Charles E. Mills

Charles E. Mills

The late Hon. Charles Egbert Mills, CMG, JP, was one of those men who exemplified a commitment to the cause of fairness, equity, and opportunity for the people of our country. Quiet and unpretentious, with a fine sense of a chuckling humour, Mr. Mills selflessly served our country, being well-known as an educator and as a politician. In each case, he was highly committed to the task in mind and body.

The former teacher, Education Officer and Chief Education Officer was first elected to the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Assembly on 1st December 1975 as the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Parliamentary Representative for the Electoral District 5 from Sandy Point to Dieppe Bay in 1984.
He began his political career in 1975 serving as Minister of Communications, Works and Public Utilities and as Minister of Finance until 1980. From 1980 to 1984, he was elected member of the Parliamentary Opposition in the National Assembly.  In 1984, the Hon. Charles Mills was appointed Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, a position he held until he demitted office in 1989.
During his tenure as Leader of the Opposition, he did not simply criticize the then administration’s policies but he offered alternative solutions to national problems. Comrade Charles Mills, as Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition, added his contribution to the strengthening of democracy in our nation. No one in this country could forget the sterling contribution made by the Hon. Charles Mills when on the 16th of June 1987, an emergency meeting of the National Assembly was called specifically to deal with private interests in the West Farmlands.
Comrade Mills was given one hour’s notice of the meeting. Fully understanding the ramifications, he warned the Administration that democracy cannot function effectively where information is deliberately kept secret from the Official Opposition in the National Assembly; that the public debate in the National Assembly should be well informed and intelligent, and indicated that the secrecy in which the Government was pursuing this matter did not aid the process.
Like the founding father of this great Movement of ours, and as we celebrate the 75th year of service to citizens of this proud Federation, we know that Comrade Mills showed a deep commitment to serving our nation with compassion, intelligence and honesty. We are proud of him; Inspired by his legacy, and honoured by his productive life.
Hon Charles E Mills BA CMG JP passed away quietly at his home at the Alley, Sandy Point on Wednesday, February 7, 2007.
“It is the people of this country who are the masters. They are the ones who have the last word!”