Tag: Chris Saunders

Gov’t budgets $100M for welfare support

Gov’t budgets $100M for welfare support

| 16/12/2019 | 111 Comments

(CNS): Although government has budgeted around CI$100 million for payments to those in need, it may still not be enough to meet the demands likely to be placed on the Needs Assessment Unit over the next two years. During Finance Committee, MLA Kenneth Bryan (GTC) pressed government over why it was allocating a very similar […]

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‘Cruise lines are not our friends’ says MLA

‘Cruise lines are not our friends’ says MLA

| 02/12/2019 | 55 Comments

(CNS): The official opposition has produced a video urging the community to vote no in the forthcoming referendum, as members step up their own campaign just two weeks before Cayman goes to the polls. In the video MLA Chris Saunders (BTW) repeats arguments he has been making for several weeks that the cruise lines are […]

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MLAs use cruise statistics to query claims

MLAs use cruise statistics to query claims

| 05/11/2019 | 24 Comments

(CNS): A number of opposition MLAs have used the cruise industry’s own statistics to raise questions over claims being made by government about the cruise project. During the debate on the cruise port referendum bill last week, MLA Chris Saunders (BTW) outlined the average number of hours passengers spend on-shore in 30 different destinations in […]

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CPA defers Beach Bay hotel plan

CPA defers Beach Bay hotel plan

| 12/09/2019 | 46 Comments

(CNS): Plans for a 9-storey, 100+room, $167 million hotel and resort project in the quiet residential neighborhood of Beach Bay, Bodden Town, has been deferred by the Central Planning Authority, officials have confirmed. As objectors packed Wednesday’s planning meeting when the application was heard, the CPA pressed the developers’ representatives on a number of issues […]

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Opposition challenges constitutional changes

Opposition challenges constitutional changes

| 22/08/2019 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The opposition members have said that not only do they believe that any changes to the Cayman Islands Constitution must go to a public vote, they have also revealed that they do not support all of the changes reportedly negotiated in the recent UK-Cayman talks.

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Opposition hits out at gov’t petition attack

Opposition hits out at gov’t petition attack

| 21/08/2019 | 93 Comments

(CNS): The members of the official opposition have hit out at government over the way it has criticised the campaign for a people-initiated referendum and handled the entire matter. Opposition Leader Arden McLean said the government’s behaviour, going as far as encouraging people to withdraw their names from a petition, was one of the most […]

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Opposition challenges constitutional reform

Opposition challenges constitutional reform

| 08/08/2019 | 19 Comments

(CNS): The official opposition is challenging government’s attempts at constitutional reform. MLA Chris Saunders (BTW) has written to the overseas territories minister in the UK, Lord Tariq Ahmad, asking him not to allow any changes to the Cayman Islands Constitution without a referendum. The opposition MLA appears to be supported by other members of the […]

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Consumer protection still in consultation

Consumer protection still in consultation

| 05/08/2019 | 13 Comments

(CNS): Work on consumer protection legislation that was first circulated as far back as 2015 remains in the consultation phase, as the business community had asked for even more time to submit proposals. Answering a question from opposition MLA Chris Saunders (BTW) in the LA last month, Attorney General Sam Bulgin said that the Law […]

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Beach Bay community in the dark over new hotel

Beach Bay community in the dark over new hotel

| 24/05/2019 | 63 Comments

(CNS): A long-proposed hotel development in the Beach Bay area of Bodden Town is causing serious concerns among residents, not least because many of them have been kept in the dark about what appears to be a significant project. The developer of this potential beachfront resort has made a planning application to begin work on […]

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MLA claims success going it alone

MLA claims success going it alone

| 18/04/2019 | 44 Comments

(CNS): Despite being a single, independent member of the Legislative Assembly sitting on the opposition benches, Chris Saunders claims he has demonstrated that it is possible for a representative to be successful out of government and not part of a political group. Saunders disputes the idea that it takes being the member of a political […]

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Gov’t embraces idea of national pledge

Gov’t embraces idea of national pledge

| 17/04/2019 | 114 Comments

(CNS): The government has accepted a private member’s motion by Chris Saunders, the independent member for Bodden Town West, to create a ‘national pledge’ that will be recited at relevant events, in schools and when new citizens achieve Caymanian status. Saunders asked for the wording of the pledge to be established through a national competition. […]

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