D. Shane Gibson MP, Minister for Labour
24th September 2015
Here is what the two Ministers said in their own words as they entered the Cabinet Office on Wednesday 23rd September just before the Cabinet meeting:
Senator Allyson Maynard Gibson
“I support our leader. We have a strong, visionary leader. He is extremely courageous as well. He has done a lot of heavy lifting. Somebody might just do one thing in a term that’s considered heavy lifting. But we’ve had VAT successfully implemented. We will have NHI (national health insurance).
“We’re having BEC dealt with, which is very, very important. The Hawksbill Creek agreement (is another thing). I could name one thing after the other that I would call heavy lifting. And it’s especially important for you young people to understand the foundation and the framework that’s begun to be put in place is for Bahamians to fully own and actively participate in our economy. Without these things in place, we’re not going to have the Bahamas that we need and have every right to expect in the 21st century. I believe our leader is an exceptional leader and he’s the man for the time.”
Shane Gibson MP
“There is no question in my mind that a leadership race will be a distraction. Obviously, for me personally, I support Prime Minister Christie 100 per cent. As far as I’m concerned, he is the best person right now to lead the country. I have worked with him for the past 15 years.
“I’ve worked with him during the previous administration. I’ve worked along with him when we were in opposition. I’ve been working with him again now that we are in government. There is no question in my mind that he is the person who is best suited to lead the country. Every leader would have their particular style of how they lead. But for me personally when I evaluate all persons who are vying for leadership in government and in opposition, ‘wannabe’ parliamentarians, I think he is the best person to lead at this time.”