Airport Debate Deferred Until February 10th

January 31, 2017 | 17 Comments

The House of Assembly will resume as scheduled on Friday [Feb 3], however debate on the Airport Bills will be deferred to Friday, 10th February to allow MPs “sufficient time to read through and consider the Draft Project Agreement in advance of the debate,” the Speaker said this evening.

In addition, the Budget Statement will also be deferred from 17th to 24th February, 2017 and the Opposition’s Reply from 24th February to 3rd March.

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In a statement this evening, Speaker of the House Randolph Horton said, “Yesterday, I hosted discussions with the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance The Hon. E. T. Richards, JP, MP and the Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister of Finance, The Hon. E. David G. Burt, JP, MP, to chart a way forward for debate on the Airport Development Concession Act 2016 and the Bermuda Airport Authority Act 2016. Both pieces of legislation relate to the redevelopment of L. F. Wade International Airport.

“The Government, Canadian Commercial Corporation [CCC] and Aecon have agreed to release and to provide hard copies of the Draft Project Agreement to all parliamentarians in advance of the Legislation’s debate in the House of Assembly.

“The business of the House of Assembly will resume, as scheduled, on Friday, 3rd February, 2017. However, debate on the Airport Development Concession Act 2016 and the Bermuda Airport Authority Act 2016 will be deferred to Friday, 10th February, 2017, to allow Members of the House sufficient time to read through and consider the Draft Project Agreement in advance of the debate.

“In order to accommodate this change in the Parliamentary schedule, it will be necessary to defer the Budget Statement from 17th to 24th February, 2017 and the Opposition’s Reply from 24th February to 3rd March, 2017.

“Further, as the Budget must be approved by 31st March, 2017, the subsequent Committee of Supply debate may have an extra session in order to meet that deadline.

“We look forward to healthy, robust and respectful debate when the House resumes its business on Friday.”

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  1. Terry says:

    Please Lord let it be.

    • question????? says:

      Who’s this Lord you speak about? Last I recall many segments of the community who blog on here didn’t believe in this person. However when someone dies they all bow heads and start praying to him at a funeral for support. Hmmmm

  2. bluwater says:

    After being online FOREVER the PLP still haven't got their homework done?

    • question????? says:

      The true test is the 2017 election. Nothing matters until that date. I think I'm going to invest in TYLENOL headache & pain relief for the side that thinks they will win.

      • bluwater says:

        What's this got to do with the election? The substantive details have been released for ages and this debate was postponed 2 MONTHS! But they need another week? LMAO.

        • question????? says:

          Hold the LMAO off until after the election :)

          • This has everything to do with the election other than this and Americas Cup they have nothing but Gates to campaign on.

  3. Jus' Askin' says:

    Valentine's will Be Great this Year ;-)

  4. cpm says:

    Another climb down by my government
    Furbert wins again

  5. bluwater says:

    Nope. Former Junior Finance Minister needs an extension. He loses big face on this.

  6. O.M.G says:

    Chris Furbert needs to be quiet. He's talking about the plp transparent I don't think so just like the union. When was that audited last. The PLP could maybe pay for the airport if they give all the money back that went astray. Why is he steering the **** again before the house goes back in. Anyone in the way I hope gets arrested this time.

  7. Lois Frederick says:

    At least the behaviour is adultlike. A debate in the House is where any real discussion should take place. A slight further delay, but we can all see the finish line a little clearer now on this episode.

  8. cpm says:

    The Government has backed off 3 times
    They are delaying the inevitable because some of our people will not be happy until they have created havoc on our wonderful island which unfortunately is run by the courts, the plp, furbert and the "talk show host"and 7 repeat callers

  9. Rick Olson says:

    Good opportunity for parliament to deal with simple issues like roadside sobriety checks, illegal parking enforcement, tax collection and maybe even using gaming to raise revenue ?

  10. trump supporter says:

    Maybe they need a tutor to understand it. This airport will be back to Bermudians in 30 years, and guess what. We will still be paying off the debt PLP left us in.

  11. careaboutourfuture says:

    PLP economic stimulus created $2 b in debt. The OBA refused to add to this irresponsible spending and borrowing. The OBA has initiated smart and creative solutions to stimulate and diversify the economy such as the America's Cup and a new airport. The airport will provide many new job and a new facility that will reflect well on the island, without any debt! If the PLP had thought of it, they would have done the same thing.


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