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Opposition no-show in Parliament

Opposition no-show in Parliament The Parliament of Barbados

Tue, January 15, 2013 - 2:21 PM

Nine empty benches faced the Government as today’s 144th sitting of Parliament under the current Democratic Labour Party administration dealt with a resolution  to grant $15.7 million from the Consolidated Fund and to finance the provision of subsidized diesel to manufacturers, farmers, fisherfolk, public service vehicle operators and the Transport Board.

The House, which resolved itself into a committee of supplies to grant this sum, was chaired by St Michael West Central MP James Paul, and featured contributions from Minister of Transport John Boyce who introduced the resolution, Minister of Small Business Development Denis Kellman, Minister of the the Environment Dennis Lowe, Kenny Best, Patrick Todd, Minister of Labour Esther Byer-Suckoo and Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite.

In their contributions, some berated the Opposition’s no-show, with Best calling for a day’s salary to be deducted.

This follows the Opposition Barbados Labour Party’s decision to boycott Parliament in protest of Government’s failure to call the general election in a timely manner.

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the last general election. (RJ)

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Posted by J. Payne 1 year, 6 months ago
I told someone before that ZRs get fuel from the transport board yard and they thought I was kidding. Read above. "under the current Democratic Labour Party administration dealt with a resolution to grant $15.7 million from the Consolidated Fund and to finance the provision of subsidized diesel to manufacturers, farmers, fisherfolk, *** public service vehicle operators AND* the Transport Board."

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Posted by En Dee 1 year, 6 months ago
Dock their pay!! The no-shows should not get taxpayers money for doing nothing. If they stay away for more than 3 days insist on a doctor's letter. They are behaving immature and seem to have a false sense of entitlement. If they behave like kids we should we should treat them as such. Nigel D.

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Posted by Simon Templar 1 year, 6 months ago
I don't like the boycott. But the truth is that 5 years is up. Call the election.

@EN DEE What was your opinion when the David Thompson led opposition boycotted parliament in the last quarter of 2007?

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Posted by daneale o'neale 1 year, 6 months ago
seem this is a new year resolution in Barbados,don't show up for work the tax payer gine pay ya,Gabby gotta write a new song everybody making mock sport at we.

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Posted by En Dee 1 year, 6 months ago
@ Simon Templar: Same thing. Show up for work and face the issues. They are being very handsomely paid. This forum is the highest in the land and should be setting an example. I do not care if it is Owen or David. Do not pay them a red cent. Nigel D.

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Posted by june skeete 1 year, 6 months ago
It true dat duh still eat dee food? Who's greedy now?

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Posted by june skeete 1 year, 6 months ago
J. Payne, please! 10 yrs ago a man told me that when he gets a contract fuh $3 million he only takes $2 million. Do the math re: the years. God rest him in his grave.

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