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Jul 16, 2020

The B.C.C.I. Supports its Business Senator

Aside from the report on the Immigration that was adopted in the Senate, the upper house also dealt with the appointment of the new chair of the Elections and Boundaries. Now the appointment of attorney Estevan Perrera was approved, but there were loud objections because Perrera is well-known to be aligned to the government when in fact the Chair of the Commission is to be independent and without bias. Business Senator Mark Lizarraga opposed the appointment. Some on the government side of the Upper House, however, called Lizarraga all sorts of things.  Today, the Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry notes with grave concern the inappropriate and disrespectful treatment of the business senator, most recently on Wednesday.  The B.C.C.I. explains that it guides Lizarraga in his interventions and positions and keeps record of how he votes in the Senate. It continues that contrary to accusations, Lizarraga has consistently voted in the best interest of the constituents he represents and not along partisan political lines. According to the B.C.C.I., the fact that the business senator does not support a resolution proposed by the government, does not mean that he is aligned with the Opposition.  In respect of the vote on Perrera, the B.C.C.I. directed a vote against his appointment since it believes that the Chairman of this Commission should be independent and should not have a record of political appointments or affiliation.  Here is the back and forth.


Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, U.D.P. Senator

“I heard Senator Lizarraga say he can’t vote for Mister Perrera because of his voting record in the Senate; he votes too much for the government, for the U.D.P. whenever he is representing here. Well that would make Senator Lizarraga not qualified because he always votes against the government if you are looking at voting record. Let’s called this for what this is. The government is putting up somebody and you just have to object to everything this government does. That is the stone cold fact and it is irresponsible for people to do that and I support the motion.


Mark Lizarraga, Senator for Private Sector

“I rise to correct the misstatement by the Attorney General where he said that Senator Lizarraga always with the P.U.P. and never supports the government. I call on the Attorney General to present my voting records in this Senate to prove that le that is constantly by him and people on that side because have supported the government motions  on many occasions. Before this session is over I call on the Attorney General to present my voting record in this Senate.”


Mark Lizarraga

Michael Peyrefitte

“I start by saying Mister President it will be difficult to find just one instance where he voted for the government.”


Mark Lizarraga

“I rise in support and if they pay attention they will see that I do support things in this honourable house.  Have to correct it.”

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