Last Thursday Prime Minister of Grenada, Hon Tillman Thomas, addressed Grenadians during a live televised broadcast to announce his new pick for Tourism Minister, after the high profile resignation of Hon. Peter David and a decision by the opposition to pursue a motion of no confidence in Parliament.
“I wish to announce that on Monday 7th May, 2012, Dr. George Vincent will be sworn in as a Senator and the new Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture.”
“Dr Vincent brings to the position the requisite knowledge, experience, respect and track record to effectively perform the requirements of that position,” Prime Minister Tillman Thomas said in an address to the nation Thursday night. “I wish to welcome him graciously into our cabinet and look forward to a harmonious and collaborative relationship in the continued service of our country.”
Thomas also appointed Arley Gill as Special Envoy on Ocean Governance, a post that will include Ambassadorial status. This after the revocation of his senatorial position as junior Tourism and Culture minister.
Gill’s new job will involve the delimitation of Grenada’s boundaries, a matter that made headlines this week after a reported – and then denied — rift between Trinidad and Grenada over oil blocks in the area near the countries’ maritime borders.
Meanwhile, this is what Peter David had to say about his resignation, “I was pushed into having to take this decision after the Prime Minister refused to accept the proposal that the Minister of Information retract public comments that sought to bring the party and government into disrepute.’’
However, in his address to the nation Prime Minister Tillman stated, “I want to assure you that my government remains strong and that we will continue to aggressively pursue our agenda for the creation of jobs and the socioeconomic enhancement of our country.”
Watch the full address below:
Let’s see how the rising tension in Grenada’s parliament turns out.