House Members Apologise

Photo: Donald De La Haye Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz (right), apologises to Opposition Spokesperson on Health, Dr. Dayton Campbell, during the sitting of the House of Representatives today (May 1).

Story Highlights

  • Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives, Hon. Karl Samuda, today (May 1), apologised for the manner in which the affairs of the Lower House were conducted on April 24.
  • Addressing the House, the Minister said the sitting was conducted in a manner that was “most unsatisfactory and unbecoming” of the rich tradition of the institution.
  • “To the extent that we were part of that process, I want to make this public apology to the viewing public of Jamaica and, most importantly, to the youngsters who were present and witnessed the type of behaviour that cannot redound to the benefit of the governance of our country,” Mr. Samuda said.

Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives, Hon. Karl Samuda, today (May 1), apologised for the manner in which the affairs of the Lower House were conducted on April 24.

Addressing the House, the Minister said the sitting was conducted in a manner that was “most unsatisfactory and unbecoming” of the rich tradition of the institution.

“To the extent that we were part of that process, I want to make this public apology to the viewing public of Jamaica and, most importantly, to the youngsters who were present and witnessed the type of behaviour that cannot redound to the benefit of the governance of our country,” Mr. Samuda said.

He added that as Leader of Government Business, he is able to influence the smooth running and proper behaviour and conduct with the level of decorum that is befitting of the House.

“I will do everything in my power so to do. I will seek to influence that process in the hope and expectation that in the future, we will not have a recurrence of that kind,” Mr. Samuda said.

Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition Business in the House, Phillip Paulwell, said the Opposition “regretted the entire episode last week, especially the way we concluded the business of the Parliament”.

“It was not our best showing, and we want to ensure that this doesn’t happen again,” Mr. Paulwell said.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, also offered his apology to the Lower House.

“I want to put on record my sincere apologies, for my behaviour last week. I want to apologise to my colleagues here and the entire Jamaica,” he said.

For his part, Opposition Spokesperson on Health, Dr. Dayton Campbell, apologised for the part he played in bringing the Lower House into disrepute.

“As far as I am concerned, there will be no repeat of said behaviour from me in this House,” he said.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Pearnel Charles, gave the commitment that he will be following the rules as set out in the Standing Orders.

“I will not deviate for Ministers, Members of Parliament, Opposition or Government side. One deviation caused too much problem. I am stating very clearly that while I sit as the Speaker and be guided by the Standing orders, the House should not descend to the level it did last week,” Mr. Charles said.

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