Tuesday, September 22nd 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: Leader of the Opposition Francis Fonseca delivered a statesman’s address on Independence Day in workmanlike prose, calling for a sense of purpose and unity as we look ahead to the next 34 years.
Acknowledging the deep debt of pride and gratitude to the leaders of the nationalist movement, he said leadership was not about “wishful thinking” but about hard work, commitment and participation by all Belizeans, paying attention to job creation, education, health care and national security.
As an example he cited the trip of the Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) to the Sarstoon Island in August, where, he said, they made “a simple powerful statement that all of Belize is ours to protect and defend… a clear, strong message of unity in the face of the Guatemalan claim.” But he also points out that resources are necessary to back our claim.
Fonseca also spoke of the necessity of governance reform to eradicating poverty and social issues, calling for all to “work together in good faith to change, improve and strengthen the failing systems and structures in place to govern.” He specifically called for the introduction of the thirteenth Senator, the Integrity Commission and restructuring the Public Accounts Committee.
Fonseca ended his address with two quotes from Rt. Hon. George Price concerning the effort needed to maintain independence and the spirit of independence and a nation.
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