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Henfield: PM can’t stop some from jumping ship

While he noted that Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine is a card-carrying member of the Free National Movement (FNM), North Abaco MP Darren Henfield said that the prime minister “can’t determine who wants to jump off” the ship. 

Henfield made the comments during debate on the Immigration (Amendment) Bill, 2019 on Wednesday.

The foreign affairs minister was defending “the vision” of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis and his policy of leaving no one behind when he was heckled by opposition members.

“Pineridge is an FNM,” said Henfield.

“That’s what Pineridge is, a card-carrying member of the FNM.

“And we leave no man behind in the FNM.

“Now the prime minister can’t determine who wants to jump off.

“Some sailors are in the boat with life vests on, don’t trust the captain, and so they always got on life vests.

“But I told them before you know, first banana to leave the boat always the first one to get skin. Trust me with that.”

Henfield touted the proposed changes to the Immigration Act and the ability to create new economic growth in the technology industry in Grand Bahama.

He said the Minnis administration “truly believe[s] in this notion of not leaving anyone behind”, but the comment was met with heckling from the opposition.

McAlpine has emerged a controversial figure in the past year.

Last June, Minnis fired him from his position as chairman of the Hotel Corporation of The Bahamas after he voted against the government’s plan to increase value-added tax (VAT) from 7.5 percent to 12 percent.


Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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