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HEALTH MIN DEFENDS APPOINTMENT OF NEW COVID CHAIRMAN

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The new face of the government’s COVID-19 Management Centre, Mr. Cletus Springer, has attracted criticism from opposition backers who contend the absence of medical credentials on his resume puts him at a disadvantage. Health Minister Moses Jn Baptiste is defending Springer’s appointment.

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YOUNG ST. LUCIANS TO FIELD DEBATE IN PARLIAMENT

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Discourse on policy development today took a step toward the future with the engagement of youth in debate within Saint Lucia’s house of assembly. The formation of national youth parliament remains a long standing practice, and this year will provide the platform for members of the youthful population to hear from their peers on the strengths and flaws of existing legislation.

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FLETCHER BELIEVES GOV’T SHOULD’VE CONCEDED TO CHASTANET’S SPEAKING REQUEST

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Former government minister Dr. James Fletcher says he would have made the discretionary decision to allow Opposition Leader and Micoud South MP Allen Chastanet to speak before the Prime Minister’s rebuttal during the March 31 Estimates debate. Mr. Chastanet, who was denied his request to respond to the government’s side, took an early lunch and never made it back to the Chamber to make a contribution. Dr. Fletcher has admonished the former Prime Minister for “…slacking off on the job…” However, the established convention on speaking orders could have been circumvented just this one time.


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CHASTANET STANDS BY REPRESENTATION OF MICOUD SOUTH

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Opposition Leader Allen Chastanet is defending his stewardship as Micoud South MP. The quality of Mr. Chastanet’s representation again drew scrutiny after he sacrificed his opportunity to address the estimates debate to grab a bite to eat.

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