House Speaker denies being asked to resign

House Speaker denies being asked to resign

The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Leonne Theodore-John, has denied reports that she has been asked to resign over concerns about the way she has dealt with members of the government side in the parliament.

“I have not been asked to resign, I want to make that clear,” she told reporters today.

Theodore-John said if there are personal issues that she is unaware of, she will always conduct herself in a manner befitting the office that she holds.

“I will do so to the extent that I maintain my integrity and my professionalism,” Theodore John stated.

Asked whether in retrospect she thought that she had come across as being too forceful, the Speaker said:

“I think after this incident one thing has to hit home. The thing that hits home for me is that perhaps in my office as Speaker I will definitely have to do a lot more to basically, I  would not use the word educate but  inform and remind members of parliament of the  behavior that is fitting and the decorum required for the house.”

She said while she understands that elected members are elected to serve their constituents and they get to be in the limelight in parliament where their constituents can see them, the affairs of the house have to be conducted in a respectful manner.

“Asking the Prime Minister to take his seat is a matter that – to me, it is not disrespectful,” she asserted.

Theodore- John said as the presiding officer, her main responsibility is to ensure the proper conduct of the proceedings.

“These are not rules that Leonne Theodore-John made,” the Speaker told reporters.

Asked whether she was concerned about losing her job, the Speaker said: “Why would I be worried about that? People have differences of opinion.”

She said every Saint Lucian knows that she is unquestionably a supporter the ruling United Workers Party (UWP).

“It is very important that Saint Lucians understand that while I am UWP, when I accepted the office of Speaker of the House of Assembly, that office mandates that I conduct myself in a manner and I am impartial in my judgement and the way that I conduct myself with members of the house,” Theodore-John explained.

She said there are seventeen elected members of parliament, all of whom must be treated with respect.

The Speaker also pointed out that her office needs to be treated with respect.

“The rules are there and we have to understand that,” she declared.

 

 

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20 Comments

  1. Larry Karday
    February 16, 2017 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Professionalism and integrity? LOL. Ask the female owner of bargain center and she will tell u. Do you remember the dentist CLOUDEN? Ok.

    1. Bwet cucu
      February 17, 2017 at 2:09 am Reply

      Yes Joe Cloudon Arnold’s brother AA what about him give us da soaps nuh man!

  2. concerned citizens
    February 16, 2017 at 2:54 pm Reply

    We have five more years of these baffoons. What have we done. Now Chastanet saying no money for laptops. Weren’t they donations in the first place? What Wifi business is that? Don’t all schools have Wifi now?

    Well, so far Chastanet and his cabinet of baboons showing they were never ready to lead the country. No innovative ideas, then why you travelling so much man? give up and stay home to mind your business, Mr. Minister of everything.

    By the way for those who blindly follow please note that I follow no party and the example this Prime Minister is turning out to be is exactly why I don’t vote.

    Teachers can always tell when the work you have is not yours. Chastanet has never invested time in grooming himself for this position. Money did win him the votes. now the true test begins.

    By the way people things are getting more expensive. Take a look at your Marcy’s receipt and pay close attention to the points you’re receiving now and tell me what you think.

    Have you ever noticed that under the huge Marcy logo place outside the Mega Marcy store that there’s a small Super J logo? Tell me what you think.

    The pied piper is soon to make his rounds Mr. Prime Ministah!

    Are you ready to pay up.

    And Rick Wayne since when a matter being in the courts has ever stopped you from discussing it? You had the students from the Lam… Academy scandal on your show many times. Wasn’t that matter at court. What your big mouth saying now.

    Sarah silent.

    Gale Rigobert who was such an advocate for the youth when she was in opposition silent.

    People tell me what you think. Speak up.

    I for my part believe that the UWP mislead the nation during their election campaign. They new that the people were emotional vulnerable and they twisted facts to suit their truths. They are definitely masters of deceit.

    They are watching their bread now, they’re not looking out for the people. Once again the house slaves keeping selling their brothers into slavery for their own gain.

    WAKE UP SAINT LUCIA. WHEN WE CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK AND STOP THINKING GOD WILL CHANGE IT FOR US, THERE WILL BE CHANGE.

