“This is about finding solutions not a quest for power,” Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Andrew announced in relations to the Motion of No Confidence that he is expected to move in the House of Assembly on 1st August.
Hon. Fahie explained that the move is not a popular one, but it is the correct action at this moment. In fact, the Opposition Leader explained that the Motion is a response to the Territory’s “dire financial status, struggling economy, lack of accountability, lack of transparency and lack of good governance.”
As a solution, the Opposition Leader recommends that the portfolio of Minister for Finance be transferred from Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith to another member of Government.
“Now is the correct time for this course of action. I will not venture to recommend to the Government who is best suited to be given the portfolio of Minister of Finance. They must have had these discussions before. I am sure that they are members on the Government’s side who will embrace the challenge and change the direction of our present financial conduct,” he explained.
However, in furthering his suggestion Hon. Fahie mentioned that there are members of the Government who are qualified and have the discipline that is needed at this time to change the financial direction of the Territory. “And to take the Ministry of Finance on the path that will return transparency, accountability and adherence to the Protocols for effective Financial Management. The Ministry of Finance needs urgent direct over sight.”
Hon. Fahie noted that the Motion is not against the Government or the Premier but rather a remedy to an issue that is of concern to the entire Territory: “The Premier is extremely busy with international affairs at a time when eagle eyes are needed, more than ever, on the much scarce resources that we now have. This is about enlightening the people not seeking for power, nor seeking to degrade the Minister of Finance, nor seeking to degrade the Premier, nor seeking to fall the government, but rather to help us all. It is about saving the day.”
“This is not about politics. We have to go down the right path. We must do so now and not wait for a general election to do so. The Territory urgently needs someone to be assigned full time to overlook its finances minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. This is now critical to this Territory's survival. Our Premier is too busy dealing with International and National affairs,” he added.
In further explaining why the change of Minister of Finance is not an indication of issues with the current Minister, but rather a remedial step, Hon. Fahie said: “It is now impossible, given the time needed, to oversee the affairs of both the Premier and the Ministry of Finance and do so effectively for both on behalf of the people. One of these portfolios will not get the needed attention that is rightfully deserved and at this time it is the Ministry of Finance that is suffering the most. It is important to have someone assigned to deal with the scarce, scarce, resources that we have at this time. “
He further stated: “Normally the Leader of the Opposition will ask for the head of the leader of the government but this is about finding solutions not a quest for power. The government has eleven members and the solution for this present moment is within them. Whomever they select to be the Minister of Finance can work hand in glove with the Premier and the Financial Secretary to turn this country into one that is accountable, one that stays in line with the tenants of the Protocol for Effective Financial Management, one that will stay within the tenants of the Public Finance Management Act. This course of action will allow us to have a country that we all will be proud of.”
- Published in Politics