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Mar 10, 2020

N.T.U.C.B. Does Not Support Validation Bill

Elena Smith

Senator for the unions, Elena Smith, made it quite clear today in Belmopan that the National Trade Union Congress of Belize cannot and will not support the Government Contracts (Validation) Bill 2020. The debate got testy and during Smith’s presentation, U.D.P. Senator Michael Peyrefitte pointed out that the bill is not a result of the Chief Justice’s recent decision in which he ruled that over one billion dollars were spent illegally and that the PM had violated the constitution.

 

Elena Smith, Senator for Unions

“It seems to be that we are trying to remedy the situation because of the implications of the judgment. And so might be what we have to do…”

 

Michael Peyrefitte, U.D.P. Senator

“There is no judgment. That is supplementary budgetary allocations not validation of contracts. Please do your homework, man.”

 

Elena Smith

“As usual, rudeness that you have to go through in this House nonetheless…”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte

“I am allowed under the rules to a point of order. Now is that not how the point of order work? Learn your rules man.”

 

Mark Lizarraga, Senator for Private Sector

“What is your point of order?”

 

Darrell Bradley, President, Senate

“Senators.”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“Learn your rules, man.”

 

Darrell Bradley

Darrell Bradley

“Attorney General, you are making a point of order. The point of order is specific. Direct me to the point of order.”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“The point of order let me get real technical with you, Mr. President. You cannot refer in any event to any judgment or ruling to any matter before the Supreme Court because the law deems it; our Standing Orders deem it, that it is quite possible for our comments here to have an influence to those judgments. So we are not allowed to do that under the Standing Orders. That is one. Number two, when you talk about a judgment and trying to do something in the House and debate the matter in the House pertaining to a judgment that does not exist as it relates to these matters you are trying to imputing improper motives to the government. We are doing this to try and undermine some judgment. That is not what we are doing here. There is not court matter in these issues here.”

 

Darrell Bradley

“I do not consider that it breaks the provisions of section thirty-six-two and I ask that she continues, but just be minded by the rule itself that there is just a prohibition and I am sure that the senator will guide herself accordingly.”

 

Elena Smith
“The N.T.U.C.B., having looked at this bill before us, the Validation if you will, of these contracts has come to the decisions that we cannot and we will not support this bill today.”


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