OPM: SLP walkout ‘unfortunate’

The office of the Prime Minister  (OPM) has responded to yesterday’s walkout of parliament by members of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).

“We saw what happened in the house yesterday that basically fuelled the walkout by the opposition MPs,” OPM Senior Communications Officer Nicole Mc Donald, told reporters, adding that the action was very unfortunate.

Mc Donald asserted that the Speaker of the House, Leonne Theodore-John,  did make a point of apologising to the opposition for not telling them that the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) motion had been removed from the order paper.

“She apologised profusely and she also indicated to the opposition that the matter had not been completely set aside,” Mc Donald recalled.

According to the Senior Communications Officer, the Speaker indicated that the matter had not been swept aside but has been deferred to a subsequent house sitting.

The OPM official said it unfortunate that opposition members walked out of parliament and missed some of the other ‘significant’ bills that were down for discussion during yesterday’s house debate.

Mc Donald said that Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, had indicated that he needed more time to consider the matter and prepare an appropriate response to the motion.

She explained that the house Speaker acquiesced to the Prime Minister’s request.

“This does not mean that the Prime Minister and the government  will not be prepared in the future to  debate such a motion presented by the opposition – it was just deferred to a future date,” Mc Donald stated.

Members of the opposition  staged a walkout of parliament yesterday, accusing the government of abusing parliamentary procedure.

At a news conference later, opposition leader Philip J. Pierre told reporters that the United Workers Party (UWP) administration is attempting to stifle this country’s democracy.

“The opposition will not be part of that,” Pierre stated.

He recalled that about eight weeks ago the member for Castries South, Doctor Ernest Hilaire, informed the Speaker of the House that  a negative motion would be tabled in the house asking it to negate the changes made by the government to the CIP programme.

Pierre said the opposition held discussions with the Speaker of the House and all was in order.

But the opposition leader noted that when the order paper was released for the  meeting of the house yesterday morning,  it was observed that the matter of the motion by the member for Castries South has disappeared.

He asserted that all the processes and procedures required for the laying of a motion in the house were met by the member for Castries South.



  1. Anonymous
    April 5, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Nicole learn the law of St.Lucia before you talk!!! Alternative facts not going work.. Thank you

  2. Shawdie
    April 5, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    You boring

    1. Ejay
      April 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      The walkout by the opposition was not because of a deferred bill!!! It was because of what they Did Not want to hear later ; they don’t have ‘enough balls to face their corrupt behavior. Dem fellers lose and they ah wah jhay!! Let them to of.

  3. Anonymous
    April 5, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    He did not need more time to change the CIP law but need more time to explain the law… What a JOKER

  4. Anonymous
    April 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    No matter what they should not have walk out,don’t you’ll know the young people of this country is watching .and then you’ll are the same people who tell them how they should act but that’s the example you’ll setting for the children of tomorrow.What a shame I am disgusted.

    1. Anonymous
      April 5, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      And what example is the Speaker of the house setting, and likewise the Prime minister. They both acted contrary to the regulations of parliamentary procedures , precipitating the opposition’s walk-out which was totally in order. How can you sit at a table and engage in discussions with a bunch of lawless inividuals who will not play by the rules, bit want to do things their way. The rules of parliament are there to be followed. if this government’s trend of breaking these Sacred rules continue, woe be unto this beautiful land of ours.

      1. Anonymous
        April 5, 2017 at 6:42 pm

        BUT not bit

      2. Anon1
        April 6, 2017 at 8:13 am

        You a real knit picker, ever heard of mis-typing! Look at your keyboard don’t you realise that “I” is literally next to “u”

        I could understand if they were numerous badly spelt words.

        Grow up!

    2. chps
      April 6, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Well vomit! The young people can now see whats wrong from right.. corrupt bunch of people

  5. Anonymous
    April 5, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    You had to walk out because you got an appointment for 4th April 2017 at 10.00Am and the personnel were not interested in meeting you. The speaker under the law of St.Lucia had no wright to remove the motion. So I must let the children of St.Lucia see me helping to break the law of the land.

  6. Margaret
    April 5, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    I have no doubt the SLP’ s champagne socialists with their training are able to out debate Chastenet and crew. They are indeed great orators in the same vein as Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, David Koresh and Jim Jones. After all they taxed the nation and emptied the treasury in an attempt to convince the masses that cutting grass behind the grass was the noblest profession.

  7. Anonymous
    April 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Miss Mc Donald, I pity you, and the position you find yourself in, try as you may you can never make wrong right. I am very disappointed in the prime minister who you serve and I feel very sorry for him.In her statement to the House the Speaker said that the prime Minister requested that the item be removed from the order paper Because he needed more time to look at the resolution, However later on, the prime minister said that he asked for it to be removed because he did not like the wording. Does’nt that say something about your Boss, or do i have to spell it out.

