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Nov 5, 2019

Patrick Faber: “To hell with it!”

The Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber was not at the start of today’s cabinet sitting in Belmopan. It means he did not face his colleagues around the table who on Sunday, turned up at the Civic Center en masse.   Many of those cabinet colleagues have now seemingly turned their backs on him in support of John Saldivar for U.D.P. leader.  The Belmopan Area Representative John Saldivar is enjoying the support of key figures within the party such as Michael Finnegan, Sister-B, Erwin Contreras and Gaspar Vega. Saldivar’s slate includes Hugo Patt who is running for the post of first deputy leader while Beverly Williams is running for the post of second deputy leader. Sunday’s gathering was larger in numbers and strength compared to Faber’s candidacy launch in September. Today, Faber was the guest speaker at the UWI’s 2019 Country Conference in Belize City where he spoke of youth challenges, risk, and mitigations. But during parts of his speech, Faber touched on other items such as the Cabinet meeting held this morning and Sunday’s shindig.


Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize

“Just so that you know, the Cabinet meeting is happening in Belmopan and when I checked the schedule there was a conflict but I opted to come here instead of going  to the Cabinet this morning. I am still going eventfully and hopefully they will still be and the meeting will still be going on. I decided to come this morning because this is very important for Belize. My opponent had a big shindig?  At the Civic so I don’t want them to think that I don’t want to show up today because they intimidate me.  I am a young person. I know how to take on challenges. The life on the road to success is never easy. It is bumpy. You take your lick and move on but you never give up. Next year is an election year and I don’t care if you go vote for P, actually I do care but that’s not for this forum right.  For now I will say I don’t care whether you go and intend to vote for red or blue register. You know how much young people still haven’t registered. Then when the politicians do foolishness you sit down and talk. What that one and what that one doing that. Your fault. Get out and agitate for the kind of leaders that you want. Right now you have choices to make. In the next term of government come hell or high water we will have a different Prime Minister, a different kind of leadership, all together. You know who have a say in that in that whether you are a delegate for the U.D.P. and P.U.P. in these leadership conventions? You do. I am not trying to tell anyone to vote for the U.D.P.  Nobody goes from here and quotes me wrong. They say that you are as young as you feel so I associate myself with this group of young people who as I have said and you have agreed with me hold the kind of change that we need to fix the issues of Belize. Are you with me? I want you to agree with me because you feel what I am saying not just because I am here as your Minister of Education with responsibility for youths and sports. I want you to agree with you believe deep down inside that you can make that kind of difference.  My friends we need to stop the talk and some of the things of what I might say to you today might not be compatible with what the wider government wants me to say. To hell with it.”

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