Opposition Leader Hon. McKeeva Bush is blasting the premier and his PPM government. He told Cayman 27 the Progresives-led government is showing contempt for the legislature by planning to no-show next week’s emergency session.
Premier Hon. Alden McLaughlin said instead of showing up for the session, triggered by seven members across the aisle, government will be focusing on more pressing matters, namely managing the fallout from the UK on the Panama Papers scandal, preparing a monster 18-month budget, and preparing 14 motions for the LA’s April 25th session.
Mr. Bush called it a classic case of the premier playing politics.
“This meeting is about five lives that were lost, and it’s about mismanagement of the police, attacks on our tourists and attacks on our citizenry. We cannot sit back any longer for him to come to the house when he chooses,” said Mr. Bush.
The premier fired back, saying it’s Mr. Bush, not him, who is playing politics.
He stressed the issues government are forced to tackle supersede a meeting that does not fit the criteria of an emergency.
“There is no reason and absolutely no reason why those private members motions can’t and should not be dealt with at the meeting of the 25th of April,” said Mr. Mclaughlin. “There is no need to bring forward their debate by two weeks to the 13th, thereby disrupting a lot of the critical work that is going on in the government at this time.”
If all members of the government bench snub the April 13th meeting, there will be no quorum.