Heated debate in Parliament as Mottley blasts Government

Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Leader Mia Mottley today refused to be drawn into debate on the Holidays With Pay Bill, saying unless the Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler addressed pertinent issues relating to the economy she did not see the relevance of the debate.

And shortly after being told by Speaker of the House Michael Carrington to take her seat, as her request was deemed irrelevant to the Bill, Mottley left the Chamber, and was followed shortly by some of her Parliamentary representatives.

Mottley said while she agreed for the need of the relevant legislation, it was unfair for the debate to take place now when Barbadians were concerned about job security.

Expressing concern about the troubling  state of the economy, Mottley said the situation could result in more of a “holiday without pay for majority of Barbadians” in a few months if fiscal matters, recent downgrades and the move by Guyana to temporary halt trade in Barbadian dollars were not urgently addressed by Government.

Mottley made the comments after Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss laid the bill.

“We will not participate in long or protracted debates in circumstances where the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance are not prepared to answer the legitimate concerns of Barbadians. A number of events have happened and those events all impact on the jobs that we are here now trying to talk about because there can be no holiday with pay if there are no jobs. It is as simple as that,” argued Mottley.

However, a defiant Mottley was interrupted by Carrington, who questioned the relevance of her contribution to the Bill.

Mottley however insisted that the country’s fiscal position was so dire that jobs were at risk.

Making her case the Opposition Leader insisted “if the Governor of the Central Bank is correct in his letter on January 3, [2017], that they have not been able to balance inflows and outflows of foreign exchange and that there must be deeper fiscal measures to reduce the fiscal deficit as well as to protect the foreign reserves by dampening spending,  it means that jobs are at risk. And if jobs are at risk sir, there can’t be any discussion about holidays with pay because it will be holiday without pay for majority of Barbadians.

“And we are saying sir, that the questions that we are asking are not questions that we want to know. The concerns that we have are not peculiar to the Barbados Labour Party. People are concerned. Is there and will there be further measures that will be imposed on people to protect what the Governor of the Central Bank has said has clearly been a failure since 2013 to balance our reserves,” said Mottley, also querying if Government planned to seek outside assistance to address the fiscal problems.

She was however once again interrupted by the Speaker of the House who read her a Standing Order on relevance.

A defiant Mottley nevertheless insisted “I contend that we cannot discuss Holidays with Pay [Bill] unless people are employed in this country. If people don’t have jobs there can be no discussion about people going on holiday with pay or without pay”.

She was subsequently asked by the Speaker of the House  to take her seat.

Shortly after Leader of the House John Boyce took the floor to join in the debate, Mottley exited the Chamber, and was followed by her opposition colleagues.

25 Responses to Heated debate in Parliament as Mottley blasts Government

  1. Gearbox1964 January 17, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I agree Mia…keep pressure on the DEM to address the most critical and urgent issues. They believe they can continue to disrespect the people of Barbados pussyfoot their way all the way till elections are constitutionally due.

  2. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne January 17, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Sorry I didn’t listen to the heated debate but I am siding with Mia Mottley of course. We need a resolution to this thing called economic problem.

  3. Sunshine Sunny Shine January 17, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Carrington. Is this the same immoral man that had no problem withholding monies belonging to an elderly man. Wicked is what he is. Shameless lot.

  4. Peter January 17, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Barbados Today proclaims that no e/mail address will be published. However friends have contacted me and told me they knew of my comments. There are no secrets here in Barbados. There is an old saying. ” You can hide and buy land but you can’t hide and work it.” There are persons in high places and they can find out ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. You figure out the rest. Those leaks start with Barbados Today. Just see who are the owners are.

    • Sherlock Holmes. January 17, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      If your info is credible sue them.

  5. Oliver O C Corbin
    Oliver O C Corbin January 17, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    i come to de point none of de two these parties has de answer to bring Barbados out of this mess we are in all to just talking crap every day with nothing to show for it get new party n let try them see what happen

    • David Wyndoze
      David Wyndoze January 17, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      You still lookin for a saviour party?

    • David Wyndoze
      David Wyndoze January 17, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      We have all come to this point!
      Now we need to get on with the pragmatics of the 2.2 choices that face us, realistically.

    • Oliver O C Corbin
      Oliver O C Corbin January 17, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      both parties failing bad so going a dry well

  6. Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore January 17, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Mia is too bombastic

    • Oliver O C Corbin
      Oliver O C Corbin January 17, 2017 at 7:45 pm

      is she the power hungry cause to me i really want too see if de BLP wins if de next morning all will be bed of roses

    • Lisa Moore
      Lisa Moore January 17, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Oliver O C Corbin Barbados will be the land of milk and honey. No potholes, debt , plenty investments, all bajans will be millionaires, marijuana will be legalized and every one will be cured from all diseases, homosexuality will be legalized and gay marriages will be the new norm. What a paradise it will be!

