Guy Joseph wants House Speaker to apologise for confrontation

Guy Joseph wants House Speaker to apologise for confrontation
Speaker Peter Foster. Photo credit: *Star Newspaper (St. Lucia).
Speaker Peter Foster. Photo credit: *Star Newspaper (St. Lucia).

Parliamentary Representative for Castries South East Guy Joseph has called on house speaker Peter Foster to apologize over an exchange on Tuesday, which resulted in him being asked to finish his speech.

The incident occurred during debate on a motion concerning the Laborie Banse Road project.

The confrontations started over interpretation of the defects liabilities period and went on for several minutes.

Joseph had questioned the relation between Alison Gajadhar and Rayneau Gajadhar as signatories to a contract that he offered to make available to the house.

The MP said that he was basically highlighting “the number of deficiencies that I saw in the document,” and was trying to establish whether there was a relation, between the two.

He said he did this in light of several accusations that has been levied against him and his family about contract disbursements, during his tenure as Minister of Communication and Works.

Joseph said rather than allowing the Prime Minister to give an explanation, the house speaker tried to do so on behalf of the government side instead.

The Castries South East MP maintains that the speaker was in no position to engage him in a debate, and to interpret law to him in the house and as such noted that Foster owes him an apology.

Joseph said Foster has interrupted him on several occasions before, but the fiery MP said this recent confrontation will not stop him from asking pertinent questions.

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  1. It is indeed a a shock when u see the speaker of the house decides it's time to shut up an mp. That tell us that our interest is not well represented. Yes Guys actions appeared disrespectful but after the while clip was played on HBI.. with Tim last night.... one begs to question. What was the intention of the speaker.... did he deliberately engage Guy knowing that he was likely to fire up... was that all part of a plan. In so far as sending dust in the air so the real matters stays hidden... people let's get real... this is shady business we néed to know what is happening. THATS WHY WE HAVE AN OPPOSITION... Mr. Speaker has no right to interpret contract in the house. Let the mp debate. That's what it shud be....

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  2. I wish that before some of us make the comments on matters reported in the news media, we should endeavor to have at least the minimal insight into the subject matter at hand. That said, I have to admit that I have not seen the video of the House debate in its entirety, and can only comment on the portion/segment circulating on social media.

    In as much as I am appalled at the exchange between a Member of Parliament and the Speaker of the House of Assembly, I am even more shock at the behavior of the Speaker, which, in my view, lead to the challenge by Mr. Joseph. It is not the prerogative of the Speaker to clarify or answer questions posed by one group in the House to another, during a debate, unless the question posed is of a Parliamentary nature.

    Mr. Joseph, as a MP has every right to challenge the opposite side, or any MP for that matter, through the Speaker (Chair), on any issue being debated in the House. That's his right as a representative of the people. The moment that the Speaker sought to provide unsolicited clarification and correction on a issue raised by one MP to the opposing side, he made himself part of the debate, which he does not have the authority to do.

    The Speaker's role cannot be bias or prejudicial, to the extent that is be so apparent that so as to create the debacle that transpired in the House of Assembly yesterday. The office of the Speaker and the role it plays in the Parliamentary process must always be respected by all who have business before the House, but equally so, the Speaker must respect the right of every elected member of the House to engage in debate without the unwarranted interference by the Chair, however tempting it may prove at times to be.

    The speaker of the House is not the Judge of a Court, and even if he were, he could not make the case for opposing counsel. It appeared to me that the Speaker intended (deliberately or otherwise)to make the case for the opposing side in yesterday's debate. That was the prerogative of the Hon Prime Minister (leader of Government business) or another member of the government side to challenge Mr. Joseph on the questions he was raising, NOT the Speaker.

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  3. Guy Joseph and Chastanet are the two U.W.P. that Labour is after. Chastanet is not in the House, but that little bulldog will not be silenced one bit. Good for him. He is not me hero, but I respect him for standing up for our rights.
    SO GIVE THEM HELL, GUY.

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  4. Foster must be handling ..... He can't tell Guy what to do but Guy was getting into the subject matter but Peter would not allow him.

