The call came following a request made by MP Shawn Richards who asked the Prime Minister to apologize to him for the chalk issue and labeling him as a “lair”.
In response, the Speaker stated that the chalk situation for him is one about principles. He added that he agrees if a member calls you dishonest and you are able to prove that is not so, proper action has to be taken.
“In the first place, that should not be happening at all, because I have said over and over, that we need to plan our conversations, “said Speaker Martin.
Martin continued, “The facts will show that the matter came up on the adjournment and you returned with the chalk and the receipt and I saw it had a tax. I have been challenging parliamentarians all the time to speak with facts. We adjourned for 30 minutes and every single member of the opposition did not return and did not say anything except the member for Nevis 10.”
Martin said even when the facts were brought to the House by the senator, he did not request an apology and the member for number 6 on adjournment spoke about the issue and said that he discovered chalk was VATTED and something will be done about it. Martin stated that no member of the opposition was present at the moment and that puts pressure on the chair because if they were in parliament at that time and requested an apology then he would have tested the chair.
He further stated that he heard about the apology request from a radio personality.
“The matter has been dispensed of, you had the opportunity to deal with it, we adjourned, I am not going there let’s move on,” he concluded.