Press Release:-The Saint Lucia Labour Party MPs have once again shamed the Nation by their actions this week in the House of Assembly.
By walking out of the House of Assembly debate on Tuesday the Labour Party MPs have shown that they are not fit to represent the people of their constituencies and only wish to satisfy their own selfish pursuits.
The representatives for Vieux Fort South- Kenny Anthony, Castries East -Philip Pierre, Castries South- Ernest Hilaire, Laborie -Alva Baptiste, Vieux Fort North -Moses Jn Baptiste, Dennery North – Shawn Edward all showed on Tuesday their disrespect for the House of Assembly and the job they were elected to do.
The United Workers Party also calls on Ernest Hilaire to apologize to the Speaker of the House for the disrespect he showed to her authority.
Mr. Hilaire was completely out of place to disregard the directive of the Speaker of the House and to also call the House he sits in “dishonorable”. The United Workers Party believes that Mr. Hilaire by his behavior was the dishonorable one. The Speaker simply informed Mr. Hilaire that his matter had been deferred to another sitting.
Was this a good enough reason to forget your duty as an MP and storm out of the session to your “impromptu” press conference?
The United Party further believes that the real reason the SLP MPs staged a well-orchestrated walkout, with the people who supported them the gallery, had to do with the Crown Proceedings Bill which came before the House and was in direct relation to recommendations from Ramsahoye Commission of Inquiry.
In the 2009 Inquiry report which looked in the Rochamel Affair which cost the taxpayers of Saint Lucia millions of dollars Ramsahoye recommended that there should be no time limit in law for the recovery of public funds.
It is clear that the Labour Party did not want to sit in Parliament and relive the mess they created with the property formerly known as Hyatt. It is clear to the United Workers Party that the Labour Party did not want to face the truth and own up to what happened during the Rochamel-Frenwell Saga.
The United Workers Party takes the opportunity to commend this Government of Saint Lucia for being brave enough to amend the Crown Proceedings Act which protects the funds of the state. This is obviously a Government which is not afraid of being held accountable.