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ST. MAARTEN CHRISTIAN PARTY [SMCP] In The News Source: Today SXM

UPP
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
13 Sep 2022 10:04 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Leader of the United Peoples Party MP Rolando Brison is following up on the motion of August 13th, 2019 in which the government was asked to ensure the millions of guilders owed by Shipyard N.V and its then director Michael Ferrier are paid, and that allegations of Fraud and Forgery by Mr Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
19 Oct 2021 07:10 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- It is truly remarkable how the people of St. Maarten had to be subjected to media reports of another groundbreaking ceremony at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIA) without a single mention of US Pre-Clearance, remarked Stuart Johnson former Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunication (TEATT).
When last has the committee for US Pre-Clearance had a meeting? What is the vision and position of the NA/UP Coalition Government regarding US Pre-Clearance? Have the collective individual positions of the various supporting Members of Parliament (MPs) changed or what is their view now? Have there been any developments regarding the completion of US Pre-Clearance since 2019? Johnson questioned.

I reiterate my original stance that US Pre-Clearance must be a part of the overall Airport restoration as without it our country will miss a golden opportunity for an economic boost.
Johnson also questioned, What is the status of the bilateral agreement?

The Final Draft of the Bilateral Agreement will pave the way for US Pre-Clearance however it requires approval by (1) the Parliament of St Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
12 Nov 2020 05:35 PM

Was Zero Poverty The Wellbeing Objective Of Our Decolonization Process?

Topic 1: Was ZERO Poverty the wellbeing objective of our decolonization process?
Topic 2: The United Nations is already aware of the poverty in this part of the Kingdom!

Topic 1: Was ZERO Poverty the wellbeing objective of the decolonization process?
The discussions by this newly elected parliament, about the finalization of the decolonization process, have concentrated on their dissatisfaction with the degree of self-governance of our people, realized so far within the Kingdom of the Netherlands Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
02 Aug 2020 05:22 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The Honorable Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS), drs. Rodolphe Samuel, has taken the bold decision to keep schools closed and to start the new school year with online learning, until further notice. He communicated this to parents and guardians via a letter, dated July 31, 2020. But, are schools prepared to deliver education online?
Unfortunately, the Ministers decision came ten days prior to the official start of the new school year, which gives schools very little time to prepare Read more


Candidates in this article:
NA
USP
UPP
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
08 Jul 2020 02:37 PM

PHILIPSBURG: --- "No governing program or a clear ministerial list of priorities continue to place our country at risk as we go through this pandemic," says Stuart Johnson former Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (TEATT).

"Port of St. Maarten and Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE) are our biggest assets but fail to meet the needs of our people and our country."

PJIAE's restoration must include US Pre-Clearance and it would be unacceptable if this sitting coalition Government allowed it to be excluded.

In media reports, both the National Alliance and United People's Party endorsed US Pre-Clearance, especially during my tenure Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
06 Jul 2020 04:01 PM

Resignation Of Michael Somersall From The Sint Maarten Christian Party - Smcp

 PHILIPSBURG:--- The Sint Maarten Christian Party - SMCP is hereby announcing the resignation of Member and Candidate Mr. Michal Orlando Somersall who in keeping with the Articles of Association of SMCP submitted his resignation in writing on Thursday, the 25th of June 2020.
Michal Somersall has been a member of the Sint Maarten Christian Party since the 28th of July 2016 and contested elections as such in September of 2016, February of 2018, and January of this year 2020 Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
21 Jun 2020 05:54 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Monday, June 22, 2020, at 7:00 am, Sint Maarten time, Chris van Dam, Member of the Dutch Second Chamber, will be presenting a motion to the Second Chamber in which he is requesting the Dutch Government to establish that the prison system of Sint Maarten is taken over completely by the Kingdom Council of Ministers for a period of five (5) years at the expense of Country Sint Maarten.
Mr. van Dam sent a copy of this motion to our Members of Parliament with a letter explaining his reasons for submitting it Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
19 Jun 2020 06:38 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- I was pleasantly surprised and extremely pleased to hear the Honorable Prime Minister declare during the Council of Ministers Press Briefing on June 17, 2020, that her Government is living up to the agreements made by the Marlin-Romeo Government. The PMs exact words were: Government has done everything, and I mean everything, to live up to conditions set on us by previous agreements set by previous governments, we have maintained those agreements.
For the past eight months I have been waiting for the Jacobs Government to chart a new direction for Sint Maarten because the past opposition in Parliament, she was very much the agreements that the Marlin-Romeo Government had reached with the Dutch and the World Bank Read more


