Representatives of the opposition People’s National Party on Wednesday questioned what benefits Portmore would receive as a parish that it is not getting currently as a joint select committee held its first sitting to review the proposal for the municipality to become the country’s 15th parish.
St Catherine South Member of Parliament (MP) Fitz Jackson was the first to show his hand and was later supported by Senator Damion Crawford, pitting themselves against others on the government-controlled committee chaired by St Catherine South Central MP Dr Andrew Wheatley.
Jackson, whose constituency covers a section of Portmore, contended that political expediency was at play and questioned the “material” difference that a parish designation would bring to the people.
He argued that when the Portmore municipality was created, the residents felt it important to protect it from the political directorate. They insisted that in the act that established it that the boundaries of Portmore should not be changed without consultation with the people.