The foreword is a statement by the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Party Leader which reads:
In these General Elections, the Progressive Liberal Party has put forth an extraordinary team of candidates. A new generation of leaders and a seasoned team of expert lawmakers have joined with the leadership of the PLP to produce this Charter for Governance. This Charter for Governance will allow the Progressive Liberal Party to chart a course of change for The Bahamas beginning on the first day of our new government.
We will build a safer Bahamas, reducing crime and violence. We will create jobs and strengthen the economy. We will build a brighter future for all.
Today, The Bahamas is facing unprecedented levels of crime and violence, reduced standards of living, and increasing social disorder and decay. Bahamians are worse off than they were five years ago.
Almost 40 years have passed since political independence in 1973, and more than 45 years since Majority Rule was achieved in 1967. It was during those eras that many of the institutions with which the country now functions were put in place. However, much has changed. In far too many instances, these institutions function according to the same rationale as when they where first created it. This reality points to the need to re-examine each and every institution in our society to ensure that it continues to be relevant to The Bahamas of 2012 and beyond. That is a basic commitment of Our Charter for Governance. We recognize that this process means that some institutions will have to be reformed and others virtually reinvented. The vision must be clear.