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Volume 15 Saturday 13th June 1987 Number 8

rd a broadcast over Radio Grenada on June 6th, Prime Minister Herbert Blaize promised to initiate
dialogue, at the earliest possible opportunity, wth "all sections of the community" on the proposed
political union of the countries of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
The proposal arises from an OECS summit meeting held inTortola, British Virgin Islands, on28th and 29th
May. At the end of that meeting, Prime Minister of St Lucia. Mr John Compton, the new Chairman of
the OECS, announced that the leaders of the seven-country grouping had decided, in principle, that their
peoples should become one nation.
"From the very opening of the meeting one could IN THIS ISSUE
have felt the sense of excitement that something was
going to happen", he said., 'and it dj4 happen 98
because, this morning, after formal disssions OECS Dscusses Unity...........
among political leaders, we were able to agree on a
Resolution which, I believe, will be far reaching in Alexis Sues Mitchell
its implications as far as the Eastern Caribbean is For Libel..... ..........
concerned". ECODF Lau hed............ 2

The Resolution reads:-
"During the course of the 1th meeting of
the authority of the OECS. held in the
British Virgin Islands oa the 28th and 29th
May 1987, the authorities discussed the
question of closer union among Member
States of the Association.
The authorities took the view that the first
step to be taken was a process of
comprehensive coasptation oa the subject
with the peoples of the countries concerned
sad this process will begin immediately.
The opportunity would (sic) be taken by
the Heads 6f Government of the OECS to
fut er exchange of views on the subject
when they meet in July for the Caribbean
Community Heads of Government con-
The seven OECS Member States were represented
at the Tortola meeting by Prime Ministers Herbert
Blaize of Grenada, Eugenia Charles of Dominica,
John Compton of St Lucia, Kennedy Simmonds of
St KittsNevis James "Son" Mitchel of St Vincent
& the Grenadines, Deputy Prime Minister Lester
Bird of Antigua & Barbuda and Chief Minister John
Osborne of Montserrat.
Also present was Chief Minister H. Lavity Stoutt of
the British Virgin Islands. that territory having
become an Associated OECS Member in 1984.
In his radio broadcast on June 6th, Mr Blaize said
he had already had discussions on the OECS unity
proposal with Leader of the Opposition, Mr
Phinsley St Louis. The Prime Minister said he will

laize Threatens
Business Audit................... 2
Court's Validity
Callenged Again .............. 3
Radio ye Case
Dismissed ..... ............ .. 4
Private Sector Invests
Nearly EC$ 1 Billion.......... 5
Grenadian Kids Get
Free Heart Surgery............. 5
Hughes: Prison Officers
Within Hearing .................. 6
Bhola Predicts B1anan
Production Increase.......... 6
Elder Elected Windvard
Islands Bishop................. 7
St Louis: Tax Iniquitous
And Cruel......................... 7
Opposition Forms Shadov
Cabinet----.......................-.... 8
Flag Carrier Designated......... 9
Ne Shorts........................ 10

call a meeting of the Parliamentary Association to
discuss the proposal and will also call on
organizations in the community to consider it.
The Federation of the West Indies, which was
established in 1958 and crumbled in 1962, the
Prime Minister said. failed because the people were
not sufficiently involved, especially with its setting
up. See UNITY Pag

The Gren,

Page 2 Saturday 13th June 1987 The Grenada Newsletter
*~ *. : .-i - - - : - *-__ ._________

Francis Alexis, former Attorney General and
l minister of Legal Affairs in the New National
Government of Prime Minister Herbert Blaize is
seeking damages for alleged libel by one of his
former Cabinet colleagues. Dr Keith Mitchell,
Minister of Communications & Works.
According to a suit filed on May 28th on his behalf
by Grenadian barrister Mr Michael Andrews, Dr
Alexis is seeking damages relative to a front page
item published in the Grenadian Voice" of ay
Joined in the suit with Dr Mitchell are the author of
the article, Mr Milton Coy, the publishers of the
"Grenadian Voice", Spice Island Printers, and the
West Indian Publishing Company, printers of the
newspaper. d
Dr Alexis told the press that writs were served on
these parties after Dr Mitchell and the "Grenadian
Voice failed to reply to a letter sent them by Mr
That letter demanded an out-of-court settlement of
SEC$20,000 to be paid to a charity of his choice, Dr
Alexis said, as well as a public apology to be
printed in the "Grenadian Voice" with equal
prominence as given the offending publication.
Dr Alexis, together with Mr George Brizan,
Minister for Education, and Mr Tilman Thomas,
Parliamentary Secretary for Legal Affairs. resigned,
on 14th April last, from the Government and from
the New National Party of Prime Minister Herbert

me Minister Herbert Blaize has warned that he
iJwill institute measures to audit the books of all
business places which Government has "reasonable
cause to believe" are under-reporting sales in efforts
to pay less Value Added Tax (VAT).
In a May 23rd broadcast over Radio Grenada, Mr
Blaize said recent audits of two Companies had
disclosed losses to Government of EC$97,000
through unpaid VAT resulting from under-
reorti sales.

The 20% Value Added Tax on all goods and
services was introduced in the 1986 Budget as part
of a tax reform package and several amendments
have been necessary in order to adjust anomalies
and plug loopholes.
Presenting his 1987 budget on February 20th, the
Priue Minister said there had been a short-fall in
revenue of EC$14.3 on the 1986 estimates "arising
from certain loopholes in the VAT legislation and
the absence of appropriate administrative machinery
for the assessment and collection of the tax".
In his May 23rd broadcast, Mr Blaize said that, if
they were found to be cheating on VAT tax
payments, Government will review the status of
non-nationals who hold resident status or who have
been issued work permits.

hUfr Wikin Griffith. President of the
ViAtigua/Barbuda National Development
Foundation, was elected President of the East
Caribbean Organisation of Development
Foundations (ECODF) when that organisation was
launched mi Grenada on May 16th.

