Finance Minister accuses Barbadians of acting hastily before hearing Cahill Energy out

Government is yet to respond to concerns from a wide cross section of Barbados over a proposed gasification plant in Vaucluse, mainly because an amendment to legislation is yet to be ratified…

Chris Sinckler, placed as Finance Minister by the late David Thompson in 2010 and continues with the portfolio unabated despite a few reshuffles by Thompson’s stand-in Freundel Stuart, spoke to Bajan Reporter after a seminar on the implementation of FATCA (US laws pertaining to overseas accounts and how they’re taxed)┬áin Barbados by the BRA, Barbados Revenue Authority at Two Mile Hill on Thursday morning.

There is an old adage - "MANY A TRUE WORD SPOKEN IN JEST" and that certainly was the case Thursday morning, Sinckler in gibing at himself said only Margaret Sivers at the BRA is hated more than himself! Everyone laughed and quite a few joked even further... They said it's a rare thing when an MP speaks the truth!

There is an old adage – “MANY A TRUE WORD SPOKEN IN JEST” and that certainly was the case Thursday morning, Sinckler in gibing at himself said only Margaret Sivers at the BRA is hated more than himself! Everyone laughed and quite a few joked even further… They said it’s a rare thing when an MP speaks the truth!

We wanted a comment on the Cahill waste of time Waste To Energy facility which took an enormous bruising last week (more video from Bajan Reporter from the session still to come), especially since no Cabinet Ministers were there.

After his speech to accountants and tax consultants, it was indicated Sinckler would be leaving early before the Q&A as he had to go to Cabinet how convenient so we immediately packed up our gear, except for the trusty Voice Recorder and followed him as he tried to escape departed from the conference room. I tried to get the Advocate, CBC and Starcom to follow, but no avail – only the Nation and BGIS were present but apparently failed to use their versions (Barbados Today was late, they arrived as I was concluding).

He appeared startled on realising I was right next to him, but I said before you go – I need to know, since he spoke of transparency and finances, why hasn’t Government spoken on the Cahill project yet?

Sinckler then waffled about how the Cahill town hall was their private event and not for Government to be seen or commenting there (I could be wrong, but isn’t a Town Hall a public session?), here is the rest of his reply where the Finance Minister cites Dr Denis Lowe as the one who needs to address the matter?

Does Sinckler realise that why so many Barbadians are against Gasification or Plasma Arc reactors is because they can do their own research? Google, Yahoo, Alta Vista and who knows what other search engine variations?

Just travel through Facebook and you can find tons of British and European rural and urban areas fighting almost identical battles!

Barbadians not only should find these people, but duplicate their tactics if they successfully repelled such clandestine attempts at building such behemoths, and enforcing all necessary deeds to avoid a garbage build up!

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