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New senator promises ‘fairness and justice’

Sen. Linton Lewis told Parliament Thursday that he will adhere to “fairness and justice” (Internet photo).

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Newly-appointed senator, Dr. Linton Lewis has promised to adhere to “fairness and justice” even as fellow lawyer Prime Minister Dr. Gonsalves cautioned him not to confuse Parliament with the law courts.

“Fairness and justice, Mr. Speaker, are two important principles that I intend to adhere to whilst I sit here as a Member of the House of Parliament,” Lewis — who advocates “meritocracy” — said Thursday shortly after taking the Oath of Allegiance.

“I look forward to the … battle and I hope that I will be able to, with the support of my colleagues, bring a level of discussion and debate to the House of Parliament that will interest not only colleague in the House but assist in the development of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a whole,” he said.

Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace this week appointed Lewis — who is also chair of the New Democratic Party — to the Senate after Anesia Baptiste’s senatorial appointment was revoked last month.

Lewis had complained to the media about not being consulted when Eustace appointed Baptiste and Vynnette Frederick to the Senate after the 2010 general election.

But he on Thursday thanked God “for giving me the patience and wisdom, knowledge and understanding to be able to weather the political storm outside of Parliament and to present myself in such a way that I became worthy to be a member of this House…

“I would also like to thank the Leader of the Opposition, the Honourable Arnhim Eustace, who, for some strange reason, has had very significant role to play in my life’s progression from since the year 1985 …”

The comments by Lewis, who has lost three consecutive times in the St. George constituencies, came after being congratulated by House Speaker Hendrick Alexander, Eustace and Gonsalves.

“I wish him all the best in all his various endeavours here as a member and expect that he will add to the uplifting of the quality of the debate in this honourable House,” the Speaker said.

“I want to join you in welcoming now Sen. Lewis to the Parliament of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” said Eustace.

“I, too, am of the view that his contribution to the Parliament will be something that will add and make some difference to our deliberations on the various laws, bills, whatever comes before us and I sincerely welcome him at this time,” the former prime minister stated.

“I recognise that we are short of time but I simply wish to indicate very clearly that we on this side of the House are very pleased — I will suspect it is the same on the other side but I can’t speak for the other side — … to welcome him to the Parliament of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” Eustace further stated during the comments at the beginning of the meeting, which started one hour late.

Gonsalves, in his comments, said Lewis — who has a doctorate degree in law and is also an accountant — “clearly has the qualifications for membership of the House”.

But Gonsalves did not note Lewis’ academic credentials but the basic requirements set out in the Constitution, including the ability to understand English and not being a bankrupt.

PM weighs in on politics

But the Prime Minister also weighed in on the politics of Lewis’ appointment.

“I think the Honourable Sen. Lewis must have been wondering what was talking his leader so long to bring him to the House,” Gonsalves said, adding, “Even amidst all the congratulations, we have to keep our feet firmly planted on the ground.

“Really for a man who has paid cricket as an opening batsman, one would have expected him to be batting higher up the order,” he said of the former national cricketer and footballer.

Gonsalves said Lewis is ambitious, a quality, according to him, that is necessary “to get along in life”.

He further said the NDP was “wrapped up in dealing with things in the Catholic church” — a reference to statements then prospective NDP candidate Shefflorn Ballantyne made about the Catholic Church last month that lead to an NDP policy Baptiste objected to, which contributed to her being fired.

“… there are two principles in the [Catholic] Church on leader of which he (Lewis) should take note: The first is that once you sing in the choir you can be Pope,” Gonsalves said, adding that many opposition legislators “equally want to be Pope, perhaps more than you (Lewis).

“… Mr. Speaker, the honourable Sen. Lewis has been singing in the choirs for a long time so the papacy is not out of his reach. But I just want to remind him that the ambition inherent in that proposition is levelled by a lovely principle in a beautiful hymn in the church: the good Lord shows his face on he who waits his turn.”

Gonsalves said he wanted to “advise all these things” as he welcomed Lewis to Parliament and siad he had given similar advise to Frederick and Baptiste.

“Among the things I told them, and I am saying it now: you may be a good lawyer but don’t confuse this and the law court.

“This is a very peculiar institution — the Parliament — and it shows up persons in some remarkable ways, positive or negative.

“I expect diligence in preparation and balance in submissions because the people of this country have moved on from a particular type of politics. That is why they elected the ULP (Unity Labour Party) and we are still consolidating the politics of rationality, the politics of commitment, the politics of seriousness, the importance of service, all of these things.

“Some of these things may sound old-fashioned but I want, from my experience, to advise that they be reflected upon. … Welcome my friend and I hope you have a good ride. God bless you,” Gonsalves said.

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12 thoughts on “New senator promises ‘fairness and justice’

  1. Linton’s maiden speech left a LOT to be DESIRED. Moreover, Dr. Gonsalves response to Linton’s speech DEMONSTRATED that Linton is CLEARLY not on Dr. Gonsalves’ LEVEL in any FORM or FASHION.

    Linton was SCHOOLED by Dr. Gonsalves in every FACET of the POINTS he raised in his maiden speech.

    Frankly, Anesia Baptiste’s maiden speech was way better than that of Linton’s.

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | June 1, 2012, 12:23
  2. Your greatest hurdle in the House will be that ‘illegal’ Speaker who will ask you to sit whenever he thinks the PM is uncomfortable with what you are saying. Whenever you point out a flaw in the Speaker’s actions he’ll take months to ‘consult’ the AG as usual.

    Posted by KS784 | June 1, 2012, 17:45
  3. LOL @“Fairness and justice, Mr. Speaker, are two important principles that I intend to adhere to whilst I sit here as a Member of the House of Parliament,” Lewis — who advocates “meritocracy” — said Thursday shortly after taking the Oath of Allegiance. So what are you saying, you never adhere to fairness and justice before?????