In accepting his election, Mr Griffith said the
formation of ECODF as an umbrellaa group" should
bring more financial aid to the Foundations.
"In forming a united front", he said, "it will be
possible to attract increased aid from funding
agencies as well as to streamline and co-ordinate
National Development Foundations (NDF) are non-
Governmental oranisations offering technical
assistance and funding to the micro-busiess sector,
and ECODF now represents the NDFs of 6 East
Caribbean Countries.
These are Grenada, St Vince St Lucia, Dominica,
St Kitts/Nevis and AntiguaBarbuda, and these
organizations draw their funds mainly from
international funding agencies such as the United
States Agency for Iternational Development
Dr Silbourne Clarke, Advisor to the Organisation of
East Caribbean States for the Economic Com-
mission for Latin America (ECLA), addressing the
inaugural ceremony, said he viewed ECODF as a
forum in which the NDFs will collate their
knowledge, analyse their experience and work out
flexible approaches to synthesise critical imputs for

"If the micro-businesses are given a chance to
survive", her said, "they will act as employers in the
future and offer a chance of self-sustaied growth in
the Caribbean"
Also present at the ceremony was Grenada's
Minister of State for Trade, Mr Felix Alexander
(representing Prime Minister Herbert Blaize), Mr
Albert Xavier, Grenada's Ambassador to the
Orgasation of American States and Mr Holis
Bristol, President of the Caribbean Association Of
Industry & Commerce.

UNITY Prom Pa 1

"On this occasion, we will. be making sure the
people are involved", he said, "because, without
you, there can be no lasting political union."
The seven OECS countries have a total area of
1,115 square miles and a total population of just
over half a million.



The Grenada Nevsletter Saturday 13th June 1987 Page 3




the 17persons convicted in the Has Ex
Maurice Bishop MurderTrial
The Application refers to the status of the Grenada
Supreme Court, a matter which has, several times,
been the subject of Motions before both the High
Court and Court of Appeal.
The basis of the matters that, after the revolution of
13th March 1979. the Constitution was suspended
and Grenada withdrew from the Eastern Caribbean
Supreme Court which, according to the
Constitution, the island shared with the other
'indward and the Leeward Islands.
No Right
In place of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court,
the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG)
created the Grenada Supreme Court with a High
Court and a Court of Appeal, but with no right of
appeal to the British Privv Council as exists under
the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.
When the Constitution was restored after the
military intervention of October 1983, the section
relative to the Court system was not activated and
the Grenada Supreme Courtof thePRG remained in
tThe validity of the Grenada Supreme Court was
first challenged in October 1984 by the Defence in
the Maurice Bishop Murder Trial.
It was argued then that the basic norm" under
which the PRG had passed laws was the strength of
the PRG and. because the PRG had been
overthrown, that "basic norm" was also overthrown
and with it all laws passed by the PRG. The
Defence contended that, by this argument, the laws
creating the Grenada Supreme Court no longer exist
and that Court, therefore, is invalid.
Chief Justice, Sir Archibald Nedd, before whom the
matter was argued in the High Court, did not agree.
In a Judgement delivered on November 19th y84,
be declared the Grenada Supreme Court legal under
the "Doctrine of State Necessity".
Six months later, on May 10th 1985, the Appeal
Court upheld Sir Archibald's judgement. President
of the Court, Mr Justice J 0 F Haynes said the
"Doctrine of State Necessity" must apply in that the
State must have a Coirt if there is not to be
Chaos. Prom
The President said the validity of the Grenada
SSupreme Court will remain as long as the necessity
remains but he made it clear that this does not mean
"forever", It will take sometime. he said, buthe
assumed that the Grenada Government would move
promptly to regularise the matter constitutionally.
In a variety of contexts, the Defence subsequently
made several unsuccessful challenges to the validity
of the Grenada Supreme Court and, in a judgement
delivered on May 15th 986. the Appeal Court ruled
that, in bringing back before the Court a matter on

hioef Justice James Patter-
on, on May 19th, reserv-
ed judgement on an App-
lication brought before him by
Guyanese Senior Counsel Mr
Clarence Hughes on behalf of

which judgement had already
been given, the Defence had
Claim been guilty of an abuse of the
process of the Court.
SIT Y The Appeal Court also
pired expressed concern that
Grenada was still operating the
unconstitutional Grenada Sup-
reme Court and had not either returned to the
Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court as is required by
the Constitution or established a Court system
under the provisions of the Constitution.
President of the Appeal Court Mr Justice J 0 F
Haynes, referred to the fact that his Court had
declared the Grenada Supreme Court valid underthe
"Doctrine of State Necessity" and had expressed
the assumption that the Grenada Government would
move with reasonable dispatch to regularise the
'We cannot overlook the fact that a year has passed
since we delivered that judgement" he said, "and we
are not aware of any moves to return to
When the Appeal Court sat on 21st July 1986, it
received information in this connection from Mr
Karl Hudson-Phillips Q C, Leader of the
Prosecution in the Maurice Bishop Murder Trial.
"A Cabinet Meeting of 14th July 1986 gave
approval to the Minister of Legal Affairs (Mr Ben
Jones) to apply to the Organisation of East
Caribbean States (OECS) for Grenada's re-entry to
the Court with effect from Ist January 1987", he
Mr Hudson-Phillips told the Justices of the Appeal
Court Mr Jones had written in this connection to
the OECS Director General, Dr Vaughn Lewis, on
17th July 1986.
In the current matter before Mr Justice Patterson,

