Last night as the Hon. Loretta Butler-Turner and I rose to make our contributions to the debate on the Mid-Term budget the Prime Minister rudely, abruptly and prematurely ended the debate. He denied a voice in the parliament to the people of Cat Island , Rum Cay, and San Salvador and the people of Montagu who in majority supported his party in 2007. The Speaker of the House of Assembly, the Hon. Alvin Smith who is responsible for ensuring fairness and balance in the House of Assembly failed to judiciously intervene on behalf of the thousands of Bahamians whose voices were silenced by the bullying of the Prime Minister.
I remind the Prime Minister that just as he was elected to be the voice in Parliament of the people of the North Abaco constituency so was the Hon. Loretta Butler-Turner and I elected to represent the people of Montagu and Cat Island , Rum Cay and San Salvador respectively. We are all equal in the House of Assembly. You are not the House of Assembly. You are not the Commonwealth of The Bahamas !
The Prime Minister and the Speaker owe the people of Montagu and Cat Island , Rum Cay and San Salvador an apology. They both showed no regard or respect for them as citizens of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas .
I thank my colleagues who walked out of Parliament in defense of Loretta Butler-Turner and I, and our constituents and against another shameful display of dictatorial arrogance by the Prime Minister.