Prime Minister John Briceno told the media that his Government has contracted former Deputy Prime Minister Florencio Marin, Sr. to act as a special advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture on sugar industry-related affairs. Both the Public Service Union and the United Democratic Party have criticized the administration for this decision. The former Corozal Southeast area representative’s contract spans a year to the tune of thirty-six thousand dollars. Love News caught up with his successor, his son, National Defence Minister, Florencio Marin, Jr. and asked him about it today.
Florencio Marin Jr., Minister of Natural Defence: “We can’t take our eye off the real elephant in the room which is the state of the sugar industry right now between ASR and the farmers and, in my view, who better than a seasoned hand advising the young people like a young minister who is very capable himself but they’re not only capable himself but I mean you know they’re not limited to only listening to the young generation. I think at the end of the day, we all know. It is just a political criticism, you know, and I think it didn’t hurt that they’re not doing too good in the election so anything to try to spark some storm. What do you call too much, too little? I think, you know, again, like I said, it’s a political thing. Clearly it’s not resonating up in the north. But, you know that’s a party that is in desperate mode right now with their deep divisions. I mean you know, they’re definitely trying to distract from the real work of the Government and as well from their issues.”