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Sep 13, 2017

Senate Chair Says Inquiry is “Adequately Financed”

Aldo Salazar

The Senate Special Select Committee on Immigration hosted Director of Immigration Diana Locke for the second consecutive week and we will have highlights of her testimony shortly. But the bigger concern is the announcement made by the Prime Minister last week that the current allocation for the functioning of the Committee will not be continued past November due to budgetary constraints. During a break in proceedings, members of the press questioned Chairman Senator Aldo Salazar concerning this. It is not a prospect that appears to worry the chairman although he pointed out that he does not and will never speak for the Committee. Salazar agrees with the Prime Minister that the Committee has already spent enough of the people’s money on the inquiry, which officially got underway last November.

 

Aldo Salazar, Chair, Senate Special Select Committee

“It will take some time to prepare the report; but preparation of the report does not necessarily include, involve what we have in terms of the budget, as much involvement of the staff of the National Assembly; the media – I think one or two elements are being paid – doesn’t involve that, so that is not a concern for me. As I said, I feel that we have been adequately financed, and I feel that we have used an adequate amount of time, it’s sufficient enough – a year in my view is quite enough to put forward and to conduct an in-depth deliberation and to produce a report which includes or involves all the facets that we need to consider.  That is my view; I feel like a year is sufficient; I feel we have been allocated adequate resources. I have no quarrel with the Prime Minister if his view is the same as mine.”

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