Cross-cutting questions, lack of confidence, suspension of a commission session and a letter addressed to the President of the Republic are what marked the recent week of the Minister of the Environment, Maisa Rojas. This, after registering a new and controversial meeting – initially excluded – at the house of the lobbyist Pablo Zalaquett. One thing that can be seen is that the focus of criticism is the researcher who, remember, is not a member of any political party.
From the opposition to the ruling party, this is the transversal of asked the Minister of the Environment, Maisa Rojasafter learning new information about meetings at the house of lobbyist Pablo Zalaquett.
and poor communication management and the “Drip” delivery of information This is the center of criticism in the political world. This, after reporting -at first- only two meetings also at the house of the former UDI mayor.
There is no first without a second or second without a third, the latter is the most asked. The parliamentarians even agreed to send a letter to President Gabriel Boric to express anger and lack of confidence.
Meanwhile, from La Moneda, although initially stressed that the mandate is “dialogue until it hurts”the mistake was later recognized and The same head of state who asked his ministers to record meetings through the Lobby Law.
Minister Maisa Rojas’ most “toxic” week
Next to her Economic peer, Nicolás GrauTHE Minister Rojas was one of the first names to appear in the list of politicians who attended Zalaquett’s house without leaving any records.
Because of the above, both were summoned to Environment Commission of the Chamber of Deputies and Deputies to clarify the appointment of salmon and fishing industry representatives.
The problem? In giving explanations, Rojas mentioned only one meeting, adding that he did not know that Pablo Zalaquett was a lobbyist y “I’m not clear” the role played by UDI activist in meetings.
“I received a invitation in a context of building bridgesto talk, so that one can meet people with whom “I have little relation to the private world.”Rojas defended himself.
However, the controversy did not stop there. Although the meetings of August 29 and November 11, 2023 are known, The appointment recorded by the same Minister of Environment is what reactivated the wave of criticism.
October 19 last yearat 8 o’clock in the evening in the apartment of Pablo Zalaquett. That was the dinner scene that lasted an hour and 30 minutes where talks about climate change and loss of biodiversity.
For example Not only representatives of the salmon farming industry participatedbut also the mining and real estate. Between them stood Antofagasta Minerals, Colbún, CMPC, Besalco and others.
Lack of trust, transparency and suspension of processing
Although the last session of the House Environment Commission was the beginning of the processing the Organic Law project that comes from the same ExecutiveHE shame on Rojas He was the star of the day.
The surprise was greater when the Government forced themselves, especially the Socialist PartyHE Deputy Daniel Melo He asked for the session to be paralyzed, arguing that nothing could be done because nothing was happening.
While some parliamentarians point to that Rojas did not tell the whole truth and that they learned new information from the press, some assured that trust is broken.
“I don’t have any.” there is no argument in inviting the members of the opposition so they can trust that we are there “transparent legislation”said the official Marisela Santibáñez (PC).
while, the questioned head of the Environment – speaking in the third person – repeated the arguments from the previous session in the quest line resolving tensions with industry.
“(Last year) there was criticism of a ministry that didn’t have much dialogue, a particular minister who comes first around (…) that comes from a academic fieldWHERE “It doesn’t have great ties to the private sector.”said.
Something for him director of the School of Government and Communications at the Central University, Marco Morenomakes sense because we observe “a lack of experience to manage public affairs.
“Maybe he doesn’t know all of them. the elements that play the dimension of a position such as the ministerwhich is eminently political (…) what is unique is his circle of advisorshe added.
In addition, the expert commented that there is evidence of difficulty in techno-political support given by the authorities and that, moreover, Minister Maisa Rojas did not make strategic communication.
The number of Rojas in the Government, the ruling party and the letter
yes ok from La Moneda they defended Maisa Rojaswhich describes it as importance of climate change and that’s more confidence in the President of the Republicthe backup not It is transversal to the ruling party.
The crossed discomfort after difficult placements, where it is discussed lack of credibilityencouraged parliamentarians to send a letter to President Gabriel Boric to express your displeasure.
For him deputy Félix Gonzálezof the Green Ecologist Party, did not build a bridge with businessmen but “tunnels” which is not visible to the public.
“The relationship between politics and those who manage money should be one transparent relationship (…) I think it is good for the Government if the minister gives “a step to the side”added to the environmentalist.
In the same line, the socialist deputy Marcos Ilabaca commented that Rojas “has not yet reached par, He became a problem for the Government (…) a shoe stone for La Moneda.”
One surprising thing is that Criticism was directed at Minister Maisa Rojasbecause that’s it a on 6 ministers who attended the controversial meetings.
For him political analyst Marco Morenoit answers to “this is the one that has little political supportit has no political party behind it.”
“It made him very exposed. All the other five ministers who attended had a political background because they have support from their respective parties,” he concluded in an interview with BioBioChile.