People Gather At House of Assembly Grounds

November 29, 2016

[Updated] People made their way to the House of Assembly this afternoon [Nov 29], with the gathering appearing to be related to the airport development.

The PLP was scheduled to hold a press conference at 3.00pm about the airport development, however that was postponed for reasons which are not clear at this time.

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Earlier today, the PLP sent out an email to members saying, “Tomorrow, Minister Bob Richards and the One Bermuda Alliance are planning to privatise our airport to Canadian company Aecon for 30 years.

“This deal will see hundreds of millions of profit from our airport exported to Canada. We need your help to ensure that you MP knows exactly what they are voting for tomorrow.”

“For months we have been asking for transparency on this deal, so Bermuda can be fully aware of its financial commitments,” the email added. “If your OBA MP votes yes on this deal tomorrow, they will be voting for something they haven’t seen.”


The email then asked the recipient to contact their MP and ask them to “support the PLP’s common sense plan to ask the Auditor General to review this deal.”

Unofficial talk this afternoon suggested that people may be planning to return tomorrow.

Update 4.31pm: It seems there will be a change of plans tomorrow, as according to a tweet from Opposition Leader David Burt, tomorrow’s sitting of the House of Assembly has been cancelled.




Update 5.51pm:
According to the Premier, who responded on Twitter, it was to allow time for members to view the just released schedules.


Update 6.27pm: The Speaker of the House has confirmed as posted above, that the session tomorrow will be deferred, saying “Aecon and CCC have agreed to release the Schedules publicly,” so the Speaker asked the Government to move the debate from to Friday so that Members can review the documents. The full statement from the House of Assembly can be read here.

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  1. sonso says:

    LaVerne? That you??

    • Derek W says:

      No sitting of the House. Democracy grinding to a halt again.

  2. hmmm says:

    So this was just a PLP rallying call based on misinformation and ignorance.

    PLP have got to stop taking advantage of innocent people in an attempt to further their own power agenda.

    • Jus' Askin' says:

      Vote UBA ~ United Bermuda Alliance

    • Its me again says:

      What?

      This is an organization known as MOVE. If you actually noticed the shirts and the people doing this you wouldn’t actually be so dumb as to make that comment.

      • Onion says:

        It’s exactly the same rental crowd who always shows up.

        • Facts says:

          Exactly! And who says jobs haven’t been created?? This rental crowd is on payroll!

      • hmmm says:

        I see Wayne Furbert, the “White mental illness” PLP lady who just wants to live in a black only place.

        So you are saying the PLP are Move?

      • Point boy says:

        Look like puppets to me.

      • Sickofantz says:

        They look like the same people who do all the PLP marching etc.

    • sandgrownan says:

      This is the PLP absolutely terrified of OBA success. By any reasonable measure, despite the massive hole in the public purse created by the PLP, this government for all its warts has produced growth.

  3. serengeti says:

    Another sideshow from a bunch of misfits.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Indeed !
      Pity they weren’t gathering outside the house when the island was going down the tubes under the PLP

    • smh says:

      All you commenters appear very pompous, arrogant, and patronising.
      Just because people want to exercise their right to assemble it does not make them idiots, misfits, thugs, or whatever else you want to call them.

      You all clearly haven’t learned from the last protest!
      THANK YOU TO ALL WHO STAND FOR THE EVERYDAY BERMUDIAN!

      • Derek says:

        Guaranteed most will be sitting!

      • Point boy says:

        If I’m classified in that group of patronising and pompous arrogant individuals.

        The question begs: where the hell was all the protest when Bermuda went to near ruins? Under your obvious beloved plp?

        News flash: The OBA are the government elected by the MAJORITY

        • Spit Bouy says:

          @ Point boy,

          Exactly!!

          • De only reason U.B.P. got voted in is because a lot of Black people didnt vote or voted for 2000 jobs, now those same Black people realise that they will always be pawns in this white privileged society.
            FOOLS
            LMFAO

            • iuj says:

              I miss the racial healing of the Brown years too, OJ.

              • bdaboy says:

                “I miss the racial healing of the Brown years too, OJ.”

