PLP Alleges Senate President Is In A Conflict

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The following statement was issued by Obie Roberts, National Vice Chair of the PLP on the conflict alleged of the Senate President:

Statement From Obie Roberts National Vice Chair PLP
On Senate President Kay Forbes Smith And Carnival
For Immediate Release

9 May 2019

The PLP takes note of the public report of the engagement of the Senate President Kay Forbes Smith as consultant to the Carnival  Cruise Line, an applicant to the government of The Bahamas for permission to build a cruise port in Grand Bahama.

We have taken note of the Attorney General’s statement defending the right to accept the consultancy on legal grounds. The Senate President defended the position on similar grounds as the Attorney General.

The law is not the issue or a correct response.

The issue is whether or not it passes the test of propriety, the proverbial smell test. In other words, would an objective observer say that there is no conflict? Would a PLP supporter feel assured that in a competition for work on the Carnival site believe that he has a fair chance given the connection between the Senate President, the FNM Government and the Senate President who is an FNM politician?

The matter must be re-examined in that light and the appropriate action taken by the President to correct it. She must resign as a Senator or give up the consultancy.