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Mar 10, 2020

Mark Lizarraga: “I tiad tell you so, your head haad”

Mark Lizarraga

Strongly opposing the Government Contract (Validation) Bill was Private Sector Senator Mark Lizarraga. Lizarraga told the government senators that during every Sitting of the Upper Chamber, social partners continue to remind the government that the requirements outlined in the Finance and Audit Reform Act must be followed. Lizarraga says it is like talking to the wind.


Mark Lizarraga, Senator for Private Sector

“I think it is normal. I don’t think our outrage at this bill in unjustified. In Creole you say, “I tiad tell you so, your head haad.” It is normal for us to feel this because every time we come here, we remind the government of their obligations. What is particularly insulting Mr. President, you know what this is here today? Because the Leader of the Opposition wrote a letter to the lending agencies, to the foreigners and they are pressuring the government now to get this rectified.  We only come here to pass laws when we want to borrow money, when we are forced to by some foreign power or when we want to get out of jail. It is a travesty. It is a shame. It is a shame that we have not learned to listen to one another in here and take advice. When I first thing when I came to this House, one thing maybe my level of outrage has increased over the years because you feel like you are talking to the wind. You try to convince your colleagues, colleagues man this is the law you have to follow it. This is the law we fought to pass. We in the business community were very, very vocal. We joined the unions in their call for greater transparency and accountability.”

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