St Lucia opposition leader defends decision to boycott GG’s swearing-in ceremony

By CMC

Hon. Philip J. Pierre

(CMC) –  Leader of the main opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Phillip Pierre has defended the decision of Opposition legislators to boycott Friday’s swearing in ceremony for new governor-general, Sir Neville Cenac saying he does not have the full confidence of the population.

Sir Neville, 82, was sworn in Friday at the House of Assembly replacing Dame Pearlette Louisy, who had been in the position for 20 years.

The SLP has been at odds with the manner in which the Allen Chastenent government went about replacing her.

According to Pierre, the prime minister disregarded a principle or convention which urged consultation between the prime minister and the leader of the Opposition on the appointment of a governor-general.

“Had the Prime Minister followed the convention and good governance practices, he should have consulted the Leader of the Opposition on the appointment of the Governor General. Had he done so, he would have been cautioned against the risk of potentially bringing the office into disrepute and derision given the unprecedented election events of 1987.”

“As it turned out, he did not, and failed to follow the precedent set by the St Lucia Labour Party government in 1997 in consulting the then Leader of the Opposition before the appointment of Dame Pearlette Louisy. The result of his high-handed approach to governing the country is now bearing fruit. The country is divided and polarized on an issue that should be acceptable to the majority,” Pierre said.

Former Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy demitted office, under a cloud of controversy on whether she was forced out.

Dame Pearlette served in the position for just over 20 years, becoming one of the longest to hold that position in the Commonwealth.

Meanwhile, during the swearing in ceremony, the new governor-general urged everyone to be his/her brother’s keeper as this was the only way peace and prosperity can return to the land.

He said as governor-general he is there to serve in the interest of the opposition.

“I am not less the Governor General of the Opposition for being appointed by the government,” adding that the governor-general is a symbol of unity who binds all together as one.

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22 comments

  1. but as If in an interview, Kenny said he "informed the leader of the opposition of my choice for GG position after selecting from our shortlist". He clearly stated that after making a final selection, he informed the leader of opp. NOT CONSULTED but informed.

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  2. Cenac is just in it for the status and prestige. Frankly I do not believe this gentleman has anything to offer. I want all St Lucians to be honest with themselves. Do you really think that in the politically charged and divided climate we need as GG a man whose very name divides. Which ever side of the divide you are on you know you can't trust this character. GG is an office which the nation envisage as a uniting presence. Allen has once again shown himself to be both petty and ill advised in his quest to strengthen his grip on our country. I do hope that for the good of our country Mr Cenac can serve in a manner that breathes a bit of hope into our nation and just to frustrate the opposition. After all it wont be the first time he acts against his mandate.

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    • How can the GG position be a uniting position, when the constitution states that the "GG is appointed at the behest of the PM of the day" this is a political appointment no matter who says what.
      It is only of recent, ppl stat saying that the GG position is a unifying one. I dont know that this is even in the GG roles and uties. The post represent the Queen, thats it. Lets stop repeating nonsense we keep hearing.

      If it was so unifying a position. I want to know why it has changes with every gov't, save the last few. And we kow it was either because there wasnt need for backlash if the WOMAN was removed, or because the woman GG always kept her mouth shut and didnt do ever challenge the gov't, so It was perfect for any current gov't know they can walk over the GG woman.

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  3. What nonsense, the constitution did not require PJP's consultation or approval. We all know he would have just stonewalled until he got a candidate that he wanted. It's a disgrace that SLP boycotted en masse. How does that represent SLP voters? Who conducted this poll for SLP to determine the country is split on this matter? Keep saying lies over and over and people will believe it

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  4. Make St Lucia Safe Again

    PJP protesting a non issue. What a joke. What about the 60+ murders last year. Or the rising unemployment? Or the number of rapes and sexual assaults. You protesting who is GG?

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  5. Does it mean that although we currently have a Governor General, you will not acknowledge him as such?

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  6. Had the Prime Minister followed the convention and good governance practices, he should have consulted the Leader of the Opposition on the appointment of the Governor General. Had he done so, he would have been cautioned against the risk of potentially bringing the office into disrepute and derision given the unprecedented election events of 1987.”
    peep we all know what your decision would be you said it it that remark
    you a voodoo man peep talking about risk of potentially bringing
    life is about risk peep we risk our country future to you guys and look what you did with

    consultation
    noun UK ​ /ˌkɒn.sʌlˈteɪ.ʃən/ US ​ /ˌkɑːn.sʌlˈteɪ.ʃən/

    C2 [ C ] a meeting to discuss something or to get advice:

    After consultations with our accountants, we've decided how to cut costs within the company.

