Former Saint Lucia Ambassador to the Organisation of American States, the United Nations and the United States, Doctor Joseph E. Edmunds, is urging that the terms ‘Opposition Leader’ and ‘members of the opposition’ be changed.
“I have felt for a long time and expressed in writing that we should change the term/designation/label of ‘Leader and Members of The Opposition’ to ‘Representatives of the Minority in Parliament’,” Edmunds wrote in a letter to St Lucia Times which has been published in its entirety in the Letters to the Editor section.
Ambassador Edmunds believes the change of designations should help remove from the minds of elected members of parliament in the minority, the thought that they are there to oppose everything suggested or articulated by the majority in parliament.
The former member of the Executive Board of UNESCO said that too often he notes that issues before parliament are opposed by an opposition, even though the idea emanated from the opposing party when that party was in the majority.
“A Parliament must be viewed as a representative all the people in a governance structure which should be participatory,although sometimes of diverse views and representation,” Edmunds asserted.
“This opposition phenomenon is manifest in some more developed countries where new leaders seek to undo all that was put in place by a previous government. In this regard, It would not be prudent of me to give an example of this phenomenon,” the former diplomat said.
Edmunds recommended that in considering a revised constitution, this perspective should be embraced for the good of “our people and as an example to our world.”