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An open letter to the Governor-General regarding questions submitted to Members of Parliament in November 2023

February 10, 2024

Personal Assistant to the Governor General
Governor General Residence
Grand Anse, St. George

Dear Madam:

Trust this email finds everyone in robust health and spirits.

On November 18, 2023, a group of citizens submitted a list of questions to the Houses of Parliament, copied to the Speaker of the House, the Parliamentary Representative for St. David, Honourable Dickon Mitchell, Leader of His Majesty’s Opposition, Honourable Keith Mitchell and the Independent Senators in the Upper House.

This action is pursuant to the Standing Orders of the Houses which allows for questions from citizens, which must be supported/tabled by an Honourable Member of either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

The House of Representatives met on November 28, 2023, and there was no record of the questions on the Order Paper and the Senate subsequently on December 13, 2023.

In the interest of the public and pursuant to Sections 59(3) and 63 of the Constitution , we have attached a copy of the questions so submitted.

We ask that these concerns be brought to the attention of His Majesty King Charles and His Representative, Dame Cecile La Grenade. About the Independent Caucus for Constitution Reform. The Independent Caucus for Constitution Reform is a group of citizens who are concerned about the lack of education on the Constitution of Grenada, as it is the fundamental tool for proper governance of the society.

The Caucus believes that aspects of the Constitution need to change to better reflect an evolving society, and that the only way to effect these changes is for the people to whom the document belongs, to understand what it says and why it needs to be changed.

The group is a voluntary organisation and membership is open to anyone who shares the vision of learning the Constitution and advocating for necessary changes.

This non-response by our Legislature should be of concern to everyone in a representative democracy. We continue to anticipate that the Members of the People’s Parliament would provide responses to these matters of national interests and importance.

We remain committed to supporting your office on the principles of good governance, respect for the rule of law and the Constitution in the management of our affairs.

Regards,

Independent Caucus for Constitution Reform (ICCR)