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agp 4 Saturday 13th June 1987 The Grenada Newsletter

Police Appeal 'trate: Decision
the Grenville Magistrates contradicts e evidence Mr he said. "If they wanted to
Cout on May 14th, Magistrate Baptiste gave the Court. cripple the Radio LaBaye
Anthony Roberts dismissed investment, the politicians should
charges against two persons In the statement, Mr Baptiste have taken the decision, but they
accused of allegedly operating a says his letter of 6th May is not a are all weak and spineless and
commercial radio station without license but is merely his approval that is why they left it to the
a license, of the fequencies to be alcated Courts and they have brought the
to Radio LaBaye. judiciary into disrepute".
Before the Magistrate were Reconcile
Messs Stanley Chares and Paul Asked to reconcile what he said Mr Charles said it is well known
Roberts and itwas alleged by the in the statement with what he had that Prime Minister Herbert
Prosecution that the offense had told the Court. Mr Baptiste said Blaize is a "dictator" and if, in
taken place in June 1985. he was unable to do so but that role, he does not want Radio
commented that, when he was LaBaye to go on the air, then "so
The hearing of this case has been making the statement to be it .
postponed several times and, Commissioner Toppin, there had ro
when it did have it first hearing, been a difference between "We will sue them for EC$26
on April 22nd 1986 before himself and the Commissioner. million, he said, "and that is the
Magistrate Miss Patricia Mark, bottom figure, that's where we
only one witness, Government's "I signed the statement", he said. start. We want the money, we
Wireless Officer, Mr Leroy "and I do not say that the want it quickly, and I am looking
Baptiste, was called. Commissioner conned me into forward to being a shareholder in
iese signing it, but what is recorded Government's National Com-
Mr Baptiste told the Magistrate in the statement is Mr Toppin's mercial Bank".
then that he had issued a license view and not mine. I do not
for the operation of "Radio know what to say about my two On May 25th, Commissioner of
LaBave", the FM station conflicting statements but I still Police Cosmos Raymond filed a
belonging to Messrs Charles and say now that I did issue a license notice of appeal against
Baptiste. for the operation of Radio Magistrate Roberts' decision to
LaBaye". dismiss the charges against
"The license was issued on May Messrs Charles and Roberts.
6th 1985". he said, "It was for Magistrate Roberts dismissed the
the operation of an FM station on charges against Messrs Charles The appeal is based on the
88.8 and 90.0 MH and, in my and Roberts. However, he argument that the Wireless
estimation, it was a license to refused an application by their Officer's letter of 6th May 1985
operate on that particular lawyer, Mr Tennis Augustine, (which Magistrate Roberts
frequency". for an Order for release of accepted as a license to operate
electronic equipment seized by the station), was not in
Mr Keith Friday, Junior Counsel the Police, because that accordance with Grenada's
in the Office of the Director of equipment is related to a charge Wireless Telegraphy Ordinance.
Public Prosecutions (DPP), was of evading Customs Duties
then in charge of the Prosecution pending against his clients. Mr Charles told the press that the
and, obviously surprised by Mr Commissioner s Notice of
Baptiste's evidence, he sought In an interview with NEWS- Appeal is a clear indication of
and was granted an adjournment LETTER following the hearing, political interference.
to permit him to get further Mr Charles said it is surprising
instructions, that "people who run this The dismissal of the case by
country" would tryto circumvent Maistrate Roberts, he said,
No more evidence was taken the law at any cost. made it clear that Radio LaBaye
until May 14th when. Magistrate did have a license to broadcast
Miss Patricia Mark having been "Politicians gave the Police and that left no basis for an
transferred to another post, the instructions to act against Radio appeal
Case was started again, from the LaBaye", he said. "The Police
beginning, before Magistrate in this country do not act on their "This is a tactic designed to
Roberts. own accord, they act because the prevent us from recovering our
Cabinet rang the Police and told electronic equipment and getting
DPP Mrs Velma Hylton was in them what to do'. Radio LaBaye back on the air",
charge of the Prosecution and, Embarrass he sai
under her questioning. Mr Mr Charles does not think there ..... .....
Baptiste repeated his former is any conflict between the
statement that, in his opinion, the statements made by Wireless
letter he had written to the Officer Baptiste, and he Kg a Ja ofthe est Afric
Defendants on May 6th 1985 Cbharles) expressed the opinion Kingdom of Opobo, exiled by
constituted license to operate an that "when the system is at fault, the British Government. arrived
FM station. politicians should have the guts in Grenada on June 1st 1888
to rule and don't sent it to the on board H M S Icarus
The DPP then showed the Courts and embarrass the
Wireless Officer a statement be Courts". Originally intended to be exiled
(Baptiste) had given to the then in Grenada, His Majesty was
Commissioner of Police, Mr "This matter should never have sent on to St Vincent, arriving
Russel Toppin. That statement been brought before the Courts". there on June 9th 1888.

