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Sep 9, 2016

P.M. steps back; now has no problem with Senate select inquiry if approved

The Prime Minister has been advocating for a joint select committee to investigate the special audit on immigration irregularities. That position is changing very quickly because the motion for a senate investigation is picking up steam. The Chamber of Commerce has already voted for a senate select investigation so have the unions and the P.U.P.  While the Prime Minister announced that the Chamber is supporting the bicameral inquiry, the Chamber has now revisited that position and is advised that the better option is the senate inquiry and we so reported on Thursday’s newscast. Today, the Prime Minister says that he is going to take the matter to Cabinet for support for a senate select investigation.


Prime Minister Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow

“That would be a matter for the President of the Senate.  In principle I have no difficulty with that. I spoke to the President of the Chamber this morning who said that they met with the Belize Business Bureau to work on proposed terms of commission, sorry, terms of reference for the Joint Select Committee but that the question was raised in terms of the lawyers who were advising them as to whether the clear constitutional position regarding the Senate and its power to investigate as opposed to the inherent jurisdiction that the House has.  Remember this was a report that was tabled by me in the House, but as the president said, it did come up and they are prepared to look at that and perhaps after further discussion they might want to change their position and take Mr. Bradley’s position and the position of the People’s United Party.  Unlike Mr. Bradley, the President of the Chamber assures me that he will do me the courtesy of letting me know beforehand, before making any public announcement in that regard.  Listen, we have no difficulty with the public hearings.  We genuinely felt that a bicameral procedure would better serve.  I’ve heard people say oh, it is so that we can put members on the Joint Select Committee, ministers whose names have been called.  We will never do that.  But the bottom line  is that we are very clear in support of an inquiry and if it is going to be such a big deal this argument that it should be a Senate Select Committee as opposed to a Joint Select Committee, I would ask Cabinet to re-look at the position.”

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1 Response for “P.M. steps back; now has no problem with Senate select inquiry if approved”

  1. Joe Blank says:

    You don’t realize how much you sound like Said Musa. The more you talk, the more you try to rationalize this away, the more ridiculous you look. Even your own Mayor Bradley has rightly calculated that you are a DEAD MAN WALKING. Sycophants like our esteemed Senate President, Godwin Hulse, keep telling you that you are looking better every day and have turned the corner. He will of course short-circuit the Senate Inquiry. The problem with of all of this my dear Sir is this: We have no problem with you thinking very highly of yourself. However, it galls us to the core that you view us as being so stupid, shallow, er, brain dead. Smh!

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