Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest said in the House of Assembly on Wednesday night the level of support The Bahamas received in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian was because of the respect the international community has for Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis.
Turnquest made the comment during contribution to debate on a resolution expressing confidence in Minnis.
“I don’t think there is any question with respect to the support of our leader, the support for our prime minister, the member for Killarney,” he said.
“And so, the respect that he commands from his Cabinet, the respect he commands from his party, is only matched by the respect he has from the international community.
“You heard about the efforts and the support that has been given to this country following Hurricane Dorian, unprecedented support, because of the respect the international community has for this prime minister and this government.”
Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-Martin questioned Turnquest from her seat over the matter, accusing him of implying that the international community’s response was not because of the suffering of the Bahamian people.
“Are you trying to say that people didn’t respond to suffering?” she asked.
In response, Turnquest said, “No, I’m trying to say that they didn’t respond to the last government.”
While hurricanes Sandy, Matthew and Joaquin struck The Bahamas under the most recent Christie administration, Dorian was the strongest hurricane to hit The Bahamas in recorded history.
It leveled parts of Abaco and Grand Bahama in early September, leaving at least 70 dead and thousands displaced.
After Turnquest spoke, government MPs voted in favor of the resolution expressing confidence in the prime minister.