An opposition parliamentarian has called on Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves to apologise for saying he is the blackest prime minister in the history of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“Mr. Prime Minister, Mr Prime Minister, … do you know how insulted I feel when I listen to a comment from you that you are the blackest prime minister?” St. Clair Leacock, MP for Central Kingstown said in Parliament this week.
“You are not black, so you can’t feel my blackness, and it is totally out of order to refer to yourself as being any blackest prime minister,” Leacock said during the debate on the reparations motion tabled by government senator, Jomo Thomas.
“Picture me talking about me being the best Portuguese prime minister in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I may well have been, because there are black Portuguese. But it may not go down easily.
“This has nothing to do with whether you are doing a fine job or otherwise — and you are not doing a fine job as prime minister.”
Leacock said Gonsalves must apologise for that statement “and several other remarks”.
The motion was passed but opposition MPs abstained from the vote.