. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    Here we go again, Bermuda is………..

    ” Selling its soul to the company store “.

    STOP BUILDING USING CREDIT .

    No body know what the future may bring we could be fighting WW 111 in a few years.

    No body here had the for though that we would be in the financial mess we are in today.

    We don’t want more taxes to pay debts We want food on our tables and clothes on out backs.

    A few more recessions/ depressions currency manipulation could go to an all time high.

    Who is going to bail us out. ……… No body

    Gold becomes the new norm as international paper and paper money becomes worthless.

    Credit will become non existent.

    Interest on savings is already dead.

    Long term financial commitments a very dangerous .

    We owe a pile of money.

    We need income, not more reverse debt. = ( lost income )

    We do not need another monument to a dead hero.

    Just repair what we already have using local labor.

    Create some jobs. There is stack of repair / maintenance work out there.

    People don’t visit Airports, they visit beaches.

    THINK !