Perry Christie

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The Right Honourable
Perry Gladstone Christie
MP
Perry Christie 2013 (cropped).jpg
3rd Prime Minister of the Bahamas
In office
8 May 2012 – 11 May 2017
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Arthur Foulkes
Marguerite Pindling
Deputy Philip Davis
Preceded by Hubert Ingraham
Succeeded by Hubert Minnis
In office
6 June 2005 – 4 May 2007
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Ivy Dumont
Paul Adderley (Acting)
Arthur Dion Hanna
Deputy Cynthia Pratt
Preceded by Cynthia Pratt (Acting)
Succeeded by Hubert Ingraham
In office
3 May 2002 – 4 May 2005
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Ivy Dumont
Deputy Cynthia Pratt
Preceded by Hubert Ingraham
Succeeded by Cynthia Pratt (Acting)
Personal details
Born Perry Gladstone Christie
(1943-08-21) 21 August 1943 (age 73)
Nassau, Bahamas
Political party Progressive Liberal Party
Spouse(s) Bernadette Hanna
Alma mater University of Birmingham
City Law School

Perry Gladstone Christie (born 21 August 1943), PC, MP, is a Bahamian former politician who served as Prime Minister of the Bahamas from 2002 to 2007 and from 2012 to 2017. He is the longest-serving Bahamian elected parliamentarian, representing the Centreville constituency from 1977 to 2017. He is also a former athlete. His Progressive Liberal Party is the oldest Bahamian political party, holding solid majorities in the Bahamian Parliament several times in its long history.

Political career[edit]

Christie is believed to have been the youngest Bahamian ever appointed to the Senate.[citation needed] Named as a Senator by Prime Minister Lynden Pindling in November 1974, Christie served in that capacity until June 1977. In January 1977 he was appointed chairman of the Gaming Board, which regulates casinos in The Bahamas.

Receiving the PLP’s nomination for the Centreville constituency in the 1977 general election, Christie was elected Member of Parliament for that constituency, and shortly afterward appointed Minister of Health and National Insurance. During the June 1982 general election, he was re-elected Member of Parliament for Centreville, and was once again appointed to the Prime Minister’s Cabinet, but as Minister of Tourism.

A dynamic Minister, Christie moved tourism in The Bahamas to new heights. In 1984, however, he was dismissed from the Cabinet, and during the 1987 general election ran as an independent candidate. He retained his seat in the Centreville constituency. Three years later – in March 1990 – Christie returned to the fold of the Progressive Liberal Party, and was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Trade and Industry by the Prime Minister. Christie’s ministerial responsibilities included the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and Industry; mining, geological surveys, petroleum, fuel, oils and petrochemicals, industries encouragement, manufacturing, relations with The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, relations with The Bahamas National Trust, Andros reef and blue holes, and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Co-operatives.

In January 1993, following the PLP’s defeat in the August 1992 general election, Christie was elected Co-deputy leader of the PLP with responsibility for party activities outside parliament. Victorious in the newly created Farm Road constituency in the general election, he was elected leader of the PLP at a special convention on 5 April 1997 and appointed as Leader of the Opposition by the Governor-General on 7 April. Christie thus succeeded Lynden Pindling, who had led the PLP since 1956.

Events since 2007[edit]

Christie's party, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), was defeated in the May 2007 general election, taking 18 seats against 23 for the Free National Movement (FNM), and Christie conceded defeat in a phone call to FNM leader Hubert Ingraham.[1] After the new FNM government was sworn in, Christie was sworn in as leader of the Official Opposition.[2][3]

In November 2009, Christie was overwhelmingly elected, and returned as Leader of the PLP at its Annual General Convention, garnering more than 80% of the vote over Dr. Bernard Nottage.

Christie was re-elected as Prime Minister of the Bahamas on 7 May 2012.

Christie ran his campaign on reducing crime (specifically murder) and The Bahamas has seen a yearly increase in murders since his inauguration.

Christie has brought programmes like Urban Renewal.[4]

Christie also introduced Value Added Tax at a rate of 7.5%. The money raised from VAT was slated to pay off National Debt.

No Freedom of Information Act has even been implemented under his government, although while in opposition he pushed for it.[5]

Multiple human rights violations have been investigated under his leadership, none of which have been solved.[6]

10 May 2017 General Elections[edit]

In a landslide defeat by the Free National Movement (FNM), the PLP was defeated in the 10 May 2017 general elections with the FNM winning 35 seats, and the PLP winning only 4 seats.[7] The historic win also resulted in the unseating of Perry Christie from his Centerville seat by a mere four votes, a constituency which he had represented for 40 consecutive years.

Credits[edit]

Under Perry Christie's current administration, many new initiatives are underway.

BAMSI - .[8]

PMH Critical Care Block - the Princess Margaret Hospital was expanded under the previous administration the building was open under Perry Christie's leadership. To date the facility is still not in full use despite being ready since 2013.[9]

Second Government (2012-17)[edit]

Name Position Date of appointment
Perry Christie Prime Minister and Minister of Finance May 8, 2012
Philip "Brave" Davis Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development May 9, 2012
Frederick A. Mitchell Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration May 10, 2012
Glenys Hanna Martin Minister of Transport and Aviation May 10, 2012
Melanie Griffin Minister of Social Services and Community Development May 10, 2012
Michael Darville Minister for Grand Bahama May 10, 2012
Perry Gomez Ministry of Health and Social Development May 10, 2012
Kenred Dorsett Minister of the Environment and Housing May 10, 2012
Daniel Johnson Minister of Youth Sports and Culture May 10, 2012
Ryan Pinder Minister of Financial Services May 10, 2012
Jerome Fitzgerald Minister of Education, Science, and Technology May 10, 2012
Shane D. Gibson Minister of Labour and National Insurance May 10, 2012
V. Alfred Gray Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources, and Local Government May 10, 2012
Z. C. Allyson Maynard Gibson Attorney General, Minister of Legal Affairs May 10, 2012
Bernard J. Nottage Minister of National Security May 10, 2012
Obediah Wilchombe Minister of Tourism May 10, 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bahamas government ousted in poll", BBC News, 3 May 2007.
  2. ^ Stephen Gay, "Christie Sworn In As Leader of Official Opposition; Appeals For National Healing", The Bahama Journal, 9 May 2007.
  3. ^ Annan Boodram, "Changing of the Guard in the Bahamas", Caribbean Voice, May 2002.
  4. ^ Letter from Rick Lowe (24 September 2012). "Urban Renewal 2.0 An Admission Of Failure?". Tribune 242. 
  5. ^ Travis Cartwright-Carroll (30 March 2015). "Minnis: PM does not respect democracy". The Nassau Guardian. 
  6. ^ Ava Turnquest (23 March 2015). "Hearings On Human Rights Hailed As A Great First Step". Tribune 242. 
  7. ^ https://www.bahamaslocal.com/newsitem/174747/General_Election_2017_OFFICIAL_RESULTS.html
  8. ^ Adrian Gibson (19 March 2015). "Young Man's View: Brave New World Besmirched By Bamsi And Bec". Tribune News. 
  9. ^ Nico Scavella (23 January 2015). "Two Years Late, But Ribbon Cut On New Critical Care Block". Tribune 242. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hubert Ingraham
Prime Minister of the Bahamas
2002–2005
Succeeded by
Cynthia Pratt
Acting
Preceded by
Cynthia Pratt
Acting
Prime Minister of the Bahamas
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Hubert Ingraham
Preceded by
Hubert Ingraham
Prime Minister of the Bahamas
2012–2017
Succeeded by
Hubert Minnis