                LOL, OJ doesn’t get sarcasm

            • bdaboy says:

              “De only reason U.B.P. got voted in is because a lot of Black people didnt vote ”

              …and this is the white mans fault?
              You really are that stupid.
              Face it, you’re a loser, you’re a racist, you can’t see past your own hatred for white people.
              Stop expecting handouts from the rest of society, educate yourself and do something with your life.

      • Sickofantz says:

        What about the ordinary Bermudians who will get much needed jobs building a much needed new airport.

  4. Miguelito says:

    Clown show.

  5. Derek says:

    PLP built the hospital (wing). OBA the airport. Both attempts to artificially boost employment figures before an election.

    • Terry says:

      Bullsheet.
      People like you will see the destruction in a few years if we accept your asinine comments.

      • Derek W says:

        The airport project will do that though. I’m not against the airport project at all, but I believe what I first typed. This is the OBA’s major hope to get near the 2000 jobs pledge and the POP are desperate to stop it.

        • Point boy says:

          They were never gonna pull 2000 jobs out of a hat. This sH1t takes time to correct.

          I hope after the Commission is done. We may find answers as to where all of our money went!

  6. Shaquadia says:

    Check my acegirl White Mental Illness!

    • smh says:

      White mental illness is another word for racism.

      Ironic how you didn’t catch it,
      “Shaquadia”. Did you think that was funny?

      Disgusting.

  7. Unbelievable says:

    I wish I could just leave my job and go protest in the middle of the day.

  8. Takbir Karriem Sharrieff says:

    We thank Allah for conscious people like Move ,,,,,

    We thank Allah for conscious people like move,,,,The Peoples liberation Army,,,the Church Support ,,,,,,,the marchers,,,,,,and all active persons of strong faith in G-D.Peace.

    • aceboy says:

      Thank Allah for the lies that the PLP are spewing as well:

      “This deal will see hundreds of millions of profit from our airport exported to Canada.”

      If you believe this then I have a huge Mosque to sell you.

    • PBanks says:

      Wait, what’s the PLA? When did they form and what are their aims?

      • Family Man says:

        The Chinese delegation are visiting. They must have bought the PLA with them.

    • Sickofantz says:

      There is no God. There is only science. This is no bad thing. We can still be cheerful and get on with life.

  9. mark says:

    Enough is enough. Im tired of these people holding my country hostage. Lets gather in support of the airport deal tomorrow!

  10. Good luck says:

    Banana republic behaviour at its very best!!

  11. Airbus A 380 says:

    what a bunch of under informed idiots, they cant see the forest for the trees and they are standing in the middle of it. BUILD THE DAMN THING NOW. FFS the plp did whatever they wanted for years and got us into the mess. Build it NOW. The PLP just being stupid and blind to FACTS as uaual. While your at it build it to accomodate the new 2 story airbus A380

    • sandgrownan says:

      Indeed. Get on with it.

    • Lol says:

      Dude what facts when the full disclosure of details have not been released. My God you OBA ppl are really hypocrites. If this was the PlP doing this you all would be doing the same thing. And before u try to mix me up with the PLP I’ll say it again I’m not for either of these mafia families that are considered political parties

    • Facts says:

      These poor idiots are just being used. I feel sorry for them but hey, it’s a pay check.

  12. sandgrownan says:

    Is fake hunger strike lady there? It will make my day if she’s there with poorly spelled sign lady. Has anyone seen them in a room together? Perhaps it’s the same person.

    • Say Whaat? says:

      Is that your racist way of saying we all look alike? Maybe if you cut the holes in your sheet bigger, you could see better.

      • sandgrownan says:

        Well done…pulling the race card when there was none to pull.

      • Facts says:

        Knock it off. People like you trying to make everything racist are the biggest racists around. Get over yourself. Disgusting.

  13. sandgrownan says:

    Am I reading this right? Preventing the House performing the people’s business? Seems undemocratic to me.

