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Dec 8, 2017

Christmas Wishes and Cheer from Belmopan

Dean Barrow

Our last story from the House of Representatives is a positive one, and may even be anticipated in some quarters. There were wishes of goodwill from both sides of the lower house in anticipation of the Christmas season. And to make that season a little brighter, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced that even with the economy not fully recovered from recent shocks, there is a little set aside for “Christmas Cheer.”

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“Madam Speaker, I move that the House do now adjourn, and before we get into the exchanges on the adjournment, may I perhaps take the opportunity to wish you and your family the very best for Christmas; those on this side of the House; of course, our colleagues on the other side of the House; our constituents, in my case Queen’s Square and of course the entire Belizean nation. May I say to colleagues on the other side that ‘plantain noh di eat like rice,’ but there’s a little twelve thousand five hundred for each of you for Christmas Cheer, to be able to (Interruption) No, man, we go through the Ministry of Human Development; you just put in your order and they’ll do it. Merry Christmas, Madam Speaker, Merry Christmas.”

 

John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“Continuing in the spirit of the Prime Minister, I want to start out by thanking you, Madam Speaker, for guiding the work and debate that we do; I know that sometimes we get overheated but I can assure you that it’s never personal; all of us are trying our best to do the best work we can do when we come to the House. And certainly on behalf of us on this side, all twelve of us and our three Senators, on this side we want to thank the Belizean people for giving us the privilege to represent them. It is a privilege we take very seriously; something that we get up every day and think about how it is that we can improve the life of the Belizean people. It has been a very difficult year, we all know – we have issues with the economy, jobs, crime and the list can go on; but as a people I think that we still prevail, we never give up and that’s what makes Belize so special and so unique. So I take the opportunity to wish you, Madam Speaker and your family; the Prime Minister and his family; all the Ministers and all my colleagues here and their families, the people of Orange Walk Central and all Belizeans, to wish them a blessed Christmas and a happy one and for us to take this opportunity, this season, this time to set aside what divides us and to look at what unites us as a people. And I end by saying that I still believe that Belize is the best place in the world to live.”

 

The Government’s representatives get twenty-five thousand dollars each.

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