New Deputy Mayor sworn in

Press Release:-Castries, March 8, 2017 – Genevieve St. Croix was officially sworn in as Deputy Mayor of the City of Castries Tuesday Morning at an official ceremony.

As part of the process, His Lordship Mayor Peterson D. Francis delivered his congratulatory remarks.

“I will now have two women serving besides me, one to my left and one to my right. And that I am grateful for because woman are proven leaders and often risk-takers.  In addition, they portray an optimistic attitude, embody and embrace change, and are persistent with a strong and powerful voice. I saw all these qualities in my former Deputy Mayor, Her Worship Anselma Calderon, and surprisingly I see the same in our newly sworn in Deputy Mayor. She is a hard-working woman who proved her muscle during the 2016 election campaign. I say this because women and the work they passionately exude need to be applauded. On March 8th, we will commemorate international women’s day so I am ecstatic that this swearing-in ceremony took place today. It will mark the unofficial start to the celebration for women.”

Miss St. Croix was formally handed her mayoral chain by the former Deputy Mayor and now Chief Executive Officer, Miss Anselma Calderon.

One new Councillor in the person of Mr. Felix Deterville was also sworn in at the ceremony witnessed by family and friends.

“So for you, newly sworn-in Councillors the work is just getting started,” says Mayor Francis, while highlighting the need for a futuristic transformation of the City of Castries.

“Give your full support in achieving one common goal.  And despite the challenges, be steadfast in your pursuit for development, be hungry to deliver. On behalf of myself and the team members of this office, I say welcome on board.”

Both newly-appointed Councillors gave the assurance minutes after being sworn in to the post that they will be relentless in working towards making the capital the envy of other islands.


  1. Queen Sugar
    March 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    This government is disgusting. How many persons do you need in the CCC? At least 5 new posts were created in this organization. But they claim that they were overstaffed. The country is broke.

  2. Anonymous
    March 8, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    This as just pay back. This lady was Peterson’s chief campaign person so he had to create a position for her, apparently the work of the CCC is more important than the Cabinet meetings. Up to now they cannot find a deputy Speaker but the CCC is able to get a Communications Manager for Zodi 2. Mayor, 3 CEO, and now a deputy Mayor. What next

    1. Queen Sugar
      March 8, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      They also appointed a new Councillor. Another party hack.

  3. Anonymous
    March 8, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    And the former female Speaker said business can go on without a Deputy Speaker. If this to be an established principle, then why appoint a Deputy Mayor? Can’t the CCC run without a Deputy Mayor? And why is there a Deputy President of the Senate? Can’t the Senate run without a Deputy? People must be careful what signals they send out, because their utterances can be a major put off.

  4. Jah i
    March 9, 2017 at 1:42 am

    The opposition has the same rights as the government to appoint a deputy speaker

    1. Anonymous
      March 9, 2017 at 8:55 am

      No, this is not true. The Opposition has a right to NOMINATE any Member to the position. But the playing field has to be level. So, for instance, the Opposition can nominate a Member on the Government side to be the Deputy Speaker; but in the present circumstances, this is not possible, because the Government has “blocked” that possibility, by making every one of its Members Ministers. And since a Minister cannot hold the position, the only people left are the Members of the Opposition, barring Philip J. Pierre, who cannot be nominated because he is the Leader of the Opposition. So, as it stands, the Government has the advantage. Just imagine, if the Opposition nominates one of its own to the position, the Opposition can never get through because it will have only SIX votes. So, although the Government says it is Not now convenient for it to elect a Deputy Speaker, the Government will have to vote with the Opposition in order from the Opposition’s nomination to be successful.

  5. deleted
    March 9, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Folks, the Deputy Speaker in ELECTED by the House. This is a contest. When the occasion arises, someone is nominated by ANY member and is seconded by ANY other Member. After this nomination, the Speaker calls for any other nomination. If there is another nomination, and if that person is seconded, the Speaker puts the election for the election of the FIRST person who was nominated. If the Ayes have it, this is the end of the matter, and that FIRST person in elected. If the Noes have it, then the Speaker puts the question for the SECOND person who was nominated. If the Ayes have it then, well, that SECOND person is elected to the position of Deputy Speaker.
    So it is not simply a matter of saying: the Opposition can “appoint” a Deputy Speaker. The “election” of the Deputy is a parliamentary contest, unless there is agreement beforehand between the two parties, that one will not oppose the nomination of the other. I hope everyone understands the process.

  6. Anonymous
    March 9, 2017 at 11:26 am

    so apparently now St Croix might be getting two salaries because I know her to be at the Bank. I hope she does the right thing because one person cannot be getting two salaries and others don’t even have a job in N.I.C.E to earn a small salary. This will always be the norm Our supporters first, but this slogan has to go.

  7. Anonymous
    March 9, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    jobs for the boys

  8. Anonymous
    March 9, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Well, to be fair, you have to be mindful of the law governing service in politics, be it at the national level or at the level of Local Government. At the national level, if a person wins his or her seat in Parliament and is NOT made a Minister of Gvernment, such a person can continue in his or her profession while also earning a salary as the Parliamentary Representative for his or her Constituency. This holds true even for the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker. Imagine if the Speaker, for instance, is an elected Member of the House ( as is possible under our laws ) and is head of an enterprise at the same time. That person can get money as an elected Member of the House, as Speaker, and as whatever position he or she held before becoming a Member of the House.
    So the lady in question can continue in her profession as a banker, if she is still employed by the Bank, and can still serve as Deputy Mayor. This is neither illegal nor uncommon. Cool? So doh dig nutten on that.

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