“Act responsible and stop avoiding the real issues”
PHILIPSBURG:---Member of Parliament Christophe Emmanuel calls on Minister Johnson to do the job that his political party has appointed him to do, otherwise do the responsible thing and abandon the Council of Minister of Sint Maarten, as there is not much more the people of this country are willing to put up with, as far as the behavior of this Minister is concerned.
MP Emmanuel stated that up until now, the only thing that this Minister has been good at since being appointed as such is using every opportunity to play victim and seek pity from members of the community.
He then resorts to “running his mouth”, attempting to confuse the public with pure nonsensical statements and accusations.
The MP said that it is very unfortunate that the Minister chose this angle while seeking to hide his incompetence as a Minister and the fact that his actions continue to bring great shame to this country.
He went on to say that the Minister from the onset, after being appointed, has displayed pure irresponsibility and utter lack of respect or concern for the workers in his Ministry and the people of Sint Maarten, by his inadequate handling of the job that he was appointed to carry out.
Minister Johnson has up until now, never attended a single committee meeting in Parliament that relates to his portfolio, but continues to lie and make excuses in order to get out of adhering to the call to Parliament.
It has always been so, that Ministers are called to Parliament in order to report to the Members of Parliament, and to the people of Sint Maarten, as far as it pertains to topics related to their Ministries. There are various committees in Parliament that relate to various Ministries.
Each time that Minister Johnson is called to Parliament to meet with the committee that attends with his portfolio, for one reason or the other, he suddenly gets cold feet and backs out, using weak excuses each time.
MP Emmanuel stated that while the Minister opts to stay away from Parliament, he is always quick to feel offended by statements made on the floor of Parliament, and then chooses to run to the press concerning these statements, while he himself should actually be in Parliament defending his portfolio, instead of having other Ministers doing this for him.
The Member of Parliament stated that during his presentation on the floor of Parliament on Monday, January 21st, 2018, he stated the following;
“It was told to us, that he (Minister Johnson), went on a trip. Now we are being told that it is a cruise. I would like to know if it is a family cruise, a gay cruise, a friendship cruise, what kind of cruise? A business cruise? I would like to know what kind of cruise.”
At no time mention was made to the Minister’s sexuality or lifestyle, as that is his choice.
According to MP Emmanuel, as far the people of this country can see, this is another failed attempt by Minister Johnson, to thwart the topics and hide behind his ineffectiveness to execute the task laid upon him as Minister.
The MP stated that it is obvious to everyone, that it was Minister Johnson himself that targeted the Gay Cruise and LGBT group, when he chose to only call out attention to that specific cruise and group, as opposed to the other 3 mentioned on the floor of Parliament.
He went on to say that despite Minister Johnson’s statement, he fails to believe that anyone, and especially the groups mentioned by the Minister, could have listened to the abovementioned questions posed in regards to the Minister, and decide to pick out a word, and subsequently consider themselves being especially chosen and attacked by the MP.
MP Emmanuel stated that the real embarrassment to the country, and abuse of power took place, when the same Minister Johnson allegedly tried to force himself and his ways on a male employee in his cabinet, requesting sexual favors, and subsequently when refused, considered himself scorned by the employee, and therefore immediately fired him from his position, and did not pay him up to this day for work related services already rendered.
According to the MP, to this present date the Minister has never taken responsibility for his actions or apologized, but instead he opted to hide behind the disguise by saying that the matter is under investigation, even after the prosecutor’s office stated that no investigation is taking place.
This type of dangerous behavior by Minister Johnson, who is a part of the highest serving body of this country, according to MP Emmanuel, is what puts Sint Maarten at risk, as it subjects the entire country to insults and shame both regionally and internationally.
The MP stated that;
“Each Member of Parliament has been elected by the people of this country, and has thereby received the mandate of the people to speak in Parliament. Therefore, regarding the statement that persons or political parties should distance themselves from my statement, I would like the Minister to know, that no leader, or political party has to defend or represent me, as I am solely responsible for the questions that are posed by me, on the floor of Parliament.
Contrary, I would also like to let Minister Johnson know, that those Members of Parliament or the political party, that made the huge mistake to appoint him, should be the ones considering immediately distancing themselves from him, and requesting him to vacate the post"
MP Emmanuel added that Minister Johnson amongst all the confusion already surrounding him, also appears overnight to have become the spokesperson for the LGBT community, and tried, in a failed attempt, to divert the topic from himself, and create confusion by coming with an entire different topic than that which was discussed on the floor of Parliament.
The MP also stated that; “Family cruises exist, Gay cruises exist, Business cruises exist. So what exactly is the problem here if “Gay Cruise” in mentioned during deliberations? Should a Member of Parliament or anyone else now be afraid to use the word “Gay”, because of an oversensitive member of the council of Ministers? The Gay cruises have become so common nowadays, that maybe if I had left them out, for all you know, this may also have been an offense, and may have caused the Minister to also run to the press to complain that it was very discriminating of me to leave out that particular cruise during my presentation”.
Member of Parliament Emmanuel in closing stated that he wants the Minister to know, that his tactics to avoid the real issues won’t work, and that in the best interest of the public, the Minister should resign, as he has failed over and over again, and has proven that he is in over his head and cannot handle a function of this magnitude. The people of Sint Maarten truly deserve better.