Opposition Leader fires senator Anesia Baptiste

Former opposition senator, Anesia Baptiste (File Photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent — Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace said he might on Monday comment further on his decision to fire senator Anesia Baptiste, just over a year after she was appointed and six months after he defended her appointment.

Eustace on Friday announced on radio that he had on Thursday instructed Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne to revoke the appointment of Baptiste, Assistant Secretary General of the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP).

The dismissal of the 31-year-old senator, who had earlier fallen out of favour with the ruling Unity Labour Party, might be a major setback to her dreams of becoming the nation’s first woman prime minister.

“I want to make on behalf of the party a very brief statement this morning. And I will read, by way of that statement, a letter which I sent to His Excellency the Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne yesterday (Thursday) afternoon,” Eustace said Friday during a call to the NDP’s radio programme.

“… in accordance with Section 29 (2) of the Constitution of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, I wish to advise Your Excellency to revoke forthwith the appointment of the Honourable Anesia Baptiste as a senator in the House of Assembly,¡¨ Eustace quoted his letter to the Governor General as saying.

“I do not intend to make any public comment on that matter right now — maybe perhaps on my programme Monday, DV, I will do so,” he further said.

Baptiste told the I-Witness News on Friday that she also learnt of the revocation of her appointment when Eustace telephoned the radio programme.

She said she was preparing for a scheduled appearance on the said programme when Eustace, who is also president of the NDP, read the letter on air.

“I found out via radio,” Baptiste said in an interview, adding that she had decided to wait on Eustace’s further comments before giving “any official response”.

Baptiste, however, said that she would say that she does not know why she was removed as a senator.

Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace (File photo).

Asked “What was your relationship with the NDP like?” Baptise said:

“… Lest anything I say to a question like that, which might sound very general, be misconstrued in anyway and read into the current situation, I would prefer not to comment.”

Baptiste was appointed a senator when the NDP increased from four to seven the number of seats in Parliament after the December 2010 general election, the party¡¦s third consecutive electoral defeat.

She had been identified as the New Democratic Party’s candidate for West St. George in the next general elections — constitutionally due in 2015.

The revocation of her appointment comes six months after Eustace defended at the NDP’s convention the appointment as opposition senators Baptiste and lawyer Vynnette Frederick.

NDP chair Dr. Linton Lewis told a local newspaper that he was not consulted before the senators where appointments.

But Eustace told the 36th convention of the NDP in November that the party was doing things differently, adding that by appointing the women senators his party was “showing our confidence, not only in the young but [also] in the women of our party”.

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17 thoughts on “Opposition Leader fires senator Anesia Baptiste

  1. There has to be some reason for Arnhim’s action. He should have informed the young lady directly instead of on the air.

    Posted by pvpalmer | April 21, 2012, 13:07
  2. when u fly too close to the sun u gonna get burnt my dear….

    Posted by Arthur | April 21, 2012, 15:14

    Posted by Tamara Jardine | April 21, 2012, 15:39
  4. I assume there must be a conflict of interest here.

    Ironically, I first became familiar with Anesia Baptise the Thusian, listening to an SVG radio station, during the referendum campaign and reading a chapter from Lenin’s KARL Kautsky Review. I like to read when I am bored.

    Kautsky is responding to Bernstein objections to the “materialist conception of history”.

    What impressed me most was the similarity of the characters. Baptiste the Thusian, and Bernstein do have a lot in common.

    Nevertheless,… ‘all their ranting and conjectures, will not make people reject Marx’s method, the method which brilliantly justified itself, and continues to justify itself in practice’.

    Posted by Knight | April 22, 2012, 04:31
  5. You need to see the letter Amnesia wrote to Eustace-that will cause any boss to send her packing-out of place!!

    Posted by albert | April 22, 2012, 05:40
  6. My Position:
    I have heard and read the statement made by Shefflorn Ballantyne and I do not agree with you that such public expression of religious opinion which some may find offensive should be limited.
    I do not at all agree with the policy position you dictated today.
    I do not at all support the policy position you dictated today.
    I will not follow or obey it because it is against my conscience which God alone can dictate to. And you, Mr. Eustace, are not and will not be allowed to play God to me.
    I will not follow or obey it also because it is against my God-given religious liberty right exercised in my freedom of opinion and speech.
    I will not follow or obey it because it is an attempt to limit my free (legitimate) speech.
    The policy position you dictated is also against the highest law of the land-the Constitution of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and not in harmony with the spirit of the principles and objects of the constitution of the NDP. I will not follow such an unconstitutional policy.
    And for it to have come from you-the leader of the Opposition and President of the NDP who aspires to becoming the Prime Minister of SVG, is disappointing, unacceptable and leaves much to be desired. I fear that if you are taking such a position now in Opposition you will be a danger to Vincentians’ rights and freedoms as leader of government. It is in fact the policy position that you dictated today that will hurt the party’s position of getting into office. And if the NDP really holds policies like this it will do no differently from the ULP in persecuting persons for their rights and freedoms.
    As for me, I, Anesia Baptiste am a democrat. I will stand as I have always stood-for the protection of the inalienable and constitutionally guaranteed rights and freedoms of all people, including and especially minorities. For this is the true test of the character of policy makers and governments. This is the real yard stick by which governments are to be judged- how they treat the God-given rights and freedoms of the people. I will not be the hypocrite, not then, not now and not ever. This is who I am, this is what I stand by, based on the word of God. Like the 16th Century Great German Reformer Martin Luther I say “To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. I cannot and I will not recant. Here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God.”
    MY dear sir, with all due respect to you, when I joined the NDP, it was because I believed that the party had respect for rights and freedoms of all Vincentians, those in the party and those in government, unlike the tyranny of the ULP. I placed a lot of trust in the ideals of this party and hoped that through its policies we will see a new politics, a new beginning, a golden age for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Please do not hurt me so much by disappointing me. Please do not make me feel that I have misjudged this party.

