Perry Christie

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The Right Honourable
Perry Christie
Perry Christie 2013 (cropped).jpg
3rd & 5th Prime Minister of the Bahamas
Assumed office
8 May 2012
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Arthur Foulkes
Marguerite Pindling
Deputy Philip Davis
Preceded by Hubert Ingraham
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
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 politician who has served as Prime Minister of the Bahamas since May 2012; previously he was Prime Minister from 2002 to 2007. He is the longest-serving Bahamian elected parliamentarian, representing the Centreville constituency since 1977. He is also a former athlete. His Progressive Liberal Party is the governing party and the oldest Bahamian political party, holding a solid majority government of 30 of 38 seats in the Bahamian Parliament. Christie was sworn into office on 8 May 2012.

Education and athletics[edit]

Christie’s athletic skills developed as a member of the Pioneers, and led to his representing The Bahamas at the 1960 West Indies Federation Games in Kingston, Jamaica, and at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Kingston in 1962, when he won a bronze medal in the triple jump. Christie was a student at the Eastern Senior School in New Providence, the University Tutorial College, Inner Temple in London and the University of Birmingham (law degree with honours 1969).[1]

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.[2] After the new FNM government was sworn in, Christie was sworn in as leader of the Official Opposition.[3][4]

In November 2009, Christie was overwhelmingly 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.[5]

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.[6]


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

BAMSI – .[7]

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.[8]

Multiple human rights violations have been investigated under his leadership, none of which have been solved.[9]

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