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Retired teacher nominated to sit in Parliament

Matthew Joseph – waiting on a call from Dame Cecile

Retired school teacher Matthew Joseph of Florida in St. John is due to become the third Senator to sit in the Upper House of Parliament as a nominee of Opposition Leader, Tobias Clement.

This was confirmed to THE NEW TODAY on Thursday night by Clement, the Member of Parliament for the St. George North-east constituency.

Clement said that he had sent a letter to Governor General Dame Cecile La Grenade earlier in the day advising her of his intention to get her to prepare the necessary instruments for Joseph to be processed by her office to take up his seat in Parliament.

He said that he expected Dame Cecile to perform her duties as quickly as possible so that his nominee can be allowed to fill the position which has been vacant since he took over as Opposition Leader just over a year ago.

According to Clement, he took some time to fill the final vacancy in the Senate since he is normally a very cautious person.

The two other Senators serving the Opposition Leader in Parliament are Educators Tessa St Cyr and Terry Noel who are from the parish of St. Andrew.

Joseph who is engaged in farming is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Grenada Co-operative Nutmeg Association (GCNA).

He has spent virtually all his working life in teaching and served as Acting Principal of the Florida Government School from 1996-99 and retired from the teaching service in 2015.

Joseph is the manager of Florida All-Stars steel orchestra in his village and also works with Grencoda by helping to mentor young people throughout the country.

THE NEW TODAY understands that the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) was in talks with Joseph to become a member of its team in the St. John Constituency.

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