UWP cries shame on Pierre over Deputy Speaker issue

UWP cries shame on Pierre over Deputy Speaker issue

The ruling United Workers Party (UWP) is crying shame on the leader of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Philip J.Pierre,  over the issue of a Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly.

” It is clear that the Leader of the Opposition is not among the many who have committed themselves to putting our country first,”  UWP General Secretary, Oswald Augustin has said.

In a statement Augustin said that his party considers it shameful that Opposition should wish to go to court over the issue of the election of a Deputy Speaker, when the Leader of the Opposition himself is on record as saying it was not in his party’s best interests at this time to nominate one of its members as a candidate for Deputy Speaker.

“The United Workers Party takes this opportunity to repeat itself on the matter: Parliament is a collective of the Government and Opposition Members. But it appears the Opposition has absolved itself of its own responsibilities, or consider themselves above the demands of our Constitution,” Augustin stated.

He said it was truly revealing that immediately following the Prime Minister’s announcement of a reduction in Value Added Tax so as to bring some relief to the people of this country, the reaction of the Leader of the Opposition centered on the issue of the Deputy Speaker.

The United Workers Party also regrets that the Castries East Rep. Philip  J. Pierre on Tuesday chose to mislead attendant young law students on the election of a Deputy Speaker in the current circumstances, Augustin declared.

He noted that the students had already left the House when Castries Central MP Sarah Flood-Beaubrun took the floor.

According to the UWP General Secretary:

“The United Workers Party applauds her observation that: “A number of comments that the Honourable Member made were irresponsible and inaccurate and I am hoping that through the media my own comments will reach those bright law students ..”

He observed that  the Castries Central MP, who is in private life a lawyer, cited Section 36 of the Constitution: “The criteria for being elected Deputy Speaker is that you are not a member of Cabinet or a parliamentary secretary. There are five people in this Honourable House who qualify today. We can have a Deputy Speaker today if the Opposition wishes to nominate one of its own Members.”

Augustin recalled that she also challenged the Opposition to accept a nomination of a Deputy Speaker from their ranks.

“The United Workers Party calls on the Government not to be distracted by the latest tactic of the Opposition and to continue its work in bringing relief and change to the people of this country,” Augustin noted.

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13 Comments

  1. T
    November 11, 2016 at 8:47 am Reply

    They are right.. Take out one of ur useless ministers in power and make them be that. choops tan

    1. Anonymous
      November 11, 2016 at 1:45 pm Reply

      I totally agree with you T, take one of their Ministers and him them Deputy Speaker.

  2. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 9:06 am Reply

    The govt has no ethics and cannot speak to this issue … They had already appointed Sarah Flood and had her resign to take up a ministerial position. Why?

  3. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 11:00 am Reply

    THE BUSINESS OF RUNNING THE COUNTRY IS THAT OF THE GOVERNMENT. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE SPEAKER GETS SICK – WILL THE GOVERNMENT BE ABLE TO TAKE BILLS TO PARLIAMENT TO DO THE WORK THAT THEY HAVE TO DO FOR THE PEOPLE. IS IT A CASE THAT EVERYONE HAS TO GET A MINISTRY BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT IS DIVIDED?

  4. Frustrated Citizen
    November 11, 2016 at 11:47 am Reply

    It’s a crying shame… the government is ridiculing the people of this country. They nominated sarah only to have her resign to take on a ministry. This has to stop and the uwp needs to once and for all appoint a deputy speaker. It is not for the opposition to do as they are not the government. The ruling party is the one who needs a deputy as they are the ones who will want to pass laws and policies… have budgets and so on… to me it is their responsibility.

  5. HAHAHA
    November 11, 2016 at 11:49 am Reply

    He afraid that they will turn on him if he moves them from a ministry. u eh see he gave them all posts and all shut up…. wow i tell u white (albino)ppl know how to buy the black man .

  6. nina
    November 11, 2016 at 11:53 am Reply

    nice

    really good [img]https://td066155klu3kaj1w6m4swsb-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/st-lucia-cabinet-parliament-560×390.jpg[/img]

  7. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 1:55 pm Reply

    The UWP member simply need to NOMINATE an SLP member in the house. Let me see them reject the nomination uh.

    “The criteria for being elected Deputy Speaker is that you are not a member of Cabinet or a parliamentary secretary. There are five people in this Honourable House who qualify today. We can have a Deputy Speaker today if the Opposition wishes to nominate one of its own Members.”

  8. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 2:54 pm Reply

    In my personal opinion. Forget about S. L. P and appoint any cilvill servant who wants to be a deputy speaker. And train him or her. Who can object to that.

  9. cj
    November 11, 2016 at 3:31 pm Reply

    In the history of St Lucian politics can anyone of you crying foul and saying s.l.p.is being difficulty tell me where has any opposition party chosen a member from their own to be deputy speaker. Hasn’t it always been the ruling party that elects an elected member to be deputy speaker? So why can’t the uwp do the same and demote someone from ministry status to that of deputy?

  10. An angel sent
    November 11, 2016 at 3:36 pm Reply

    the speaker said that she would not convein the house again without a deputy speaker so what happen to that was she threatened by the BOSS “REALLY” i am so Fache by that

  11. Anonymous
    November 11, 2016 at 8:13 pm Reply

    Cant’t we do things differently for a change in this country for once. Does it have to be the same old process over and over again. No wonder we are stuck in the same place year in and year out.

  12. Rafiq Mohammed
    November 12, 2016 at 8:58 am Reply

    How dare this shameless general secretary to spew so much hogwash. Chastenet can elect himself as the deputy speaker or have one of his members. This (Word removed) talking won’t do any good to the UWP. SLP do not and will not take the position so deal with it you bunch of idiots.

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