Govt man’s son gambled $.25M
By SEAN DOUGLAS Wednesday, June 27 2007
LEADER of the Opposition in the Senate, Wade Mark said the reason Government is seeking to clamp down on casinos is because a Government official’s son ran up gambling debts of $250,000.
Mark made his claim in the Senate yesterday during debate on the Finance Bill 2007 which contains a section that reiterates Government’s opposition to slot-machines. As Mark made lengthy allegations against the official’s son, he vowed that a future UNC government would expand the gambling industry.
To emphasise the UNC’s commitment to gambling, their absent Senator Raziah Ahmed was replaced by Cindy Gibbs-Nicholas, who is the manager of a private members club. Further, the public gallery included about a dozen women who work in such places.
Mark asked why was Government imposing its view on casinos onto the population relative to the Finance Bill’s tightening of the Betting and Gambling Act, despite giving a $11M subsidy to horse racing?
“If I have a son who is a chronic gambler and gambling all over the country, I must call in my son and put him under pressure and tell him how to conduct himself. But if my son is behaving in that way, I will not allow that to influence my behaviour as a Government,” Mark said. “I understand if I have a son that went and burn $250,000 in a place they call Casablanca which is now closed, opposite Long Circular Mall, I don’t think for instance I should come here and punish the whole country. “I don’t believe if my son used my credit card and maxed it out at a place they call Island Club in Grand Bazaar, I don’t think I should come here and punish the population because of my son maxing out the credit card,” Mark continued.
At this point, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Christine Sahadeo objected saying Mark was imputing improper motives to which Mark loudly disagreed and was allowed to continue by Senate President Dr Linda Baboolal who said he had not yet referred to any particular person or called any name.
Mark said the UNC would not support the Bill’s measure against gambling, but is committed to democracy and freedom of choice. “We do not believe any Prime Minister of this country should impose his personal will and morals on a nation.
This is a personal matter involving the Prime Minister and we do not believe the Prime Minister should come to Parliament and impose his will on the people in his capacity as Minister of Finance,” Mark thundered.
Brian Manning ah fockin again nah.
The fockin parents teefin so much, he dont know what to do wid all the money at he disposal. Doh forget the amount ah money he make wid the street lighting programme and selling the police SUV's from Neal & Massey.
ANyhow it is a known fact that he is a chronic gambler and he fadder cyah do nuttin about it except to make the casinos illegal.
Christine Sahadeo must object because she hornin she husband wid Manning. Brian ketch dem bullin!