But the hurling of stones at GOB does not stop there as Prime Minister Dean Barrow is also being attacked for now wanting to amend the Sugar Act which was found unconstitutional back in 2010. Or was it only two clauses of the sugar act that were found unconstitutional? This is a question that is yet to be answered rightfully since the decision of the court is being interpreted in various manners even by attorneys. The bottom line is Prime Minister Barrow announced that with the ruling of 2010 there comes freedom of association making way for the Corozal Sugar Cane Producers and the United Cane Farmers Association. And that is where the problem lies because while these associations say they are now fully certified, the mixed feeling is this is not legal since GOB is yet to amend the sugar act as was ordered to do back in 2010. And then there are those who interpret the ruling in a different manner and are of the feeling that the Sugar Act which recognizes the BSCFA as the only association, is still binding since there was no decision ever handed down in that case and there was no Supreme Court Order, instead there was a consent order. But Elrington says it is the same bag of rice.
Wilfred Elrington - Attorney-General
“Again that is the intention of some of these people to misinform the nation. Any order which is made by the Court is a Court order. The Court makes orders in different ways. The Court can hear a matter and say I order that this is the case. Or when the parties go before the Courts they can each say to the Courts Judge we have agreed at this position. Can you put it into the form of an order for us, and the Court puts it into the form of an order. That is called a consent order. But it is also an order made by the Court with the consent of the parties. It’s an order of the Court which people then have to obey, on pain of contempt.”
It is expected that parliament will reconvene on Monday and that is when the Sugar Act will be amended. According to Elrington, the new amendment will allow for more than one association.
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