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Clarke hailed as 'extremely honest' by Knight in Parliament

Published:Friday | September 26, 2014 | 9:49 PM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

Long time parliamentarian K.D. Knight has saluted one of the newest members of the Senate, Dr Nigel Clarke, saying his approach to parliamentary debating is "extremely honest".




Rising to make his contribution to the debate on the General Consumption Tax (GCT) bill in the Senate after Clarke spoke in the debate, Knight congratulated the opposition senator for "the studious approach" that he brings to the revision of bills.



Knight, a member of the government, said Clarke, an opposition senator who has been in the Senate for about one year, has always put forward suggestions to correct deficiencies in bills.



He also said Clarke has been "unafraid to speak loudly and clearly" about aspects of bills he supports.



The passage of the GCT bill is a requirement of Jamaica's agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).



Knight lauded the works of Dr Peter Phillips, the finance minister, for leading the economic reform programme, which has seen Jamaica passing all five reviews under the IMF programme.



He also hailed the Opposition for being responsive and for accommodating bills which have been tabled in the Senate for which passage is required at short notice.



"They are satisfying their commitment to the development of Jamaica," he said of the Opposition, adding that "they have never once said no".



"This is what I see as the kind of relationship that is going to take us out of the mire that some see us to be in now," Knight added.



Tom Tavares-Finson, the leader of opposition business, welcomed the comments but begged the government "not to abuse the Opposition's decisions to participate in the legislative agenda.



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