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The Bahamas In Transition #14
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The Bahamas In Transition #14

In 1984 the scandal caused a major shake up in the Progressive Liberal Party, The Deputy Prime Minister, Arthur Hanna, minister of Finance, resign in protest of Pindling handling of the situation.

Hon. Hubert Ingraham and Hon. Perry Christie actions for opposing Pindling, handling of the drug allegations, caused their dismissal. Two other ministers resign because of their involvement in the drug trade. With Pindling administration weakened, he refused to call an election. The master of snap election decided to wait this one out.

By 1987 the racism could not be used by the Progressive Liberal Party any more, there were no more members of the United Bahamian Party around, the race card was a little concern to Bahamian people. The new generation of black children were going to school with white Bahamian, they knew nothing about the oppression by the previous administration.

Editors Contributions

But the newspapers were instrumental in making the Bahamas a better place for all Bahamians, the two main newspaper at the time was the Nassau Guardian and the Tribune, played their part.

Both papers reported about the events that happened, however the tribune contribution was greater than the other, by virtue the editor being the owner Sir Etienne Dupuch was a politician and a serving member of Parliament, who was instrumental in presenting his views in the House of Assembly about the injustice of the United Bahamian Party.

Also Sir Arthur Foulkes an employee of the tribune made his contribution also. He would later leave the tribune to give more of his time to his political aspiration in the Progressive Liberal Party.

Commission of Inquiry

The drug trade had contaminated the Bahamian society Parliamentarian implicated as well police , custom and immigration officers. The commission did not offer information on direct involvement of Pindling in the drug trade, it did however mention the large amount of money that he spent, which did not co inside with his salary.

After the inquiry, the government addressed the drug problem in the Bahamas, by introducing stiffer penalties. The Bahamas National Task Force against drug, reported that domestic trade had assumed epidemic proportion, because of cocaine accessibility..

Government also increase spending on the Defence Force, who received new boats and equipment to help with its anti drug operation. A drug abuse rehabilitation program established to treat addicts, received funds from the United Nation.

Reasons For The Success

Most of the black people living condition was deplorable, the Progressive Liberal Party implemented major public works program, providing government sponsored housing program. The improved standard living , with homes built from concrete blocks , the choice of most people.


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