The Grenada Newsletter ,Saturday 13th June 1987 Page 5


Grenadian Nationals Contribute 56%
meant .
Taie Private Sector businesses have played manufacturing, EC$14
Lhas invested nearly a significant role in million into services Mr Blaize said the
ECS1.7 billion in private sector invest- and EC$5 million into current concentration of
Grenada over the past meant in theisland, restaurants, industry in the south-
two years. west peninsula of the
Locally sponsored "This pattern of island is changing and
This was disclosed by enterprises created the investment demon- development is now
Prime Minister Herbert largest share of em- states the confidence taking place in other
Blaize in a message sent ployment, he said, which Grenadians have parts of the country.
to the Eastern Carib- providing jobs for in the Government and
bean Organisation of 2,845 persons and the its policies for building This will help to arrest
Development Found- investments of these the economy' the the rural to urban drift,
nations which was enterprises, not includ- Prime Minister said, he said, and contain the
launched in Grenada on ing joint ventures, total- "and this trend leads us growth of the large
May 16th. (seepage 2) ed EC$128 million, to expect the small numbers of unemploy-
business enterrisecom- ed who move to the city
Grenadian nationals Hotel ventures have ponent of industry to looking for jobs.
have contributed some attracted investment of grow both in terms of
56% of this investment, EC$2 million, Mr employment generation
the Prime Minister said, Blaize said, EC$26 and in its contribution 'Lj* J:: :-::
and he added that small million had gone into to economic develop-

IGoTteieTIA BNe I nT 1987

Forte T OIn 19 Y
Fourteen To Benefit In 1987

In the 1987 phase of a
Sprogramme organ-
ised by the St Georges
University School of
i Medicine and the Gre-
Snada Lions Club, 14
Grenadian children,
will receive open-heart
surgery, free o cost, in
the United States.
Under this programme,
children needing heart
surgery are sent,
principally, to the
Deborah Heart & Lung
Centre in Brownsmills,
New Jersey where.
through the Centre's
"Children of the World'
Programme, the surg-
ery is performed free of
Air transportation for
.the children, together
with their mothers and a
turned nurse, is
arranged by the School
and the Lions Club
through a system of
Sponsors include the
International Long-
shoreman's Assoc-
i nation, the Inter-
national Brotherhood of
Allied Printers &

Workers Association,
the Rotary Club of New
Jersey, Grenada Air-
ways and the Trinidad
& Tobago State owned
First child
The programme began
in December 1985
when the first child was
sent for surgery at
Northshore Hospital on
Long Island. New York
and, to December 1986,
14 others had been
operated on at Deborah
Heart & Lung Centre.
In the 1987 phase of the
programme, two chil-
dren, Bico Franklyn
and Stacey Rogers, two
years olds, returned to
Grenada early in May,
having been operated
on at Deborah. Ten
others will go to
Deborah and two to the
United Children's Hos-
ital in Newark, New
'Early in May. Dr
Donald Fyler, Pro-
fessor of Paediatrics at
Harvard University and
Associate Director of
Cardioloy at Boston
Children s Hosrptal.

visited Grenada to assist the programme. He
examined 42 children with heart problems.

VALIDITY- From Pag 3
Defence Counsel Mr Clarence Hughes argued that
"the date for Grenada's entry into the Eastern
Caribbean Supreme Court System, namely 1st
January 1987, as stated in the Cabinet Conclusion
dated 14th July 1986, had passed".
More than two years have passed since the Appeal
Court declared that the Grenada Supreme Court
was of temporary duration only under the "Doctrine
of Necessity", he said. He argued that the period
of "necessity" had expired and the Government of
Grenada has the legislative power to regularise the
Mr Hughes claimed that the "continued failure of the
Government to restore the judicial system to
constitutionality' resultsin a daily contravention of
his clients' rights of "unhindered access to a
constitutional Court", and he called on Judge
Patterson to order Prime Minister Herbert Blaize
and'or the Minister of Legal Affairs to take
immediate steps to establish a judiciary in
accordance with the Constitution.
The Defence barrister also asked Mr Patterson to
order a stay of all legal matters involving his clients
- including the appeals against their convictions in
the Maurice Bishop Murder Trial until the judicial
system has been returned to constitutionality.
Director of Public Prosecutions Mrs Velma Hylton



Page6 Saturday 13th June

I yanese Senior Council, Mr Clarence Hughes,
Jid the press on May 19th that, on the day
before, be had been denied the right of a private
terview with his clients at Richmond Hill

Mr Hughes represents 17 persons convicted in the
Maurice Bishop Murder Trial (some for murder and
some for manslaughter) and, on their behalf, now
has a Motion before the High Court challenging the
validity of that Court which was set up by the
Peoples Revolutionary Government after the revo-
lution of 1979. (seePage3)
The Guyanese barrister said he had visited the
prison with another lawyer, Mr Delano Harrison of
amaica, and had begun an interview with two of
his clients, former Deputy Prime Minister Bernard
Coard and Liam James, Ex-Lieutenant Colonel of
the Peoples Revolutionary Army.
According to Mr Hughes the interview had to be
terminated because three Prison Officers entered the
room and sat within five feet of his clients.
"I informed the Suintendent of Prisons, Mr
Lionel Maloney", Mr Hughes said, "that I was not
prepared to subject myself to the indignity of
mterviewing my clients in the immediate presence
and hearing of Prison Officers"
In the three years since he has been associated with
this case, Mr Hughes said. no Prison Officer has
ever attempted to sit in the same room in which an
interview was being conducted with his clients, and
he will continue to interview his clients only when
assurances are given him that the normal conditions
under which Counsel interviews clients are main-

These conditions, he said, are that, when an
jterew is being conducted, Prison Officers may
be within sight of Counsel and his clients but must
be out of hearing.
Coard and James are among 14 persons who, last
December, were sentenced to hang for the murder
of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop and 10

Three other persons were convicted of manslaughter
on charges arising from the same incident.
y1 persons have appealed the verdicts.

ld the Court ht e decision to restore the
coitutional court system could not be
She read a state ent from Attorney General Mr Ben
Jones which indicated that Grenada's re- entry to the

Organisation of East CaribbeanStates as well as the
agreement of the British Government.

