Neville Cenac

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His Excellency The Honourable
Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac
Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac.jpg
Governor-General of Saint Lucia
Assumed office
12 January 2018
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet
Preceded by Pearlette Louisy
President of the Senate of Saint Lucia
In office
Foreign Minister of Saint Lucia
In office

Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, GCMG[1] (born 1935?)[2] is the Governor-General of Saint Lucia. He was appointed to that post in January 2018.[3] He was previously best known as a Saint Lucian politician, serving as the country's foreign minister from 1987 to 1992.

On 18 January 2018, Cenac was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in the 2018 Special Honours.[4]


Cenac was the brother of the late Winston Cenac, who served as prime minister of Saint Lucia for eight months from 1981 to 1982.[5]

Opposition parliamentarian[edit]

Cenac was the leader of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party in December 1982, during a constitutional dispute over the status of Governor-General Boswell Williams. John Compton, the serving prime minister and a member of the governing United Workers Party, had taken steps to have Williams unseated. In response, Cenac wrote a letter to Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, the monarch of Saint Lucia, asking her to disregard Compton's actions.[6] The dispute ended when Williams resigned on 13 December 1982.

Cenac was returned as a Labour Party member of the Saint Lucian parliament during the country's two successive elections in April 1987.[7]

The website of the Saint Lucia Labour Party indicates that Cenac was elected for the Laborie constituency in two elections as well as representing the party at the municipal level in Castries.[8]

Cabinet minister[edit]

Cenac changed his political affiliation on 2 June 1987, joining the United Workers Party group in parliament and becoming the country's foreign minister. When asked why he changed sides, Cenac simply responded, "broken promises." The change increased the Workers Party's legislative majority from one vote (9-8) to three votes (10-7).[9]

Cenac spoke before the United Nations General Assembly in October 1987, saying that Saint Lucia was considering political union with other small Caribbean nations. He argued that quality of life issues could be improved if the region no longer had to support "seven governors-general, seven prime ministers, [and] 60 ministers for a total population for about 500,000." Cenac also accused Guatemala of threatening the sovereignty of Belize.[10]

In August 1989, Cenac and other Caribbean foreign ministers met with Haitian head of state General Prosper Avril on the subject of future elections in the country.[11]

Cenac served as foreign minister until 1992. He was later president of the Senate of Saint Lucia from 1993 to 1997.


  1. ^ "Honours and Awards". The Gazette. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
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  3. ^ Parker, Benjamin. "Neville Cenac announced as St Lucia Governor-General". WIC News.
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  5. ^ Guy Ellis, "Winston Cenac, former prime minister of St. Lucia, dies," Associated Press Newswires, 23 September 2004, 20:50.
  6. ^ "The Financial Times reports that a constitutional crisis is likely to develop in St Lucia following the St Lucian Government's attempt to have the current governor-general, Mr Boswell Williams, removed," Financial Times, 8 December 1982, p. 4.
  8. ^ Leaders: Neville Cenac, Saint Lucia Labour Party, accessed 24 June 2011. A letter written by Cenac to the Saint Lucia Star, entitled "History refutes Owen Arthur’s comments" and published on 24 January 2011, indicates that he was the only member of the Labour Party elected to the nine-member Castries city council in 1972.
  9. ^ "OPPOSITION PARLIAMENTARIAN BECOMES NEW FOREIGN MINISTER," Reuters News, 2 June 1987; "Defecting opposition member made Foreign Minister," BBC News, 3 June 1987; "Mr Neville Cenac, an opposition Labour member of parliament in St Lucia, has defected to the government benches at the opening of the new session of parliament," Financial Times, 9 June 1987, p. 24; "Men and Matters: Serendipity," Financial Times, 9 June 1987, p. 24.
  10. ^ "SAINT LUCIA TELLS U.N. OF MOVES TOWARD CARIBBEAN UNION," Reuters News, 8 October 1987.
  11. ^ Edwige Balutansky, "CARIBBEAN MINISTERS SEE POSSIBLE HAITI ELECTIONS IN 1990," Reuters News, 18 August 1999.

Government offices
Preceded by
Pearlette Louisy
Governor-General of Saint Lucia