    OVER THE COURSE OF HISTORY IT HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED THAT IT TOOK THE MASSES TO BRING AN END TO OPPRESSIVE AND ABUSIVE RULE.

    GOD HAS BESTOWED US WITH THE FACULTY TO DISCERN WHAT IS GOOD FOR US AND HOW TO ACHIEVE IT.

    REMEMBER NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION.

    LET US REINVENT OURSELVES.

    UNITY, BROTHERHOOD, SOLIDARITY = STRONG NATION

    1. Anon1
      February 17, 2017 at 7:46 am Reply

      Nice comment. However I would re-phase “I for my part believe that the UWP mislead the nation during their election campaign.”

      The people ALLOWED themselves to be deceived. And this will continue happening because St Lucians mind set has always been party politics.

      Flambo or En Rouge for life. They will see their party doing something blatantly wrong but “not a word not a word not a word”

      The blatant HYPROCRICY being dished is alarming.

      There is no TRANSPARANCY from Government/s, until the people change their mind set and that thinking of the greater good for the country and not party I’m afraid things wont change.

      1. concerned citizens
        February 17, 2017 at 11:27 am Reply

        Much appreciated.

  3. falfret south
    February 16, 2017 at 3:21 pm Reply

    Larry?

  4. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply

    Larry, I ain’t know uhn! Tell us man. I’m hungry for a good story!

    1. Anon1
      February 17, 2017 at 8:52 am Reply

      Try reading a good book!

      Za feh mon

      1. concerned citizens
        February 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

        Anon 1:

        The country’s business is our business. Please ENLIGHTEN yourself and you will no longer get a 6 for a 9.

        You will be able to make a meaningful contribution to the development of your nation.

        And I’ve read all the good books. Time to put the macaques in their places.
        No more “isms and squisms”.

        Peace.

  5. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017 at 7:15 pm Reply

    A few kids make use of the laptops, some play games and watch porn, others give their men tha laptops, some sell them. I say waste of money, best thing to do is give the schools the laptops, let the kids have access ti it to do school work and homework. The majority have no internet at home. Just my opinion

  6. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017 at 11:23 pm Reply

    Madame Speaker, I think you trying to hard to ascert yourself and validate your impartiality to the exten that you have become blatantly disrespectful of the PM. If your opinion differs from mine, you have a right to your opinion however if I were you i would look at this video again and ask myself some pertinent questions with respect to my conduct. You sounded like a teacher scolding her student for something they had failed to do. So disappointing!

  7. Anonymous
    February 17, 2017 at 9:34 am Reply

    It seems flambeau own speaker giving them a dose of medicine not even the last speaker Peter Foster gave. Take that unmannerly bunch

  8. Citizen
    February 17, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply

    Sarah behaved worse when she was speaker.

  9. Anonymous
    February 17, 2017 at 10:21 am Reply

    From speaker to laptop
    Every day some of saint Lucian people are showing their assiolagy. No constructive. Only distructive comments never comment on the isue in question always negativity. And yet we find faults in oneanother. CCC.. creticts complain and condemned

  10. Anonymous
    February 17, 2017 at 10:25 am Reply

    From speaker to laptop
    Every day some of saint Lucian people are showing their assiolagy. No constructive. Only distructive comments never comment on the isue in question always negativity. And yet we find faults in oneanother. CCC.. creticts complain and condemned

  11. Anonymous
    February 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm Reply

    What we need is a revoulution to drive allen chastanet and his bunch of baboons from power and build a black nation to eliviate to educate to empower our people to control their own destiny to demolish capitalism from the landscape of St Lucia

  12. Aunty
    February 17, 2017 at 11:04 pm Reply

    They not asking ubaltus to resign .

  13. Anonymous
    February 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm Reply

    Well form the revoulution and play the ass and see i

  14. Anonymous
    February 17, 2017 at 11:22 pm Reply

    Well form the revoulution and play the ass and see if it is chasntanet that will come out.
    Idiot.

  15. Trouble
    February 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm Reply

    Madam speaker the fire is too hot and you are tired so therefore I suggest you leave the kitchen.

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