    C2 [ U ] the process of discussing something with someone in order to get their advice or opinion about it:

    convention noun (CUSTOM)

    C1 [ C or U ] a usual or accepted way of behaving, especially in social situations, often following an old way of thinking or a custom in one particular society:

    peep do we need an old way of thinking we in 2018
    peep you a failure and a follower you are not a leader

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  7. consultation

    a meeting to discuss something or to get advice:

    After consultations with our accountants, we've decided how to cut costs within the company.

    the process of discussing something with someone in order to get their advice or opinion about it:

    peep we all know that you would be against the appointment so why consult

    Had the Prime Minister followed the convention and good governance practices, he should have consulted the Leader of the Opposition on the appointment of the Governor General. Had he done so, he would have been cautioned against the risk of potentially bringing the office into disrepute and derision given the unprecedented election events of 1987.”

    is the events of 1987 relevant today peep if so its only for you slp fools

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  8. According to Pierre, the prime minister disregarded a principle or convention which urged consultation between the prime minister and the leader of the Opposition on the appointment of a governor-general.

    Peep what sit you talking, Convention my foot . who is bond by convention. does convention superceeds the constitution
    you guys are abunch of jokers and you expect to win the next elections with that kind of behavior
    peep you are a failure and a follower you have no leadership qualities

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  9. And this is part of the unemployment problem when an 82 year old can be handed a job and young people suffer

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  10. The country is divided and polarized on an issue that should be acceptable to the majority,” Pierre said.
    Two things
    1. What poll did you conduct to determine that the country is so polarized over this decision. (I hope your polster isnt the same from June 2016)
    2. Dont you realize that your non attendance, IS causing more division , especially among the less educated/informed.

    ARENT YOU AS OPPOSITION LEADER, SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT THE PEOPLE, SOME OF YOUR OWN PPL HAVE NO ISSUES WITH HIM, BUT YOU DONT REPRESENT YOUR PARTY IN THE HOUSE SIR, YOU REPRESENT YOUR CONSTITUENCY AND ST.LUCIA AT LARGE. THIS IS WHY I BELIEVE THE SLP IF IT SERIOUS, NEEDS A NEW LEADER.

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  11. The PM dont need to consult u on nothing. And it just shows how petty u are boycotting. The show still went on with or without your'll support. Who vex loose.

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  12. The SLP boycott marks yet another watermark in Phillip Pierre's determined establishment of his legacy to be one of child-like pettiness, a self-absorbed sense of importance and unbridled ego, and a clear lack of understanding (else wishful denial) that his party lost the election and that a democratically elected government in a functional government was elected to do just that --- lead, take decisions, and govern.

    Mr. Pierre, clearly does not grasp, or chooses not to grasp, that all government decisions do not need to be made in consultation with the Opposition.

    Should Mr. Pierre not already understand the fundamentals of democracy, he needs to understand the difference between a coalition, a minority government, and a majority government.

    Some reading on elements of 'Democracy 101' and a couple of courses in world studies would benefit Mr. Pierre and would also empower him in constructively participating in help in influence the future of this nation, its people, and the children of our children in the future.

    Until that time, he remains a non-productive distraction and a social distraction when we should be focusing, collectively, on the issues that matter.

    Good luck, Mr. Pierre, with whatever rolling vehicle protest and Market speech event that word has it the SLP is planning to protest the appointment of what is largely a ceremonial position rather than a silly protest fuelled by cold chicken and warm beer.

    Our nation has bigger issues to focus on.

    God Bless.

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  13. Pierre you need to say what poll you conducted to conclude that the majority of St. Lucians are not in favour...

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  14. Phillip J. Pierre promotes nothing but decision and tries to do it with an innocent face

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  15. Consultation, means very little other than simply telling the Leader of the Opposition what is the case. No change is to be expected from such an exercise. It is just a formality.

    Now, if that was not done, there was indeed of the constitution requirement. The GG whoever it is, retains his or her position "at the pleasure" of the PM of the day.

    It is an 'iffy" kind of job. It is employment at will. The SLP knows this fully well. Any opinion to the country is simply self-serving.

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  16. I believe Philip j Pierre and the opposition has been disrespectful to all St lucians,regardless you agree with the prime minister choice or not you are there to represent the people and not representing yourself.I believe this opposition men have been a bad to the future generation,they constantly walking off the house and being every disrespectful,keep opposing everything good either good or bad,any wise person will see how disrespectful those men are,e.g.former President Obama probably didn't like President trump but he still went to the swearing ceremony.St Lucia labor party are insubordintate.

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  17. This opposition leader has failed the people of St.Lucia behind in everthing.Hon Pierre lives in the fake bubble of Hon Anthony.

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  18. No one cares Pierre.

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    • exactly, whether he is there or not means nothing. just like it does in everyday life. he is a has been like the rest of his socialist party

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  19. Maybe Dame Pearlette should have demanded answers on the grynberg issue and many others and not just feign ignorance. And wow, SLP can really hold a grudge.

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