Deputy Speaker issue: Government disappointed in opposition

The government of Saint Lucia has expressed disappointment in the opposition, over the nomination of a Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.

When a new session of parliament convened this week, no nominations were forthcoming even though House Speaker, Leonne Theodore-John, issued three invitations.

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, proposed a ten minute adjournment to confer with the leader of the opposition.

When the house reconvened, Castries Central MP, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun was nominated and elected.

Chastanet’s Attache, Nancy Charles, told the Times that the new government is willing to work with the opposition to build a better for all Saint Lucians.

She explained that the government side was hoping that there would be partnership and cooperation.

“We were hoping that the opposition would have cooperated and appointed a Deputy Speaker so that they would be more fully involved in the process, especially in parliament,” Charles said.

She recalled that it was the choice of the opposition not to appoint a Deputy Speaker.

However Charles said she hopes Saint Lucians understand that the government is reaching out to the opposition and wants a partnership where all MPs participate in the process of parliament.

“I think they took a party position not to elect a Deputy Speaker and so we elected one,” she noted.

Charles told the Times that the government was very disappointed, although it had heard the pronouncements of the opposition leader  that the Labour Party would not have elected a Deputy Speaker.

“We were hoping that they would change their minds and would have seen that it was the better and grown up thing to do,” the Prime Minister’s Attache asserted.

She said:

“We have to stop this pettiness; we have to stop this tit for tat – we have to be looking at the development of Saint Lucia first and foremost rather than ourselves and party politics.”



  1. Anonymous
    July 14, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Miss.Charles please report to the people of st.Lucia about the $499,000.00 and than we can start talking to you. Also Miss.Charles can you show where in the Westminster World an opposition Member is the Deputy Speaker.

  2. Sad-But-True
    July 14, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Lol..Really, Nancy? You believe the SLP is that Daft to extend such civility to you. . And it won’t work. Lol.

  3. Anonymous
    July 14, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Miss.Charles this is the first time in the History of St.lucia all 17 candidates want to be Ministers. Win or lose UWP candidates are made ministers.

  4. Anonymous
    July 14, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    The “grown up thing to do” was to NOT pull that stunt in parliament in a thinly veiled attempt to demonize the SLP. It backfired and you guys looked like a set of silly 7th graders.

  5. Anonymous
    July 14, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Come on Nancy…the motive was not about working together, it was about y’all own benefiting so all you people could have been minister..if you were so concern about working together why didn’t Chast offer at least one labor a Minister post???It was your Very GUY JOSEPH who made a statement that it was time for him to kick the then speaker out of the house because he was not ideal for the job…today you want the same set of group to be deputy speaker..lady don’t start….and know your place…

  6. Fesel
    July 14, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Tit 4 tat meaning UWP doh want SLP to do them d same ting they used to do SLP in d house aa aa u’ll doh like their shoe on u’ll bad foot it giving bad corns i guess! hay hayeee me bredex ca tom ba bah.

  7. Anonymous
    July 14, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Nancy should ask Guy to show the public what he has done for forestiere and the elderly he made promises to and never delivered

  8. The Watcher
    July 14, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    This debacle in the House was all for the benefit of those blind followers of the blind. It was well known even before the House sitting that the SLP had refused to go along with this suggestion. So, like the Vieux Fort “Pappy-Show” at the Marcellin Grounds of pandering to the egos of the mis-informed, the follow up would be the “faux-sincere” pause, and anxiety of awaiting for someone to be nominated, and the pretence at meeting with the Opposition for a resolution you were well aware would not be forthcoming.

    What a show of the manipulatipn of the simple minded folk…


    1. YaY!
      July 14, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      ‘faux sincere’… I like that! 🙂

  9. Anonymous
    July 14, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Really frootsy, you don.t expect anybody to take you seriously with an easy 1/2 million on your bank account Please account to the people of the constituency for the fred lumber check.

    1. Sac shou
      July 16, 2016 at 7:28 am

      Froosty? Lol

  10. Anonymous
    July 15, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I completely dislike the sentitments in this article. all that was revealed on Tuesday was that the ‘government’ was ready for the deal with the people’s business. Stop the blame game. This administration began on a sucky footing. I’m disappointed in you. The majority of persons who turned out to vote, chose you to lead St. Lucia. Don’t wait on the opposition to do your job. If you not ready, step down. Chewwps

  11. shut up woman
    July 15, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Come better than that Nancy
    You want st Lucians to know that the opposition is refusing to work together with urll. Just because they refuse to appoint a DS . Crap! From the start, it was brought to urll attention that SLP not interested in appointing anyone.

  12. fhm
    July 15, 2016 at 9:50 am

    it is amazing that that the amount of things you’ll said before elections now you’ll want to tell the opposition, what to do and what not. all i can tell you is continue. TANTO TANTO

  13. facts4life
    July 15, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I think its time we have an open mind. Its all for the betterment of the country. They act like children in there. All have to come together for the sake of the ppl of slu. Forget about party. One nation.

  14. Anonymous
    July 15, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Effing negativity displayed here I don’t know what the he’ll is wrong with st.lucians

  15. Anonymous
    July 15, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Nancy pas ka honte. Get a life girl. Hot you expect to moomoo us in the house. Lady know your damn place please.
    On one hand you want to give us deputy and on the other hand you want to get rid of our AG

  16. Anonymous
    July 15, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    He’ll the SLP (Slow Learning People) take that to the bank

  17. Anonymous
    July 15, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Nancy since when that’s your role to dictate to the SLP what they should do? When they were in government did you’ll agree to one of your men being deputy speaker?woman know your place and explain to St Lucians what you did with the town and village council money. You think we have forgotten. Woman stay in your flambeau section.

  18. Anonymous
    July 15, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Nancy you really got bright all of a sudden choops

  19. Neutral individual
    July 17, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    The Govt wants unity and wants to work with the SLP for the betterment of st lucia??? Haha! Do you really Ms Charles in your right mind believe that if you and the Govt continue to bring the last Govt down and drag Dr Anthony’s name in the dirt with every pronouncement and speech you make – treat them like venoms, that this would bring about unity – besides politics, remember we are all humans . I watched the transition of the PM of the UK -Cameron had his flaws but every opposition member had the decency to recognise that he worked hard and thanked him upon his departure , mind you, at the same time, they had no reservations in demanding explanations from him for his “slack:” – this is what you call civilisation and maturity. Learn from that and try to stop being LIBRE in your irratic actions and thoughtless pronouncements, otherwise you will be kicked out of office next time – thats the St Lucia to which you belong – an impatient tribe

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