Peter Josie wants less ministerial appointments

Veteran politician, Peter Josie, has asserted that the culture of appointing numerous government ministers has to stop.

Josie was a guest  last night on the DBS Television programme, Newsmaker Live, with Journalist – Timothy Poleon as host.

The politician asserted that only a new constitution can stop the trend locally of appointing many persons to cabinet.

“I think a new constitution, if it is properly thought out and dedicated to improving Saint Lucia, would cut across all of those things,” Josie, a former Foreign Minister, declared.

He explained that if someone contests a general election in the knowledge that he may not be appointed a cabinet minister, he would have an opportunity to work for his constituency and be paid for doing so.

Josie asserted that such an individual can also take the opportunity to improve himself.

“Everybody wants to be a minister,” he stated.

As far as the veteran politician was concerned, a government can function with at least seven ministers.

He said there should be an Attorney General working with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance, if the two portfolios are not held by the same person.

“You obviously must have a Minister of Education, a Minister of Health, a Minister of Housing, Communications and Works and Foreign Relations, “ Josie told Newsmaker Live, asserting that these were the core ministries that must be in place.

He stated that governments do not need to be tied down to making everyone a minister.

The current cabinet of the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) has sixteen ministers.



  1. Sad-But-True
    July 28, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Aweeee, Peter, Peter, Peter…They kicked you back into the Dumpster where you belong. And you suddenly realized that the ‘5 to stay alive,’ never included you

  2. Fesel
    July 28, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    What crap u talking PJ there are 17 constituencies for which each MP needs to represent how would u justify less with more work load an greater concern for mistakes from over work MP’s who have personal lives that also need their attention come on PJ ur time has come an gone please let nu blood justify y u need to sit down an retire from ur once weak contribution to SLU an it’s people.

    1. Anonymous
      July 28, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      You realize that there is a difference between an MP (Member of Parliament) and a Minister right? Ministers are appointed to handle government business in Ministries. MPs are elected in the Constituencies by the people during the General election to represent them on a community level. Not every MP must be a Minister, which is why alot of the current “Ministers” are not MPs because they didn’t win any seat…some of them lost and some of them never ran.

  3. Boujon Guiyave
    July 28, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Well, well, well Peter Josie has for once criticize this bunch of jokers. I honestly never thought I would see that day. However I still feel his tone was too feeble. He should have come out and called it “a party of excess”. And as such it is making a mockery of our democracy, abusing the power and trust vested in him (PM).

  4. Anonymous
    July 28, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Obviously PJ is a tired old head who has to be put out to pasture but just refuses to go.
    No accounting for agriculture (the industry that kept this country afloat for many years AND the industry of the FUTURE?). No tourism (keeping this country relevant FOR NOW), No National Security (a terrorist just escaped france and could be en route to SLU as we speak). This is exactly why its time for you to go home.

  5. The Commentator
    July 28, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Appoint Josie as Minister of Good Ideas, Deja Vu and Nostalgic Affairs.