The statement said active discussions are being
Wursued at a multilateral level to achieve a

The Grenada Nevsletter



chairman of The Grenada Banana Cooper
Society (GBCS), Mr Ralph M Bhola,
predicted a revival of the declining Banana Ind
m Grenada and a steady production growth


"- -- --------

the next few years.
Presenting the Society's 1986 Annual Report on
May 25th, Mr Bhola said that, in 1988, production
will rise to 10,020 tonnes from the 1986 figure
7,814 tonnes and will continue to rise to ,350
11,500 respectively in 1989 and 1990.
Production in 1985 was 8,007 tonnes being the
outcome of a steady fall through the ars result
in a 70% drop from the 1968 production of 26,75
Mr Bhola said his forecast for increased production
is based on the "normal level of anticipated response
to favourable prices" and on Governments "model
farm" programme of land distribution to
In an interview, the Chairman told the press
improved field management techniques and great
access to banana investment financing through the
World Bank funded Agricultural Rehabilitation anc
CropDiversificationProgramme will also contribute
to increased production.
Other favourable contributing factors, he said, ar
the great improvement in quality control achieve<
through the more saisfactory handling of fruit
resulting from the total switch to field packing in
1986, and the fact that greater numbers of you
people are being attracted to the Industry.
Mr Bhola said Grenada's banana crop has not been
as adversely affected by the recent drought as has
been the crops of other Windward Islands. The
drought in Grenada, he said, has not been as severe
as in the other islands and Grenada's banana
plantations are on the higher, wetter lands.
The GBCS Annual Report for 1986 shows a
surplus of EC$639,670 as compared with a deficit
of EC$8,162 in 1985. The 1986 crop of 7,814
tonnes earned EC$10 2 million.
Grenada's banana crop, together with the banana
crops of St Vincent, St Lucia and Dominica, is sold
in Britain through Geest Industries Ltd, the United
Kingdom firm which, through the Windward
Islands Banana Growers Association (WINBAN),
has contracted to buy these crops.

consensus on the timetable and modalities of such
entry ".

Mrs Hlton asked Judge Patterson not to declare that
the period of "necessity" has expired and not to
grant a stay in any matters involving the seventeen
convicted persons in the Maurice Bishop Murder
The present Court, is fully able to deal with all
matter before it she said
S. 1 . I

The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 13th June 1987 Page 7


rrhe Anglican Arch-
I deacon of Grenada,
Bishop Philip Elder
(62), is the Bishop-
Elect of the Anglican
Diocese of the Wind-
ward Islands compris-
ing the islands of
Grenada, St Vincent
and St Lucia.
The election took place
in St Lucia on May 13th
and was the second
attempt of the Synod of
the Diocese to replace
Bishop Cuthbert Wood-
roffe who resigned
from the post on 31st
December 1986.
Meeting in Grenada on
March 11th last. the
Synod voted for two
candidates. Guyanese
born Bishop Elder and
Vincentian Archdeacon
Hoskins Huggins.
The Synod is
comprised of two
"Houses", one of the
Clergy and the other of
the Laity and the
candidates were re-

quired to get a two-
thirds majority in each
"House". Though four
ballots were taken,
neither succeeded in
obtaining this majority
and a new session of
the Synod was fixed for
St Lucia on May



The Bishop-elect. who
has been administering
the Diocese since the
resignation of Bishop
Woodroffe, was trained
at Codrington College
in Barbados, was


At this session, ordained in 1952 and
delegates were asked to served in various
vote for the same two capacities in Guyana
candidates, and. on the between 1952 and
second ballot, Bishop 1966.
Elder obtained the

In 1966, he was
consecrated bishop and
was the Bishop Suff-
ragan (Assistant) of
Guyana until 1976
when he migated to the
United States of
America, serving as
Rector of St Augustine
Episcopal Church, As-
bury Park, New York
.P Accepted
In 1985, he accepted
:appointment as Arch-
deacon of Grenada,
taking up that post.
which he still holds, on
.'March 7th 1985.

iBishop Elder's election
:must be confirmed by
:Archbishop of the
i!|Westindies. Orlando
.iLindsay, and the seven
otherr bishops of the
Province of the West-
, iindies. This con-
firmation is regarded as
a mere formality and
Bishop Elder is ex-
pected to the enthroned
at the Anglican Cath-
edral in St Vincent later
this year.

sroiUs: TAX Q UroTUS & CUIRL

Tader of the Opposition in the House of
Representatives. Mr Phinsley St Louis has
charged that Government' fiscal policy is bad.
Ina press release issued on 28th May, Mr St Louis
attacks the Real Property Tax as "iniquitous and
cruel" and says it wil cause some people to lose

House of Representatives", and that rate has now
been fixed athalf of 1%.

The preliminary List of Valuations was published a
few weeks ago and Mr St Louis expressed the hope
that property owners will have examined these lists
to ensure that their properties have been "properly

"When I look at the In examining some of the in-
high increase this tax creases inflicted by this
measure will bring on the new Propery Tax
backs of property owners', measure", he says,
he says, I am compelled to ask S L "I have observed
whether the New National that there are increases of
Party Government operates with a (M U1lM^l over 2000%, and certainly, a
Grenadian conscience "'.-, i large
50M numberof
The Real Property Tax, passed by the j? Z persons will
House of Representatives on 16th simply not be able to pay this tax
January last, makes provision that "all rea ppey The Real Propery Tax directly affects the entire
shall be liableto be assessed for tax on their t on andno o property owners, the Leader of
value.......... that value being determined by a the Opposition says. As instance of this, he
"Valuation Officer" appointed by Government points out that landlords are likely to increase rents,
S senior citizens with no real income will have
According to the Act. 'the rate of tax shall be difficulties as will persons who have built their
determined by Statutory: order of the Minister (of
Finance) and approved by resolution of the Row RT[ Paon 8