    Posted by no-nonsense | June 1, 2012, 17:55
  4. Dr. Linton Lewis has a real doctorate in law, Gonsalves has an inferior degree, so I can understand the jealousy emanating from him.

    Gonsalves is a second rate politician, blinkered with Marxist nonsense.

    VINCYPOWA, Gonsalves has never said or done anything original, its all repeating what others … have said or a rehash of what some other Marxist scum bag has said, somewhere else in the World..

    Like yourself originality is a distant star for Gonsalves. And now that the body has started to rot to match the rotten brain, he will truly become Mr. $20 Fertilizer man, worthless to SVG and worthless to the World.

    Posted by Peter | June 2, 2012, 07:13
  5. Dr. GONSALVES on LINTON’S MAIDEN SPEECH in the HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | June 2, 2012, 09:49
    • Gonsalves got his butt handed to him in the referendum thanks to Linton,Anesia was the opening batsman/batswoman,but then linton stepped in and finished it off,knocking parnel and co sraght outta de park,it bun gunzy so bad he talking bout referendum every minute,if only you had voted for referendum,if only you had made me dictator lol

      Posted by Joe | June 4, 2012, 11:47
  6. WHY IS THE POLICE OFFICER IN THE BACKGROUND WEARING A BULLET PROOF VEST?

    GONSALVES TOLD US EVERYONE LOVES HIM, SO WHY THE VEST?

    Posted by Peter | June 3, 2012, 14:42
  7. VINCYPOWER, your a snurging jerk. Gonsalves is of inferior intelligence to Lewis, the only thing Gonsalves could teach Lewis, is how to lie.

    BECAUSE LIKE YOURSELF GONSALVES IS A SERIAL LIAR.

    Posted by Peter | June 3, 2012, 22:05
  8. PETER, let me LAUGH at your RAMBLINGS that Dr. Gonsalves is of INFERIOR INTELLIGENCE to LINTON.

    Muhahahahahahahahahaha.

    Thanks for the joke.

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | June 4, 2012, 09:40
  9. ROBERT MILTON CATO had a professional qualification from the ‘Inns of Court”, I think it was the INNER TEMPLE, which was sometimes referred to as a ‘degree of utter barrister’.

    The YOULIMO and DFM/PDM boys nearly murdered Cato for having this “useless, inferior” legal qualification, which, they exclaimed with complete comtempt, WAS NOT EVEN ACTUALLY A DEGREE.

    ‘Gunny was the acknowledged/unacknowledged “outside the country” ‘leader of YOULIMO.

    This is the self-same “‘legal qualification” that ‘Gunny has. Just like their much denigrated nemesis rival Cato.

    ‘Gunny was the outside the country leader of the YOULIMO, acknowledged, or, unacknowledged.

    Mr. ARTHUR WILLIAMS has a MASTERS’ DEGREE in LAW, obtained in Britain, in addition to the usual “professional” legal qualifications.

    SENATOR LINTON LEWIS has a DOCTORATE IN LAW, in addition to the usual “professional” legal qualifications.

    Yuh ‘tink, “DO-SO nah LIKE SO”?

    No sweat. The YOULIMO communist party was CONSISTENT IN POLITICAL HYPOCRACY. When the PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (PDM) / Democratic Freedom Movement (PDM) decided to bravely throw their hat in the political “ring” here in SVG, in 1974, the MARXIST-LENINIST/COMMUNIST Youlimo extremists UTTERLY CONDEMNED AND BERATED THEM (PDM) for joining the “corrupt capitalist system” and “oppressor establishment”. They insisted that it was useless, treacherous and “REACTIONARY” to partake in the normal ‘democratic’ elections system. YOULIMO declared that the only way to change the “hated system” was by radical change and a SCIENTIFIC SOCIALIST REVOLUTION.

    YOULIMO condemned PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (PDM) FOR CONTESTING THE 1974 SVG GENERAL ELECTIONS.

    Yet, YOULIMO joined with PDM and ARWE to CONTEST THE VERY NEXT SVG GENERAL ELECTIONS, the 1979 General Elections in SVG, as the “…alliance…unity…or… coalition…THREE-HEADED MONSTER…” so-called United People’s Movement (UPM).

    ‘YOULIMO’, contested the 1979 Elections, in consert with the PDM, which it HAD CONDEMNED FOR CONTESTING THE PREVIOUS 1974 POLLS.

    The COPYCAT COMMUNIST was a leading member, if not the ACTUAL REAL LEADER, of YOULIMO.

    We see the same shameless, opportunistic, false propaganda here in the COMMUNIST DISINFORMATION about qualifications – – – and LEGAL QUALIFICATIONS.

    SENATOR LINTON LEWIS, and FORMER MINISTER OF LEGAL AFFAIRS, ARTHUR WILLIAMS, should be JUSTLY PROUD OF THEIR SUPERIOR LEGAL QUALIFICATIONS.

    I may be out of the loop, but I have yet to hear any accusations against them of FORCIBLE RAPE, or sexual molestation – – – which would have been especially disgraceful seeing that they are, objectively, OFFICERS OF THE COURT.

    I encourage these two SVG gentlemen, WILLIAMS and LEWIS, to CONTINUE IN UP-HOLDING HIGH PROFESSIONAL AND LEGAL ETHICS.

    Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | June 4, 2012, 10:40
  10. Hopefully Lynch’s daughter Shafia will become a future senator and possibly pm,She will raise the bar given she has accomplished far more than Gonsalves et al accomplished at her age

    Posted by Joe | June 4, 2012, 11:43

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