The deputy governor general will be delivering the throne speech at the opening of first sitting of parliament of the new Saint Lucia Labour Party government on Tuesday 17th August, 2021. Erold Charles, the deputy governor general and son of Saint Lucia’s first Chief Minister before Independence, is expected to call for the putting aside of political differences and the coming together of Saint Lucians in rebuilding their country.
The throne speech will highlight the government’s main priorities for this session of parliament, which are the completion of St Jude Hospital, early financial relief for the most vulnerable citizens affected by the negative impact of the Covid-19 virus and its strategic response to the fight against the Covid-19 virus.
According to sources close to the new administration, the government’s main legislative agenda will be left for the next session of parliament in 2022. An announcement is expected to be made of the appointment of a special investigator to investigate allegations of corruption in government involving government ministers and public servants.
In a relatively short speech, shy of ten minutes, Mr Charles is expected to rally a call to citizens to find a role in nation building and to embrace the virtues of inclusiveness, fairness and empathy.
Tuesday’s session is expected to commence at 10 am in the parliament building. Elected and selected members of the house of assembly are all expected to be in attendance, though there are rumours that the elected member for Micoud South and former prime minister Allen Chastanet will be absent.