Special Senate Inquiry postponed due to lack of quorum

Special Senate Inquiry postponed due to lack of quorum

The Special Senate Inquiry that was scheduled to take place today has been postponed to Valentine’s Day, February 14.  Today’s schedule had the promise of being far more informative and interesting as the witnesses were listed to be former government ministers, Erwin Contreras and Hugo Patt.  After waiting for an hour for the hearing to commence, a notice surfaced indicating that there was no quorum for today’s meeting.  Chair of the Senate Inquiry, Janelle Chanona, spoke on the matter.

Janelle Chanona, Chair of the Senate Inquiry: “And on behalf of the membership we certainly ask for the nation’s patience and understanding. We have several members that are dealing with different emergencies, crises and required international travel and therefore it was simply a lack of quorum for today’s session that has forced today’s session to be postponed. We have determined that February 14th will be the next date and the witnesses that were invited to appear today to give information will be asked to come at that date.”

Reporter: Could you tell us who those witnesses will be off the top of your head ?

Janelle Chanona, Chair of the Senate Inquiry: “No but the public notice will have the relevant information in terms of who has been invited to appear to provide-e information as part of our inquiry.”

Reporter: Okay so I won’t call names but there are persons who believe that if they are called they don’t see then need to come, your thoughts on that if the commission does require someone to come do they have to show up ? 

Janelle Chanona, Chair of the Senate Inquiry: “I think everybody is entitled to their beliefs. We can only operate as guided by the constitution and the constitution makes very clear what we can do and whom we can call and I’ll leave it there.”

Reporter: Is it disappointing that you guys had to cancel today because I know that these sessions are for the public’s benefit.

Janelle Chanona, Chair of the Senate Inquiry: “No absolutely and again we ask for the patience and understanding of everyone that has been following this process very closely. I can tell you that the membership is very very keen on moving this process expeditiously along and it is indeed disappointing that today’s session was forced to be postponed and we will be moving to make sure that that does not happen in the future if at all it can be avoided.”

Again, the Senate hearing has been rescheduled for February 14.

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