Minister Wayne Furbert’s response to Opposition leader’s statement on Skyport sale

Private Profits over taxpayer sacrifice is clearly the Opposition Leader’s true feelings about this week’s Skyport deal,” said Minister Wayne Furbert

 “And today’s statement issued by the Opposition Leader should be cause for concern for the people of Bermuda.

 “The Opposition Leader should be reminded that in addition to the $50 million paid to Skyport since the pandemic, the taxpayer is still paying Skyport’s energy bills & additional firefighters, while Skyport collected over $50 million per year in airport revenues, with not one dime of that revenue going to the taxpayer.”

Minister Furbert continued, “Tone deaf sentiments like, ‘the $50 million paid to Skyport Limited to date, could be seen as a modest amount’, are truly extraordinary and woefully out of touch while Bermuda deals with the impact of 40-year high global inflation. Aecon quadrupled the value of their money in 6 years, received $128.5, and in 14 days, Skyport will send the taxpayers another bill asking for more taxpayer cash due to the contract that was approved by the Opposition Leader when he sat in Cabinet.

“I am not surprised that the Opposition wants to rewrite history, but the fact remains that a majority of Bermudians opposed the no-bid privatisation of the airport, and Wednesday’s news is clear evidence of the reason why. This deal was always set up so that Bermuda’s taxpayers lost while overseas private profits won – and just like Morgan’s Point – today the Opposition OBA said they would do it all over again.”

A Government spokesperson concluded, “Premier David Burt was clear and pointed in his recent statement. The media should refer to the Premier’s remarks as it relates to this matter.”

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