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Jul 6, 2017

Did Ministers Act with “Decorum” on Wednesday?

U.D.P. Ministers Anthony “Boots” Martinez and Edmond “Clear the Land” Castro appeared before the senate hearing on Wednesday. They are the first two sitting ministers to be questioned by senators in the ongoing immigration inquiry. While the report from the Auditor General is at the core of the hearing, whistleblower Alvarine Burgess has told the committee that she paid up to two thousand dollars for recommendation letters for Chinese nationals which, as we have heard from public officers, guaranteed their approval.  Both ministers were named by Burgess in the scheme, but when they appeared before the senate, they refused to answer any question relating to Burgess, becoming combative and downright crude. Today, News Five asked Minister of State Tracy Panton for her take on her colleagues’ belligerent stance towards the Senate Special Select Committee Here’s what she had to say.


Tracy Panton

Tracy Panton, Minister of State, Trade & Investment

“I didn’t see the senate inquiry yesterday. For me, Wednesdays is my constituency days so I am busy doing work for the residents of the area. I have seen comments on Facebook, but not that I can speak to directly. I will say that as leaders, as parliamentarians, as government representatives, we are all expected to carry ourselves with a certain decorum. We are expected to facilitate questions and answers as is necessary and I hope that my colleagues did that. I don’t know the manner in which they did it because I didn’t see the presentation firsthand. But I would say that we do have a responsibility to carry ourselves with a certain decorum.”

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