MP blames “unreasonable” government for abrupt end to budget debate

The MP for Castries South has blamed “unreasonableness” on the side of the government for the abrupt end to Tuesday’s budget debate.

Dr Ernest Hilaire explained that conventionally, both the government and the opposition would come to an agreement on the order of speakers in the House.

On that occasion an agreement, he said, could not be reached because the government refused to compromise.

As he explained, the government wanted all Opposition MPs to speak in in a row with government MP’s making their contributions afterwards to end the debate.

Hilaire says the Labour Party thought that to be an unreasonable approach.

“There’s eleven government parliamentarians, there’s six Opposition. All six of us cannot speak first. It doesn’t happen that way.”

“They felt we should speak and they will speak to close off the debate and we said no,” he added.

He added that substantial Ministries, such as Infrastructure, Youth and Sports had not spoken before the debate was brought to a close.”

“For the Prime Minister to say to the nation that my Ministers do not need to speak… your ministers need to speak.”

He went on to say that, “to suggest that your ministers do not have to be accountable to the people of St Lucia is really offensive to St Lucians.”

Hillaire also criticized the decision to postpone debate on the budget for “forty days and forty nights.”


  1. Meddard
    June 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Why blaming the opposition?This was well planned,so please do not put the blame on the opposition.If it wasn’t planned,then blame Madame Speaker…….Nonsense!

  2. Anon Y. Mous
    June 23, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Hilaire maybe you should have used that time to go write a statement about jufali and why you didn’t talk to the public about it. I mean really… People let’s wake up. We want our youth to stop the crime and murdering.. But look at the example that’s being set by the”adults” and people in power. When you can’t get your way throw a tantrum. Walk out. Don’t bother trying to find a compromise or reach across the aisle, but rather just say the other person is unreasonable and then do as you please. This is the model you’re setting for our kids to emulate

    1. Elegal
      June 25, 2017 at 9:05 am

      You must be the dumbest St Lucian around. Why you don’t stay off the blog if you don’t know what you saying.

  3. Jimmy Evelyn
    June 25, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    SLP is not running the government so you do not dictate the rules. Did you comment on Jufali?
    Get in line and stop your nonsense. Convention is not the rule, it’s open to change, wake up and move with the times.