Candidates in this article:
NA
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
18 Jun 2020 03:28 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- In the Council of Ministers Press Briefing held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020, the Honorable Prime Minister Jacobs recounted the virtual meeting that she and the Minister of Finance had with State Secretary of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations, drs. Raymond Knops. The word that caught my attention during the Prime Ministers report was the word respect, because she used it several times during her talk Read more


Candidates in this article:
NA
SMCP
HOPE
UD
Source: SMN-News
08 May 2020 06:38 PM

St Maarten Anti Poverty Platform / St Maarten Consumers Coalition.

1. What is the governing program of this NA-UP government?
2. Will the Kingdom Council of Ministers amend the St Maarten Support and Relief Plan ?
3. What are the measures the Council of Ministers will present to Parliament next week?
4. Preliminary thoughts as union leader on the measures proposed by the Minister of Finance
5. How many homes have been build back better and stronger?
Topic 1. What is the governing program of this NA-UP government?
For us as Anti-Poverty Platform we are of the opinion that one of the objectives of a governing program and of the annual budgets should be that the more than 13,000 households have to be taken out of poverty Read more


Candidates in this article:
NA
USP
UPP
SMCP
UD
PFP
Source: SMN-News
08 Jan 2020 08:57 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Eligible voters will be heading to the polls on Thursday, January 9th, 2020 to cast their votes to elect 15 Members of Parliament. The anticipation as to which political party will take over power will come to an end Thursday night into early Friday morning. Contesting the election are seven political parties, namely: United Democrats (UD), United People's Party (UPP), United St Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
29 Dec 2019 04:01 PM

PHILIPSBURG: --- Former Prime Minister Wycliffe Smith also the leader of St. Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) feels that St. Maarten needs stability now more than ever since the coalition government he was part of did almost all the groundwork for the rebuilding of St Read more


Candidates in this article:
NA
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
23 Feb 2018 07:30 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Philipsburg, February 23, 2018: Fresh, one of the longest-running youth radio programs on St. Martin, hosted by Y2X, the youth wing of Victorious Living Foundation, hosts its final interview in its election series this Saturday from 6 p.m. via its new home, Tunescarib.com. For 14 years, scores of youth have hosted Fresh on 92.5FM which was first Radio Maranatha and then transferred a few years later to Youth Radio (YR). The first president of Y2X, Andre Huie who now owns www.voiceofthecaribbeanradio.net and recent Ph.D Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
21 Feb 2018 05:14 PM

To All Political Parties Participating In The Upcoming Election.

PHILIPSBURG:--- As the election approaches, the electorate has not been informed about your intentions with regards to the governance, development and general direction you want to lead our Country in. The SMCP has published a manifesto but that unfortunately only includes statements with respect to how they intend to work, in government or in opposition, if elected. The important questions are not answered Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
18 Feb 2018 04:35 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- One of the most used buzz words in this campaign is the word “Stability”. Even those parties that have been in power since 10-10-10 and whose members wreaked instability in parliament and in government are now advocating the S-word. With these old parties having a track record of ship jumping, changing parliaments and breaking governments, can the electorate really expect them to offer the much-needed stability and change that Sint Maarten deserves? Our country needs to be able to move forward in every sector of society? But instability has crippled Sint Maarten’s development and progress Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
HOPE
UD
Source: SMN-News
13 Feb 2018 04:12 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- It is being rumored that the Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) is an off-shoot of the DP, a satellite of the NA and that it is financed by the UPP Read more


Candidates in this article:
MAP
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
06 Feb 2018 01:28 AM

PHILIPSBURG:--- On Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, the Board of the Sint Maarten Christian Party signed a declaration stating that the Party’s MPs will begin the process towards eradicating of poverty on Sint Maarten when elected to Parliament. Witnessing the signing ceremony were members of the Sint Maarten Anti-Poverty Platform (SMAPP) Raymond Jessurun and Claire Eshot and Alberto Bute.