    Peter Foster apparently don't have any other good form of income so he has to....

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  5. Fact remains the speaker had no right to interrupt his speech without the correctly applied standing order instead he joined the debate. We have to remove those red and yellow glasses when things like this happen the speaker isn't suppose to side with anybody.

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  6. We need to stop being judgmental. An MP has a right to ask pertinent questions about any document or contract that is relative to government business. Instead we focus on his accent and our assumption of his education level. Does it mean that because your enunciation is not perfect that you are not educated? How ignorant that thought is within itself. St Lucian's' take heed of all where your tax dollars are being spent. The repercussions are far reaching and affect the very quality of your life here in St Lucia. All I ask is that we listen without judgment and above all else not be blinded by politics.

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  7. Guy Joseph was asking legitimate questions on the behalf of people of St. Lucia. It was left for the governmnent side to defend or counter. Not for the speaker to rush in. Makes one wonder if the speaker has something to protect.

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  8. this guy was having a temper tantrum like a kid in a candy store!! thats why the speaker had to give him a time out!! next tim he will know when to sit shut up and behave himself!!

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  9. i find the Speaker of the House is not in order.. he should resign. since when the speaker of the house is taking part in the debate. Guy Joseph is very correct. Is the speaker of the house insane, is he of sound mind. So he wants us to believe that Completion period and liability period should be the same amount of days. This man meaning the speaker of the house has no common sense at all. No wonder he did a terrible job representing his client in the UK at the appeal hearing. he just don't know when to stop. Guy Joseph needs to take that to a talk show. My personal opinion is that he speaker should stay out of the debate. he looks like he have a personal benefit in that contract.

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  10. Fire these ppl. I am sick and tired of this rubbish we call government. leaders behaving like infant school children. send these people home... if they cannot behave

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  11. The uwp should send this guy to bexon primary to better him self the guy can't speak proper english n so because he's not good at english he doesn't understand it. So i can't belive he's the uwp's spin doctor.

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  12. Mr bus driver behave you self or else u shall need a route band soon u big fat poddle idiot

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  13. I have said before that Guy Joseph has no respect to himself or any authority. I don't care whether he is UWP or SLP. That was gross disrespect shown to the speaker of the House. Joseph is a bully and if this is the type of example he shows to our young people, well no wonder why we have the types of crimes we have in St. Lucia.

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  14. Guy get your mental health checkup.Is Alison the sister of the guy?I don't understand your point.Start making useful contribution to benefit your people .All you engage in the the house is roro after roro because that is all you know.So sad!

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  15. Speaker of house, yet prosecuting matters representing plaintiffs against the state. Anyway gotta Thank the Guy for the comic relief.

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  16. Intresting when Kenny & CO. displayed their bad manners to speaker Rosemarie Husbands flinging his hands and walking out it was OK for me. Today he is taliking about school children who watching Guy Joseph in the house. How forgetful and convenient.

    Guy Joseph was asking legitimate questions also on behalf of his constituents and people of St. Lucia. It was left for the governmnent side to defend or counter. Not for the speaker to rush in. Makes one wonder if the speaker has something to protect. Maybe he has

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  17. There are rules and regulations as to what is suitable for discussion in the house of parliament per say.This is one of our best lawyers with a Qc,ranking.You can used past senerio's as examples but,not stigmatising,or accussing this present government when they have not been charged for commiting any wrong doing.I like the speaker for restraining himself calmly and diligently towards Guy who appeared to be high tempered.

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  18. The speaker is being paid by kenny and co so he will protect them. Guy should demand an apology at all cost. The lies and decitful behavior by kenny and his boys is annoying. KENNY AND CO MUST GO!!!!!!!!

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  19. foster, you should apologise to Guy, and publicly, too. Look here, fool, I don't think you are qualified for this job. Grant us a favour and get out of that chair. It is so obvious that you do not know what you are doing. Excuse me, please! You are insulting the legacy of St. Clair Daniel. Go and learn from his example. I hope you have the brains to do that because so far, your level of intelligence is in question.