Airport Agreement Review Report Cost $186,950

February 28, 2018

The Airport Redevelopment Project Agreement Review Report — which was released last week — cost $186,950, the Government has confirmed.

A Ministry of Transport & Regulatory Affairs spokesperson said, “The cost of the review was $186,950.20. LeighFisher is a globally respected infrastructure advisory firm originally procured through a competitive procurement process by the former government during the airport redevelopment negotiations.

“To save time and cost of re-procurement the firm was sole sourced for the review by the Bermuda Airport Authority because they already had a good working knowledge of the project and were prepared to keep their rates at 2016 levels.”

The LeighFisher Review of the Airport Agreement follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. Mark says:

    what a bunch of numpties

    • sandgrownan says:

      They are, but they back themselves into a corner with this one. We all knew what the report would say.

      But, hey, no one could ever accuse the PLP of thinking things through could they.

      • So just accept a contract without reviewing it in depth.
        Unbelievable !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Politricks says:

          It was reviewed in-depth by multiple independent parties. Actually, one of the initial reviews was completed by the same consultants the PLP used for this report.

          I know you won’t accept anything accomplished by the OBA as being legitimate or beneficial, but you don’t have to rewrite history to satisfy your narrative. And if you feel that you do, then your narrative is wrong.

          • Ya and de Klan trial against Doc and crew cost over $2 Million.

          • It cost less then Fahy’s renovated office.

            • Politricks says:

              You’re deflecting OJ. But carry on.

            • Dr. Pepper says:

              Speaking of Fahy did you read his opinion on this? It was full of interesting points. Oh sorry you don’t read well take my word for it he thinks you got played.

              • Fahey got played when he gave that bloke $300,000 for buses.
                So whatever he says aint worth de paper he wtites on.

                • Zevon says:

                  You’re being played paying $700,000 to a secret private minibus owner. So whatever you say ain’t worth the paper you write on.

        • Hey says:

          It had been reviewed by independent people already. So when are you going to demand Port Royal, Heritge Wharf, Sandy’s 360, payment of 600,000 to Brown for apparently no service, ………… and this list goes on reviews?

        • sandgrownan says:

          Contract has been available for months. Could have been then.

          Too lazy to do so. And too busy with untrue rhetoric.

        • nerema says:

          This was about the 8th time it was reviewed, and the conclusions were the same as the previous 7 times.
          It was a waste of time and money.

        • The Original Truth™ says:

          The PLP didn’t have the contract reviewed in depth. All they did was give a lot of money to a NON-BERMUDIAN company to review another NON-BERMUDIAN company. Bermuda has companies that could have done the review but the PLP chose not to buy Bermuda. All that was in the review was information given by Aecon years back when the deal was first made. All the information was transparent because Canadian laws required it. What is not straightforward is the deal Aecon has made with a company owned by the Chinese government that if it goes through will mean Bermuda’s Airport will be run by an attachment of the Chinese government for years to come. There’s no review of the implications of that showing that it all flew over PLP’s head.

          You and the rest of the PLP and OBA supporters need to stop being such blind followers and start to see the bigger picture of how ministers on both sides keep playing Bermuda into supporting what is of interest to the ministers but not in Bermuda’s interest.

        • if you say it enough says:

          its doesn’t make it true.

          Nice try on this one OJ–you are out of your league here.

          Please do yourself a favour and leave you feet on the floor!!!


        • The real Terry says:

          Onion Juice, stop telling lies, you know, or should know if you were not such a moron, that it was reviewed several times in depth by far more qualified persons than yourself. Where were you hiding when that happened

  2. Dr. Pepper says:

    Oh that’s all? $187,000.00? And what did it tell us? That a contract is a binding agreement and that the deal is a good one. Well folks I think $187K is lot of money to pay for someone to tell us what we already knew.

    Perhaps LF can throw together a report on the Sandys 360 deal? Or the Grand Atlantic thingie? Or how about the 15 years of plp that we endured generally?


  3. inna says:

    Could you imagine if this was the OBA?!?!?! The outrage would be insane!!!

