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Jul 4, 2011

PM breaks down the elements of Public Purpose for Telemedia

The Prime Minister went at lengths to explain that the bill would fix defects in the 2009 acquisition law. The Court of Appeal found that government did not provide evidence to prove the acquisition for public purpose and in the renationalization the PM is gambling that he can now make the acquisition hold together. The PM said that the public purpose “will be rooted in circumstances and references of a nature that will still the doubts of even the most censorious of courts.” But it is yet to be seen if the telecom bill will have static or simply fold like a dropped call when the argument reaches the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Dean Barrow

“The public purpose is what will be reflected in the statutory instrument that the minister will make. I am sure that, on the last time, the public purposes were legitimate, but the reasons offered for triggering the public purposes did not amount to the sufficiency of justification that the Court wanted. The minister now, I think, in terms of the public purposes that he will use and the reasons he refer to as justifying the triggering of the public purses will be absolutely on safe ground. But that will be seen in S.I. which can’t be signed until the law is passed. You are saying what the purpose is now. You are going to be making that retrospective and so as long as the purpose you are referring to now would have been a purpose of that time, in my view.”

Jules Vasquez, 7News

“So it would have been a purpose overlooked?”

Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow

“Yes. Or not overlooked; not used. You could have an almost infinite number of public purposes. You select the ones that you think are triggered in the particular circumstances. You come back now and employ what was not selected on last occasion, but what you are positive the circumstances would have justified had those purposes been selected.”

Jose Sanchez

“Okay, but which unselected public purposes and reasoning are we looking at?”

Dean Barrow

“You have to wait until the minister signs tomorrow. I can’t presume to in any way fetter the discretion of the minister. The law has to be passed. The senate passes it this afternoon. It will go to G.G. presumably by five for his signature. Thereafter under that law the minister moves. How can I tell you now what purposes the minister will use? I believe I have some good idea, but if I did that that will be my interpreting as my directing the minister; as my circumscribing the latitude and freewill of the minister who is the decisions maker, not I.”

Jose Sanchez

In your speech you mentioned that future governments shouldn’t be able to change the constitutionality once again. How can you be so sure?”

Dean Barrow

“I am saying that we believe philosophically—as a matter of policy—that the utilities should be owned in the majority by government. We would have to change the constitution to ensure that what Misters Hyde and Espat pointed to—the fact that when you put the protections in articles of association that have the force of bylaws, it is very easy for somebody to come behind and sweep those away. The only manner in which you can put that kind of a policy decision beyond the reach of succeeding governments, is if you enshrine it in the constitution. And we are saying that we are prepared to do that. I was very careful to make clear that while we will introduce the bill, it has to go to consultation and of course, we will want to take well on board what people say. But we, as of this point in time, are utterly confident that there will be support for that.”

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