  14. Mary Mary says:

    Why doesn’t the OBA get its priorities straight? Our schools are falling apart, our education system is in shambles our roads are a mess. Lets face it people, how many of us have said “wow, what a lovely airport” most people at any destination can’t wait to get the hell out of an airport. This airport “WILL NOT BOOST TOURIST ARRIVALS” How many jobs will that create in a temporary employment build? 200? 300? then what its just the same staff working there as in the old airport with very few additional jobs. Then we are subject to the BTA to grow numbers in air arrivals to meet FAA air traffic requirements and if those numbers fall short it falls on us the tax payer. We have very little to gain and a hell of a lot to lose with this. This Airport can wait a few more years Bermuda.

    • Say Whaat? says:

      Agreed!

      The push to do it when it’s not needed makes conspiracy theories grow. Why the rush OBA? Or should I say Bob Richards?

      • Point boy says:

        We’ve been talking and taking about it for years dummy. Keep up

        • hmmm says:

          yep the PLP were actively involved in their twice airport. The cost with debt on top probably works out to 5 to 7 times as expensive for the Bermuda taxpayer if you lay out the numbers)!

    • aceboy says:

      What is a hell of a lot? The hundreds of millions in profit Burt is yammering on about? It is a big lie. THAT should make you concerned about the PLP. The Leader of the Opposition, potentially the leader of this country, is deliberately misleading you…..again.

  15. Lol says:

    You gotta really sit back and laugh at you OBA bloggers always saying the same things over and over. All the people are asking for is the details of the deal and this government is doing its best to prevent it and I wonder why. If it’s so good for Bermuda why not release the details to shut the PLP up and move on forward. After all they did base their whole campaign on transparency, why are they hiding the details of the deal? Now I’m no politician I come from the streets and it has taught me how vital common sense is in life and common sense should tell people if they are doing everything in their power to hide the details then something is definitely wrong. I hate BOTH of the parties. I’m all for progress and if the OBA takes us forward then I’m for it, same with the PLP. But u OBA ppl make me sick. U sit there and chastise the PLP supporters for not speaking up when PLP was in power, but u all are doing the exact same thing u speak out against. A bunch of hypocrites u all are. I’m a young Bermudian that wants to see a positive future because it is the young Bermudians who are suffering. So I challenge u OBA ppl to go to your government and demand them to release the details. If it’s all good then u can rub it in the PLP’s and their supporters faces. But to never question what a government does is dangerous. I mean look at everything controversial this government has done since its inception from Jetgate to this. I mean with Jetgate if they did nothing wrong then y did they vehemently LIE about it for over a year? This government has had more controversy in less than 4 years compared to 14 years of a PLP government. Just something for u all to think about if u even do that at all…

    • Derek W says:

      Yet no qualified audits so far during the OBA’s tenure.

      • Lol says:

        Yea because they are still in power. I’m sure when they get out of power their will be audits. I mean blocking the COI from viewing the details I would say that was an attempt to view and audit what’s going on or u just conveniently forgot that

        • Derek Wade says:

          Not how audits or COI work.

          • Lol says:

            I know that I was just saying there have been attempts to shed light on controversial topics that I’m sure would have led to an audit but the blocked that. And I’m sure that when the OBA are no longer in power, audits will be conducted on the McLean controversy, jetgate, Par LA ville park, their travel expenses etc. The point I’m making is you can’t expect a government to successfully audit themselves when they are in power.

            • 32n64w says:

              You appear to have absolutely no understanding regarding the office of the Auditor General or its role. The Government of the day, regardless of party affiliation, has absolutely no say or influence in the function of this important independent body. Please research the role before commenting any further.

            • hmmm says:

              McLean was to do with the COH (a PLP driven COH)

              The rest is you just clutching at straws.

              If that is why you don’t like the OBA, then you must seriously find the PLP the most disgusting, evil, vile and dirty handed group of people ever to set foot on the planet !

            • Jus' Wonderin' says:

              You don’t know what you’re talking about lol. Go take some business classes up de college! The reason it hasn’t been released is because it’s a “private” business deal that hasn’t finished yet, THIS HAPPENS WITH MOST BUSINESS DEALS/PLANS.

            • Toleratate says:

              What are you going on about… McLean controversy, jetgate, Par LA ville park and travel expenses????
              I’m not OBA, but I don’t even know where to start to correct this ramble…. read the stories and not the highlights…
              SMH

        • aceboy says:

          The OBA bloggers like myself shake their heads in disbelief at the lack of knowledge of how things really work shown by PLP Bloggers like yourself.

