Motions of no confidence in CARICOM and other countries

In every case the motion was heard in less than fourteen days and strikingly, in the case of Barbados, a Motion of No Confidence in the Minister of Finance was filed by Opposition Leader Mia Mottley on Tuesday, 22nd October 2013 and it was debated and voted on the very same day. In respect of that motion, Barbados Prime Minister, the Hon. Freundel Stuart said, “A no confidence motion is not child’s play. It is an impeachment, it is a prosecution…you are actually impeaching the political integrity of a Minister of the Crown and you have a duty to lay out your case and to prove it.

Here’s what some other notable CARICOM luminaries had to say about the lengthy and unprecedented delay in hearing the Motion of No Confidence in St. Kitts and Nevis:

 “It is axiomatic that a democratically-elected government ought always to be representative of the people. That representativeness is made manifest in a government which commands the majority of the representatives elected in free and fair elections. When a government no longer has the support of the majority of the elected members of the Parliament, it has several options, namely: (i) To resign and cause fresh general elections to be held; (ii) to face a vote of confidence in the legislature in appropriate circumstances; or (iii) to act in accordance with any other appropriate constitutional directive given by the Head of State (Governor General). These are eternal, core principles of good governance. So, it is usual and expected that when a motion of no-confidence, properly drafted, is duly filed against a government, such a motion ought to be deliberately considered and determined by the legislature in the shortest time practicable, having regard to all pressing or other extraordinary exigencies of State. That is an established constitutional convention in parliamentary democracy.” – Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

The democratic process in St. Kitts and Nevis is being undermined“. Former Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Lester Bird

It is very unprincipled to evade a motion of no confidence…my view is that motions of no confidence should be heard and should be given high priority.  Delaying the hearing of motions of no confidence is very contrary to all the principles of democratic governance and of parliamentary governance.” – Sir Brian Alleyne, Former Acting Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

 

MOTION OF NO CONFIDENCE IN CARICOM AND OTHER COUNTRIES

 

 

COUNTRY

 

DETAILS

 

DATE FILED

DAYS TAKEN TO BE HEARD

GREECE

Filed by Opposition SYRIZA   against Prime Minister Samara’s Government

7-Nov-13

2

BARBADOS

Filed by Mia Mottley against MOF   Chris Sinclair

22-Oct-13

Same day

TAIWAN

Filed by Democratic Progressive   Party against Premier Jiang Yi-huah

10-Oct-13

5

BVI

Filed by Third District   Representative and Member of the Opposition Virgin Islands Party (VIP), Hon.   Julian Fraser against Premier Dr. Orlando Smith’s Administration

22-July13

3

TRINIDAD

Filed by Dr. Keith Rowley   against PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s Government

8-May-13

12

SXM

Filed by Eight Members of   Parliament representing the United People’s Party, Democratic Party, and   Independent Member of Parliament Romaine Laville against four of the   Ministers in the Council of Ministers, namely Deputy Prime Minister William   Marlin, Minister of Finance Roland Tuitt, Minister of Education Silveria   Jacobs, and Minister of TEATT Romeo Pantophlet.

6-May-13

7

CAYMAN

Filed by Alden McLaughlin   against Premier McKeeva Bush

13-Dec-12

5

ST.KITTS and NEVIS

Filed by Leader of the Opposition Hon. Mark   Brantley against PM Douglas’ Administration

11-Dec-12

NOT   HEARD

GRENADA

Filed by Karl Hood against   PM Tillman Thomas

24-Aug-12

24**

MONSTERRAT

Filed by Donaldson Romeo   against Premier Rueben Meade

14-Jun-12

12

GRENADA

Filed by Dr. Keith Mitchell   against PM Tillman Thomas

27-Apr-12

18

TRINIDAD

Filed by Dr. Keith Rowley   against PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar

15-Feb-12

16

JAMAICA

Filed by Portia Simpson-Miller   against PM Bruce Golding

18-May-10

14

TRINIDAD

Filed by Kamla Persad Bissessar   against PM Patrick Manning

10-Mar-10

29

BARBADOS

Filed by Mia Mottley against PM   David Thompson

27-Feb-09

7

TRINIDAD

Filed by Ramesh Maharaj against   PM Patrick Manning

26-Aug-08

17

JAMAICA

Filed by Bruce Golding against   PM Portia Simpson

10-Oct-06

7

BARBADOS

Filed by Owen Arthur against PM   Erskine Sandiford

May 1994

37

 

**Parliament Prorogued

 

 

 

 

 

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