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"Eploring The Way Forward As An Orgaised Opposition"
T' e six members of Grenada's, until now, fragmented Parliamentary Opposition have joined forces in a
."Shadow Cabinet" and are "exploring the way forward as an organised opposition".
"In an effort to increase and improve our general presentation in Parliament", former Education Minister
George Brizan told the press on June 7th, "each of the Opposition Parliamentarians will be responsible,
under a system of shared responsibility, for overseeing certain areas of national and governmental
Two months ago, Mr Brizan, together with former Attorney General and Minister for Legal Affairs, Dr
Francis Alexis resigned from the Government and from the New National Party (NNP) ofPrime Minister
Herbert Blaize. The resignations took effect on April 14th, and resigning also at that time was MrTiman
Thomas, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Legal Affairs. (See NEWSLETTER for
18.4.87). Rleige
Immediately following the elections on December 1984, there was only one Opposition Parliamentarian in
the House of Representatives, Mr Marcel Peters who successfully contested the elections on the ticket of Sir
ric Gaiy's Grenada United Labour Py (GULP. Follwig the elections, however, Mr Peters
.resigned from the GULP and, on March 6th 1985,
THE SHADOW CABINET founded the Grenada Democratic Labour
I Party.


Mr George Brizan


Mr Phiasley St Louis

Mr Keany Lsai

Mr Marcel Petei

Legal Affairs
Foreign Affairs
Local Government
National Security
Youth Affairs
Carriacou & Petit
& Works
Public Utilities
Civil Aviation

ngh Health
Women's Affairs
s Agriculture

ST LOUIS From Page 6
homes on mortgage loans and are repaying those
loans at high interest rates.
Mr S Louis pointed out that the United Nations his
declared 1987 as the "Year of Shelter for the
Homeless", and he feels that the Real Property Tax
implemented by the New National Party Govern-
ment "can remove the shelter from over the heads of
those who already have a shelter".
fr^-^.**- . .. ... .. ==i

He was joined on the Opposition benches by Mr
Kenny Lalsingh who, amid charges of corruption,
resigned from NNP on May 22nd 1986. The
Opposition was further increased to three on
August 21st 1986 when there was another
resignation from NNP. This was by Mr Phinsley
St Louis who accused Prime Minister Blaize of
being 'dictatorial".
"When this party (NNP) was put together", Mr St
Louis told NEWSLETTER in an interview at that
time, "I thought that. based on our Constitution, we
would have had full participation in decision
making .....,..........
According to Mr Brizan, he will be responsible in
the Shadow Cabinet for Finance, Planning and
Tourism. Dr Alexis has the "portfolios" of Legal
Affairs, Local Government, Commuity
Development and National Security.
To Mr Thomas have been allocated Education,
Culture, Sports, Youth Affairs and Carriacou &
Petit Martinique Affairs, Mr St Louis is responsible
for Communications & Works, Public Utilities and
Civil Aviation. Mr Lalsingh will handle Health,
Housing and Women's Affairs while Mr Peters has
been given Agriculture, Fisheries and Co-
"The unification of the Opposition is, so far,
restricted to Parliament", Mr Brizan said, "but
formation of the Shadow Cabinet indicates that we
are exploring the way forward as an organized
Opposition. I presume and hope that Opposition
Members can work together to provide a genuine
alternative which will be offered when the time
comes, but there is no rush to form a political party.
Things are happening and, when the time comes for
the organisaton to be declared, it will be declared
because it exists".
On April 15th. at the first public meeting of Messrs
Brizan and Thomas and Dr Alexis after their
resinations, Dr Alexis declared Mr Brizan to be the
Leader of the group but said the post of Leader of the
Opposition in the House is "neither here nor

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Ten Year Agreement Signed

er of Civil Aviation, Mr George McGuire, Thursdays and extra flights will be offered during
bounced on June 1st that Government has the Auguist Carnival season.
d the privately owned St Lucia based
ir Antilles, as the State flag Carrier. Following the collapse of Grenada Airways latelast
year. Mr McGuire said Government had abandoned
ire said a 10 year Agreement was signed theideaof establishing national airline and its new
Antilles on April 27th under which the policyistoencourageasmanyinternationalcarriers
will provide up to 30,000 seats annually as possible to fly into Point Salines International
American and European routes. Airport.
sister said, however, that, in line with Grenada Airways had its inaugural flight into
went's policy of encouraging as many Grenada from New York on 18th December 1985
s possible to service Grenada, Air Antilles following an Agreement entered into by the
the be sole State Flag Carrier. Grenada Government with the United States based
firm of Groupe Internationnae du Transport et
Approval of certain foreign Governments, Industrie Petrolier (GITIP). Under that
uire said, Air Antilles will start its service Agreement, Grenada Airways was part of a US$20
iada early in July this year. The airline million investment package which included
r two holiday packages covering both St construction of a 450 room hotel.
d Grenada and will provide a Marketing
tto work with the Ministry of Tourism in In an interview with NEWSLETTER on 31st
g Grenada as a tourist destination. December last (see NEWSLETTER of 31.12.86).
Commuter Mintster of Conmmunications Dr Keith Mitchell said,
g to a report in the June 13th issue of the last October, Government became concerned when,
ent "Grenadian Voice", 51% of the shares after having Government's guarantee on two
ntilles are owned by St Lucians. The overdrafts at the Government owned National
r of the shares are'owned by Sound Air Commercial Bank (NCB). GITIP requested further
ted a Company which operates a cor- overdraft facilities.
"vice in Canada.
The airline ceased operations soon after that and, at
ice" report says Air Antilles owns 38 a ess conference on March llth (see NEWS-
ad that the Company has the backing of the LETTER 21.3.87), Prime Minister Herbert Blaize
Government which has given it "flag said Government is no longer responsible for the
tatus. EC$1.6 million advanced to GITIP by NCB.
T development relative to the Ministry of Government's guarantee has been withdrawn, the
nation. Mr McGuire announced, on June Prime Minister said, and Grenada Airways must
t Regal Air Incorporated, a United States now stand on its own feet.
line, will begin weekly scheduled flights
Grenada and New York from the end of "The airline has a Board of Management", Mr
Blaize said, "and the Board is looking to see how
they can manage the situation. I hope they will be
igural flight will be made on June 26th, able to come up with an answer".

ster said, the weekly service will be on

SSADOW- Prom Page 8

"We are not seeking
office', be said.
"We are seeking to
serve and George
Brizan has demon-
strated an all-round
ability. We will
go forward led by
George Brizan .

