Business Senator Mark Lizarraga had some issues of his own in regard to the Supplies Control Bill. One of them was that the department in charge of enforcing the rules and penalties has never been strict in doing just so.
Mark Lizarraga, Senator: “We’ve been trying to get the formula from the supplies control, I’m talking about the retail end and we haven’t been able. The Chamber has requested it and we haven’t been able to get it. What I’m saying is this should be a transparent process, the acquisition cost is published, the world market price is published, on any given day you know what the spot price for these products are. Granted when the new company comes into operation there’s going to be a formula to arrive at the supplier’s price but there’s still no formula that we can ascertain to arrive at the retail price. So today’s attempt, while it was an attempt to stop what they term as predatory pricing by a monopoly or a cartel – they want as far as saying it was a cartel, we believe it’s piecemeal and it should have been addressed differently. They can’t even enforce the present laws right now and the present people who are breaking the Supplies Control Act, that department is severely understaffed so it’s ludicrous. It’s about time that the government seeks- I was happy that if finally got off it’s laurels and sought to protect retailers because too many times in the past retailers, even now, retailers are held to the mercy of those who receive special permits over the ordinary people, only certain people are allowed ,it seems, to get permits for certain things and they do predatory pricing too. There are so many things that we see in this country that should not be in the country and it seems that the Supplies Control Department is unable to enforce this thing.”
Senator Lizarraga also questioned why there are extra measures to enforce the penalty for this industry, when the same has not been done before for other industries.