I am sure that there will be people who will immediately label the signing of this document as another political gimmick leading up to the February 26 elections Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
01 Feb 2018 12:30 AM

On January 30th, 2018, candidates of the Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP) gathered at the Party’s Headquarters in the Backstreet for their usual Tuesday evening meeting. However, on this night, these loyal and enthusiastic candidates were going to do something that had never been done before by a political party or its candidates. The candidates, all of them prospective members of parliament, agreed, that when elected, they will submit a motion in Parliament, to lower the salary of parliament members by 15%.

The SMCP’s prospective parliamentarians are of the opinion that, given the financial predicament that the country finds itself in during the period of post-hurricane Irma, members of parliament ought to be sympathetic towards our citizens who are suffering and in a symbolic gesture of empathy should demonstrate their care and concern for the people of Sint Maarten Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
28 Jan 2018 06:57 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Two major documents play a pivotal role in the electoral process. They are a party’s political program, popularly known as the manifesto and the governing accord which we call the governing program. By law, parties are obliged to present a manifesto, but people expect a governing program.

One of the legal requirements to be able to establish a political party is, that the party’s Articles of Incorporation must include the commitment “to publish a political programme in good time before the elections” Read more


Candidates in this article:
NA
USP
SMCP
SDM
UD
Source: SMN-News
08 Jan 2018 10:08 PM

GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- The endorsement of the list of candidates took place - as per article 23 of the Electoral Ordinance – today, January 8th 20, 8 as of 9am thru 4pm.
Of the six political parties that submitted a list of candidates, only four were required to be endorsed. The National Alliance and the United St. Maarten Party were exempted from this requirement, as they received one or more seats during the previous Parliamentary election Read more


Candidates in this article:
DP
PPA
UPP
SMCP
SDM
UD
Source: SMN-News
05 Jan 2018 09:51 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- The leaders of six political parties submitted their lists to the Electoral Council on Friday paving the way for them to contest the upcoming Parliamentary Elections slated for February 26, 2018. They are SDM, SMCP, PPA, USP, NA and the UD.
The United People's Party and Democratic Party joined forces hoping to garner enough votes for a majority in Parliament Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
01 Jan 2018 06:41 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Due to health reasons, SMCP Candidate, Shenella Brown, will not be able to contest the upcoming parliamentary election on February 26, 2018.
Nevertheless, Shenella has still managed to remain active, in her hometown district, Dutch Quarter. Together with district members, she has been seeking to ascertain the grievances of the people within the district and how she can best help to resolve the various complaints as a member of the community as well as a prospective member of parliament Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
17 Dec 2017 08:03 PM

“ST MAARTEN, like you, I share the same sentiments time and time again. We are continuously being begged for our support during elections and once given the opportunity to represent us in government, our elected officials create amongst themselves a state of chaos and demonstrate incompetence. We, the people, suffer the consequences”.

This opening statement, written by Christian President, characterizes him as a man passionate about his country and explains his reason for entering politics and making himself the alternative candidate for the true leadership that St Read more


Candidates in this article:
SMCP
Source: SMN-News
04 Dec 2017 08:37 PM

PHILIPSBURG:--- Presenting the candidates to the public via the media gives the people the opportunity to become acquainted with their prospective parliamentarian prior to the upcoming elections. In this article the Leader of the Sint Maarten Christian Party (SMCP), Wycliffe Smith, takes pleasure in introducing Richard A Read more


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