Robinson applauds Minnis’ ‘steady’ leadership
Nearly a year after he warned government MPs not to forget who they work for, Bain and Grants Town MP Travis Robinson praised the “strong and steady” leadership of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis who he said had made the tough and unpopular decisions for the betterment of the country.
Robinson, who was flanked by Minnis and Tourism Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar during his contribution to the budget debate last Thursday, outlined the work he has been doing in his constituency and pointed to the “success” of the government’s Over-the-Hill rejuvenation initiative.
“Mr. Speaker, everything that you do, or a group or organization, you need good leadership, and, Mr. Speaker, I could not be even any more proud to be a part of an organization where leadership is not a challenge,” he said.
“To be a part of an organization, Mr. Speaker, where we have a captain of a ship with a vision.
“Mr. Speaker, we have a captain of a ship who have already envisioned where he wants this country to be, what we have to do to make steady strides to get there and exactly how we’re going to get there, Mr. Speaker.
“And so, the only way we could change this, Mr. Speaker, is when we have those individuals with the ingenious minds, leaders who are not afraid to make the tough decisions, even when people think that they are crazy for making it.
“Mr. Speaker, I am pleased because we have a prime minister of this country who has made the sacrifice to invest the kinds of resources into our inner-city community, to pull it out of the poverty that it is now in and bring it safe harbor. And so, Mr. Speaker, this captain in his infinite wisdom decided that Bains and Grants Town should not be left behind.”
He continued, “This government, despite what the critics and the naysayers may say, they stepped up to the plate.
“The government took the bat and we swung at the ball because it was much bigger than winning some votes. It was much bigger than merely being re-elected. That’s what leadership is about, making the tough decisions even when it’s not the popular one.
“That’s what the member for [East Grand Bahama] did, even when it wasn’t popular. That’s what the member for Killarney did, made tough decisions because it was in the best interest of the Bahamian people.”
Robinson’s contribution was met with cheers by other government MPs.
But Robinson did not speak of the “tough decisions” made by the Minnis administration when he contributed to the 2018/2019 budget debate last year.
Instead he said his constituents advised him not to support the increase in value-added tax (VAT) from 7.5 percent to 12 percent.
“While it is important to pay our debt to creditors, we must remember who we work for and who is forced to foot the bill,” he said on June 14, 2018.
“Should the VAT increase do pass, 12 percent of almost every purchase is not going to be easy. So we must not expect our jobs as representatives and ministers to be easy either.”
Robinson, who served as the parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, was later fired from his post along with Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller and Pineridge MP Frederick McAlpine after voting against the government’s increase in VAT.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications