Rush Tv has obtained exclusive legal advice which suggest that the Governor General is responsible for the prorogation and opening of Parliament and not the Prime Minister. The legal advice suggest that in the exercise of these powers the Governor General does not need the advice of the Prime Minister but acts in his own deliberate judgment.
According to the constitutional expert, who wished to remain anonymous, everyone seems to have missed a small point in the Constitution of Grenada. (See section 57 of the Constitution Order of Grenada 1973)
The expert noted that, in-spite of all our claims to independence we are still under the control of the Queen and it is the Queen’s Parliament and by extension the Queen’s representative in Grenada the Governor General.
We have over the years become used to viewing the Governor General as a rubber stamp for the action of the Party in power without realizing that this is far from the truth. The truth is that the Governor General exercises supreme power of us all including the Prime Minister.
To understand how all this works, the legal luminary explained, we must go back to the origin British rule and the methodology of their control. The British in their callous wisdom ruled billions of people in India with one Governor. The power of the Governor can still be felt in the British Virgin Islands and other British run territories today. The mighty continent of Australia several times the size of England was run by the monarchy in absentia.
It follows that the Governor General can perform several acts without the advice of the Prime Minister and acting in his own deliberate judgment particularly where it relates to matters and acts impacting on the Prime Minister himself. In this case the country is being ruled by four Members of Parliament as a result of acts of the Prime Minister.
The Constitution is silent on what happens when the Prime Minister no longer commands the majority of his peers in the House since according to the legal expert any self respecting Prime Minister is expected to advise the Governor General of his predicament and request a dissolution of Parliament pending general elections.
The power to prorogue Parliament lies in the hands of the Governor General. So too does the power to summon Parliament (see section 51 of the Constitution Order of Grenada 1973).
The Prime Minister has no power to prorogue Parliament nor does he have the power to summon parliament. The Prime Minister does have the power however to advise the Governor General on the dissolution of Parliament.
The legal expert pointed out that this is obvious since one of the only occasions that Parliament can be prorogued is when Her Majesty’s Government is at war and Queen must rule by decree through the Governor General without the advice of the Prime Minister and the House of Representatives.
According to the legal expert a concerted call by all must be made to the Governor General to open the People’s Parliament forthwith. As an alternative a call can be made on the Prime Minister to advise the Governor General of his current pickle and that Parliament should be dissolved.
Mr. Garvey Louison
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