I love women
Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has dismissed suggestions from former Prime Minister Owen Arthur that he does not have any respect for women.
Sinckler disputed this claim last night while addressing a Democratic Labour Party meeting in Tweedside Road, Carrington Village, St. Michael.
The incumbent parliamentary representative for St. Michael North West questioned Arthur’s moral authority to pronounce on his attitude to women.
Sinckler noted that it was on the floor of the House of Assembly that Arthur spoke ill of Senator Irene Sandiford- Garner.
He further recalled that Owen Arthur used a press conference at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies to express the most unkind things about the then Opposition Leader, Mia Mottley.
Sinckler then told his audience that when he spoke ill of these two ladies the church and the National Organisation of Women were already institutions in Barbados, but said nothing.
“When he rinse out Mottley, wasn’t he aware of the NOW? Arthur has no respect for women. They are still stabbing at Mottley. Can you imagine Dale Marshall taking over from Arthur in the event he dies? I never spoke ill of the chairman of the Barbados Investors and Policyholders Alliance, June Fowler,” Sinckler said.
Sinckler told the large crowd that the CLICO issue was very complex and it needed careful examination.
He disputed the sum of money owed to the policyholders and said it could be in the region of over $800 million when those in the Eastern Caribbean were taken into consideration.
The finance minister pointed out that currently it was a buyers’ market and therefore it would present major challenges to get the book value of the properties owned by CLICO.
He maintained that if Government took the action suggested by Fowler it could be faced with multiple lawsuits filed by policyholders, not only in Barbados but in the Eastern Caribbean, who did not get back their investments.
Questioning what he described as the self-righteousness of Arthur, Sinckler said that five years after it had been revealed in the House of Assembly that Arthur had deposited a cheque for $75,000 on his personal account when it should have been placed on the party’s account, he was unable to give a satisfactory account of his actions to the people of Barbados. (NC)