Franklyn: I won’t accept disrespect
Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn yesterday absented himself from the first sitting of the Senate for 2021, as he complained about the timeliness of submission of information to senators pertaining to the bills set down for debate.
The outspoken Senator sent a letter to President of the Senate, Reginald Farley, indicating he would not be attending the sitting of the Upper House and “that starting today, I will no longer tolerate this abuse and disrespect from Government”.
In the letter which was circulated to the media, Franklyn explained that he received an email from the Clerk of Parliament on February 19, informing there would be a sitting of the Senate on February 24, 2021. It added that the Order Paper would be circulated in due course.
“I was further informed that the House of Assembly was expected to debate the Barbados Identity Management Bill, 2021 and the National Payment System Bill, 2021. The email went on to say:
“In the event that these bills are passed, the Honourable the Senate will be asked to debate them in all their stages at the sitting of February 24, 2021. . .”
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