Edmunds urges change in reference to ‘opposition’

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.”



  1. Chingum
    October 9, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Bravo Dr Edmunds….I could not agree with you more.

  2. Anthony Gajadhar
    October 9, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    No Mr.Edmunds, change for what reason, if what you said is the reason for the change, I do not agree.

    Anthony Gajadhar

  3. Jacques Boucle
    October 9, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Dr. Edmunds, why engage in superficiality? What would we gain with a simple name change? If you want to leave a legacy why don’t you advocate for a constitutional reform. We have an antiquated Westminster system that is serving only elites like you. Instead, why don’t you propose for an electoral proportional representation where citizens will have a better chance of getting elected. Bourgeois elites like Dr. Edmunds will never want to share power with us the ‘commoners’.

    1. Anonymous
      October 10, 2017 at 12:13 am

      Very well said……opposition is so accurate because that is what they do very rare do they ever agree on anything.

  4. John Williams
    October 9, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Great idea, Dr. Edmunds!

  5. Anonymous
    October 9, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    This is very true. I’ve always been saying the opposition is opposing just for opposing sake. Whether the ruling part does good or bad the opposition opposes it. They are true to their name sake

    1. Anonymous
      October 10, 2017 at 12:14 am

      And will a name change change anything??? That’s exactly why the name should stay

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  7. Kieran Chubb
    October 10, 2017 at 4:48 am

    Semantics, the issue is this bastardise format of the Westminister model of parliament…it is just not transferable ,with only 17 seats almost impossible….very best example was SLP 16-1 victory.
    Edmunds is doing some elite have the time navel gazing, however there is no doubt that the parliamentary model needs addressing .

  8. Basoo Dee
    October 10, 2017 at 5:04 am

    That’s a great suggestion. It’s a seemingly simple adjustment that could lead to a significant positive change.

    However it should part of a larger initiative, which is constitutional change. Was very dissapointed that so much energy was put into this effort, it’s necessity well known, but the commitment so lacking by those in parliament at the time.

  9. Ti Pima
    October 10, 2017 at 6:01 am

    A rose by any other name is still the same. No change in name will ever change the attitude and mind set of the opposition. Their function is to oppose critically and keep the government side in check whenever they go off track. So please Ambassador don’t play with words and allow the role of the opposition to carry out its function objectively.

  10. aLucian
    October 10, 2017 at 7:49 am

    What a joke. Call a dog a cat and it starts meowing rather than barking?? I’m afraid we’ll have to do better than this if we’re aiming for real (as opposed to superficial) change.