Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe is not prepared to let Opposition Leader Mia Mottley rest until she produces her Legal Education Certificate (LEC) which he insists is required of attorneys to practise in Barbados.
And today in the House of Assembly, Lowe, the Member of Parliament for Christ Church East, peppered Mottley with jabs about her failure so far to produce the controversial LEC.
Speaking during debate on the Protection of Agricultural Products and Livestock Bill 2017 in the Lower House, Lowe again made reference to the question of certification as he said the bill made it necessary for vendors of agricultural products to have a certificate of registration.
He said Mottley had attacked the Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite by suggesting that he had done some “misdeed” by certifying the legislation.
“If you walk into his office I am guaranteed that you will see evidence that he has been duly qualified to practise law in Barbados. Now that’s where criminalization will happen if you are not duly qualified but you are posing yourself as an imposture and where you will find that there are documents that have been certified by this individual and all this Honourable House has asked is that like the doctor, like the accountant, like the psychiatrist, like the psychologist, and now like the farmer, bring the evidence that you have been duly certified to practise law in this country,” Lowe told the House.
He added: “You have to ask yourself the question, ‘What has the Barbadian society become when there seems to be a propensity to say, ‘but so and so doesn’t need a Legal Education Certificate’. Why?
“Because they are a product of privilege; because they are a part of the snobbery class; because they have deserted their class origins? And now cause themselves to be in a place where they do not belong.
“What the Minister of Agriculture has sought to do is to say to every single person in the practice of agriculture, ‘Now you can be duly certified; you can take your produce anywhere, present your certificate and no one can turn you back’. That is all that is happening,” Lowe insisted.
However, the Minister of the Environment said “there seems to be this hint . . . of lawlessness emanating from the voice of the Leader of the Opposition. Where now once this Government seeks to put systems in place to protect our society, the Government is being blamed for criminalizing elements in the society.”