Premier Andrew Fahie has promised members of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition that his government will be fully forthcoming with any answers to questions they might have in relation to the governance of the territory — a courtesy he suggested was not always afforded to him while he served in the Opposition.
In fact, the first-time Premier said he welcomes those questions from the Opposition where he previously served as leader.
“This is the public’s business and we’re going to give you the answers straight up; unless it prejudices any part of the negotiations, as the Standing Orders (parliamentary laws) would say. But, even then we’ll try to answer,” Premier Fahie told Opposition members.
“Without the Opposition, democracy cannot function to its fullest,” he reasoned.
He made the statements during the final day of the 2019 budget debate in the House of Assembly on Friday. The budget passed and was retroactively ordered to come into force on January 1, this year.
In the meantime, during his stint as Opposition Leader, Fahie would often complain about what he described unsatisfactory and perhaps circumlocutory responses from former Premier Dr D Orlando Smith in relation to questions asked about national issues.
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