    Little old BDA has elected the government that we so rightly deserve!!

    Start saving up then yankee dollars!

  4. Warlord2 says:

    I was starting to think the PLP had changed a little,but these past couple of weeks they are the same ole bunch of hypocrites and egotistical politicians that was voted out in 2012.
    We are in big trouble if they continue on this path.To be honest I don’t think they have any ideas how to grow the economy so they will pander to the base that believes anything they say.

  5. thanks for wasting the tax payers money says:

    just think of all the mold that could have been cleaned up from the schools for $190,000–or maybe the buses that could have been fixed.

    Fiscally responsible–not so much….

  6. Micro says:

    Nearly $200k to tell us what we already knew.

  7. Cow Polly says:

    The PLP will put through the policies that the OBA was prevented from implementing only they’ll dress them up differently and because they’re the PLP, well the likes of the Union and the People’s Campaign won’t complain. Already seeing it with their ‘we’ve got to grow the population’ and the reversal of the 60/40 rule. Before long we’ll see the Pathways to Status legislation put into effect but called something else. The Airport agreement was a good deal but given that the PLP was elected on telling everyone it wasn’t, they’ve got to save face by saying their hands are tied.

    • The Original Truth™ says:

      That’s because the PLP like OBA is for themselves, not Bermuda. It’s about friends and family for both. Aecon has stretched themselves thin which is a fact they have already admitted to the Canadian government to defend why they are making a deal with CCCI that Canada would rather they not make. This is something not mentioned by OBA or PLP showing there wasn’t any due diligence involved by either party. Only time will tell if the deal will go sour. In Bermuda, there needs to be a third party made up of those who are willing to be servants of the people and do what’s best for Bermuda because at the moment neither of the other two will make a change.

      • inna says:

        Agreed with that, but until then, can you honestly say that you believe anything coming from anyone in the PLP? At least with the OBA, the island seemed to be heading in a positive direction.

        All the PLP has done since getting back in is take rights away from LGBT people, give everyone a raise (DREB included) and puffer about the airport deal.

      • Jus' Wonderin' says:

        So why u don’t start a third party then?

        • The Original Truth™ says:

          Have thought about it but haven’t figured out who to invite into the party. It would be hard to find those who would be a good fit. There’d have to be 3 criteria to be recognized by all those in a third party for them to move forward.

          1) Race is not real and is only a social construct that should be weaned out of Bermuda and it’s politics.

          2) Religion and politics should be separated

          3) That being in government doesn’t mean it’s all about them, their friends and their family.

          I have been a part of trying to start a third party before and found that when the criteria are not realized by all in the party it leads to failure.

        • PBanks says:

          Because nobody has the willingness to stick it out and build their case over multiple election cycles.

          • northR says:

            “Because nobody has the willingness to stick it out and build their case over multiple election cycles.”

            No need to build anything, all you have to do is lie….and have an uneducated electorate. Bermuda has both.

  8. The Original Truth™ says:

    This review was a total waste of time and money. All the answers that LeighFisher found could have been found by reading the investor reports on Aecon’s site.

    The important questions were never asked and answered by LeighFisher. Aecon has expanded beyond their means long before they made the deal with Bermuda, so why didn’t they let OBA know this when they made the deal? Aecon needs the acquisition from CCCI to keep going or else their operations will start to bottleneck but at the same time, it could be a mistake to deal with CCCI. CCCI has a very shady track record and has been delisted from Asian stock exchanges. The Aecon deal could have a double edge for Bermuda because of these factors. If Aecon doesn’t sell to CCCI their resources continue to be stretched out but if they do there is the risk that CCCI could do the same as they did in the Philipines. Since Bermuda made the agreement with Aecon through the Canadian government that may become an agreement that will have to be honored by CCCI and the Chinese government how is Canada ensuring that CCCI does not do what they’ve done in the past? At the moment the Canadian Government is scrutinizing the CCCI/Aecon deal to make sure they are not at risk but they are not looking at the risks to other countries that have made deals with Aecon.