    • Unbelievable says:

      Where were you when the PLP raised the debt to levels that are crippling Bermuda? Oh yeah….hoping things would just “work out”.

      • Lol says:

        Wow didn’t know you are a psychic and can time travel back and tell me what I was doing when things got bad when PLP was in power. Guess what like I stated I hate them both the PlP and UBP so to answer your question, every chance I got to talk to any PLP member I gave them a piece of my mind. I’ve did it with Paula Cox, Michael Weeks, Derrick Burgess, and a few others especially when they came around election time. So miss me again with your hiprocracy cause I’m pretty sure u have not said a word to any of your UBP family because u saying to yourself that it will work out.

        • Derek Wade says:

          Unlike many on either side, I fully believe Paula Cox’s heart was in the right place.

          • Lol says:

            I’m not going to shoulder all the blame on her. She is indeed a sweet lady AMD she gave me honest answers as best as she could. I was jus showing that fool up above I hold my government accountable for their actions whether it’s PLP or UBP (I honestly hate saying OBA. I’m going to call them by their rightful name)

          • 32n64w says:

            Perhaps. Shame she lacked the cognitive abilities needed for the role of Finance Minister.

        • Up D hill says:

          Looking at your comments I have to say you are full of what is known as nonsense, untruths,propaganda,and just plain BS!

      • Say Whaat? says:

        Better yet, where were you? Are you even from Bermuda? Have you lived here for more than 15 years? People who didn’t live here talking like they know what the PLP was about. Have several seats!

        • Unbelievable says:

          Actually, Say What……since you asked, I am a born Bermudian and living in Bermuda during the PLP’s time in power……and yes, I’ve given the OBA hell. I’m disgusted with how they govern. They are truly a mess. Does that mean they are doing the wrong things? No it doesn’t. As I say, they are messy with their governance but I believe they are trying to do what’s right for everyone – not just a certain few which is what the PLP, I believe, tried to do. Now look where we are? Some of you lot will just oppose anything the OBA does or tries to do for the sake of opposing.

          Now what were you saying about taking several seats? Hmmm?

      • Lol says:

        O and also u still believe that this country got in debt just because of the PLP? Again another lie with no evidence. News flash we were in a GLOBAL RECESSION that crippled mostly the western world. I use to blame the PLP for it too but since I moved to the states and now analyzing the whole picture, Bermuda was NEVER immune to it especially if we have not created any other means of building our economy. Yes I agree funds went missing which happens in pretty much all governments. But I’m not going to sit here and just believe 800 million just up and went with no paper trail at all in the 21 centuary, are u all crazy. Let’s look at the COI findings, the figures are not even close to 100 million on over spent budgets and etc. Until they can show the people where it went I’m not buying it. I’m not defending the PlP at all far from that. All’s I’m saying is if u gonna be pointing fingers, point to all sides and not just once.

      • Lol says:

        Are u serious? I was born at King Edward and raised in Pembroke most of my life. Does that answer your asinine question. More deflection from u all. U just got to laugh at it all…

        • Unbelievable says:

          @Lol, Clearly these people are very “pro-Bermudian”. They don’t even know what a Bermudian is.

    • 32n64w says:

      What specific details do you want to see that haven’t already been made public?

    • O.M.G says:

      What details did you get from any of the over run projects the PLP did some of them you did even know was happening and nothing from the PLP supporter then. Please give ma a break. The problem is you all don’t like that the OBA is getting some results in getting this country back on its feet. All these problems were happening like school no tourist etc. But that was alright with you lot. Do you think that if this country was doing great when the last election came the OBA would be in. You all have forgotten that real fast. Very very sad.

  16. Truth teller says:

    Im sure ill find the answer on here. Where were all the protestors and marchers when coco reef got the deal of the century??

  17. Frank says:

    Lets all remember why we are doing this. We are BROKE. Who made us broke?

  18. Terry says:

    Irony is ‘Lol’; we will have the last laugh because we prepare and take care.
    You?

    Suck a rock.

