Following a walkout of parliament on Tuesday by opposition leader Allen Chastanet, former Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee has declared that the House has become a ‘national farce.’
“It is time that this farce comes to an end,” the former Anse La Raye-Canaries MP told a news conference on Thursday.
Fedee decried what he described as shamefulness in ‘the people’s house.’
And he took House Speaker Claudius Francis to task, questioning his fairness in the exchanges in the parliament that preceded Allen Chastanet’s decision to walk out.
Fedee also reiterated the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) position that a national referendum was a moral imperative for citizens to choose whether Saint Lucia should make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final appellate court.
The Saint Lucia Parliament on Tuesday night gave the green light for the island to have the Trinidad-based CCJ as its final and highest court, replacing the London-based Privy Council.
All 13 government legislators in the 17-seat parliament who were present supported the motion.
Former Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee told Thursday’s news conference that the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration chose not to have a CCJ referendum because it knew that there was insufficient consultation.
Fedee said the UWP was not opposed to the CCJ.
“It is the right and natural thing to do, but do it right,” he declared.