    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles January 17, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      there is no quick fix because in 8 years DLP managed to do 20 years of damage

    • Lisa Moore
      Lisa Moore January 17, 2017 at 8:35 pm

      Your opinion but sensible bajans know better.

  7. Big Brown January 17, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I would take bombastic over indifferent and uncaring any day, Lisa Moore. But putting that aside, I don’t see anything bombastic in calling the Government to account on behalf of the 270,000 souls in Barbados.

  8. Alex Alleyne January 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    POLITICS, I love it……..easy money. You don’t have to take a test for any position. Just be able to confuse people with all talk.

  9. Jeff January 17, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Well well it seems as though the government wants everyone to slide along with them. If the opposition sites a problem to TRY to highlight it is a big issue for the government. If ever a time we need a sharp and aggressive opposition it’s now. We people need to feel a sense of being cared about and represented. Like Minister Hon. Donville Inniss implied recently that people need to hear our serious concerns address by the leaders we choose Who is speaking to our dire situations? Let the opposition not be harnessed by the government representatives. The people are in need of good aggressive leadership like what we are seeing from the opposition team.

  10. Sunil Brome January 17, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    We need Boombastic…we the people need to be heard…we need to know what is going on!

  11. David January 17, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    I have been hearing this thing about economic issues for the last 10 years or so and to quite honest it is the same old talk over and over again.We in Barbados definitely need a frank and honest discussion on the issue.Stop the drama.The future of my children and grand children is at stake.

  12. Larry Moore
    Larry Moore January 17, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Why is the government not prepared to answer the issues that are relevant to our future as a country so sad to see plp actually seeing what miss mottley is asking as being bombastic smh

  13. Adrian Hinds January 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Wuh I thought Mia Mottley was the Law and order politician? If she understood the need for the law, and she is aware that theyre are standing orders (rules) that require contributions to be relevant to the bill in question, what is wrong with the Speaker telling her to take her seat after she could not prove said relevance but wanted to continue grandstanding? chuspe!

  14. Hewers of wood January 17, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Peter – seeing they were your friends who contacted you, then it looks like all of you are friends together. Including the BT personnel. In that case don’t see the issue.

  15. Jennifer January 17, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    @David – And it will stay that way too. Good luck

  16. Johnathan January 18, 2017 at 8:24 am

    @Lisa Moore you sound like a woman if you are that either went school at the pond or down Pondside. Mia is the voice of the people and is the most genuine in that entire Parliament. She is also correct in her assessment of the holiday without pay when discussing the current economic situation. Barbaidans with exception to the few dummies like you understand the situation we are in pray for the current bunch to get so that some decency can be returned to our country..

  17. CARICOM Giant January 18, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    [1] Generally, I support the view that proper procedures and decorum must prevail among Members of Parliament during all debates and processes during and/or related to the Parliament.

    [2] However, sometimes, matters are so grave that Members are rightly aggrieved, on behalf of their Constituents, and have to make clear statements for what they know is right . . . sometimes, by words (e.g., votes of no confidence); sometimes, by silent actions, which can be more powerful than words alone.

    [3] There has been far too much talking in the past 8 years and not nearly enough efficiency within the public sector, and not nearly enough effective implementation and timely delivery of promises within the Government. There has been a dearth of confidence, protracted economic decline/stagnation, and relentless over-spending at the top, while most public servants go without any increments, and while the majority of citizens have seen job-losses and/or income-cuts and/or tax-increases. E.g., under this administration, Barbadians have faced:

    [a] the highest rate of inflation in living memory (e.g., 10% in year 2011);

    [b] the largest fiscal deficits in Barbadian history (e.g., over $1,000 million per year for several consecutive years);

    [c] the highest price of gasoline in local history (peaking at $3.62 per litre locally even though global oil-prices had declined more than 30% since the all-time-high of $147 in July, 2008);

    [d] the highest price of electricity in local history (with the Fuel Adjustment Clause peaking at 49 cents per KwH compared with a maximum of 28 cents per KwH under the previous Government);

    [e] the highest effective income-tax rates in decades;

    [f] zero effective real G.D.P. growth cumulatively for the period 2009 to 2016 (and counting);

    [g] the lowest international sovereign credit-rating in 30 years (far into junk-bond territory compared with a highly respectable A-rating under the previous Government);

    [h] more new debt in 8 years than all previous Barbadian Governments combined accumulated in the previous 42 years!


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