    • Lol says:

      Was this an attempt to get at me? Wow all I was saying is challenge your government to release the details so u all can shut the PlP up and move forward, but I see a lot of u all are getting butt hurt and just want to counter complain when the PlP and their supporters complain about anything

    • Shopper madness says:

      No one ever replies to nutcase Terry @lol why waste your energy

      Shalom

      • Lol says:

        Lol u are absolutely right all they do is sit up, blog, waste time and deflect. When u show them their hypocrisy. Like rats in a corner they show their teeth.

  19. Shopper madness says:

    Remember people, these are comments from oba members and supporters that sit in the cubicle next to you that smile in your face but call Bermudians who stand up for what they believe in nasty names…..It wont be forgotten at the next election! Atleast I wont!

    • steve says:

      Vote PLP and you wont be sitting in a cubicle.

      • Shopper madness says:

        I don’t sit in a cubicle now…I have an office and I’m probably your boss!

        • Jus' Wonderin' says:

          No wonder your business is failing…you’re online all day lmfao!

      • Noncents says:

        @ steve

        Best comment yet. Succinct but 100% correct.

    • Warlord says:

      @shopper madness, next time you vote think very hard because the next vote in 2023 you will be voting from the ranks of the unemployed

      • Shopper madness says:

        lol NICE TRY, you are talking to the wrong person buddy!! I am an EMPLOYER! But I’m not surprised at your narrow minded, stereo-typical mentality, to assume that if I vote for the PLP I don’t own a business. Lol BTW The next election in 2017 I will be voting PLP! Wont be voting OBA again like I did 2012 Sorry!

        • wahoo says:

          Liar.

        • aceboy says:

          You will vote for more brilliant ideas like Grand Atlantic? More crazy nonsense like the Uighur debacle? More cost overruns on projects owned by blind trusts? More shoddy construction, like the wharf? And you will justify that because of an airport? The PLP wanted to build one too….the estimate was double the cost of this proposal….before change orders and spiraling costs. Do you believe Burt when he claims we will lose hundreds of millions in profit if this deal goes ahead? I have a nice wharf for you to sell….

    • Airbus A 380 says:

      go get a life i am a BERMUDIAN neither black nor white plp or oba but I do know dumb when I see or hear it, BUILD IT

  20. CPM says:

    IF YOU ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO VIOLATE MY PROPERTY [MY CAR] WITH YOUR ANTI AIRPORT PROPAGANDA LEAFLETS AT LEAST HAVE A NAME OR ADDRESS SO THAT I CAN RETURN THEM IN AN APPROPRIATE WAY

  21. Jahstice says:

    Rent a crowd.

  22. Yahoo says:

    “This deal will see hundreds of millions of profit from our airport exported to Canada.”

    That is the most insane false scare mongering comment to date. Absolutely stupid talk. Not surprised though, given it came from the PLP.

  23. Noncents says:

    Unfortunately the opposition’s rent a crowd clearly don’t understand how a NDA agreement works. The OBA were elected to make decisions that they felt were best for Bermuda. That’s the whole point of elections. When the PLP were in power they were afforded free reign to run amok with Berkeley, the hospital and Port Royal. It pain’s the PLP to not be included, but unfortunately for them, the people decided in 2012.

    It’s amazing to me that PLP supporters think the craziness that took place for 14 years is proper governance.

  24. Need Peace says:

    You idiots are asking where somebody was when the PLP was running this country? More importantly where the heck was the Opposition OBA? They made a poor opposition and an even worst government. The OBA have more than doubled the debt, trying to give Aecon the sweetest deal of lifetime, with crumbling infrastructure.

    All the eggs are going in the AC basket. Whenever did a host country ever make a profit from AC? Every host ended up in the red.

    God help us if we encounter another global financial crisis. We would definitely see who had skin in the game after that.

    Think this is highly unlikely? It’s happened to us before.

  25. BIRRRM says:

    those misfits need to do something constructive

    it takes one person to be the ringleader and then the rest follows

    they have no clue what is really going on or even understand what is good for their country..

    Maybe they do not travel.. who knows

    • bdaboy says:

      “it takes one person to be the ringleader and then the rest follows”

      I’ts really easy to lead the ignorant