Presentation Council of Advice attracts minimal interest MPs

POSTED: 08/14/13 2:33 PM

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Members of the Council of Advice listen intently to members of the Central Committee. From left Jan Beaujon, Mavis Brooks-Salmon, Gaston Bell and Mike Alexander. Photo Today / Leo Brown

St. Maarten – The Council of Advice made a presentation to members of the Central Committee yesterday afternoon but the interest from parliamentarians for the meeting was not overwhelming. Only six MPs, representing three of the six factions in parliament, attended.

So far, MP Louie Laveist has not attended a single meeting since parliament resumed its meetings after the summer recess. Also absent were Hyacinth Richardson and Dr. Lloyd Richardson (NA), the three independent MPs Frans Richardson, Romain Laville and Patrick Illidge, DP-MP Roy Marlin and UP-MPs Sylvia Olivacce-Meyers and Dr. Ruth Douglass.

When the parliament’s president Drs. Gracita Arrindell announced that there was a quorum for the meeting to continue DP-MP Leroy de Weever reacted. “We do not have an agreement about the presence of factions. We need a majority of MPs,” he said.

“It is a fact that it has taken the parliament a long time to establish the rules of order,” UP-MP Jules James added. “I don’t agree with this in principle, but it has been done over the past three years, so for now I don’t have a problem to continue with the meeting.”

Mavis Brooks-Salmon, the vice-chair of the Council of Advice, explained the function of this high council of state. The MPs that were present in the meeting had only a few questions. One of them was about the short term labor contracts and the status of the advice from the Council of Advice.

That was an easy one for Brooks-Salmon: “That was about two years ago,” she responded. “We sent our advice to the parliament and after that we never heard anything about it anymore. It should be right here in parliament.”

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