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Apr 1, 2016

Opposition Senator Says U.D.P. Government is Thwarting Election of Senators

Eamon Courtenay

Doctor Barnett’s perspective on an elected Senate was not lost on lead Opposition Senator Eamon Courtenay. While Courtenay fully agrees with Barnett, he maintains that it is the U.D.P. government, to whom she belongs, that is preventing the election of senators.

 

Eamon Courtenay, Opposition Senator

“I think most people in the senate and those who have heard it publicly were pleasantly surprised at the comments that Dr. Barnett made.  Firstly, she indicated that the senate, as presently constituted, is appointed and the provisions in the constitution only allows the senate to delay a money bill and I had commented on that of course and, therefore one usually doesn’t, you know, we debate it but we don’t attempt to stop it.  The point was that she supports an elected senate and once you have an elected senate then obviously that provision in the constitution ought to change because then it would be an elected body with a right to make amendments et cetera to the budget legislation.  It was a welcome comment from Dr. Barnett but it is interesting because you will recall that in 2008 the electorate had a referendum on that issue and approved the elected senate.  So it is her government that is thwarting and not wanting to give in to the will of the Belizean people and I can only encourage Senator Barnett to try to convince the powers that be in her party to achieve that because it would be a good thing for Belize.”

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