King explains non-participation in budget debate

King explains non-participation in budget debate

Former Prime Minister Stephenson King has defended his non-participation in Tuesday’s budget debate which ended abruptly in a controversy over whether government and opposition MPs alternate their contributions to the house.

King did not make a presentation to the debate which saw a walkout by opposition MPs.

“My contribution does not reside entirely at budget debates – I can make statements whenever I so desire,” the Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour told reporters Thursday.

King explained that the government operates according to a plan, led by the Prime Minister.

“The Prime Minister did put in a plan as far as the speaking order is concerned and I believe in that collective responsibility approach,” he stated.

King said once the plan was outlined he agreed to follow it.

He disclosed that on Tuesday the plan was for him to be the second speaker on the government side.

“However after the first speaker on the opposition side – and my understanding was that there should have been a second speaker on the opposition side – the Prime Minister chose to end the debate and circumvented the need for any of us who were remaining speakers to make our contribution,” King said.

“Notwithstanding, that does not mitigate the potential for making relevant statements in future sessions of the parliament to address the nation and to update the nation on the work of the Ministry of Infrastructure,” King, who attended an ecumenical service at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception to mark Public Service Day, said.

The former Prime Minister declared that he was not there to debate what pattern the contributions in parliament should take.

“When I was Prime Minister, I agreed on an approach to the debate. The approach was – you consult with the opposition, get agreement on a speaking order and we follow that speaking order,” King stated.

He explained that the Prime Minister of the day would have adopted his own approach.

“We as members of the government follow the approach that he has agreed to,” he said.

Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, had accused Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of contempt for the parliament and the people of Saint Lucia.

Pierre argued that it was normal convention that a government member would speak after an opposition MP makes a presentation to the debate.

He said Chastanet refused to allow senior members of his government to speak.

Chastanet, on the other hand, accused the opposition of being unprepared.

 

 

32 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    June 22, 2017 at 5:14 pm Reply

    U chastenet is a donkey. You are an…

  2. Trump
    June 22, 2017 at 5:15 pm Reply

    King you just have no balls!

  3. Anonymous
    June 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm Reply

    Go teddy bear

  4. Anonymous
    June 22, 2017 at 5:36 pm Reply

    King you lie lie lie lie.In fact you are worse than Teacher Percy

  5. Diva with attitude
    June 22, 2017 at 5:37 pm Reply

    King needs to stop contradicting himself, better yet he needs a replay of Wyclep jumping his back

  6. Lucian nigger
    June 22, 2017 at 5:41 pm Reply

    Politics alone u can survive by ,out of politics u are domant .continue being a water boy for chastanet .

    1. Anonymous
      June 22, 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply

      Big bear u have not done anything for security guards just talk talk talk we only earn 52 dollars a day 520 dollars a fortnight

  7. A Voter
    June 22, 2017 at 6:06 pm Reply

    Oh King, how low have you sunk. And you as a former Prime minister is aware of the Protocol. When you were down, and treated badly by Guy Joseph and Spider Montoute, we rallied with you. But look at you today. You have let us down. You’ve turned your back on the people. No seat is cast in stone. Time will tell, fatso. Time will tell.

  8. Worried
    June 22, 2017 at 6:15 pm Reply

    King should change his name because you can not tell me as a former prime minister and a die hard UWP you will just sit back and allow chastanet to do what he wants and you can’t say anything ….is that what you relly wanted for the people of Saint Lucia ??
    Now that everyone is benefitting from the sums of money under the table no one is saying anything.

  9. Anonymous
    June 22, 2017 at 6:25 pm Reply

    “Pierre argued that it was normal convention that a government member would speak after an opposition MP makes a presentation to the debate”.

    If this is the case why did seven members of the UWP spoke in the first part of this debate and only 2 of the opposition? Makes no sense Pierre. I think it is a case of you all want to dictate and protect Shawn Edward. We are not stupid. What I would recommend is that the PM and the Leader of the opposition should agree on a speaking order. If this order is disrupted like the SLP did in the first part of this debate, when Edward was absent, the speaking order should be rearranged.

    1. Anonymous
      June 24, 2017 at 10:33 pm Reply

      Dont you listen to the news that gave reasons why the oppositions were not in parliament PLEASE UP DATE YOUR KNOWLEDGE BEFORE YOU WRITE

  10. Anonymous
    June 22, 2017 at 6:36 pm Reply

    How sad and lowly we have sank.We need to pray and fast for Fair Helen.

  11. SHAMELUCIAN
    June 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm Reply

    SHAMELUCIAN

    Greed and more greed that King man. Hope you enjoy your money becuase you cya take it to your grave

  12. Choopse
    June 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm Reply

    King has said exactly what he wanted to but people wish he would say other wise. It’s about time this nonsense stop. King to has a right to express his own views just as you do. Stop this shut name calling.

  13. Just a reply
    June 22, 2017 at 7:36 pm Reply

    King should have just kept quiet.