  9. Triangle Drifter says:

    $190,000. We could have had a new trash truck for that. Imagine that. Something we could all benefit from. Instead we we got something totally unnecessary & needing to go into that trash truck, along with those who initiated it.

  10. Jared says:

    No did i see it was a “bad deal” Although a public RFP would keep the competitive edge, all aspects are within market range so….

    People also forget the RFP process is a long and costly one…

    So basically we wasted $200K….great job PLP, off to a good start.

    Now do some actual work instead of crying about what the OBA did.

    • inna says:

      Add that to: DREB’s $700k payment, the retroactive CS pay rise, and now $1m for Sands 360.

      Where is that money tree again? Night farming!!

  11. Jus' Wonderin' says:

    $186,950.20 that could have been put together towards our school children and schools…..SMFH!!

  12. Kevin says:

    186,900 reasons why they should not be in Charge , 600,000 as a pay off to EBrown these guys are incredible it will only get worse
    I didn’t vote them in

  13. mixitup says:

    I swear the Gov’t said they will review the contract to see if there was an opportunity for a better deal… They did not review the contract for the sake of reviewing it. We now know that even if there is an opportunity for a better deal it’s not worth it… The Gov’t now needs to investigate why this contract has been locked unlike any other EVER!? Are there profit kickbacks over those 30 years? I’d encourage them to keep digging.

    • Politricks says:

      Well the one positive thing about it being ‘locked in’ is that the PLP can’t get their hands on it and create the so called ‘cost overruns’ as has been their MO in the not so distant past with all significant capital projects undertaken whilst in power.

    • De Pleeple says:

      How much tax dollars should they spend on your conspiracy theory? Perhaps two new busses worth? How about entire mold removal from public schools? Maybe we should give dr. brown some more money while we are at it.

    • Athena says:

      Stop trying to kid yourself that we could have got a better deal. Face the fact that the PLP administration put us into an horrendous debt situation leading up to 2012.

      The airport has been a patch job for over 25 years and we needed to get up to scratch with all the rules and regulations for modern airports. Ergo, we had to find a contract that would deliver on time, on budget, not impact our ability to borrow and have a guarantee. This we got with Canada Gov’t link.

      Why is it locked in? Hark back to the Commission of Inquiry that provides a lot of reasons.

    • Zevon says:

      They are taking money away from schools and spending it on useless reports.

  14. kevin says:

    Yes lets keep on digging….lets spend more money to find out again what we already know …but obviously the plp and there supporters don’t know
    There are people who know what they are doing when creating a Project and they don’t wear green.
    I didn’t vote them in

  15. Common Sense says:

    How embarrassing for the PLP and their voters!!

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      It would be nice if they were responsible for the bill. Might make the voters do some thinking before casting their vote next time. Some accountability. That would be something new.

      • Dr. Pepper says:

        Did they commission the work before they were the government? If so why use tax dollars for it?

  16. spanner breath says:

    Amazing thanks again voters!
    Wonder how much the new bus will cost once kited out, now it makes sense why Dr,Brown was going over to china etc. We going to need them when no one else will lend us money.
    The average person knows there’s a cost to brake any contract. Keep it up.

  17. Infidelguy says:

    What a COLOSSAL waste of our money!!!

    Don’t we need new buses, garbage trucks, roads repairs etc? This was nothing more than the PLP using my money to support their political propaganda!

  18. Infidelguy says:

    If this deal was a bad one, and I don’t believe that it is, the PLP has just made it worse by adding another $180,000 to the cost!


  19. Me says:

    Spend spend spend all we get is divisiveness, inequality no jobs and a bus that’s too big

  20. Stevie says:

    Without sounding like bunion juices 24-12 rant. It’s 1998-2012 revisited. Wake up those who voted PLP. You need to wake up.

  21. Born n raised says:

    You’re out to lunch Burt…

    Go and pick up your toys, stop sulking and find a way to replace the $187k you just squandered.

    You have now been told by multiple independent sources that the deal is sound