Backbencher no more Dean Jonas tells PM

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St. George MP Dean Jonas

The only Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) Member of Parliament without a portfolio in the cabinet has told Prime Minister Gaston Browne that he expects this to change following the next general election.

Dean Jonas, who is also Deputy Speaker of the Lower House, told the budget debate today that his victory in St. George, once an opposition stronghold, should send a strong message about his worth.

He told Browne that after serving over three years on the back bench, “I don’t expect that to continue.”

The parliament erupted in laughter, but Jonas indicated his seriousness by adding that its a matter of concern for his constituents.

“I know that is one of the things the people in my community are saying. The people were not happy with that position,” the MP said.

“You say someone has to do it and I know the constitution does require it, but a person with my training and experience, I expect that greater value will be placed on that,” Jonas told the Lower House.

He defeated Dr. Jacqui Quinn in the 2014 general election and told parliament that parts of the constituency have now been transformed into a “garrison” for the ABLP.

 

 

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Garrison politics in Antigua!!!!!! Now i see why alp brining in all dem jamaicans on plane is to set up garrison and destroy our country community by community..dem done tek over graysfarm and moving north like parasite …ghettorizing everywhere they go..

  2. You Have Our Full Support Mr. Dean Jonas! Potta People Are Very Proud, Of One Of Our Own!🎈🎁🌴

    • Potters people wah?? U have to be kidding me. BUSH AH TEK OVA BERLIN, I GOTTA CHOOSE WHICH POTHOLE I’M GONNA DROP IN BECAUSE BELIEVE IT OR NOT SOME WORSE THAN OTHERS YET YOU PROUD. I HAVE A FOOT PATH LEADING TO MY HOUSE CALLED A ROAD, IN THE LAST 6MONTHS OF 2017 IVE CHANGED TIRES ATLEAST 3TIMES BECAUSE OF JAGGED ROCKS ETC YET U PROUD. I HAVE A GUTTER THAT IS NOW CONSUMED BY STAGNANT WATER AND BUSH DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE BECAUSE NOT EVEN THAT GETS CLEARED YET U PROUD. ANTIGUANS SICKEN ME. THESE POLITICIANS AND THEM CHEERLEADERS ARE THE BEST SMH. PM BROWNE SHOULD PUT HIM TO SIT BY THE DOOR AND NOT JUST BACK BENCH FOR THE NEGLECT HE HAS GIVEN HIS CONSTITUENCY. WELL POTTERS ATLEAST BECAUSE HE SEEMS TO BE CONCENTRATING ON OTHER PARTS OF ST GEORGES. BOUT YOU PROUD, HEY MI BEX… CHOOPS

  3. Finally, Mr. Jonas You are speaking up… it was time. You deserve a front sit. Mr. prime Minister give to Cesar what is Cesar. Dean Jonas worked hard and has been very committed.

  4. Lol lol. Dean u better mind gaston dont fire u because u talk lol u just make matter worst cause u are going to stay as a back bench lol

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