Mr St Louis is now
Leader of The Oppo-
sition, having been
appointed to that post
on February 16th last
and, in announcing the
Shadow Cabinet, Mr
Brizan said he is not
mg that. Leadership
will. be decided by

popular will, he said.
Referring to a series of
public meetings held by
him since April with Mr
Thomas and Dr Alexis,
Mr Brizan described
public response as
beyondd imagination"
Attention is now being
paid to organisation he
said, a number of
things are being "put
into place" and a new
newspaper, "The Gre-
nada Tribune" had
been launched on June
Mr Brizan described as

"garbage" arecentclaim
by Minister of Works
Dr Keith Mitchell, that
the next elections (due
before March 1990)
will be a straight fight
between the ruling New
National Party (TNP)
and the Grenada Labour
Party (GULP) of for-
mer Prime Minister Sir
Eric Gairy.

NNP is virtually
dead", Mr Brizan said.
According to him that
party is comprised now
only of elements of the
former Grenada Nat-

ional Party (GNP) and
they "will be rejected by
the population when the
time comes, as they
always have been".

(Headed by Prime
Minister Blaize, GNP
was one of. three
political parties which
merged in August 1984
to form the NNP to
contest the elections of
December of that year.
The other two parties
were the Grenada
Democratic Movement

See SHADQ Eagt-

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Page 10 Saturday 13th June 1987 The Grenada Newletter





The Caribbean Development Bank's (CDB) Board
of Governors met in Grenada on Mav 13th,
It was the Board's Seventeenth Annual General
Meeting and it was presided over by Pre Minister
Herbert Blaize who, as the island's Minister of
Finance, is Grenada's representative on the 13-
Director Board.
CDB, which was established by an Agreement
signed on 18th October 1969, came into operation
on January 26th 1970.
The purpose of the Bank is for "contributing to the
harmonious growth and development of the
Member Countries in the Caribbean and promoting
economic cooperation and integration among them,
having special regard to the needs of the Less
Developed Countries (LDC) of the region".
At 31st December 1986, CDB's total resources
Were ECS598 million, and, during its 17 years of
operation, the Bank approved net financing
amounting to EC$600 million, of which 57% was
for LDC projects.
CDB's 1986 Annual Report says Grenada's
Seconom "expanded by 4.3% in 1987, as compared
with 3.5% in 1985. At the same time,
unemployment decreased, prices fell and the public
sector deficit declined,but external debt payments
con- tinued to exert great pressure on the balance of


Mr Ben Jones, Minister of External Affairs in the
New National Party Government of Prime Minister
Herbert Blaize, attended the 13th Meetin of the
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) standing
Committee of Ministers Reponsible for Foreign
Affairs. held in Guyana from 4th to 8th May.
Among other matters, the meeting discussed inter-
national relations, security and the strengthening of
the Caribbean position in international organ-




A Committee has been appointed to advise
on the implementation of Local Government.
This was announced in the House of
Representatives on May 8th by Minister for Local
Government, Mr George McGuire, and the Minister
said the Committee is comprised of members who
have had experience in Local Government.
Grenada has been without Local Government since
1969 when it was abolished by the Government of
then Premier Eric Gairy.
In August 1985, Cabinet approved Local Govern-
ment proposals put for by the then Minister for
Local Government, Dr Francis Alexis, and, on
October 24th 1986, three Bills relain to the
restoration of Local Government were given first
reading in the House of Representatives.
On Dr Alexis's directions, these bills should have
been for the March 1987 sitting of the House. He,
however, has resigned from Government and the
new Minister for Local Government, Mr George
McGuire, has deferred the matter.

SH&ADW - From Pater 9.

(GDM) led by Dr
Francis Alexis and the
National Democratic
Party (NDP) led by Mr
George Brizan)
"The leaders of two
uepaes (GDM and
P) have left", Mr
Brian said "and
together with them are

thousands of their
followers throughout
the country .
"It is clear to all and
sundry that the most
powerful political force
in the country is those
people who attend our
meetings and who
support us throughout

the country", he said.
Mr Brizan said Sir
Eric's GULP had lost
a lot of ground in the
agricultural and fishing
sectors, and he est-
imated that GULP
support had declined to
a maximum of 22%
from the 36.06% of the

vote it captured in the
December 3rd 1984
"They may make some
marginal increases (in
support)", he said, "but
it will not be sufficient
for them .......... to
win any contest".
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The Government of Grenada anticipates a sub-
statial increase in revenue from the services
supplied byCable & Wireless (West Indies) Limited
in he field of external communications.
This was announced in the House of Rep-
resentatives on May 8th by Minister of Public
Utilities, Dr Keith Mitchell.
The Minister said that, as a result of discussions
with Cable & Wireless, Government's share of the
revenues generated by these services will be
increased from a figure between 30% and 40% to
Dr Mitchell said it is expected that, over the next
seven years, Government's revenue in this
connection will be some EC$12 million.


