Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine said yesterday he apologized to Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis during a recent Free National Movement (FNM) conclave because it was the Christian thing to do, but was adamant that he never apologized for taking a stand against recent government policies.
“On Saturday, at the conclave, I apologized to the prime minister in case I had offended him in any fashion or form,” McAlpine said.
“I thought that was the responsible thing to do as an individual and as a Christian, because I felt that if your brother has a fault against you sometimes you give up your wrong for right.
“As it relates to what I’ve done in voting no to the resolution to put the post office in the Town Centre Mall, I voted no.
“I spoke out against it and it remains the same. If you were to bring back that again or any resolution, any vote on VAT, bring that back to the House, and you would get the same vote from me.
“No, no and hell no.”
McAlpine made the comment after he called into the Guardian Radio 96.9 talk show “The Revolution” with host Juan McCartney.
FNMs who attended the conclave were asked not to talk to the media.
But McAlpine said he decided to break his silence on the conclave because some people were being “politically mischievous or trying to put something out there that did not occur”.
The Nassau Guardian was told by sources who attended the conclave that McAlpine and Bains and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson apologized to FNM members if it appeared their recent comments insulted Minnis or the party.
Centreville MP Reece Chipman, Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller, McAlpine and Robinson have come under fire for their continued criticisms of the party and for voting against the increase in value-added tax (VAT) and a recent resolution that was passed in the House.
The resolution sought parliamentary approval for the government to enter into a five-year lease with a company partly owned by Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette.
McAlpine said he spoke to Symonette several times over the weekend.
“He [was] amicable and congenial towards me during the conclave,” McAlpine said.
“He said nothing negative to me or about me at any time.”
But, the Pineridge MP said he has not softened his stance.
“I think there is political mischievousness going on as to make believe that I have softened my approach or my views on the way I have voted,” he said.
“I continue to say that people of this country are hurting, people need help and we have to be forthcoming to bring deliverance to the people and fulfill the promises that we made to the people.
“I did not apologize for voting no to putting the post office in the Town Centre Mall or voting no against VAT.
“Bring that resolution back to the House and bring that bill back to the House and I will vote no again and again and again because it is not the time to do that and again what I do, I do on behalf of the people.”
McAlpine said he is “100 percent man” and stands by his convictions.
“I would rather obey God than to obey man,” he said.
“If I have to make a choice between party and the Bahamian people, I choose the people and always will.”
Education: College of The Bahamas, English