    Sincerely Yours
    …Anesia Baptiste……
    Anesia Baptiste

    Posted by albert | April 22, 2012, 05:42
    • Wonderful Letter! Neither do I know the Eustace, Anesia Baptiste nor the Prime Minister or anyone in both parties. I comment from the posts presented here.

      Though I am not from St. Vincent and Grenadines, but I am a German and staunch supporter and mover of the needed Democracy that the world yearns for. The time of monster Adolf Hitler of Germany and the management styles of tyrants are over and the world including all the West and Asian Tigers, even many African countries have realized for economic, social, political and cultural development and order can grow and the dividends of democracy to reach the electorates, can only be achieved with the need to protect this democratic ideals and such is the yardstick to attract these dividends.

      For a person to have courage to refuse to take part in ‘paddy-paddy’ and ‘tap on the back’ for the usual unfair and dictatorial government actions of the past, such a person deserves accolade and respect. Only such people should be allowed to lead, who has the guts, the spirit of God and love of mankind to take control over material interests. Never one under-rate the power of women. Magareth Thatcher did it UK, Benizia Bhutto did it, Ghandi did it, Angela Merkel of Germany is doing it, etc. When men starts to love materials than to love their people, women should take the mantle. Period! We did it in Germany and we have peace today and move German interests and European Union forward!

      Anesia Baptiste, the author of this letter deserves the St. Grenadines and Vincentians supports. This is a God-sent person to deliver. The leading and opposition parties are gangsters from every neutral person’s point of view. Anesia Baptiste is one of the ‘few gems’ in the world who rose up against the Kings, the Powers and Principalities in high places. The opposition may had misjudged to use her position to achieve an end, but alas, she has principles. More grease to the men and women of goodwill. All claims by the parties are ’empty and wishy-washy’ bogues claims. Thank you.

      If you love good government, not gender, go for this type of woman and attract credible leadership.

      Chris O. Nwaorah

      Posted by Chris O. Nwaorah | June 3, 2012, 21:54
  7. Bringing on Linton Lewis would be overkill,the ulp is just a one man party and his cousin who shouts stuff as if he’s in the strangers(visitors) gallery.In the NDP senators aren’t that powerful but in the ulp there’s a senator more powerful than any minister second only to the pm.Bringing on Linton would put an end to the nonsense about him an arnhim that the ulp propagandists try to spread to distract us from the economy

    Posted by Joe | April 22, 2012, 06:18
  8. Pure BACCHANAL in the NDP CAMP this WEEK.

    I am looking forward to it.

    Now we know which party is in DISARRAY, as if we didn’t know the answer prior to this FANTASTIC DISMISSAL of Anesia “TOO BRIGHT FOR THE ULP” Baptiste.

    Arnhim Eustace once said that Anesia was too BRIGHT for the ULP when she was RECEIVED with OPENED ARMS by the NDP.

    Mr. Eustace, is Anesia TOO BRIGHT as well for the NDP?

    Kenton, how come these posts are taking FOREVER to be posted??

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | April 22, 2012, 21:44
    • You are clearly a ULP propaganda machine. Absolutely no credibility.

      Posted by justice | April 23, 2012, 17:15
  9. Cut the pseudo intellectual bs Knight,social science is mumbo jumbo bs,go out and learn real science or economics.Political science and social science are not sciences no science calls itself a science.SVG is backwards largey because of people of your ilk.Gonsalves loves to drop big words too but compared to Dr Thompson or Dr Slater whose medical terms would put most of hs words to shame,he’s nothing, Nobody in the ULP pisses me off more than Thompson and Slater because they’re the smartest people n the party,yet they have this dotish man playing bright

    Posted by Joe | April 22, 2012, 23:47
    • Joe: If all Gonsalves has are “big words” they must be very powerful words because he was able to win three consecutive elections and is on his way to the fourth. Those “big words” have earned him the respect of regional and international leaders; powerful words indeed, powerful “big words”

      Posted by READER | April 23, 2012, 22:03

    Posted by Jason | April 23, 2012, 13:52
  11. I am sorry for you Anesia Baptiste … may god be with you

    Posted by Kia | April 23, 2012, 20:47
  12. if nutcases were banned from politics Jason Ralph wouldn’t be pm

    Posted by Joe | April 23, 2012, 22:39

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