  14. Bambi
    June 22, 2017 at 7:41 pm Reply

    King you should just stay quiet because what you stated did not make any sense. Now u are a follower. You lost your balls. You know Chastanet is very wrong.

  15. Anonymous
    June 22, 2017 at 7:48 pm Reply

    Smh, sad situation st. Lucia is in.

  16. Behind the Grass
    June 22, 2017 at 8:18 pm Reply

    Mr. King could have easily stated I did what my PM asked me to do; instead of tieing himself up with this explanation.
    What about the PEOPLE? Sitting in Parliament is ultimately about THE PEOPLE, NOT Just the SLP.

  17. Guava Jelly
    June 22, 2017 at 9:33 pm Reply

    AWA STEVE, AWA STEVE , AAAAAAWAAAAAAAA STEVE.

    G.J

  18. Matthew Alexander
    June 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm Reply

    OH HOW I MISS SJC. YOU THINK THAT WOULD HAVE EVER HAPPENED IF SJC WAS ALIVE AND IN CHARGE OF OUR PARTY?
    WHAT A SHAME! ALTHOUGH I MIGHT GET THIRSTY BEFORE THEM, I HOPE THESE ATROCIOUS MEMBERS OF MY PARTY NEVER NEED TO QUENCH THEIR THIRSTS IN MY PRESENCE.
    GOD AND SJC’S SPIRIT WILL DEAL WITH THEM. OH WHAT A SHAME, YOU THINK I WILL EVER BE PROUD TO SAY THAT THIS JUNK CALLED CHASTANET IS MY LEADER…..ALL OUR GREAT SOULS WHO HAVE DEPARTED TO THE GREAT BEYOND MUST BE SO SAD ABOUT THE SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS IN OUR HOMELAND.

  19. Anonymous
    June 22, 2017 at 10:02 pm Reply

    yo peh

  20. Angs trom
    June 22, 2017 at 11:19 pm Reply

    But Chastanet ,(minister of all things) has his MPs by the wallet – that’s why all MPs are called ministers! Chastened is an amateur, like Trump, who wants to be captain of the US ship of state.GODELPUS!!!!. Chastanet is basically a hotelier, only interested in helping his hotel owning friends, otherwIse he would recognise that there are other ways of making money, like manufacturing things to sell abroad.
    Where are all the EIAs for the hotel developments? Is the MOAT just saying “Environment? Bah humbug!”!

  21. Anonymous
    June 23, 2017 at 12:05 am Reply

    Every Minister is obligated, as an individual policy maker, to tell the Parliament and the people what the policies are, that will underpin his or her expenditure of the portion of the Budget that has been allocated to his or her Ministry. This has NOTHING to do with a “group plan”. And speaking after the fact, at an ordinary sitting if the House, will not cut it. The Constitution requires that Mr. king makes his contribution DURING the Policy debate relative to the Budget, not at any old time afterwards. Well, well, well, this “cluster” approach is choking us ! Since when uh, Mr. king ? Just like that ?

  22. Anonymous
    June 23, 2017 at 5:26 am Reply

    Stop thinking of your salery and stand up against what’s wrong we will support you we need a new leader
    C

  23. Anonymous
    June 23, 2017 at 6:08 am Reply

    It is a pity and a shame that Mr. king seems to be content to operate in the shadows of a prime Minister who hs much less experience than himself, instead of providing the PM with honest advice and direction. In fact, since Mr. Chastanet insists that his governance is based on team work, this should be a good opportunity for team members to help each other in the execution of their duties. What good is team work if the leadership style is so rigidly directional ? I know that Mr. king has qualified for his parliamentary pension for life, but I also thought that he would position himself to rescue the Government, if push come to shove. But it seems that I was wrong, and perhaps I should look toward Mr. Montoute to play that role.

  24. Anonymous
    June 23, 2017 at 6:23 am Reply

    Mr. king have just said you didnt want me as leader of uwp; thats who you all wanted so let him do what he wants. There was a plan for no reason he changed it so that him. Lucians you will learn take what you get. you cant put in gabbage and get good stuff.

  25. Anonymous
    June 23, 2017 at 8:37 am Reply

    Disappointed in King…

  26. Henry
    June 23, 2017 at 10:21 am Reply

    If the government and the opposition love st lucia and the people in the days we a living,Why they cannot work together they were not suppose to work for relatives or friends nor for themselves,but they should put together to work for the people.

  27. Anonymous
    June 23, 2017 at 11:53 am Reply

    tropical trump

  28. Anonymous
    June 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm Reply

    the one thing on the big wel-there-there mind is turning tranquil st. Lucia into a corrupt playground for the rich with that exaggerated emphasis on leisure

  29. Anonymous
    June 24, 2017 at 6:57 am Reply

    King is a queen

  30. Anonymous
    June 24, 2017 at 6:58 am Reply

    King took moomoo pills

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