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Opposition announces shadow Cabinet

Opposition announces  shadow Cabinet


Leader of the Opposition Arnhim Eustace has announced the New Democratic Party’s (NDP) Shadow Cabinet, which he hopes will replace the Dr. Ralph Gonsalves government in one year.{{more}}

The NDP narrowly lost the December 13, 2010 elections to Gonsalves’ Unity Labour Party, seven seats to 8.

At a press conference held on Wednesday at Democrat House, Eustace, a former prime minister and minister of finance, who is Member of Parliament (MP) for East Kingstown, said he will take responsibility for finance, the public service, economic development, and national security.

MP for the Northern Grenadines, Dr. Godwin Friday, will speak to tourism, foreign and Diaspora affairs, legal affairs, and electoral matters while Terrance Ollivierre of the Southern Grenadines is responsible for education, health, and Grenadines affairs.

St. Claire Leacock, MP for Central Kingstown, is the NDP’s point man on trade, industry and commerce, private sector facilitation, disaster management, and labour while Daniel Cummings of West Kingstown is responsible for transport and works, energy, water, and housing.

Roland “Patel” Matthews, MP for North Leeward is responsible for agriculture and fisheries, land and surveys, physical planning, and the environment while Nigel “Nature” Stephenson MP for South Leeward, is the NDP’s spokesman on community development, local government, youth, and sports.

Senator Anesia Baptise is responsible for family and gender affairs, and social justice, including ecclesiastical affairs and Senator Vynnette Frederick is responsible for culture, science, telecommunications, and information technology.

Shadow Cabinets usually criticise the current government and its programmes and policies, as well as offer alternative policies.