CCJ question should be attached to the next ballot – LPM

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CCJ question should be attached to the next ballot – LPM
LPM leader Therold Prudent
LPM leader Therold Prudent

The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has urged both the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party and the parliamentary opposition, the United Workers Party, to avoid making the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) the ultimate legal body for the island without the express consent of the people of Saint Lucia.

Speaking on behalf of the LPM, the leader of the party, Therold Prudent, said, “Since Dr Anthony and his government are so adamant about taking the island to the CCJ, they should do the honourable thing of taking the question directly to the people of Saint Lucia, who should make the decision based on the original intent of the Saint Lucian constitution of 1979.”

The LPM, while fully agreeing with Dr. Anthony’s assessment that a special referendum may prove too costly for the island, rejects his proposal for remedying the situation by working out a convenient compromise between his government and the UWP in order to avoid a referendum.

According to the LPM leader, the issue of cost can be easily remedied by attaching the question of the CCJ to the ballot at the next general elections.

“Not only will this action guarantee that more Saint Lucians will participate in the next elections given the perceived legal implications of switching from the Privy Council to the CCJ, but it could also be an opportune moment for those who are in favour of the CCJ to alleviate the fears of thousands who are fearful that the court maybe be used as a political tool of representative governments (potentially, including our own) to settle difficult cases in their favour. “

Therefore, Prudent believes that Dr Anthony should abide by the intent of the constitution, which mandates that the question of the CCJ be decided by the direct participation of the people.

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  1. Mr.Crow,
    I read your comments,and you clearly think that the majority of St.lucians are ignorant.However,an analysis of your entries clearly revealed low level intellectual ability was used in the conceptualization and eventual pieces of writings you produced.
    Just a thought.Who do you think should decide whether St.Lucia joins the CCJ? Only intelligent people like you perhaps.

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  2. LPM I expected you guys to take the higher road and come out in support of the CCJ. I'm still a supporter of you guys but I guess no political party is perfect,SMH.

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  3. Of ourse the CCJ is about Caribbean integration. I think the point the LPM is making is a valid one. What's the use of talking about Caribbean integration if you can't ensure the integrity of our Caribbean Courts.

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    • the integrity of the CCJ is above and beyond....... Just look at the court's president! We have world class judges of our very own and we shouldn't look to smear them, do some research instead.

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    • I really do not see the point about the INTEGRITY issue. How many of us know some judge over in Barbados, or Trinidad, or St. Vincent (Just to name a few)? Or do judges in those islands know us?

      Also, decision making is done on a panel of judges . . . not just one! So, do we believe that all judges on the panel will be corrupted by "me"? Unthinkable, I don't know them and they don't know me!

      So, why do we need a referendum? So that people may get involved in the decision process. But, how many of us know anything about the CCJ? The same people we are asking to vote, on an important issue as this, know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! As a result, they will vote based on what they hear their parties suggest! On this basis, I am not for a REFERENDUM!

      Many years ago the notion was that it was impossible for open heart surgery to happen in the region because it was felt we did not have the expertise or the wherewithal. Today, it is happening almost on a daily basis.

      The point is, we are selling our people short . . . as though we are not capable of being impartial, fair, and just.

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      • You want to impose CCJ on the persons whom claim are ignorant? What's that all about. What is wrong with educating the citizens of the country about CCJ and allowing them to decide? Shouldn't the people be trusted with their future?

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        • You be honest. We all knew that VAT would have been implemented at least 10 years ago. What did people do? They did not educate themselves! There were town hall meetings and the numbers who attended were abysmal. It was only in the 99th hour some chose to be educated while others did absolutely nothing.

          With regards to the CCJ it is worse! Because the CCJ has been on the airwaves for a very long time and most are ignorant (not demeaning) to the subject.

          You and I know very well that our people rely on what people (the: juke bois, andre paul, tim poleon, red zone, politicians, etc) say but not what they have researched. They will not even ask one question. Now, tell me, how valid is a referendum when the people have no idea why they vote and what they are voting for. Its like voting for a candidate just because he/she is wearing a colour! I cannot support that!

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          • The courts are an extension of our government. I see nothing wrong in voting to decide such an important matter. In most countries, the people have that choice. Why not us? Voting o approve judges is nothing new. It is called democracy. We have to be very careful that we don't disrespect the right of the people to make their own choices.

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  4. At the end of the day I have yet to hear one political party come out and categorically say that they are against joining the CCJ. So why the bickering?

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  5. Oh please, I hate to see KissMeAss politicians bringing the CCJ matter down to their level. The CCJ matter is bigger than SLP, UWP, LPM. It's more about Caribbean integration and shouldn't be brought down to local politics, choopssss.

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      • Choops. Some St Lucians don't understand whent hey have nothing to say they should just shut their flaps. I value Prudent's imput more than yours. Go find a live that can excit you and exit people about you. Boring

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        • CHECK YOUR SPELLING FIRST BEFORE YOU COME AND TALK. YOU PEOPLE LIKE TO WRITE BUT DON'T LIKE TO READ. YOU CAN'T SPEAK PROPER ENGLISH. YOU IDIOT. THAT GOES TO YOU REBE

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          • No need to knock down Rebe because of her spelling. Most of us got her drift. You need to do some serious soul searching instead of hating.

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