Earlier we showed you that the backlash of statements made by Hon. Michael Finnegan to the sole female representative of the House of Representatives at last week’s house meeting have been all over the media airwaves and on other social media such as Facebook. It was brought up in the Senate meeting Monday morning as well and this afternoon, the People’s United Party women’s arm made known their displeasure with Minister Finnegan’s remarks also. The United Women’s Group of the PUP this afternoon demanded a public apology and Finnegan’s resignation for his statements last Wednesday. But were the UDP’s right? Should the matter have been raised privately to the Speaker of the House and not publicly in the National Assembly? The Belize Rural Central representative was unrepentant when the question was put to her Monday.
I said to Love Television last Friday, and I repeat, there is no apology and no explanation whatsoever to a matter of public importance and national interest.
Former and first woman Speaker of the House Sylvia Flores said the incident was bad form and gives Belize a bad name. And despite her temporary distaste for affairs in Belmopan, Mrs. Balderamos Garcia says she will continue the fight.
Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia – Area Representative, Belize Rural Central:
We have gone so far as to call for his resignation and we are not going to retract that call.
The party says it has not heard, and wishes to hear from, the National Women’s Commission, Special Envoy for Women and Children Kim Simplis Barrow and other women’s groups because the matter is more than politics but an assault on all women.