  8. Jenny WArren
    April 5, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Always keeping it classy Nicole. Let them eat their heart out. Walking out of parliament is so stupid and backward. Stay there and do the people business. The labour party is a great opposition party and that is where they should stay. They are very good in opposition and they should stay where their strength is. Let the Uwp bring this economy back the right way. Instead of just making the government larger like tge labour party does with programmes like step and nice. The private sector should have an ecconomy where they can grow and hire more workers not government. KEnnynomics has killed Saint Lucia. Allen do your work. We will judge u in five years. B

    1. Anonymous
      April 6, 2017 at 11:02 am


    2. zee
      April 7, 2017 at 6:59 am

      I agree with you

  9. Winston Bourne
    April 5, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Nicole please. Anybody has Jadia’s number to send to this lady? There are more convincing arguments than this half baked rubbish you are sharing there. Take a step back, review the laws and come again. What is unfortunate is this inept government. What is unfortunate is that up to now there is no Deputy Speaker. What is unfortunate is the new airport taxes. What is unfortunate is the nice workers. What is unfortunate is how you are never prepared for an interview. The list goes on and on and on. Read, listen, gather your thoughts then speak. If what you want to say makes no sense just spare yourself the embarrassment. Not all press is good press. You are way out of your depth on this one.

    1. Keevan
      April 6, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Jadia was one of the reason yall lost the election. Nicole please never be like Jadia keep your reputation in tact. And dont let any government pay your medical bills my girl.

  10. Anonymous
    April 5, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    That is all the government can say for trying to stifle democracy? what a waste and a shame.

  11. Anonymous
    April 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    This government needs to learn the laws and procedures of palarment.and one more thing y removing the deputy speaker and refused to a point someone else the pm needs to stop taking the house for a pap pe show

  12. Anonymous
    April 5, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Nicole is the KELLYANNE of St.Lucia !!!! Alternative facts…

  13. Anonymous
    April 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    An we wonder why our youth have gone astray..person who suppose to uphold the laws are the ones breaking them…

  14. Samantha Popo
    April 5, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    Good Job Nicole. Don’t let them bring you down to their level. Very professional response as usual. Let’s clean up the office of the press secretary after so many people have ruined it. Labour Party still in sour grapes mode no surprise there.

    1. Anonymous
      April 6, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Sammie, Sammie, Sammie, PO…PO…PO…PO……..

  15. Anonymous
    April 6, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Let the speaker respond herself. If she is overloaded by the volume of work of the office of speaker she will let this dictatorial PM know. How can one forget an important matter like this?

  16. Anon1
    April 6, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Nicole, you can’t attempt to defend the indefensible.

    Allen hasn’t got a clue a clue about House of Parliament etiquette. Why don’t you arrange for him to be taught the rules of the House and how he should conduct himself.

    Allen needed more time, that statement is just unacceptable. He’s PM he should be able to be in a position to debate the issue anytime.

    What you’ve conveniently omitted from the above was, why did the PM and Speaker of House have a meeting prior to the House sitting?

    Why was the CIP motion removed less than 24hours from the House sitting?

    As a solicitor by trade why doesn’t the Speaker of the House realise that it’s against House protocol for her to be pushing the PMs agenda, she should be completely neutral.

    Why as the Speaker of the House she could not maintain order when the motion of nominating a Deputy Speaker arose?

    Stop feeding your employers (the People of St. Lucia, you’ll tend to forget) cow dung for justifications of this Governments actions and inaction!

  17. no color
    April 6, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Exactly y some ppl jus c colors and not the wrong or right doing WOW WOW WOW barefaced hypocrites jus blah blah blah the PM was wrong plus the SPEAKER was way of base and dats a fact ….SLP needs to take legal action teach dam fellas a major lesson

  18. Anonymous
    April 6, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Too much hypocrisy. Chas has to go! Go learn the procedures if Parliament and come back again.

  19. Anonymous
    April 6, 2017 at 9:35 am

    no colour too just plain st.Lucian
    the pm was wrong to ask the speaker to remove the item. This is an issue the pm must be ready to answer questions about anytime anywhere. The opposition should have stayed there and keep bringing it up at every opportunity that got to talk ok hope that would not be violating the house rules od that had done that.My fellow st.Lucians we are all st.Lucians first before slp and yep always remember that. We voted alIen because we wanted a change but that change must be reflected in Allen’s ways of conducting the business of the house following the procedures and protocol which are there to maintain law and order which is vital for the maintenance of a civilized society.

  20. Anonymous
    April 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

    The opposition walkout was justified

  21. Anonymous
    April 6, 2017 at 11:06 am

    At first I was a bit disappointed at the opposition members for their action. With this press release coming from the OMP, I must give Jack his jacket. The fellas are right! What transpired here between the Speaker and the PM is totally unacceptable and should not be tolerated. I think there is still a lot to be learnt by this speaker about parliamentary procedures.

  22. Anonymous
    April 6, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Kellyanne Conway for The St. Lucian Trump.

  23. Anonymous
    April 6, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    The Opposition ends up with egg on their face. major bills have passed with no opposition voice. Not even the senators attended the house today. Such babies. Shame.

    April 7, 2017 at 12:11 pm


  25. Anonymous
    April 11, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    It’s look like Kenny is doing much better in opposition than govering lol

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