The, Grenada Newsletter Satrt 3th June 1987 Page 1,1
NEWSHUII TS romPage in


The Government In formation Service (GIS) has
announced that the Government of the Federal
Republic of Germany has provided some
EC(67.000 to aid three Grenada Government
According to GIS, EC$22.591 will go towards
improving the drains in the St Georges suburb of
River Road, an equal amount will establish a Centre
For Prevention of Drug Abuse, and ECS22.154 will
be spent on renovations for the Cardrona Home for
the Aged in St Andrews Parish.
The Federal Republic of Germany has also donated
EC$15,000 for the purchase and maintenance of a
photocopier for the Public Library.
A cheque for this amount was presented, on 13th
May, to Minister of Education & Social Services,
Mr George McGuire, by Mr Mathias Sonn. Second
Secretary in the Embassy, in Trinidad, of the
Federal Republic of Germany.


The Grenada Government is considering
establishment of a nursery habitat for shellfish.
According to the Government Information Service,
(GIS) Mr George McGuire. Minister of Fisheries,
has had discussions in this connection with Mr
Michael Calinsky, President of the Florida, U S A
based Marine Nursery Echo System.
GIS said the discussions centered on Govern-
ment's cooperation in a multi-million dollar project
to develop a Floating Industry Habitat in the areas
around the Carenage in St Georges and in
Grenada's sister island of Carriacou.


The Ministry of Agriculture has selected the first
female "Farmer of the Month" since the programme
was started in January 1986.
She is Mrs Patrice Alexis, 63, of Prospect in the
Parish of St Patricks, and she cultivates 45 acres of
bananas, nutmegs and root vegetables. She also
rears six head of cattle.
Mrs Alexis, who won the title for the month of
May, told the Government Information Service that
her income from farming supports her and her five
children, all of whom have received a secondary
Among her problems are the low productivity of
agricultural workers and crop damage done by stray


The Venezuelan Government is to aid several
projects through the Ministry of Social Services.
These projects, according to the Government
Information Service. include drainage for the town
of St Georges, acquisition of school busses,
resuscitation of the National Zoo and a programme
of beautification of the Carenage area in St
Venezuala has agreed also to give aid in the fields of
sport and culture, and a team of technical experts
will visit Grenada to assist in implementation of the
various projects.:

ECS6.l 2





SEight Grenadian fishermen will attend an eight
I week intensive training courseinCanada.
Discussions in this connection were held, on June
6th, by Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of
Fisheries, Senator Ben Andrews, with Mr James
Levey, Director of Training & Field Services in the
Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries in Canada,
and the fishermen will! cave Grenada in August for
Sthe course.
This course, which is sponsored by the
International Fund for Agricultural Development,
will cover fish processing refrigeration, gil nets,
diesel engines, outboard maintenance and repair,
and navigation

Minister for Communications & Works, Dr Keith
Mitchell, has announced an EC$6.2 million infra-
structural development programme for Grenada's
sister islands of arriacou and Petit Martinique.
Dr Mitchell said the programme, estimated to
provide employment, for some 85 persons, will
rehabilitate 8 miles of road in Carriacou, and one
and a half miles of road in Petit Martnique
Lauriston airport in Carriacou will be extended by
200 yards and the runway is to be resurfaced.
The programme, which is being financed by a'oft
loan from Venezuela, is expected to start in
It will include the cleaning and reactivating of some
existing water boreholes in Carriacou and the
construction of a number of playing fields.
See NEWS SHORT Paon 12

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A Committee has been appointed by the Ministry of
Health to carry out an education campaign on
A meeting of the Committee was held on June 6th
and it was decided to initiate a nation-wide
distribution of a pamphlet giving facts about the
A spokesman for the Ministry of Health told
NEWSLETTER there have been four confirmed
cases of AIDS in Grenada. One person died of
this disease in 1985, he said, and two died in


Under theFrench Technical Assistance Programme,
the French Government has provided a medical
doctor to the Grenada Ministry of Health.
According to the Government Information Service
(GIS). he is Dr Eric Mullat and a spokesman for the
Ministy told GIS Dr Mullat's field will be sexually
transmitted social diseases.
Dr Mullat will also be responsible for solid and
liquid waste disposal, the mosquito control pro-
gramme, the rabies control programme and food

C~l~!SHIPS THREATEN .-. ... ---..


Grenada's Tourist Industry faces a serious problem
in that some tourist cruise liners are threatening to
by-pass the island.

This was disclosed by
Blaize on June 5th

Prime Minister Herbert
in his weekly radio

Mr Blaize said there have been complaints from
passengers about Grenada and these include
harassment by vendors, over-charging by taxi
drivers, robberies and threats and insults hurled at
them on the streets.


Acting Prime Minister Ben Jones officially
inauatetheSmith-Kline Beckman Limited plant
on June 12th.
Located at the industrial site of Frequente near to
Point Salines International Airport, the plant has
been in operation since April producing bags for
packagiag products for the care of contact
The plant is expected to produce 100,000 units per
month and a token shipment of 1,000 units has
already been made. I_:_,_, ,

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The Tufton Hall water treatment plant in St Marks
Parish, construction of which was begun in Feb-
ruary 1986, was formally opened on 21st May
This prect funded by the United States Agency
for national Development to the sum of
EC$631,000, is part of a programme designed to
improve the water supply in St Marks.
The Central Water Commission spent EC$300,000
increasing the capacity of the plant and other phases
of the programme include the laying of water lines
to the out-villages in St Marks and constructing
storage facilities for 200,000 gallons of water.
According to the Government Information Ser-
vice, cost of the programme is expected to exceed
EC$2.4 million.




Addressing the May staff meeting of the Ministry
of Works, Dr Keith Mitchell, Minister of Com-
municatrions & Works said Government's Public
Service Retrenchment Programme is necessary be-
cause of financial difficulties facing the Govern-

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