By Aaron Humes: The details are coming, assured Leader of Government Business Senator Eamon Courtenay to his colleagues as he wrapped up the debate on the Good Governance in Belize Motion, 2021.
The motion sets out, he said, what the now-Government covenanted to while in Opposition and which formed part of its manifesto, which a majority of Belizeans endorsed at the general election.
He also committed to working in the Senate, where the Government has the most Senators, but not an overall majority, with the Opposition and social partners to advance the Government agenda.
And he had a message, first made by Senator Osmany Salas (NGOs), for Elections and Boundaries Commission chairperson Estevan “Steve” Perrera: “The Elections and Boundaries Commission is greater than any one person…you still have a chance to do the right thing,” that is, to resign. He also pointed out that the other members have in fact resigned.
Courtenay reiterated the Government’s intention to raise the minimum wage from $3.30 to $5 an hour and to implement the decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Maya communal lands from 2015.
And he also refuted Senator Peyrefitte’s claim that the Public Services Commission (PSC) was consulted on the re-designation of the Comptroller of Customs under Section 107(1) of the Constitution by stating that they had in fact been written to and consulted, but have yet to respond, and the Government did not intend to wait on their response as a matter of administrative law.