Parliament to meet for the third time in 2023

| 13/09/2023 | 28 Comments
Cayman Islands House of Parliament, Cayman News Service
Cayman Islands House of Parliament

(CNS): Members of Parliament will be meeting next Tuesday for only the third time in 2023. This will be the first meeting of the 2023/24 session and is not expected to last more than a week. The government is expected to present two amendment bills, two new pieces of legislation, one motion and various reports, while the opposition and government backbenchers have filed nine motions and several questions for the session.

The government will not be presenting any new significant pieces of legislation or any major changes to laws. The bills include the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill, 2023; the Public Lands (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2023; the Plant Protection Bill, 2023; and Terminal Charges (Validation) Bill, 2023.

The Standing Business Committee, which comprises the premier, the opposition leader and four other members, will meet on Thursday to approve the business of the House, which will determine the duration of the meeting.

House Speaker Katherine Ebanks-Wilks said the new session will be an opportunity to display some of the improvements that have been made.

“During this session, we will roll out many enhancements as we step closer towards a more modern parliament,” she said.“Parliament is a vibrant and busy place with important democratic work being conducted in its Chamber. I hope that the public will tune in and connect with their members to share what matters most to them because increased engagement is how the concerns of the public can best be represented in this House.”

The first meeting is scheduled to begin at 10am Tuesday. This and subsequent meetings will be live-streamed on CIGTV, Radio Cayman and across all of the government’s social media platforms.

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  1. NBK says:

    “the Public Lands (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2023″…….guess the rumors are true about CIG amending the law so that the existing PLC Board members can stay on forever verus the two year terms. This board has not given the CIG value for money and this is a perfect example of Politricks! What have they accomplished in the last few years?! All they’ve done is to attend countleaa meeting, accomplished nothing at all, argue amongst themselves and collect money!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Will they carpool? Ride their bikes? Utilize our world class public transport system?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Lazy bastards

  4. Beaumont Zodecloun says:

    Imagine if I ran my business like this. I would expect to bid on projects three times a year, somehow pay my employees for sitting on their hands, and somehow pay all the bills by overcharging my three customers.

    It’s a travesty. It can’t work and isn’t sustainable. Dear God, please give us candidates who actually care about the money which is wrenched from the people’s pockets, and actually wants to spend it in a responsible manner, and wants to work diligently for the huge dollars and benefits for which they are overpaid.

  5. Anonymous says:

    At least 2 of the Ministers rarely attended high school, so the expectation is there that they would not want to be present. If this isnt the most lame, pathetic and irresponsible set of representatives we have had, then it snowed in Cayman yesterday.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Parliament should be meeting weekly or bi-weekly with a rolling agenda – one of the areas I briefly hoped PACT would improve on

  7. Elwis says:

    No Weed No Wote

  8. Anonymous says:

    Don’t stop the Carnival. It is a great ride for all of them, until the ride stops.

  9. Anonymous says:

    ““Parliament is a vibrant and busy place with important democratic work being conducted in its Chamber “- three times a year. only in Cayman could a spokesperson say with a straight face that meeting 3 times a year was consistent with a vibrant and busy place,or that work that was urgent could be delayed for months

    • Anonymous says:

      ” the new session will be an opportunity to display some of the improvements that have been made”. Wow! Are they having a “show and tell session this time around?

  10. Kadafe says:

    Gosh guys three whole times so far for the year. Three whole times. They have a life too you know. Another raise to come surely to make up for the unexpected work load.

  11. Anonymous says:

    another glorious day for the cig and the civil service…zzzzzz

    • Anonymous says:

      Credit where it’s due – this is entirely related to the PACT government and nothing to do with the civil service. While Parliament might be administratively staffed by civil servants, it’s the elected government whom are entirely responsible for how frequently they meet and the work they do (or in this case, don’t do).

      • Anonymous says:

        Not true. Parliament can’t sit, or so it seems, until the building had been renovated before each session. Therefore, it’s the Civil Servants who carry out these renovations who limit the amount of time Parliament can be in session.

        • Anonymous says:

          Bullshit. Parliament can meet at any place the Speaker designates. They do not need to be in the physical building, hence the sessions held in the Brac during the PPMs reign. The questin you have to ask is, why havent they met more often to make changes to laws which reflect their policies and objectives? Is it because they found things were done already and they are smply benefitting from the PPMs policies ? they have not made many changes/improvements since taking office

  12. Anonymous says:

    caymanians elect these people so you have no-one else to blame but yourselves.
    and to make things worse, you also prevent the most qualified and successful people on island from being elected…
    welcome to wonderland.

    • Anonymous says:

      “Welcome to wonderland”

      Please leave Caymanian matters to Caymanian people. the door you walked in through is also open for you to walk out from. If you want a life in politics, run where you are eligible.

      You are not eligible here and that is the end of it. The braintrust to which you refer has gotten their claws into all other aspects of things that negatively affect Caymanian people. They were allowed to do so because of Caymanian political failures – yes by Caymanians.

      Please stop beating this drum about allowing nonCaymanians to run for elections. There is a growing sector of discontent with this (continued) agenda.

      To be straight, the Caymanian political landscape is a “wonderland” but that is not another vulnerability and opportunity for the likes of you to exploit for your own personal gain. You already live in a relative paradise and enjoy tax free income. Be appreciative.

      Have a good day.

    • Anonymous says:

      …yet your presence here indicates that, despite all you’ve stated, Cayman is *still* indubitably superior to your other options. We appreciate the compliment! 🤗

  13. Anonymous says:

    laughable…but what do you expect from no-plan-pact?….a bunch of inexperienced poorly educated independents that had no manifesto and were never elected as a government.
    sad thing is do-nothing-ppm are just as bad…

  14. Anonymous says:

    When are they going to pass that Pension Law so i can pay off my mortgage? CNS – Please ask Chris Saunder’s office

  15. Anonymous says:

    Please don’t bother. Waste of damn A/C.

  16. Anonymous says:

    $100k each per day of actual show-up office work…and mostly spent fighting to try to stay awake. Why aren’t more Caymanians applying for these seats?

  17. Anonymous says:

    “Parliament is a vibrant and busy place”.

    “Meets for the Third time in 2023”

    Something just doesn’t add up there. Maybe it’s my maths skills. Probably is, can’t be that our politicians are so out of touch that it borders of clinically delusional? maybe they are all deranged? maybe they just roleplay as Politicians and when they go home they have a good chuckle at how fun it is as a side gig.

    Who knows.


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