Increasing numbers of residents in St. John’s City South are opposing the nomination of their parliamentary representative, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, for knighthood.
A petition to the National Honours and Award Committee from constituents now in circulation, outlines grave concerns about the bestowal of the highest national honor to Benjamin.
Residents cite the MP’s alleged involvement in nefarious activities, charges of criminal conduct, bad advice provided to the government and poor representation of the people, as the main reasons why the nomination should be rescinded.
Residents are particularly outraged that a national honor would even be considered in light of current poor conditions throughout the constituency.
Under Benjamin’s 30-year tenure as the representative, residents claim that their standard of living has deteriorated and the city of St. John’s has fallen into a state of disrepair.
“What we allow is what will continue. Benjamin’s consistent and troubling track record for over thirty years, render him unfit for this national recognition. By honoring Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin we would be rewarding bad performance and reinforcing a culture of entitlement. This sets a poor example for our constituents, particularly our youth. It also cheapens the concept of national service and erodes our national pride,” said Onekha Elvin, UPP Branch Chair for St. John’s City South.
Residents are encouraged to sign the petition to express their disapproval to the National Honours and Awards Committee about bestowing the honorable title of “Sir” on Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin.
To sign the petition, contact
Onekha Elvin at 771-1865/ 723-7958
O’Neal Elvin 784-9968
Mervyn Richards 772-2022
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