Deputy Speaker controversy: SLP seeks legal advice

The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is seeking legal advice on the issue surrounding the appointment of a Deputy Speaker for the House of Assembly, reliable sources have told the Times.

A controversy over the appointment arose during the recent opening of parliament, with the SLP refusing to nominate any one of its elected members to the position.

Thereafter, the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) nominated Castries Central MP – Sarah Flood-Beaubrun.

However Flood-Beaubrun has since resigned the position to take up an appointment as Minister  in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service effective Monday, July 25, 2016.

An opposition source told the Times that the appointment of Flood-Beaubrun  by the government  as a minister represents an abuse of power and of the constitution.

“No opposition member will accept the nomination as Deputy Speaker or an appointment as such,” the source asserted.

According to the source, the Allen Chastenet administration is abusing its power to increase expenditure by taxpayers by appointing a multitude of government ministers.

Chastanet has said that the language that is used in the constitution for the Deputy Speaker is that if the Deputy Speaker resigns, then a new Deputy Speaker shall be elected as soon as is convenient.

He told reporters yesterday that his administration will cross that bridge when it reaches it.

He disclosed that it is clear that the Deputy Speaker is not required for the government or the opposition to proceed.

However the Prime Minister noted that a Deputy Speaker was required for the opening of parliament.

The opposition source told the Times that the ruling party’s attitude towards the appointment of a Deputy Speaker does not augur well for governance.



  1. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 10:28 am

    From the point of view of a layman, the SLP will spend money on legal advice. The Prime Minister will reshuffle his Cabinet and appoint a Deputy Speaker when convenient.

  2. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Legal advice on what? Waste of time trying to make news. The ball is no longer in you all court. Talking bare shyte and just making useless noise. You all eh appoint a deputy Speaker so let the damn man make his appointment when “convenient.” Shucks man!

  3. anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Seeking legal advice.
    It is not ‘convenient ‘ for the opposition to appoint a Deputy Speaker because they are once more abusng the people for politics.
    Therefore the business of the House continues.

  4. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Why should the Opposition SLP elect a Deputy Speaker when the Allen has 10 clowns on his side of the house. He has three ministers in Sports, he can use either Estephane or Spider to be deputy speaker and if he must have three Ministers get Prince off the bus stand into the House. He can’t direct the actions of not a single one of the men or women on his side of the government. The Cabinet serves at the pleasure of the PM. The Opposition does not. Chastanet will have to look elsewhere for his slaves

  5. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Do we still have a constitution in St. Lucia to follow. I think not because as far as I see Allen Chastanet is doing his own thing. Wow go Allen go. One day you’ll reap what you sow..

  6. Fesel
    July 26, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    What a dog show aa aa so if cabinet reshuffle some minister’s may have their budget reevaluated all over again if some of their appointed responsibilities is reappointed to another MP, an isn’t this gona have an effect on the governor general’s pedestal perennial.

  7. annonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    As usual the SLP are proving their competence in causing confusion.
    The Deputy Speaker is chosen by the House – Government and Opposition sides.
    It is not the responsibility of the Allen Chastanet Administration.
    It appears it is not convenient for the Opposition to chose a DS therefore the business of the House continues until their block a hole leader led by Kenny and Tony tells them so.

  8. St. Lucian
    July 28, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    But Kenny jam the new government with his own AG who is happy to sit, draw her sAlary and serve two masters. Sinister, cunning and vicious

  9. Anonymous
    August 2, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Real pappy show, who pulling the strings?, who is the puppet master?


    1. guava jelly
      August 2, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      Do you mean Puppet show?

  10. Anonymous
    August 2, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Who the F cares about plaques. The stadium was built by a St. Lucian government for Saint Lucians. This has nothing to do with party. Government is continuous. Let’s be color blind for once and focus on Saint Lucia, the country and its advancement. Governments come and governments will go but we will remain, not divided I hope. Another government may choose to return the plaque if it’s so important to them and the continuity of the stadium.

    The story of the plaque.